Poetry Corner: Sailing Into the Arms of God

One of the things I do besides write books, is I am a lyricist for Brittany Jean. Every now and then I’ll send her a set of lyrics and ask her to create a song out of them… but more often she will “commission” a set of lyrics. This one was in memory of a classmate of hers in high school who died a few years ago. I don’t know if she has put it to music yet, but the story captured me and her ideas for the song just wrapped themselves around my thoughts. It usually takes me a few hours to write a song, but this one came to me in the span of about 20 minutes.

Sailing Into the Arms of God

Sailing away before his time
The pain is ours, we must press on
With heavy hearts we’re left behind.

Are you prepared
To walk on water?
Are you prepared
To meet your King?
When your ship comes
Will you also sail
Into the arms of God?

It’s hard to understand the why
So much left on his horizon
Too strong, too brave, too young to die.

Are you prepared
To walk on water?
Are you prepared
To meet your King?
When your ship comes
Will you also sail
Into the arms of God?

Bridge
If we could just see beyond the veil
That separates us from what’s to come
Even now our hearts would not fail
The faithful will be welcomed home.

Sailing away he goes before
He’s strong and healthy at the prow
Sailing into the arms of the Lord.

Are you prepared
To walk on water?
Are you prepared
To meet your King?
When your ship comes
Will you also sail
Into the arms of God?

~ jenelle

Sneak Peek Monday

Thought you might all enjoy a sneak peek at the finished cover of King’s Warrior. Excuse me if I sound a little hyper or excited, but I have come to the culmination of two years of very hard work. It has been fun, and it has been gratifying, and it has been satisfying work, but that does not mean it has not been hard, that there have not been tears, that there have not been set-backs.

Last night we had a major set-back, when we realized that the font we had picked for the title was one that was only available for private use, and that buying a commercial license was going to cost one hundred fifty dollars! Needless to say, I cried. (And I felt bad, because Angelina had worked so hard and we thought we were almost finished, only to find out we had to find a completely new font). 
However, Angelina is a miracle worker, and she spent the next two hours working on a new version, and I must say, I love this one as much as I loved the original. Derek says he likes it more, because the old font was (we did not do this intentionally) based on the logo for the Lord of the Rings movies!
Anyway, after all that, the cover was finally complete! I got it submitted last night, and within the next 36 hours I should get the go-ahead to order a proof copy, which means that sometime early next week, I will have physically in my hands the result of all this work we’ve been pouring out over the past year!
But, of course, the part of this post you’re really interested in: what does the new cover look like? Here ya go! :)

Isn’t it just beautiful? If you click on it, you can see it larger.

~ jenelle

Fabulous Friday

The interior layout for King’s Warrior is finished and submitted!!!! Happy dancing ensues.

This is the culmination of nearly two year’s worth of re-writing and editing that this book, originally titled The Dragon’s Eye, has undergone. The re-write started in March of ’09 because 1) I got a lot of helpful feedback from other writer’s in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and 2) I had finally finished the 4th book in the series and realized that my writing style had improved immensely in 8 years, and that my first book was not at all up to the standard of the conclusion of the series.

All that is left is to get the final cover and upload it to CreateSpace, and 5 days from then I will have the proof copy IN HAND! How exciting!!! Yes, I’m overusing exclamation points, it’s ok, I mean them.

~ jenelle