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The Path of the Child

Updated on March 12, 2017
THe story of Melanie and her journey to a new life.
THe story of Melanie and her journey to a new life.

First Novel is released

Welcome to the hub that covers my first book called The Path of the Child. The book has taken almost a year to write, rewrite, edit and prepare for publication. With each step I have found myself growing more excited with the prospect of having the finished project on both Kindle and Amazon for people to read,

With the copyright and the ISBN gathered while the editor looks over the final copy, the date becomes more secure for launch of "The Path of the Child". That date of the electronic release was July 7, 2012 through Kindle. The print version will be later this month. It will be available through Amazon.

As a first time writer, I have been learning how the publishing business works. As a new author, I have made the decision to release my work though self publishing. Since J.K. Rowling is now self publishing, it seems I will be in good company.

Working with creatspace and Kindle has allowed me to be hands on during the entire process. With the process being so new, I have felt like an astronaut being launched into outer space for the first time.

My characters that I know and love are going to be seen by new eyes and the nervousness of having them seen by an unknown reader leaves me a bit scared. I can't help but feel like a mother that is taking a child for a Broadway audition. Will everyone see in my child the qualities that I see? Will everyone fall in love with my child as I have?

Yes, this book and this list of characters have become like children to me. Read about them and fall in love with them. These characters want their story to be told.


Meet the Characters

Melanie Easton is the only child of Katherine Easton. She was born when Katherine was only seventeen years old and to be frank, she was not prepared to be a mother at that time. She left Melanie alone much of the time and did not tend to her needs.

Melanie is a self-taught young lady. She has always had a love of books and has learned how to interact with people from reading. She is known to mispronounce words because her vocabulary was mostly formed through the written word and so she tends to pronounce the words phonetically that she has never heard aloud.

One of the students in the high school Melanie attends offers her a ride one day and this one act of kindness opens a whole new world for Melanie. When Robert Reynolds befriends Melanie he finds himself drawn into the search for information about why Melanie and her mother are alone, and why they are so separated from society. With a full cast of characters and a rich story line that unfolds throughout the novel, The Path of the Child will keep you interested in the life of this strong determined girl.

When Melanie meets Jim Creek, the owner of the local pizza shop, she finds another person that is willing to stand up for her and realize what a special young lady she is. When Jim offers her a chance to try a new experience, Melanie accepts the opportunity as a perfect escape from the apartment she shares with her mother. Jim believes in Melanie and hopes he has not placed his trust in someone that is not who she seems to be a short time later.


The Journey

This path that I am on has been an incredible journey. I struggled with being able to speak to people about my book and ask people to get to know the characters that up until a year ago were only known to me.

With the release through Kindle I hope someone finds the characters to be people that they enjoy getting to know and spending a little time reading of their journey and truthfully I hope that they enjoy their company as much as I did.

It is with great relief that the launch has occurred and now I can focus on my second book.

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    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      5 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you Audrey. I appreciate you sharing this. Please let me know how you like the book. I appreciate that you want to purchase the book. I am honored that you want to read it and I can't wait to see the book report.

      McBirdbks, thank you for realizing how many obstacles there were during this process, I really appreciate your validation. Thank you for reading this hub and especially for taking the time to comment.

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Congratulations, there are mountains that stand in the way of getting a book published. You conquered each and every one of them. That is an accomplishment that cannot be diminished.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Vicki - Congratulations! What a personal achievement for you. I can't wait to purchase your book. Next month I will buy it on Amazon.

      I love the title. You've put in a lot of hard work. I am sharing this on Twitter, FB, pinterest and more. Will come back after I read your book and give you a book report :) - Audrey

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you Janine, Mary, Deepak and N Anderson. I appreciate your taking the time to celebrate this with me. The process did take a lot of time and I am so appreciative of your congratulations. I hope you read it and enjoy it. Please feel free to come back if you read it and comment. I would welcome any feedback. Thank you all again for your votes, tweets and likes.

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      nanderson500 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Congrats on publishing it, writing a novel is tough. I write short stories and even that takes a long time.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations for your this effort It is not easy to write and make your book pubilsed.First book like a new birth in family.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I think all of us "writers" will be envious (but proud) to know an author like yourself. Congrats!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Congrats on your first book and will definitely have to look into reading it. Your article about it very much piqued my interest. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you Cloud explorer :) I hope you enjoy the read. It is a pleasure to meet you digitally also. Let me know when you have your book available. I know you can complete it and get it published!!

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I will definitely take a look at your new book, and congratulations on getting it published finally, and I also wish you much luck and support on your second book to come.

      Awesome stuff Vicki this is very motivating as I need to complete a book I started as well, voted up and getting shared. Oh and thanks for the recent visit to my hub as well, its nice to meet ya digitally.

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thanks Kennbug. Thank you for cheering me on!

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      Casey Goodwin 

      6 years ago from Escanaba Michigan

      Can't wait to read the entire book! Good work girl!!

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      It is a dream come true for me too. You can do it! I have read some of your hubs and I bet you will be published very soon.

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      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Great hub and congratulations on your publications! I am very happy for you. I have always dreamed that one day I could become an author and have my books published.

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you Tammy and Sunshine :) It means so much that people are so supportive on HubPages.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on your publications! That is awesome. This sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks so much for sharing and welcome to HH!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congratulations on your second book! Wishing you good luck on your adventure:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Congratulations! I am thrilled for you and a tad envious I think--but mostly thrilled!

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you so very much!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No it isn't. Best of luck with your second book. Very exciting!

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you so much Billy. I am almost finished with my second book and I hope that it will be as fun to publish as this one. I appreciate your good wishes. Is your book on Kindle?

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish you well; I went down a similar road about six months ago and self-published and I am so happy that I did. May your book do well and be the start of big things for you as an author.

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Katrine, Thank you so much. I agree that writing has kept me going. This first book was supposed to be out at Christmas time, but life got in the way. I have it coming out in a few weeks and nothing is going to stop me this time! Thanks for all your encouragement. It means so much to me to have such awesome people on HubPages to bolster me up.

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      KatrineDalMonte 

      6 years ago

      Vicki, it's so important to keep our motivation, and let our mind concentrate on something we really enjoy and love doing. It helps us stay away from the problems and pains of every day's life. Doing what we are meant for, for writers it is indeed the pure joy of writing, can be one of the best therapy! Wishing you all the best with the book :-)

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you so much PhillyDreamer! I appreciate your encouragement and your positive thoughts. I am excited and yet a little scared. As they say though nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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      Jose Velasquez 

      6 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Congratulations on your first book. I hope it will be very successful for you.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      You are so wise and fortunate to have this great project to keep you busy and diverted during the past few months. Having something this compelling is good therapy to give you distance from pain. I will watch for your announcement of the release!

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Now you can see what has kept me from falling apart. I have had my nose to the grindstone and have loved having this distraction. Thank you Marcy for being so supportive. I am so excited and happy. I look forward to announcing it's release so you can get it.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Congratulations! This is thrilling news, Vicki - I'm so happy for you. What a great start to your new year and new life. Can't wait to see the book! Voted up and awesome.

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you so much :) I am so excited, as you can probably tell! This has been a long time coming. Very happy to be close to the end of this journey so I can do it all over again with the second book!

      Thank you so much for voting!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Vicki, Just want to wish you good luck with the book, It's great when a hub-writer take the next step. Voting up.

    • vicki goodwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sojourner McConnell 

      6 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Thank you Ebower! I hope you will find a way to read it. I would love to get your feedback. Since I will have it as an e-book, the cost to readers will be low. That is why I am releasing it through Kindle. The process has been fun to learn. Jump in there and do it as soon as you are ready. Good luck on your book. I am already writing my second book, so I hope that I find enough topics to keep me busy for a long while! Thank you for the votes!

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      Erin Bower 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Your novel sounds entertaining based on your character descriptions. Good luck with your book! I hope to follow the same path someday by self-publishing my own novel. :) I voted this up and interesting.

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