Friday, January 5, 2018

Photo Friday: Help! Andi's Locket from Family Secret

My publisher just sent me the file for Andrea Carter and the Family Secret. I have been asked by a couple of fans to please give more details about the locket Hannah grabs, Andi takes back, and then gives to Hannah to keep her from crying when Troy is taking the children away. (And I have been asked to explain how Andi gets the locket back so she can use it again in Courageous Love.) And I will TRY to squeeze in a rumor about Troy too, if I don't run over my 40,000 word limit. (I'm at 39,500 right now, so I have some wiggle room.)

I am in the process of doing that over the next several days. I will explain about the locket coming back to Andi in the last chapter, just before her sister Kate and the kids go to San Francisco.

In the meantime, I need your help on the details of the locket. I've woven in some short details into the story (costly, gold, etchings, etc.), and mentioned that even more precious are the two miniatures of her mother and father on the inside, but I also want to describe a short engraving that Justin wrote on the back of the locket (for her 12th birthday). Here's what I have so far: "Grow in grace and wisdom, sweet little sister. Love Justin."

But honestly, I'm terrible at thinking of sentimental things to write, and you are probably better. Here you go! Give me ideas of 12-14 words or less (more would never have fit. I looked it up on line, and 16 words is like the max!). Write your ideas in the comments. If I like one of yours better than the one I have right now, I'll put yours in so fast it will make your head spin! If you like what I have, vote for it, okay? But believe me, my feelings won't be hurt if you think of something better!

But hurry! I will be finishing the edits the middle of next week and sending the file back to my publisher. 

 

29 comments:

  1. I like the one you have--it seems in-character for Justin to say, and it's sweet too. : )

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  2. I like what you have but here is an idea.
    God will be with you, sweet sister, love Justin

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  3. the one you have sounds really good! it seems Andi is always trying to have more grace and wisdom-just like her mother!

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  4. Ohh, what you have is super sweet! You could also do something like, "Remember, little sister. You are always loved. " or maybe
    "No matter where life takes you, you can always come home"

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  5. I am here if you need me Andrea, Love Justin

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  6. "God Loves You, and I Do Too".

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  7. Oh, this is the same person who sent "God Love You, and I Do Too". It should be signed, "Love, Justin."

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  8. Ohh, I like what you have! It's super sweet, and, like Krystal said, it fits Justin's character. And it's super sweet. <3

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  9. I like what you have but you could have 'God is with you whether I am or not Love Justin' just a thought.

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  10. "Never Forget I Love You. Love, Justin."

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  11. Grow in Grace and Wisdom in God Andrea, Love Justin

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  12. I am loving all of these suggestions, fans! Thanks so much for all your feedback. I'll let you know what I ended up with after I turn the manuscript in next week.
    Mrs. M

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  13. I love what you already have! LOL

    ~Leah

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  14. Yay! I'm back from my grandma's, and my newest sister is so sweet and healthy! Mom is doing well, too. All prayers were much appreciated!
    I really like what you have, Mrs. Marlow. I absolutely love how you weave the family so well into your stories :-). I have no suggestions for other words, but Jesseca Dawn also had some brilliant ideas. Can't wait to see what you do! I'll probably be the first to buy a copy *wink*.
    I will send you pictures of my sister as soon as I get the chance! Thanks again for praying! May God bless you!

    ~Ellen

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    1. Yay! So glad to hear all went well, and little Sadie is starting off strong. :-)
      Pictures please! To my email address.
      I think I'll cherry pick some of these and come up with something that incorporates what I originally had but maybe with a couple of additions.

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  15. I like what you have (for the locket) but I'd add a "may you" at the beginning so it reads "May you grow in grace and wisdom, sweet little sister. Love, Justin." It just sounds a little- I don't know- softer? More like a blessing than a command? By the way, thank you so much for writing the Circle C books. They're my favorites.

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    1. I like that a lot! I didn't quite like the original idea, but this makes it perfect :)

      -Abigail

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    2. I like that! "May you" sounds really good, not like a command. I think that would work!

      ~Leah

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  16. I love what you have, Mrs. M! Maybe you could incorporate God somehow? "May God bless you with grace and wisdom, sweet little sister. Love, Justin." Just a thought.

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  17. Okay, after looking at all of them, combining, deleting, reshuffling, I have come up with this. I will turn the story in tomorrow, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Like many of you said, "I like what you have, Mrs. M, but . . ."
    There was just something missing, and you supplied the suggestions to make it perfect!

    Drum roll . . .

    "May you grow in grace and wisdom in Christ, sweet sister. Love Justin"

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    1. Love it, Mrs. Marlow! So, did Andi not receive the locket in "Andi Far from Home," as you had planned at one point? It's still said she got it for her 12th birthday? Oh, boy!--the plot in the upcoming Stepping Stone book thickens, as now all I have to run off of is the summary! How come it feels like July is a zillion years away (LOL)?
      You did great with the locket engraving! Thanks for letting us all contribute ideas!

      ~Ellen

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    2. I honestly forgot ask about andi far from home. Eeks. I shall have to rethink this. Thanks.

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    3. I love what you are doing!!! It sounds so perfect for Justin.

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    4. Okay, Ellen, I changed it to her tenth birthday, and I'll think about if I have enough words left over in Far from Home to include a sentence or two. Those younger books are tight, tight, tight on word count. Thanks for catching that!

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    5. That was no problem at all! I didn't even know I was catching something (LOL)! Have you sent in the manuscript to Kregel yet?
      How many entries do you now have for the contest? Are you thinking there'll be enough?Thanks!

      ~Ellen

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    6. Oh too bad it's too late, my suggestion was going to be "May you grow in God's grace in love and wisdom Love, Justin"

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  18. Wow! You guys are good at this! I like what y'all have.
    ~Hope

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  19. Oh! I love it Mrs. M! I think it's perfect. Totally a Justin thing to say!

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  20. I love it! There was someone that suggested that but it was anonymous. I wish I knew who suggested it! Does anyone know?

    ~Leah

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Let Andi know what you think!