The moment had finally arrived. On Friday, Keith’s first novel The Starflower released to the public. A moment, an instant, that took ten years’ time.

A moment in time

We hadn’t received Keith’s copies of the paperback, so I pre-ordered the e-book. When I signed onto my iPad on Friday morning, the book downloaded into my Kindle Library. I raced upstairs to show Keith, who had the cover on his desktop. His moment had arrived.

A magic moment

As I took this picture, I heard “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters in my head: This magic moment, so different and so new… Yes, the moment was magical—and romantic, as is our story, and there’s romance in The Starflower—and much more.

No matter how many times I’d read the manuscript, reading the book was a different experience. I wasn’t reading for structure or consistency or flow or pacing or word choice or copy-editing. Now I could just sit back and enjoy the story.

Except for the other half of publishing: marketing.

A marketing moment

Over the weekend, I emailed over one hundred people, definitely not an unscripted moment.

Dear Family, Friends, and Neighbors:

Please join us in celebrating the release of The Starflower, now available in paperback and kindle formats on Amazon,with the audio book to come. 

The Starflower is a story filled with action and aliens, intrigue and treachery, prophecy and heroism, romance and assassins – all experienced by Gayle Zimmon, the Starflower. Welcome to the vast, futuristic universe of Keith’s rich imagination.

If you read The Starflower, kindly leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or other book review sites. If you enjoy The Starflower, please recommend the novel to your friends, family, and acquaintances, in person and/or on social media. And feel free to forward this email to others.

Your support is deeply appreciated. 


And so is your support, dear readers. Please take a moment… 

Moment linkup with Five Minute Friday. 


  1. Keith 'K.A.' Kenny

    Certainly feels different being on this side of my novel. I always liked my protagonist Zim, and I am pleased to be able to share her story.

    • Gary Fultz

      I finally had my wife put your book on her kindle…

      • Carole Duff


  2. Sandra K Stein

    Congratulations to Keith.

    • Carole Duff

      Thanks Sandra!

    • Carole Duff

      Thank you!

  3. Gary Fultz

    Wow 10 years. Perseverance. If that were me, it would be hard to let it fly.

    • Carole Duff

      10 good years. Any creative work challenges and rewards, like raising children. A growing experience.

      Bless you, Gary!

  4. bigskybuckeye

    Carole, thank you for sharing Keith’s big moment. I need to check his book out. Writing a novel requires patience and perseverance.

    • Carole Duff

      I hope you enjoy Keith’s science fiction novel The Starflower. Some readers have noted the underlying spirituality, which of course is deliberate. Writing is a mission for which we are grateful.


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