Here it is at last. It has been a long road to get to this point, but with the support and help of many people along every step of this process, my debut novel is now available and about to hit shelves. As my editor, Janelle, said, it really does take a village to get a book from manuscript to the finished product. She was not kidding. I am very thankful for that village. After all that, I'm not sure if I'm excited or relieved. Maybe it's a mix of the two. Years ago I sat on a bench by the river Seine in Paris and watched as a young girl pulled her father by the hand—and I was amazed at how powerless he was to resist. The backdrop of the setting sun over the river behind them gave the pair an other-worldly glow. The idea was born from that image and stayed with me until it evolved into the story it is today.