In Which My Book Is Dirt-Cheap, and I Thank You

by Laura on October 1, 2013

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They always said writing a book was like birthing a baby, and I was all eye-rolling-know-it-all: “It can’t be that bad. I mean, really. I’ve never seen anyone sweaty and screaming over a manuscript.”

I remember with our first (real, actual, human, non-figurative) baby, I had much the same attitude. “I’m going all-natural. No big deal. Lots of women had babies before drugs, you know.”

And let me tell you, it took one natural birth to determine that I would never do that again. Drugs were made to be used, after all.

And it took six months of writing my own book (that’s less than 100 pages and so probably qualifies as a preemie) to determine that all authors are gutsy and determined rockstars. 

I reckon births of any kind typically require much more than you expect. Work and pain and tears and sacrifice and grit and time. Lots of time.

But, thankfully, for me at least, the labor is over. My story of The Exodus Road and our journey into undercover investigations in Asia took on binding and page numbers just last week. After early weekend mornings and late nights and Saturdays spent at a computer, the book is available for purchase on Amazon. At great cost to Matt and the kids (and this blog which has remained sorely neglected), the final edits are finished.

And while I’m not officially “launching,” until mid-October, I would be honored if you, my friends here who have lived this story with me, could read some of the very first copies. So honored, in fact, that I’d love to gift you with an online sale. It’s a simple way I can say thank you for joining this journey with me. Here are the details:

* For THREE DAYS ONLY,  you’ll be able to buy the book for $5.99. You can buy it HERE. {Sale will end Friday night, October 5.} Kindle versions are available, as well, for $4.99.

* Finally, write a REVIEW. Reviews are a big deal for book sales, and I’d love your help in amassing some. After you finish the book (which will only take about an hour or two of your time), would you please head over to Amazon and write an honest, I mean good, I mean honest review of the book itself? I would consider this a personal gift back to me. Just click on the title on the Amazon website and go to Customer Reviews tab. Click on the link “Create a New Review.”

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As many of you know, the purpose of this book was three-fold. First, I wanted to record our journey before I forgot it– for myself, for Matt, for my kids in the future. Secondly, I want to inspire people to action on behalf of the modern day slave, and lastly, I hope to raise funds and awareness for investigations and rescue.

I reckon we all have dreams and intentions for our kids.

So, go ahead, pick up a copy sometime this week, read it, and pretty-please write a review. I’ll be posting more from the book itself in a few weeks officially, but I wanted you guys to have first dibs. You’re my people, after all.

If you’d like, you can share this deal online, but please direct people to this post first rather than giving out the sale info only. That way, they’ll have the chance to hear me beg for reviews. The easiest way to do that is to simply use the share button at the bottom of this post.

Consider the book sale a small baby shower favor, of sorts. And, again, thank you for enduring my silence while this little guy came to full term. You can expect much more from me in the coming months around here.

The Exodus Road: Kindle

The Exodus Road: Paperback

  • Marla Taviano

    I LOVED YOUR BOOK SO MUCH. I just bought 10 more copies, and I’m going to try to get everyone I know to read it. xoxoxoxo

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Marla– you have made my day with your enthusiasm. :)

  • Neeley Davie

    Just ordered it!!! Will take a couple of weeks to get here! But I’m excited! Looking forward to reading it!!!! So proud of you!!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Neely– oh, girl, THANK YOU. Truly. I adore you and your family. You have been such the faithful cheerleader to me. Love you right back.

  • Jessiqua Wittman

    I’m over halfway finished with the book, and I’m already starting my review of it. It’s been quite the ride!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Oh, wow, Jessiqua– I know you KNOW the process of “birthing” a book! Thanks for being willing to read mine . . . And for the review. :) I appreciate the support.

      • http://www.jessiquawittman.com/ Jessiqua Wittman

        I was nodding the whole time I read your post, yes… ;)

  • Emily Wierenga

    I love your heart so much, Laura. Looking forward to meeting you at Allume. e.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Oh, thanks, Emily– so glad you will be there! I am totally looking forward to connect with you, as well!

  • Joshua P. Smith

    So excited about your family’s journey and this book. Just purchased it, itching to read it. I’ve been writing an epic fantasy series called Aelathia, which deals directly with slavery and sex trafficking. The main character is a lawyer (lawprotector) turned knight who leads a group of knights into the underground, investigating, shutting down, and rescuing people from brothels and worse. Looking forward to utilizing your experience as research for future books. May Jesus continue to bless you all…and keep writing! It is such an endeavor, difficult, full of sacrifice, but such joy and wonder and excitement as the words unfold upon the page. Keep it up!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Thanks, Joshua– keep writing, yourself! The world needs good words that matter. :)

  • Teri Miller

    Yippeee, yahooo, & jumping up & down screaming & yelling & dancing!!!

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Teri– Thanks, friend! It’s been quite the process, but I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your encouragement. Truly . . . thank you

  • Dee Sutton

    How do I get the kindle version of this book? thanks

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Hi there, Dee– the link is in the post above. :) Happy reading!

  • srvnGod

    Just got my copy. Can’t wait to read it. Working on a baby of my own, and sometimes I could use an emotional/intellectual epidural. :)

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Thanks for reading along– hang in there with your own writing!! It is Hard. Work.

  • Gary Ware

    Finished your book last night and wrote review this morning. Thank You and Matt and everyone involved for your efforts and for this book. Well written. Six days ago – purchased. Each day – bit off a chunk – chewed, chocked and absorbed it.

    Simply saying, Thank You, sounds irreverent considering the depth of sacrifice by everyone mentioned, including your children. God bless.

    • http://www.lauraparkerblog.com/ Laura Parker

      Gary, this comment brought tears to my eyes. Truly. And I’m not one to cry.

      Thanks for your encouraging words. It really blessed me today.

  • Kamakshi

    The missionary World needs sweet and open minded people like you.
    Why don’t you share your short stories regarding how the faith in god has guided you to rescue these many kids with Indian media as well.

    I have seen the story competition message displayed in the blog srkvijayam.com/2014/05/13/storycomp/
    (The blog page of the leading Tamil magazine Sri Ramakrishna Vijayam’. )There is a special story competition conducted now to enable the people to share their real time experience of following their gospels. Though that is the Tamil language magazine I hope you can post your stories.

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