Friday, March 02, 2007

Are You the Next Restorer?

Four and a half years ago, I envisioned a middle-American mom (much like myself) plunged into the classic fish-out-of-water fantasy epic. This story premise has been done a million ways--but usually with a young male hero.

Could a female character take this "hero's journey?" I know the lives of my women friends - and they are the stuff of epic heroism. I was also inspired by the Biblical example of Deborah in the book of Judges. I believed that there was room for a different take on the genre.

What if Susan, a modern wife and mom of four, (whose biggest battle was arbitrating which of her kids got the biggest French fry) was pulled into a world waiting for a promised Restorer to save their people? And what if she had the signs they watched for? Her relationship skills, her experiences as a wife and mother, and most of all her deep and persistent faith - all brought a new color to the adventure palette.

This story grabbed me and wouldn't let go, and in fact, I wrote two more novels in the series - because I loved the characters so much.

The journey of this book coming to publication is its own adventure story of obstacles, battles, and allies...and most of all of the unfailing faithfulness of God.

At last, I'm delighted to announce that The Restorer is available to pre-order.
:-) Just click on this link:

Pre-order "The Restorer"

You'll be among the first to receive the book as it releases in May.
Come join the adventure!


Sharon Hinck


Cara Putman said...

Love the cover, Sharon. And now that I know you, I will pick it up even though it's outside my usual genre choice. I couldnt' read the Lord of the rings trilogy until after seeing the movies and having the context of a world to place the books in! But if this is anything like the Becky Miller books, I know I will LOVE IT. Your sense of humor and characterization just makes the books shine and so enjoyable.

C.J. Darlington said...

Sharon, I echo Cara. This cover is awesome. I'm not a Mom, but I already know I must read Susan's story for the adventure aspects. Looking forward to it.

relevantgirl said...

Sharon, let's share a cup of tea someday and talk about our publishing journeys!

Sharon Hinck said...

Hi, Cara!
I think God's timing has been wonderful. I've had a chance to build some readership, so people might trust me enough to try a little "off-center" sort of genre. By the way, I adored LOTR in college, but these days don't have the mental focus to commit to reading high-fantasy style. So I wanted to bring a contemporary voice to that kind of story telling.

C.J. - although Susan is a mom, and that flavors how she views her adventures, her struggles in this story draw on some universal themes. I've had test readers from MANY walks of life who've identified with Susan and her story. :-)

I'm so excited for people to get copies in hand and get to read it - but part of me is afraid because then folks will realize what a truly strange place my brain is. :-)

Sharon Hinck said...

Mary -
We must must have that cup of tea.
Your books (and your APPROACH to being a Christ-follower and writer) are such an inspiration to me.

Deborah said...

oh i can't wait for this book. are you going to do another blog tour again? can i be a part of it? :)

Marilynn said...


Love the cover. Love the story. I can't wait to read this one.

Cyndy Salzmann said...

Love it! Love it! CANNOT wait until it comes ou!

Sharon Hinck said...

Deborah -

I'm trying to come up with a SUPER SPECIAL plan for the launch of this book - and I'm sure some sort of cyber-book-tour will be part of it. :-) I'll keep you posted!

Marilyn and Cyndy, thanks so much for your enthusiasm! It means a lot.

WayneThomasBatson said...

Rock on, Sharon! The book sounds awesome. May your new tales bring millions closer to the One True King, and, while you're at it, recruit a whole new demographic into the fantasy genre!

Vive le Christian Revolution fantastique!

Amy Wallace said...


I totally dig this cover! But you already knew that. ;-) I can't wait to read The Restorer!!! Nor can I wait to see what amazing adventure God has planned for you through this book.

But I'll wait.

We know how to do that, huh? ;-)

Raising Eagles said...

ooohhhh....I want to read it! I'm still waiting for my library to get Renovating Becky Miller, and now I'll have to wait for this one. I'm sorry...I wish I could buy them all, but can't at this time. God knows how to test my patience. :/
congrats on the new books...i've been recommending your books and websites to my blog readers.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Sharon. This looks really fun. And encouraging. God bless you!

Ruth said...

I am so excited about this book, Sharon! I love the premise...and can I just tell you, the cover is FABULOUS!

Rel said...

Hey Sharon, "Jane" here!!! Looks fabulous and is such a quirky idea but I am sure you will pull it off beautifully! You fill mums like myself with hope and perseverance!! Bless you!

Cheryl said...

Cool cover! I'm looking forward to reading it!