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Real actual copy of “THE DAY SHE DIED” in my hands

Yes, it’s true! On Monday I received an advanced reader’s copy of THE DAY SHE DIED. When the book is released it will look like this. It is an incredibly humbling feeling to see my name on the cover of a novel. While I’ve worked hard, there are so many great writers out their that write Christian fiction, and so many that have offered their time and support.20140618_191517_resized Castle Gate Press has done a great job!

Take a look at some details below, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter on the top left of the page.

Summary:

In this clean time-travel whodunit, a middle-aged coffee-shop owner always wondered what his life would have been like if he’d stayed in town the day his college fiancee disappeared, the victim of an unsolved crime.

One morning he wakes up 20 years earlier and finds himself a student at OU in Norman again on the day she died. In a journey that takes months, he stumbles over people connected to Kim’s disappearance and puzzles over connecting the dots. He plays on a baseball team, something he’d dropped out of the first time, and discovers what it’s like to be a Christian pastor.

Selfie with my bok
Selfie with my book

Can he find some answers about Kim and about his own life? Or prevent Kim’s death? And if he succeeds in changing history, what happens to his beloved wife and kids?

ISBN: 978-0-9904399-0-5 paperback

ISBN: 978-0-9904399-1-2 electronic

Library of Congress PCN Control Number: 2014942009

Title: The Day She Died

Subtitle: A Time-Travel Mystery

Author: Bill Garrison

407 pages, $14.95

e-book $4.99

My first published work, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS

While THE DAY SHE DIED will be coming out this fall, my first published work is a novella called THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS. Four years ago, I collaborated with several authors from the Oklahoma Christian Fiction Writers Group to write a novella. Now that we are all published authors, we have released the book. Click on the link below, or on my Amazon Author page to the right. Below is a Facebook Post I copied from Sharon Shrock that describes the book.

Four years ago, I helped write a novella with 4 very talented authors. Only one of us was published at that time, now we all are. God is so faithful!!
THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS by Lacy Williams, Robin Patchen, Terri Weldon, Bill Garrison, and Sharon Shrock isnow available as a 99 cent Kindle book. All proceeds from the sale of the novella will go straight to our writer’s group treasury.
Here’s the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Christmas-inspirational-romance-novella-ebook/dp/B00K5XAW5K/
Enjoy it and we’d love a review when you’re done.

The Heart of Christmas Cover
The Heart of Christmas Cover

Memorial Day with the Family

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I had a great weekend with the family over Memorial Day Weekend. We had a rare three days off together. Even though it rained all weekend, we found time to swim at the pool, grill hamburgers, go to Pops, the mall, and the Oklahoma Science Museum. We also took the time to let our kids know that Memorial Day is a time we honor those who served our country.

Pops is a restaurant on Route 66 just east of Oklahoma City that has 200 varieties of bottled soda in almost every flavor imaginable. Last year, my son got chocolate bacon flavored pop. This year he stuck with Root Beer. I went with Jolt Cola, a childhood favorite of mine.

Every weekend is filled with every kid doing every activity you can think of. So while we are still a family, we lose track of doing family things together. We had other options this weekend, but felt it was very important to be deliberate in doing things together, enjoying each other’s company, and having fun.

We all had a great time and now its back to work for my wife and  I, and a summer of fun begins for my kids. But thankfully, we began the summer with a great time together.

How I Got my Publishing Contract

Everyone has a story of their first publishing contract, and here is mine. I won’t bore you with he details of my early writing journey, but just say it consisted of two novels and then a conversion of those novels into Christian novels.

A lot of this time was spent going to conferences, including American Christian Writers put on by Reg Forder, and then I took a trip to Mt. Hermon in 2006. I met a lot of great people on that trip and had a blast.

Soon I got hooked up with American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and went to my first ACFW conference in Dallas in 2008.

I wrote a business suspense novel called THE SOLOMON PROJECT and pitched it at an ACFW conference in 2009. Those conferences are a blast and also stressful as all the novelists try and find time to pitch their works to agents and editors. Through luck, or fate, or maybe even God’s grace, I was able to get an extra appointment with the agent Terry Burns. It was the last appointment of the day, and I’m sure he was exhausted. But we met, we talked, I pitched, and then we went our separate ways.

But, a few months later, I received an email from Terry offering to represent me.  That was probably to date the biggest thrill I had as a writer. All my hard work was paying off. Terry was great. He put a lot of time into working with me and preparing my proposal and then pitching it to the publishing houses he saw as the best fit.

Terry was all about helping his clients, and one of the things he did was set up a critique group. In this group, I got some great feedback on a novel I was working on called THE DAY SHE DIED. The group was active for about six months and I got feedback on probably the first 8 chapters of my novel. I ended up finishing THE DAY SHE DIED, and Terry tried to sell that book as well.

As the months went by and rejection emails piled up, life went on. Kids got super busy, and I started a couple of novels, and even got 25 thousand words into one. But my writing eventually stopped.

I still considered myself a writer, and always had plans to get back into it, but just hadn’t gotten here yet.

Then, out of the blue, last August, I get an email from Suzanne Hartmann. She was in the critique group and we had both read each other’s novels. She remembered mine, really liked it, and wanted to offer me a contract under her new publishing company, Castle Gate Press.

WOW!

I hadn’t given up on writing or getting published, but I certainly didn’t expect it to happen like that. I immediately thought of how God had worked to make it happen.

I got an unscheduled appointment with the hardest working agent in the biz, Terry Burns. The last appointment of the conference. I met one of his clients in a critique group. She liked my novel, and I’m sure this was years before she thought of starting her own publishing company. But, when Castle Gate Press was born, she remembered my novel.

So, that’s my story. My amazing journey up to this point. I’m right in the middle of making changes after receiving edits from my publisher. I’m really excited about these changes. They are truly for the better and will make THE DAY SHE DIED the best it can be.

Welcome to the official webiste of Bill Garrison, Author

That’s me. Bill Garrison. I write suspense/thriller/mysteries for the inspirational Market. THE DAY SHE DIED is my latest novel, a suspense novel about a man who travels back in time to relive his life in order to find out who murdered his girlfriend 15 years ago.

THE DAY SHE DIED is being published by Castle Gate Press. I’m so excited. Be sure to visit Castle Gate Press’s site by clicking on the links to the left.