Friday, February 22, 2008

Stepping Into Sunlight Cover!

My editor just sent me the cover for Stepping Into Sunlight - a new novel releasing in September, 2008. It's so perfect, it made me cry. The art work captures the character, the struggle, the hope - the type of journey in the story.

Although the story has quirky characters and dry humor in the first-person voice (like my other novels), this novel has a slightly more serious tone. Penny Sullivan witnesses a violent crime right before her husband leaves on his first deployment as a Navy chaplain. She battles post-traumatic stress, feels completely isolated and alone, and needs some tools on her journey toward healing.

She develops "Penny's Project" - and takes tiny steps forward as she tries to do a kind act for a different person each day. I love the theme of the way God uses wounded people to help and support each other. Like the widow's mite, this Penny doesn't come from a place of abundance or power. Yet God is able to make a difference in her and through her.

So, here's your sneak peek!

But in the meantime, Symphony of Secrets is out now (I'm going to be at the Maple Grove, MN Northwestern Bookstore for a launch party at 1pm Saturday, Feb. 23) and Restorer's Journey should be showing up in stores anytime now (please let me know when you spot it at your local store - if you don't find them, ask for them!)


Sharon's Books


Cindy Thomson said...

Beautiful! Congratulations!

Christopher Hopper said...

Wow! Really like it! It's sweet just like you!

(Am I allowed to say that on national internetdom?).

Blessings to all the Hinck Clan!


Sherri said...

That is one of the most beautiful covers I've seen. It instantly captivates me. LOVE IT!

patti said...

Oh my, it IS gorgeous. The art department at Bethany House hit a home run for you. Congratulations, Sharon! Now, I want to read it!

Judy said...

As a librarian, I guarantee this cover will grab the attention of readers! It's beautiful,and perfectly conveys the tone and subject matter of the book--a message of finding hope and healing in the midst of trauma. Can't wait for its release!!

Enjoy the book launch tomorrow. I'm praying for you.

Chawna Schroeder said...

This is by far my favorite cover you've received from Bethany House. I think it really captures the essence of the story, and I think it will draw many people in.

Bryan Davis said...

Very nice, Sharon. I like it a lot.

Amy Wallace said...

Very awesome cover! I'm so looking forward to this story!

Susan Meissner said...

Love it, love it!

S. J. Deal said...

Sounds captivating. :-) Nice cover too.

Hope your launch party goes well. :-D I absolutely love the cover for Symphony of Secrets.


Pais Charos said...

It looks absolutely lovely! I wanna read it shucks, I have to wait :( :P

Kat said...

The Restorer's Journey is out and about down here in my area. I also finally got the copy I ordered from

beka said...

Wow... She looks real; I love it!
Most books have perfect-looking, airbrushed people... this is absolutely beautiful!
Can't wait to read it!