Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Winners of Book Giveaway & Updates

Contest Winners:

Krista: KEY LIME PIE by Josi Kilpack
Andrea: CHOCOLATE NEVER FAILETH by Annette Lyon
Taffy: THE FOURTH NEPHITE by Jeffrey Savage

Email your address to heather at hbmoore dot com and let me know if you want them personalized by the author.

WRITING UPDATE:
I've been working on a new Book of Mormon novel that I've titled Daughters of Jared for now. (I'm keeping the running word count on my sidebar.)

Here is part of my pitch letter to my publisher. The committee has given me the green light on this project. Sigh of relief since I'm over 100 pages into the book.

September 14, 2010

Dear xxxxx and xxxxx,

Re: Daughters of Jared

In a similar vein as my Book of Mormon “prophet” books, I’ve decided to write a novel that focuses on the era of King Jared (#2). If you recall, in Women of the Book of Mormon, I included a chapter titled “The Daughter of Jared.” While researching that era, I was intrigued with the story that takes place in the Book of Ether and the cycle of kings’ rising and falling due to secret combinations.

Yet I wanted my book to not just be a story of warning, but a story of hope, and it has become both. For the main character Naiva, the younger sister of Asherah, is able to learn the truth even though she is raised in spiritual darkness. In sharp contrast to Naiva is Asherah, who is the eldest daughter of Jared (the one referred to in Ether 8–9). Ash will do anything to reinstate her father’s throne, and instigates plans to have her grandfather, the current king, executed.

The difference in this book, compared to my other historical novels, is the approach. I’ve written it in first person, all from the younger sister Naiva’s point of view. It could even be considered women’s fiction. I’ve tentatively titled the book The Daughters of Jared and intend for it to be stand-alone. Although it might be interesting to have a mini-series of “women” novels or “groups of women” from the Book of Mormon era, alternating release dates with my regular Prophet novels and/or non-fiction works.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,
Heather Moore

7 comments:

Krista said...

Ahh!!!!! Yay yay yay! I was just over at the Whitney site thinking I really have to get Key Lime Pie, then I check here and *blammo*. Thanks, Heather! And best wishes for the new book. It sounds very intriguing!

Taffy said...

Hey! I won :)

Thanks Heather! I really wanted Jeff's book. I think my son will really enjoy it.

jenheadjen said...

Oh wow! I'm looking forward to it!

Heather B. Moore said...

Krista and Taffy, send me your addresses. I don't really keep them on file, even though I know I've mailed stuff to you before.

Debra Erfert said...

I've never been privy to a pitch letter before, or even part of one. Thanks for the insight, not only into the way you can talk a group of editors into doing what you want, but getting a sneak peek into your next book.

Heather B. Moore said...

Taffy, who do you want the book signed to?

Krista, do you want your book signed? I'll see Josi next week so I can get her to sign it.

Andrea said...

I can't believe I won a prize. Thank you so much!

Your letter for the new book was great. I'm excited to hear more about it.