10th Anniversary Edition of The Path to Freedom
On September 21, 2008, Sapphire Blue Publishing published my debut novel, The Path to Freedom, a story of a young woman who has lost nearly all faith in herself but keeps fighting when everyone else says “give up”. Through a mysterious invitation, Sarah Stevens discovers strength and confidence she never had before as well as a family that not only believes in her strengths but depends on them as well.
The characters for The Path to Freedom came to me in dreams, demanding to be written, and I found myself, the mother of a toddler and in a disintegrating marriage, living vicariously through Sarah. I wanted to change the person I’d become, have adventures, and be madly in love – at the very least with my own life. But a glance in the mirror showed dead eyes looking back at me and a soul being tortured by everyone else’s expectations being in direct conflict with my own needs and desires.
In the 10 years since I was first published, I’ve been able to transform my own life. I’ve divorced and purchased my own home. My children are 14 and 11 and wonderful human beings. I’ve met a wonderful man and we’ve been adventuring together for years. Last year we bought a modest travel trailer and, with homeschooling kids and a camping membership, we’ve been traveling for months on end. I love the life we have together.
In fact, I’m writing this from a strange little canyon outside Santa Barbara, California, where our latest RV adventure has brought us. Yesterday, we spent the day at Gaviota Beach and outlined a whole new series of novellas – together.
The bottom line:
I no longer have to live vicariously through my characters, but I must learn to type faster because the stories just keep coming at me and, like the first, demand to be written.
Beginning in October, I’ll be republishing newer versions of all of my Task Force 125 novels, beginning with The Path to Freedom. A recent inventory found pages upon pages of additional chapters, character interviews, dossiers, short stories, additional novellas, and other materials I want to share with you in each republished novel.
In 2019, after the re-releases this year, I will begin releasing new Task Force 125 novellas (yes, the team is still in action) as well as many others with brand new characters I hope you’ll love as much as Sarah and her team.
For the first time, I’m ready (and anxious) to commit to writing on a full-time basis and publishing new novellas every month. It’s been a long and bumpy road.
I want to thank you for following as long as you have and hope you’ll find the Task Force 125 bonus materials, as well as my upcoming new releases, worthy of your time.