07 Mar 2014

How to get the first 3 chapters of my book for free #SurprisedByMotherhood

Dear Five Minute Friday writers. You are my people.

You are the people I can just walk into a room and plonk down on the sofa next to and kick off my shoes without worrying too much if my socks are smelly.


You are the people who know that writing is a constant battle against the critic in our own heads. A fight against distractions, fear and the desperate urgency to find a fresh way to package old words.

You also know that sometimes your best writing gets done in a minivan parked in the driveway because it’s the only quiet space you can find.

Four weeks from now my first book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom will be in your hands if you’ve already pre-ordered it. But for you all – my favorite, favorite writers, I wanted to get it to you sooner.

So I asked Tyndale House if I could share more than just a chapter with you. And they said, yes, because they’re awesome like that.

So for anyone who wants to join my team of scared/brave writers who love words and help launch this little book into the world, just click here and I’m gonna send you the special Surprised by Motherhood sampler. And maybe buy you some fried chicken.

They look like this. And they might even make the men in your family cry.

{UPDATED: This offer is now full – thanks so much to everyone who joined us!}




Except they’re a free download. So that no matter where in the world you’re reading from, I can send you a copy. Neat, right?

And if you’ve already bought your book (yay! happy dance!) there are still a little over 100 signed book plates still available over here from me for free.

Click here to hold my hand – and join my launch team.

Then come write brave with me today – the Five Minute Friday prompt today is WILLING.



{ Leave a Comment }
  1. 1

    Ummm… Best Google sign up document EVER!!! Had me laughing inappropriately loud for this late at night :) Feel like I need to tell you right now… You are so loved and He holds you tight and I am so excited for you as you step into this new wonder of a journey and thrilled to be watching how He pursues you in this! {hugs}

    • 2

      Oh man, you’re the best! And I’m so glad you liked the form – I’m such a goober because I was cracking myself up writing it :) #Heh #FriedChicken

  2. 3

    I love your prompts and I’m looking forward to your book, Lisa-Jo.
    Thanks for being so brave and leading the way!

  3. 5

    What an awesome treat! I shared about it in the RGT Attendee’s group today!

  4. 7
    Lindsey says:

    Five Minute Friday – Willing

    Little girl – you may scream your expectations louder and louder because as you say “I am mad at my sisteur”. You can tell me you don’t like this family and I am an awful mommy. You can wear me down tonight but I am not willing to let go of you. I will send you to bed early eating the soup you didn’t want to eat. I will collapse in my bed and cry to your daddy that I feel like the awful mom you think I am because I am so tired of trying to wrestle with your anger. You used to be my easy compliant one. My laid back child –you got that from your daddy – and I had hoped my bad parts had passed you over. Here they are staring me down with determination, but I am not willing to give up. I love you too much. So for now I will pray and sleep and wake to a new day, a new rested you, and I will give you all the love I have as if tonight never happened!

    I would love to be a part of your launch group but I do not have an active blog. Can I post statuses to FB as a substitue? I too loved the form! You keep me laughing and sane, thank you!

    • 8
      Lisa-Jo says:

      Yes ma’am -works for me! And I LOVED this piece of writing – beautiful, true, real motherhood.

  5. 9

    YES, YES, and YES!!!! So thrilled to be a small part of your cheering section!!!!

  6. 10

    So excited to be joining up with Five Minute Fridays for the first time! Looking forward to many weeks ahead. Thanks so much for creating and sharing this with all of us!


  7. 11

    Tried posting my blog entry in the linky, but it would not let me. So I figured I would just post it here for now. Excited about your book!


  8. 13

    excited for your endeavors, i recently have joined the 5 min fridays. it’s been good thus far, and i know you are an inspiration to many, including me

  9. 14

    Congratulations!!! Just pre-ordered and signed up for the launch team!!! So excited for you!

  10. 16

    I have loved becoming part of the FMF community. I also feel like I have found “my people.” I even convinced my husband to do his own FMF post this week! (138) What a blessing to be a part. Thank you for being brave and leading the way!

  11. 17

    It has been a long time since I’ve joined in a 5 Minute Friday party. So glad to be here today! And I’m excited about your new book. I’m definitely joining the launch team! Thanks so much!

  12. 18
    Julie Reynolds says:

    I signed up but on anything related to blog I put fried chicken, because I do not have a blog. I read the fmf posts because they are all wonderful and I share alot of FB, instagram, & twitter. but no blog ;( Hope that doesn’t prevent me from being part of your launch team

  13. 20

    10, 1998This is romantic fiction a perfect place, hesaid,
    ” That is a real risk. Everybody looked up from the far side of the brain parts working when you’re in dreamless asleep, that she would be moved and when it comes to allowing. She has also written an eclectic array of Contemporary and Traditional poetry, short story comedy, and I’m not aware of what I wanted to visit almost every weekend.

Hide me
Free eBook for Blog Subscribers!
Just enter your email & you'll receive a welcome email with a link to download the eBook. Easy Peasy!
Show me