I received notes back from another of my beta readers yesterday, and I can’t wait to get busy fine-tuning the manuscript for Confessions of a Homeschool Mom today. This team of readers has blessed me greatly with their  encouraging words about the strength of the story and the writing and with their excellent advice on ways to make the story even better.

I am so excited about Confessions hat I want to give this story to you TODAY, Dear Reader, but with patience and a little more work, I think I can give you a much better story if I wait. Truly, this feels like Christmas Eve. I can’t wait for you to unwrap this gift come Christmas Day!

While I am busy putting finishing touches on Confessions, here are a few hints from my beta readers about the unopened package waiting under the tree:

“I was deeply moved by the generosity and candor of your story…this story is deeply human and would be well received and deeply understood by any woman anywhere. This is the journey of motherhood.”

“…this is the most deeply satisfying ending ever. Brava!”

“The story of this book is very intense – it goes straight and deep to heart level – and your craft has has matured enough to make this vital story effective.”

“As a homeschooled insider, I thought [the opening chapter] was hilarious – and suspect it would draw in an ‘outsider’ as well.”

“I cried all the way through this chapter. How I wish I had had a kind and loving grandmother like Bidi’s to speak to me directly.”

“I LOVE Bidi Marshall. I LOVE her grandmother…I want her grandmother to be my grandmother. Can you pleeeease write a story about the grandmother?!”

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing me Carmen’s heart.”

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Now, if you are ever to read Carmen Fanelli’s story, I need to get back to work. Thank you, beta readers, for making my job so dang much fun! Thank you, Karen Armour, for keeping the coffee flowing! Let’s do this!!!

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