What a crazy time, friends. What a crazy, surreal, unimaginable time.
I find myself sick-to-my-stomach-disappointed about a scheduled trip to Israel in May. I have been looking forward to this trip for over a year, and quite a bit of money is invested in it.
I am sad that I can’t responsibly host any book events when my book comes out.
I am nervous that my beloved camps won’t be able to run this summer. Obviously it’s too soon to make those calls. But I’m nervous.
Then I hear the stories of those who have lost loved ones to this disease, or those who are stranded overseas. I hear about people who have weddings planned and either have to postpone or get married without their loved ones there. Just today a friend’s father passed away. Will anyone be able to gather for this amazing man’s funeral?
I have been emotional and humbled as I reflect on just how lucky and privileged I am. I have a salaried position, and I am able to do most of my work from home. I have a home with a home office, plenty of food to get me through at least the next several weeks, and a garden I can tend without coming into contact with others. I am an introvert who loves isolation, and I don’t anticipate much of a mental struggle. I have no kids, so I don’t have to worry about child care or home schooling.
I am incredibly lucky, and my sacrifices and disappointments are so small in the grand picture. I’m trying to remember that truth every time my stomach twists at the thought of my trip.
And with that, let’s talk about some happier things!!
We are ONE MONTH AWAY, PEOPLE! One month from today, Kingdom Above the Cloud will be out in the world and on our bookshelves. CRAZY.
To celebrate, I want to shower you with limited-edition bookish goodies! Make sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post for instructions on how you can get your hands on these giveaways.
Some fine print: These giveaways are U.S. only and while supplies last. I have different quantities of each item, so if I run out of some items, I’ll still send you the rest!
Item #1: Map of Adia (perfect for folding up and sticking in the pages of your book once it arrives!)
Item #2: Bookmark (for marking your page in the book, in case that wasn’t obvious… ha!) The hand design is by the one and only Caroline States (and is super significant to the story… you’ll understand soon!)
Item #3: Sticker/Decal (perfect for laptops, water bottles, etc.)
Item #4: Bookplate with a personal note from the me (For attaching to the title page of the book since I won’t be able to sign your preorder copy in advance!). And now that I won’t be able to do any book signings for quite a while, this is extra special!
- Preorder your copy of Kingdom Above the Cloud and take a screenshot of your confirmation. (If you already preordered, dig through your old emails to find the confirmation)
- Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject Line: Preorder Goodies
- Screenshot of your confirmation
- Your name & snail mail address
That’s all you have to do! I can’t wait to brighten this crazy season with some goodies arriving in your mail box!