The big day has finally come! A Desperate Experiment is here!!
In some senses it feels incredibly surreal to be writing this, in another I’m just so terribly excited to be sharing with you the first book in a series that has been on my heart for so many years!
I don’t think I ever imagined eight years ago, when I lay awake one spring morning fantasizing about my future children, just where this journey would lead me. But I am so grateful to God for taking that very rough, very flawed first conception and gradually over many years refining it into His purpose for this series. Even in the years when I said I would never publish—when the story was “just for fun” and would need SO much work to become anything else—He was quietly and patiently preparing me and my story for what He had in store.
And today it just seems so amazing to be able to introduce you to my “children”—the characters and story that are so much a part of me that it’s both exciting and absolutely terrifying to launch them into the world for everyone to see!
A Desperate Experiment (Fellowship of Light, #0.5)
A tiny church struggling to keep its doors open, a pair of girls only wanting to belong, two determined enthusiasts on a mission to change the world, and a young cynic who doesn’t believe it can be changed—what future lies ahead for them all?
The past is full of change and disappointment for the five teenage members of the Matthews and Hall families—the present seems to mock them with its inability to offer what they long for most. Is there any way to move beyond their past and their present and chart a future that will bring all they desire?
Will they find the answers to life’s haunting questions? Is there one solution which can prove the key to all their struggles?
And how will Mr. Meadows’s Desperate Experiment affect their hopes and dreams?
The Reason for A Desperate Experiment
Originally, A Desperate Experiment wasn’t in the series. Well, actually, “originally” there wasn’t a series at all! But as God worked in my heart the final major change to the plot of the book that was SUPPOSED to be the first in the series (By This Shall They Know, coming September, 2021!), it became apparent that it really wasn’t the beginning of the story at all. Out of this need for an explanation of backstory, A Desperate Experiment was born.
In a way, it feels like a novella is far too short to really explain the backstory of the Matthews family, and the history that they and I share, but in another I can never truly explain all of the influences that have made the story what it is, and it is best not to try.
And as I began what was intended to be a short-story teaser/backstory, I found so much to be told and felt and lived that it grew into a novella—which I am so proud to present today as A Desperate Experiment.
Where to Order A Desperate Experiment
Okay, so probably most of you have skimmed through my ramblings looking for an “order here” button! Either that, or you want to hear what others are saying and whether you really want to invest money in a book you don’t know whether you’ll like. In either case, I have what you’re looking for!
For those of you in the United States of America, click here to order paperback or kindle versions.
If you live in Canada, click here.
To find reviews on Goodreads, click here.
And don’t forget to check out the other stops of our launch tour this week, as well as an exciting announcement on August 2nd about the next book in the Fellowship of Light series!!
Launch Tour Stops
Book Review by Esther Jackson | Neath the Hackberry Reading Club
Book Review by Katja Labonté | Old Fashioned Book Love
Book Review by Kylie Hunt | The Film Director’s Wife
Behind the Scenes: 4 Things I Learned While Writing shared by Abigail Harris | Read Review Rejoice
Enjoy cozy, Christmas short stories with excellent character development and sweet, surprise endings? See our review of Glad Tidings: A Flash Fiction Advent Calendar:
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- Glad Tidings: A Flash Fiction Calendar—Book Review
- By This Shall They Know – Cover Reveal!