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Sometimes it’s good to stretch yourself and try something new. Life gets mundane inside the box. And I’m all for crossing lines and breaking new ground, trying something different and fresh. I’m not afraid of failure. I’m not afraid to take a chance.

As the quip goes: No guts, no glory. Right?

Sure, there’s something to be said for playing it safe, and mostly I’m a safe kind of guy. After all, I have a wife and four daughters to take care of, provide for, support. I can’t be too cavalier. But occasionally an opportunity comes along in life that just begs to be explored, it’s a challenge that needs to be accepted.

So why not take it?

Here are four things to keep in mind when stepping outside that box and testing new waters:

  • Plan ahead. Being bold is not the same as being impulsive. There is a place for impulsiveness in life but if the risk is big or the challenge important, it’s best to plan for it. Give yourself a gameplan for how you will tackle this new challenge.
  • There’s no shame in trying something and failing. Business giant Peter Druker said, “The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes…otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.” The only way to succeed is to try.
  • Remember that very few things in life are actually a matter of life and death. Loosen up and enjoy your new journey.
  • Pray, pray, pray. Let prayer be the fuel that pushes you onward.

So here we go on a new adventure. A Thousand Sleepless Nights releases in October and I’m positive you’ll love the story. If you’ve ever been touched by cancer (either yourself or a friend or family member), you need to read this story and share it with someone else.

Book Giveaway! To celebrate this new ground-breaking we’re giving away three SIX copies of Mike Dellosso’s thriller, Frantic. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this blog. Winners will be announced Friday.

What new adventure have you embarked on recently? How have you stepped outside your box and taken on a challenge?

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About michaelkingbooks

I write stories of faith and family, love and loss, heartache and triumph. Here I blog about faith, relationships, and genuine living.

Discussion

95 thoughts on “Breaking New Ground

  1. I am quite excited to see how the journey unfolds and where it takes you…and us.

    Posted by goldenprayerbear | March 13, 2012, 5:51 am
  2. After two years of unemployment and trying to make a freelance writing business work, I recently accepted a full-time writing position with one of the biggest law firms in the state. This is going to be a drastic change for me and my family and there are many challenges we are facing because of it. But I know that God has opened this door for me and I am trusting Him to help us find the answers to make the most of this opportunity for myself and my family.
    I pray that God blesses you as you step out of your comfort zone and start this new chapter in your writing career.

    Posted by hookofabook | March 13, 2012, 7:11 am
  3. Sounds exciting. We’re looking forward to the new books!

    Posted by Zach Hallead | March 13, 2012, 7:11 am
  4. Sounds awesome. Congrats, and God Bless on your new venture!!

    Posted by Randy Streu | March 13, 2012, 7:12 am
  5. Sounds like a really cool plan. I’m sure it will be blessed!

    Posted by Joshua Grimwood | March 13, 2012, 7:17 am
  6. Excited about your new venture and praying for you as you move ahead.

    Posted by Jeanette Windle | March 13, 2012, 7:19 am
  7. That’s a “King” of an idea, Mike!! Love it, love it, love it!!! Wishing you well on your new adventure. Love and prayers to you and yours.

    Posted by Carol Holdefer | March 13, 2012, 7:40 am
  8. So excited to follow you on this new journey. Can’t wait to read your books!!

    Posted by Nikki Reynolds Hamilton | March 13, 2012, 7:55 am
  9. Exciting news! Can’t wait to read the new books!

    Posted by Tracy McFeaters | March 13, 2012, 8:14 am
  10. Mike, excited for you as you take this step!

    Posted by Cara Putman | March 13, 2012, 8:18 am
  11. I think Koontz wrote a book with this storyline … good luck and how exciting!

    Posted by m | March 13, 2012, 8:26 am
  12. Ooops…”M” is me…not the James Bond character.

    Posted by Mike Ehret | March 13, 2012, 8:27 am
  13. Great idea with the dichotomy, Mike…that way, we readers won’t be confuzzled. 🙂 Thanks for your daily tips too. They’ve helped me grow as a person and as a writer. 🙂

    Posted by Brian Pierson | March 13, 2012, 8:39 am
  14. I just starting reading Mike’s books. Can’t wait for this new one.

    Posted by Rhonda Forrester Fisher | March 13, 2012, 8:45 am
  15. I am excited about this new journey! Writing is such a gift, and I believe yet another way for God to reach in and touch a reader’s heart! I often marvel at God’s timing as to revealing His presence when we feel we are at our lowest.
    God’s miracles are all around us! We just need the “God awareness” to “see” them!

    Posted by Patti Friestad | March 13, 2012, 8:50 am
  16. Can’t wait for the new book to arrive, God is good, all of the time.

    Posted by Jonathan Black | March 13, 2012, 9:00 am
  17. I love this change, Michael, and I can’t wait to read the new book. Being a member in good standing of The Big Honkin’ Chicken Club, I do’t read suspense. Ahh, but contemporary drama, now that’s my cup of tea. 🙂 Email me and let’s talk about an interview on Novel Rocket.

    Posted by Ane Mulligan | March 13, 2012, 9:10 am
  18. I am so excited for you. I will be a follower in both directions! I have always been afraid of change but I am trying desperately to step out of the box that I have developed around myself while on a journey to lose weight but went way to far the other direction. Yes now I am labeled an Anorexic. I am now seeking help from God and a team of specialists to help me make this big change. I will be praying for you as you have stepped out of your box! Blessings,

    Posted by Annette Davidson | March 13, 2012, 9:12 am
  19. Looking forward to the diversification.

    Posted by John Urban | March 13, 2012, 9:16 am
  20. Mike, Tom and I are anxious to read your new book! We pray that it touches lives and that God speaks through you to those who need to hear His voice! Thank you for all of the encouragement you have given to Tom in his own cancer journey. Empathy is all we can offer at times, but God gives it to us in order to encourage each other in our walk with Him.

    Posted by Lori Leckrone | March 13, 2012, 9:20 am
    • Lori, your and Tom’s persistence and courage through this trial of yours is a true inspiration to me. At times I’ve felt so bad for him I’ve cried, at other times I’ve rejoiced. Thank you for the testimony both of you have been to me and so many others . . .

      Posted by michaelkingbooks | March 13, 2012, 10:29 am
  21. My husband and I have been through the most difficult year. We have had to bury our only two children. We have been reading your books throughout hospital stays and long sleepless nights. They have reminded us about how precious life is. Our faith has been pushed and yet we praised Him for letting us have the moments we had with our children. Love the stories you have told. Keep telling them!

    Posted by Lisa Allis | March 13, 2012, 9:24 am
    • Lisa, thank you. I pray God will wrap his arms around you and your husband and pull you close to Himself. Life hurts so much some times, there is so much pain and heartache, and all we have is our Father to cling to. May God bless you and keep you.

      Posted by michaelkingbooks | March 13, 2012, 10:32 am
  22. Cool, Michael. My new venture is a police procedural, branching out from contemporary love stories. Not easy and I don’t know if I can pull it off, but it had to be done. I know you’ll succeed. The Lord is with you.

    Posted by Nicole | March 13, 2012, 9:45 am
  23. Alot lately I have heard messages from preachers about doing more, stepping out of the boat! To know me,this is a scary thing for me. I don’t do well with change,but my husband and I have been talking about homeschooling our 3 children ages 5,7 and 9. This is going to be BIG for me but I feel it is what God wants. I can’t wait to follow your new adventure and watch God bless I will be praying for you!

    Posted by Deborah Hardt | March 13, 2012, 9:46 am
  24. I’m thrilled for you, Mike! It’s bold and daring to make such a change, but it’s all about being called and stepping up to the plate for whatever we’re called to do. I’m looking forward to reading “A Thousand Sleepless Nights,” and will be praying for this new journey. God bless!

    Posted by Cathy Gohlke | March 13, 2012, 9:50 am
  25. Excited for you, Mike, What do Mike & Mary think of your new pen name? 😉 Personally, I’ve barely finished one new beginning when a new one within this one (at LBC) is poised to begin. How exciting it is to know one is living in the center of God’s will, right?

    Posted by Ed Scheuerman | March 13, 2012, 9:51 am
  26. I can’t wait to read your book. And i’ve been looking forward to mike delloso’s frantic!

    Posted by Zeb Walton | March 13, 2012, 10:15 am
  27. Very proud of you for being willing to step into the unfamiliar, Mike. I hope the new direction is successful, but mostly, I hope it makes YOU happy.

    Posted by Wayne Scott | March 13, 2012, 11:25 am
  28. This just in . . . my publisher has up’d the pot to six copies of FRANTIC to be given away! Spread the word . . .

    Posted by michaelkingbooks | March 13, 2012, 11:47 am
  29. Mike, Congratulations on your new journey. May God bless you as you follow his leading.

    Posted by Becky Gansky | March 13, 2012, 12:07 pm
  30. Mike, congratulations on your new journey! I’d love to win a copy of FRANTIC as it would give me something to do while laid up during recovery from ankle reconstruction surgery! LOL!! God bless you and I still remember the day that we spoke back at the PT place when we first met and it’s great to see where God has led you thus far and it’ll be exciting to see where He’ll take you from here! God bless you my ‘brother from another mother’ – I’m proud of you my friend!

    Posted by Brian Desautels | March 13, 2012, 12:14 pm
  31. I think you’ll have lot’s of fun with this, Mike. Just continue to pray and plan ahead. Juggling to names might be a bit FRANTIC for awhile, but after you figure it all out then you can help me. 🙂

    Smiles,
    Jill

    Posted by Jillian Kent | March 13, 2012, 12:36 pm
  32. It is always awesome but sometimes scary when we get inspired by the Lord to branch out in a new direction but if we hold tight to His hand and keep our ears attuned to His voice the journey will be what He has already planned. How exciting a time this is in your life Mike! I look forward to enjoying the fruits of both authors! God bless ya!

    Posted by Reggie Greenleaf | March 13, 2012, 12:57 pm
  33. So excited and happy for you about this new adventure. I know it’s going to be a huge success!

    Posted by Susan Snodgrass | March 13, 2012, 1:00 pm
  34. Thanks for all the books. Just recently discovered your books, and like them, I do.

    Posted by mike eagle | March 13, 2012, 1:04 pm
  35. Excited about AThousand Sleepless Nights!

    Posted by Aaron | March 13, 2012, 1:22 pm
  36. Looking forward to it!

    Posted by Cameron | March 13, 2012, 1:51 pm
  37. very much looking forward to then new books!

    Posted by Kristina Way | March 13, 2012, 2:22 pm
  38. Love that you’re taking this step of faith. Excited to see where it leads. With God in the lead, I know you will only grow. Looking forward to reading your new books!

    Posted by Nanci Rogers | March 13, 2012, 2:23 pm
  39. Seems like a nice change, and can’t wait to check out the drama. Hopefully better than my family’s ;).

    Posted by Jason Brown | March 13, 2012, 2:29 pm
  40. Looking forward to your new writing style.

    Posted by Neppie | March 13, 2012, 2:37 pm
  41. Can’t wait for your new books! angadair@nwcable.net

    Posted by Angie Adair | March 13, 2012, 2:41 pm
  42. What a wonderful idea. I know you will do a fantastic job at both kinds of books.
    Really would love to get your book.
    Thanks for this great giveaway.

    Posted by trinityrose | March 13, 2012, 3:09 pm
  43. I have started a new journey as well, I have stepped into the world of being a professional event and portrait photographer. It has been hit and miss making it in photography business, between people canceling appointments and not making a profit this year, but I will not give up, I will continue at trying hard and trying new things by branching out into optical illusion photography. I love your idea of a pen name, I wish you success and blessings with this new adventure.

    Posted by Josh Rollins | March 13, 2012, 3:29 pm
  44. Congratulations!

    Posted by kade82 | March 13, 2012, 3:38 pm
  45. The best of both worlds! Frantic is edgy and exciting. Can’t wait for A Thousand Sleepless Nights. Mike Dellosso is definitely an author to follow…

    Posted by David Atkins | March 13, 2012, 3:49 pm
  46. As someone recently unemployed due to outsourcing, trying to get back in the game will be a lot about trying and failing. I love Mike Dellosso’s books because of his unfailing faith in what he writes. They are uplifting while being true to how dark life can be. They leave me with a sense of hope. I look forward to more books and following this blog.

    Posted by Heather Nolan | March 13, 2012, 4:05 pm
  47. Interesting concept. I will try to read some of your contemporary drama as well as your thriller/suspense!

    Posted by Sonya Aydell | March 13, 2012, 4:54 pm
  48. Thank you all for your comments . . . Michael King is thrilled to be taking this journey 🙂

    Posted by mikedellosso | March 13, 2012, 5:21 pm
  49. A journey begins with one step and then another. Each step is taken by faith. May this journey be filled with God’s peace….

    Posted by Livija Ford | March 13, 2012, 5:30 pm
  50. I’m looking forward to your new journey. I love your suspense novels. Just discovered them through Amazon.com for my Kindle.

    Posted by Betsy Marriner | March 13, 2012, 5:37 pm
  51. I am so excited for you. It can be hard to step out in a new direction but as we know, God is not the author of fear and He is faithful to his children. He will stand with you as long as you hold to Him. How precious the relationship between we and He – it only grows stronger as we pass through this ever-changing world,.
    I would like to add one thing to this, “Pray, pray, pray. Let prayer be the fuel that pushes you onward.” – Give thanks even when the road is dark & long. Give thanks in advance for you know the way has been made for you even if it is unseen by human eyes. Give thanks if for no other reason then that you are a child of God.
    Oh, and yay! 🙂

    Posted by scrappytops | March 13, 2012, 5:41 pm
  52. Hi Michael…Welcome to the world….

    Can’t wait to read your new material & be assured of my ongoing prayers.

    Best wishes…Ian

    Posted by Ian | March 13, 2012, 5:43 pm
  53. I think that it is exciting that u r are willing to follow whatever direction God has for you. May this bring you more followers and more experiences.

    Posted by corisa welch | March 13, 2012, 5:57 pm
  54. I’ve enjoyed your writing in the past and am looking forward to following your new direction. May your courage lead the way!
    Deb

    Posted by Debbie Bish | March 13, 2012, 6:52 pm
  55. Excited to read some different writing! Good luck!

    Posted by Ryan Killion | March 13, 2012, 6:57 pm
  56. I can’t wait to read you new book genre. I’m sure it will be great!

    Posted by Pam Rowe | March 13, 2012, 10:01 pm
  57. Finished “Darkness Follows.” Can’t wait to read “Frantic”…will start as soon as it arrives! Ha! SUCCESS ON THIS NEW JOURNEY!

    Posted by Clark Whittington | March 13, 2012, 10:41 pm
  58. I can’t wait to read this book. I have loved the other ones too.

    I have been praying about how to use my gifts/talents more effectively and have prayed about more public speaking opportunities and have been blessed with at least 4 new ones in the last two months. Wow.

    Keep up the good work Michael! I’m proud of you!

    Jessica (Garrett) Martin

    Posted by Jessica Garrett Martin | March 14, 2012, 9:01 am
  59. Wow. Gutsy. But I love the comment on FB. You’re more afraid of regret.

    Me too.

    Thanks.

    Bonnie Lacy

    Posted by Bonnie Lacy | March 14, 2012, 10:25 am
  60. This is exciting! I am anxious to read your new books!

    Posted by Donna LaRiviere | March 14, 2012, 10:36 am
  61. Excited to see what’s to come!!!

    Posted by Vanessa B. | March 14, 2012, 2:05 pm
  62. This sounds like an awesome opportunity and I pray God richly blesses you in this new venture! We recently stepped out in faith by my becoming pregnant again. We already have a 3 year old little girl & we don’t know how we are gonna afford a new baby, but we are taking God at His Word & trusting Him to provide all our needs. We know it most likely won’t look like what we think it will, but we are trusting Him for the details.

    Posted by becka | March 14, 2012, 2:08 pm
    • Becka, we prayed the same thing after we found out we were pregnant with our second. Didn’t know how we were gonna make it. Then the third came along . . . and the fourth. And God has faithfully provided along the way.

      Posted by mikedellosso | March 14, 2012, 3:50 pm
  63. Discovered I commented on yesterday’s post, but good wishes apply today as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your suspense books – and will look forward to you contemporary drama releases as well.
    Excelsior!

    Posted by loishudson | March 14, 2012, 7:17 pm
  64. I can’t wait to read the new book. I’m sure it will be great. It’s tough to change genre, but if the Lord leads in that direction you just have to follow.

    Posted by Karla | March 14, 2012, 9:35 pm
  65. Looking forward to reading your new genre. Prayers for many blessings and much success.

    Posted by Dana | March 15, 2012, 9:50 am
  66. Enjoyed all of your books. Thanks Mike…and Mike!

    Posted by Clark Whittington | March 15, 2012, 10:50 am
  67. I am looking forward to reading your new book.

    Posted by sandisthoughtsandreviews | March 15, 2012, 11:13 am
  68. I’m looking forward to see how God uses you in this part of your journey. The new adventure I am embarking on is writing purely for the love of writing. I’ve started my blog and started working on my novel again to finish it up. I still feel that God has bigger plans for me but I have to step out in faith a bit more. It’s hard to do and I hope I up for the task.

    Posted by Shane | March 15, 2012, 11:37 am
  69. I know that you will do well in this “joint” venture. May God bless you. You are a talented writer, you kept me on my toes and wanting more. Thanks for using your gift.

    Posted by Jennifer Parish | March 15, 2012, 11:57 am
  70. I’m sure you will succeed as Michael King because I’m sure you’re following the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I look forward to reading “Michael King” as much as I look forward to reading Mike Dellosso. I’m also sure that because this new road you’ll travel is of the Holy Spirit, the Enemy will attack you. So, I am committing myself to praying for you, daily. (If you’ll email me the specific times you usually write, I’ll do my best to be awake and praying for you at those times.)

    As a fellow cancer survivor, I know what you mean by different perspective. I too see life differently now. I also know that God will use that perspective in your new endeavor to reach those people who need to hear your stories, real and contrived. So with God’s blessing and my encouragement, write on!

    Posted by Bruce Brady | March 15, 2012, 12:05 pm
  71. Congratulations on branching out. I have battled bc twice and am currently living with the aftermath of lymph removal but I still have my brain, will, and mission to accomplish what God put me on this plane to do. Ever forward with a prayer on the lips and thanksgiving in the heart.

    Posted by Paula Shene | March 15, 2012, 4:36 pm
  72. Amazing! I love your writing. God has truly given you a talent. Blessed by reading this.

    Posted by Barry Percival | March 15, 2012, 4:37 pm
  73. Fantastic news Mike! Looking forward to reading and enjoying what God has placed on your heart!

    Posted by Andrew Hull | March 15, 2012, 10:53 pm
  74. Cheers on your new adventure!! Looking forward to reading your books and blogs and thanks to my sis, Jennifer, for bringing you into my world…Cheers again!!

    Posted by Juliette Lu Mariano-Carlson | March 15, 2012, 11:20 pm
  75. Good for you! Your thoughts/comments remind me of the book “If You Want to Walk On Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.” Great life lessons!

    Last year, I stepped out of my box and began the adventure of going back to school. It has certainly been challenging, but it has also been a great experience!

    Posted by Randi | March 15, 2012, 11:22 pm

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I have not been so deeply and utterly moved by a book in a very long time. A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a powerful and gripping novel that moved me greatly.
--Susan S.

A Thousand Sleeples Nights left me speechless as my heart and mind reconciled dealing with the trauma of cancer and a lifetime of regrets and finding God in the midst of it all. Sometimes a diagnosis of cancer can be God’s redemption.
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