I’m guest-blogging today over at Romance @ Random today to talk about my road to publication.
As some of you may know, I sold the first two books in my Star Harbor series a few months ago. Like many debut authors, I was unsure of when I should let people know the good news. When the offer came in? When the contract was in negotiations? When the deal was announced in Publisher’s Marketplace? When I signed the contract? When the publishing house executed the final copy of the contract? It was dizzying (and to be honest, I’m still not clear on when the “tell” is supposed to happen).
I settled for telling folks when the deal was announced. After all, at that point it was public, right? Well, I just received the executed copy of the contract yesterday afternoon, and ladies and gentlemen, it is, as they say, “a done deal,” so I can shout it from the rafters! I sold!
The first book, Deep Autumn Heat, is due out in July 2012, and is the story of devilishly sexy Sebastian Grayson, a worldly master chef who finds himself back in his hometown of Star Harbor, Massachusetts, and in a battle of wits and words with one luscious diner owner, Lexie Meyers. Spunky Lexie is not about to fall for this bad boy’s charms, especially when she has a new catering business to get up and running. Sparks fly in more than just the kitchen when these two come together!
The second book, Blaze of Winter, will be published in September 2012. Roguish mastermind Theodore Grayson (Seb’s twin), best-selling author of swashbuckling naval tales, has returned to Star Harbor to get inspiration for his latest project. He finds it in the form of Avery Newbridge, a gentle, caring, and damaged woman, who is biding her time in the little town, taking care of her aunt and figuring out whether she wants to return to her social work practice. Avery initially wants nothing to do with Theo, but the man is simply impossible to resist.
Although the love stories take center stage in my books, Star Harbor itself is a strong supporting player. Anyone who’s ever lived in (or even visited) a small New England town knows how tightly-knit the community is, and Star Harbor is no exception. The next two books in the Star Harbor series are in the works, so stay tuned for news about them soon!
I’d love it if you joined me over at Romance @ Random to celebrate my first guest-blogging post!