I’m so excited to share some big news with you today: my husband’s first book was just published!
Elliott has been working on this novel since before Gil was born, beginning with weekend mornings and workday evenings in Sicily when he would quietly close the bedroom door for a few hours, turn off the internet on his computer, and write. Even though it was a long, long road to get to this point — a published novel!!! — he never lost that gleam of excitement in his eye. He had a story, a good story, and he couldn’t wait to get it on paper and out into the world.
So what is the story? Cole McBride, a Special Forces veterinarian, is in the Congo doing research when he discovers a family of gorillas suffering from an unknown illness. With his beautiful South African coworker, he cares for an orphaned gorilla suffering from the illness, and then learns that a nearby aid hospital just admitted a patient with a strangely similar human case. Cole realizes he’s in a race against time to discover the virus’s origins and to stop it from spreading around the world. His journey spans the globe from Iran to Washington, D.C., and leads up to a white-knuckle 4th of July finale.
The Chimera Sequence falls squarely into the thriller category, and it is much more interesting and a lot harder to put down than most of the books I recommended last week! The book has been extremely well-received since it was released a few weeks ago: he has 44 reviews on Amazon (4.7 stars!), 32 reviews on Audible (4.2 stars), and 24 reviews on Goodreads (4.47 stars).
Yes, it’s on Audible, too, and he got an amazing narrator to read the book — just in case audio books are more your speed!
Every step along the way, Elliott has made thousands of decisions about exactly how this book should look, from each word on the page to the font to the cover design to the author photograph. And for each and every decision, he’s turned to me and asked my opinion, or asked for my help. I can’t tell you how many hundreds of times we examined another draft of the cover together before he ultimately decided to change one more thing! It was truly amazing to be by his side for all of it, to edit the first rough draft, to take his author photo for the back cover, to hold the first proof in my hands.
Bit by bit, I watched my husband craft a beautiful thing. He was a perfectionist about it, thoughtful and meticulous, and I watched his stamina and dedication with awe. Even now, when I see copies in our house, I’m amazed that he did this and it’s finished. The book is beautiful, and we’re so proud of him and of it!
And now it’s your turn! Would you like to win a copy, signed by the author himself? Just comment on this post for a chance to win! If you’d like to earn extra entries, you can share this blog post (or a link to Elliott’s book) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or another social media platform, and let me know that you did so in a comment.
Winner will be chosen next Wednesday, Sept 30, at midnight and announced the next morning. Good luck and happy reading!!!
Hey there, I would love to read your book.
Can’t wait to read it! More veterinarians should write books… Meghan Davis- I’ve seen your poetry, where’s your novel?
Sweet. Made in the image of a creator God.
Congrats to Elliott on finishing his novel! Looking forward to reading it!
Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read it!
I would love to read it – and even better have a signed copy :)
Congratulations to your husband. It is a really long and hard road.
I would love to have one!
Sounds like a great read! Looking forward to it.
Can’t wait to read this book. I was looking for a new author! Congratulations!
Can’t wait to read it! This is so awesome!
This is so cool!! Can’t wait to read it and would love to win a signed copy!
Wow! Congratulations, that’s truly an accomplishment AND well-received. Amazing. Bravo.
How great! I love a good thriller.
Amazing…I can’t wait to read it. I see your adventure continues!
Congratulations, I will look out for it!
Sounds like a great read!! Congratulations, Elliott!
We’d love to have a signed copy! Way to go, Elliott. Now it’s your turn.
Just my kind of book! I will read it but I would really like to have a signed copy :)
Hi Becca! I would love to read Elliot’s book!
I would love to read Elliott’s book! How exciting!
I would love to win your husband’s book. Sounds like a great read!
Wow, what an amazing achievement! Would love to win a copy and if luck isn’t on my side, have already added it to my wish list. Auguri!
So exciting! When you had talked about the book before, I thought it was years away from publication. Congratulations to Elliott! This will be my airplane read on my flight back to Cameroon. :) :)
How exciting!! I would love to win a copy :)
Creative moonlighting is a huge commitment! It is so exciting to see it all come together! I love the cover (which is what I judge books by ;))!
I would love to win a copy of Elliott’s novel! Congratulations! (and I shared on facebook)
Congratulations! We rejoice with you!
`Always ready to read a good book and I’m looking forward to reading yours.
`Would especially love to own a signed copy/ Congratulations to you and your lovely family!
Well done Elliot…great news. It sounds like that will be an interesting read and very pertinent to life….
Wow! How exciting! We would love to be entered into your drawing for a signed copy!
Congratulations! Truly impressive!
Congratulations, Garber family!! What a fantastic thing to celebrate! :)
Congratulations! Would love to read it.
That’s amazing! Congrats to you all. What an accomplishment!!
Elliott is a trailblazer, visionary, revolutionary promoter of global health. Compelling fiction that educates is critical if we hope to gain broader public support for more effective, sustainable and holistic approaches to international development and reduction in hunger, poverty and disease.
Bravo, Elliott! I will share broadly. And brava, Becca. Nice collaboration!
How exciting! Sicily is quite inspirational for a writer. Even if I don’t win this giveaway I plan to purchase the book and read it. Sounds like my kind of thriller. Bravo Elliot!
And I also shared a link on my Facebook. ;)
Congratulations!! That’s such an awesome achievement! I am excited it is on Audible–I would love to listen to it! :)
I’d love a chance at a copy!
Congrats! Would love to win a copy!
whaaaat?! this is totally exciting.
i’d LOVE to have the opportunity to have a signed copy.
what a cool thing.
Love thrillers!!! Excited for Elliott’s new adventure.
Wow, sounds like my cup of tea. Is the comp open worldwide? I would love the chance to win and wish him all the best in selling zillions of copies.
Sure, it’s open worldwide! Good luck! :)
I would love to win this for my husband! If not, I’ll be adding it to my list of gift ideas for him. :) Congrats to you both on completing this – what an accomplishment! I hope you will blog about the editing and publication process.
I would love to read this. My husband probably would too.
That’s amazing! Congrats!
We would love to read this and have an autographed book! But it’s already in our Amazon cart to buy next week if we don’t win :) congratulations!
Awesome! Congrats on a published book. Here’s an entry for that drawing : )
My 394 twitter followers (extra entry please?) and I are eagerly anticipating the first installment of the Cole McBride trilogy (or were you thinking tetralogy?)!!!
Hi Becca, Huge congratulations to Elliott (and yourself too, of course) on the publication of this book. How in the world did he find the time to write, edit and get published? Would you recommend this book for a book club? We’re always looking for ideas here and what better way to support a former AOSC book club member than to read her husband’s book? I’ll be sure to share this post as well.
I have found that your book recommendations are spot-on for my own tastes in reading and since you enjoyed it so much, I can’t wait to read it. I’ll probably order it before you decide the winner, but just wanted you to know how happy and excited I am that he has made this great accomplishment. (Katie’s aunt)
I would love to read it! It’s so exciting to see something come to it’s fruition after so much hard work.
This sounds like a wonderful new book. I would love a chance to have a signed copy. Good luck on more endeavors :)
Congratulations, Elliott! How exciting!
I would be fascinated to read something written by your other half!
I’d love to read this! :)
I would love to win! But I will check it out even if I don’t :)
Congrats to Elliot, and to you too. Ihave an idea.of what a lot of work you two have gone through…I’ve been the editor for a friend, the query letter writer and a writer as well. It’s a huge job, full of satisfaction, joy, self doubt and sometimes headache inducing work!
Win or lose I’m going to read Elliott’s book. ;)
i hope this is the book club book for January!! ;) ;)
Looks like a fascinating story—thanks for the chance to win a copy!
I would love to win the book.
I cannot wait to read it, it sounds awesome!!
How exciting! We can’t wait to read it! :)
So cool – congratulations to your husband (and to you for all your help, input, and support!)