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End of summer. Typically a time of reflection for me, a chance to take a deep breath and look ahead to what’s coming up on the horizon. But not this year! Not only are things already starting (so much for that last gasp of summer!), but there have been some huge changes. The big news is that my oldest little guy is heading off to kindergarten next week. Kindergarten! It’s really hard for me to process that. And my two little ones are moving up in their preschool classrooms–big changes for both of them. I’m in the thick of things right now, so I haven’t had time to really ruminate on what this all means, but I’m sure it’ll hit me in a month or so.

I’ve got loads of stuff popping up writing-wise, too! I’ve been hard at work on the third and fourth Star Harbor novels, Long Simmering Spring and Slow Summer Burn, writing, writing, and writing some more. Long Simmering Spring is done, and is currently with my (generous, very kind) beta readers. I’ve also started planning my next project (in secret mode, for the time being).

And the big news–Blaze of Winter will be released on September 10th. You can read an excerpt on Scribd here. I’m very excited about this book because the hero, Theo, is just awesome – intelligent, a bit quiet, and rugged. Plus: he wears glasses. Hot. Officially, my blog tour starts on August 31st, but I’ve prepared a tempting post about all the Grayson brothers – and sneak peeks into the heroes of Long Simmering Spring and Slow Summer Burn for Romance @ Random today.

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My debut release week for Deep Autumn Heat is drawing to a close! Thank you to everyone who made it such a success – my agent, editors, family, and best of all, readers! Wow, it feels really weird to say that, but I realize that now I have readers. It’s amazing and humbling and, to be honest, kind of surreal. I’ve gotten several notes, emails and tweets from people who love my writing, and I still do a happy dance every time I get one! Deep Autumn Heat actually hit the Top 100 Nook Books (at Barnes and Noble), which was awesome! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Should have warned you about all those exclamation points before you read that paragraph, hm? Sorry, but you have to admit, I’m kind of justified in being excited. It’s been a week of highs, and I’m hoping to hold onto this amazing feeling through the end of the month, when I’ll be attending the RWA National Conference in Anaheim, California. I’ll actually be doing my first book signing for Deep Autumn Heat at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, which is free and open to the public.

The Literacy Autographing will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, and will take place Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 5–8 p.m. PT in the Ballroom (third floor) at the convention center. The event is free and open to the public, but no outside books will be allowed in (from attendees, not signing authors). Proceeds from book sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read Orange County, and Literacy Volunteers—Huntington Valley. If you’re in the area, please consider stopping by this incredible event. I’ll be sitting at Table 802 and would love to meet you!

If you’d like to “meet” me sooner, this coming Tuesday, July 17th from 6-7pm Eastern, I’m participating in a live Twitter chat. The theme is Loveswept Heroes (hashtag #LovesweptHeroes), and I’ll be featured, along with Jessica Scott, Ruthie KnoxSamantha Kane, and Megan Frampton. Moderated by the inestimable Sue Grimshaw, you can ask us whatever questions you like (within reason!), and get free books! Please stop by with your questions about Sebastian Grayson – I’d love to chat with you.

So yes, big week – huge week – and there’s much more to come, including a special announcement very, very soon!

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As the release date for Deep Autumn Heat approaches (can it really only be two days away?), and as things heat up for the Romance Writers of America National Conference in late July, I realize that I’m sitting on a mountain of “firsts.” First blog tour. First book published. First review. First time talking with strangers who want to read the novel (love this part!). First RWA national conference. First author conference of any kind, actually.

I’ve never been huge on firsts. For the most part, I’m usually too shocked to process what is happening. True story: I got my first kiss in the third grade. I was sitting at my desk, and someone came up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder. I looked left. Nothing. I looked right. Nothing. A boy said, “Up here!” I looked up, and he kissed me right on the lips. I was so surprised that I stood up and punched him right in the face! (My second kiss, much, much later, was lovely).

So for the most part, I go about my daily life, trying not to freak out about the book or the reviews or the scrutiny. I work. I try to exercise. I take care of my kids and my husband. I do laundry. I work on copyedits for my next book (Blaze of Winter is all set for a September release, yay!).

And then someone tweets about the Literacy Signing at RWA, where I’ll actually be autographing copies of Deep Autumn Heat, and I think, “Whoa! Is this really happening?” Or a friend wil ask me how I feel about my book coming out, and I’ll say, “Excited. Scared. Humbled.”

For as much as I realize that this is about firsts, it’s also about lasts. This, for example, is the last time I’ll be posting on this blog as an unpublished author. And instead of someone asking me when “the book is coming out,” they’ll ask when “the next book is coming out.” Will I feel less nervous? I doubt it, but at least it won’t be the first time.

See you on the backside (of July 9th)!

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Oh, my. Well, things are about to heat up around here. On Friday, I posted a guest post about my upcoming college reunion at Romance at Random. I’m pretty excited about seeing old friends and getting to meet some new ones. And in addition to going to my reunion, I also get to have lunch with my editor at Random House in NYC! As you might imagine, I’m pretty excited about that, too!

After I get back, things are coming down the pipeline faster than I can imagine. My first ever blog tour for my debut novel, DEEP AUTUMN HEAT, begins on June 18, and will last until July 9, the day the novel comes out! And then, RWA Nationals!

Ready to join me on my crazy ride into debut authorhood?

 

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