To Retreat from Romance

On Receiving Feedback

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in To Retreat from Romance, Writer's Diary


Blogging when emotional is rarely a good thing, which is why I forced myself to hold onto this post for a week before publishing.

Why so passionate?

Well, I recently received some feedback to the latest draft of To Retreat from Romance—my young adult unromance novel.

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How To Pick Your Projects

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in STRONGHOLD, To Retreat from Romance, Writer's Diary



If you could only finish one more project, what would it be?

I ask myself this on the regular. I find it’s a good question to not only recalibrate my workload but also remind me of what’s important to me. At present, it’s my fundraising for a Deep Water Well. After that, it’s getting my revision of Stronghold as well as my romance novel released. While the first item is arguably a semi-passive endeavor, the latter two are solely within my hands to achieve. So what’s stopping me?

A thousand other ideas, that’s what.

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A Budding Romance

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in To Retreat from Romance

Several weeks ago, I received feedback on my second novel, To Retreat From Romance.

I knew that I would have some mixed responses, but I did not expect them to be as varied as they were. While some folks loved one subplot, others thought it unmotivated (or non-existent). Whereas one reader found certain elements to be a great part of the story, another loathed them. Different attitudes informed diametrically opposed responses regarding not only the content but the tone as well. I was reminded of my review of Real Men Don’t Text and felt that perhaps I was guilty of all the things I previously critiqued.

As a result, my attitude toward my second novel has shifted dramatically, and I will be returning to formula in a few of areas—not all of those recommended but some. My readers keyed into issues I would never have noticed simply because I enjoyed the way I told my story, even if it was not the best way to do so. I have chapters to add, others to reduce and possibly combine. I have subplots that need exploration and main plot points that need clarification. I have already made enough changes to know the next draft will be decidedly different and hopefully better than the first.

This is the stuff of which a writer dreams—that he or she would produce something that first elicits strong reactions in either direction and then demands improvement of the work as a result. I am immensely thankful for my Romance Revisions Committee and their insights. Be assured, you have fellow readers whose vigilance will provide you with a better experience than they had upon the first time engaging this novel.

Inasmuch as my workload has increased beyond expectation, I have nothing but hope looking toward this next draft. I know what worked in the last one, and I know why. Additionally, I know how to harness those strengths while also improving upon those things that failed. To Retreat From Romance is going to be a good book; of that, I am confident. And thanks to my team, it will be a far better book than one I could have produced by myself.

Thanks for reading all,


PS – Interested in updates on To Retreat From Romance and other 3LC Publications? I intend to launch an official 3LC Mailing List this summer! Direct Updates and additional content will be sent to your inbox monthly, and you may find yourself receiving benefits down the road as a result of joining! Keeping checking back here for details!


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Be my Reader, Editor, and More!

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in To Retreat from Romance, Writer's Diary

I’m excited. Really excited.

I am going to release another book in the next twelve months, a young adult novel entitled, To Retreat from Romance. I am happy with the preliminary drafts, and I look forward to making it the best novel it can be.

But I cannot do it alone. The truth is that I need help to do it; real help, not affirmation from “yes men” and cheerleaders but strong feedback from people who like what they know and know what they like. I am building an amazing team of committed readers to help me refine and proofread this latest novel. And guess what, I want you to join that team! Yes, you! Especially, you!

Here’s the deal: 

To Retreat from Romance follows the romantic misadventures of a group of high school freshmen on their first, full-weekend church retreat; and the story is full of all the characters, antics, lessons, and breakthroughs that made those weekends memorable for so many of us. 

For its release, I need a few folks (a max of 12) willing to commit time, effort, and energy toward expanding 3LC Publishing into a new frontier with quality, energy, and enthusiasm!

So what am I asking of you, really? Well, it’s plenty. BUT I think you’ll find that in the end it’s worth it. Why? Because I’ve helped some folks with their projects, and I’ve never regretted doing so; and because I am also going to try to make it worth your while. Here’s your commitment level:

You are not required to review it on any site (though you are welcome to do so).
You do not need to promise to tell ten people (though you may want to).
You will not be asked to personally buy twenty copies yourself (because that would just be silly).

But you will need to…

1) Read the Digital Rough Draft of To Retreat from Romance and answer a survey about the book. 
(Draft provided as soon as you are committed to the team, with responses due March 14, 2014)
This is a broad reading where you’ll be able to comment on everything. What you liked, what you didn’t, what should change, what can’t change, etc.

2) Read the Digital Revised Draft of To Retreat from Romance and answer a second, similar survey.
(Draft provided May 1, 2014, with responses due June 15, 2014)
This draft will reflect the changes and edits provided by the prior draft’s feedback and be a slightly different and hopefully better reading experience. But once again, you’ll be answering a similar set of questions.

3) Offer feedback on “Reading Group Questions” for a small group/book club 
(Questions provided June 30, 2014, with responses due July 14, 2014)
This content will be made available at either the 3LC site or as an appendix in the book. The series of questions will be presented to engage readers of all ages in group discussion about the spiritual content of the story.

4) Offer feedback on “Personal Reader Questions” for a reader to explore on his or her own.
(Draft provided July 15, 2014, with responses due August 4, 2014)
With a similar purpose as the above, only for personal application.

5) Proofread the PHYSICAL Proof of To Retreat from Romance
(Draft Mailed before September 15, with responses due no later than October 15, 2014)
This draft will be a big, final improvement from the last one, but you’ll be looking for every typo, oddly spaced item, and little issue that irks you as a reader–a sentence, an “off” line of dialogue, or a misplaced comma. This is it. How it looks in your hands is how it will look to any reader when we go to publication.

No small task, right? I am asking you to read 1 book 3 times in 11 months, plus take a few surveys. That’s alot; I know. But if you are willing to see this project through to the end, you’ll be afforded the following benefits:

1) You’ll receive a signed, hard copy of the proof for To Retreat from Romance (these will be limited copies, so it’s kind of a cool deal), which will contain YOUR NAME IN PRINT, in the acknowledgement section, as a member of the “Reading & Revisions Committee,” the special title for all the readers and editors who will be part of our team.

2) Plus, you’ll get a copy of the final version of To Retreat from Romance.

3) An additional second physical copy of To Retreat from Romance to give to a friend, fellow reader, family member, etc. (and I will sign it for them personally if you know to whom you want to give it)!

4) My gratitude and sincere appreciation, written on the 3LC Publishing Site, to be visible as long as that site is up and running. 

I know; I know. The requirements outweigh the benefits. It’s true. But I think having one’s name in print is a pretty sweet deal (otherwise I wouldn’t be doing this), and I am giving you a physical copy for each time you read the book.

This is your chance to participate in the writing process with a clear and tangible end result you can hold in your hands. I sincerely need help from readers who love good stories and are willing to help me tell one.

If you have any interest, please e-mail me at [email protected] and answer the below questions:

1) Why do you want to be a part of the “Reading & Revisions Committee”?
2) Can you commit to ALL of the tasks as outlined in this post, and will you fulfill them honestly and as requested, solely for the expressed benefits promised, with the understanding that if you do not complete them in full, said benefits will not be bestowed?
3) Do you promise? (just kidding)

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