Mark and I were entrusted with a dear friend's first novel. She wants us to tell her what we think and give her any suggestions as to correct terminology and such. For you see, it is set on a ranch in Northern California that is in the path of a forest fire. Yes, it could have been here and I will tell you that I told her a little funny story about myself that kind of set her creative juices flowing. So I guess in some ways our story was her inspiration. But her story is not our story and her heroine is not me. But I wish she were.
At first it was hard to begin reading. Because, like I said, while some elements are the same the story is not our story. It is purely a work of fiction. And to be honest, I also worried, "what if it isn't any good?" Ohhh, but it is. And now that we have been captured by the character's world we know longer compare it to ours. I love this story and am in awe of our friend who accomplished what many only dream about. She is not only an incredibly gifted blogger, but she is a novelist!
When it is available for the general public you can be sure that I will let you know. Until then though, we get to keep the lively characters and the beautiful scenery almost all to ourselves.
p.s. (In fact, what you see in Tammie's hands is the hot off the press PRINTED version... we struggled for days to hand the lap top back and forth and to find and re-find our place. There is just something about holding a book in your hands... And as I send her post to blogger, Tammie is soaking in the tub, reading and re-living the experience which, passed to a writer, became a novel. )