Romance to Warm the Soul
HAPPY READ A ROMANCE MONTH!
Happy Read A Romance Month! Thanks for joining in the celebration. This year’s theme is “The Joy of Romance.” Since one of the happiest moments of a writer’s life is that day she gets THE CALL delivering the long awaited news that she’s sold her first book, I thought I’d share my story. It’s a dream come true and a moment of great joy. I’ll never forget the day my own writer dream came true because there’s a funny story attached to it.
In mid-January 2003, my agent sent word that a publisher was very interested in seeing the completed manuscript of my women’s fiction novel of which I’d only written a few chapters. “How soon do you think you can finish it?” she asked.
I said something stupid like, “Give me a couple of weeks.”
“So I’ll tell him he can expect the complete on February 2?” asked the agent.
“Absolutely,” said the wide-eyed writer.
Come February 2, I’d reached my projected end-of-the-book page count, but I still had more story to tell.
I know this is a terrible thing to admit, but since the publishing industry sometimes moves very slowly and February 2 was a Sunday, I was sure the editor wouldn’t expect me to deliver it on the weekend.
See Nancy type. See Nancy type fast in long marathon sessions. See Nancy scratch her head and wonder how she could have so much story left to tell when the book should ‘ve ended fifty pages ago.
As if that weren’t bad enough, my little cat, Baby, who was the queen our backyard decided to go on a royal adventure. Normally, this would have been fine, but this was an animal who never missed a meal. In her three-year reign of the land, she never strayed farther than earshot. When she didn’t show up for breakfast, I was concerned, but I forced myself to focus on writing.
The next day she was still missing and I was frantic. At the time, we lived on a busy downtown street and . . . Well, you can imagine the logical assumption. But a quick road check, proved “fine” and I tried to focus on wrapping up the story.
Around two o’clock that afternoon, I was fixing some tea and noticed a huge raccoon sitting on a lawn statue in our back yard. Florida raccoons prowl at night. They rarely come out during the day unless they’re sick or very hungry. . . this one was particularly cheeky (not to mention about three times the size of our tiny cat). I opened the back door to shoo him away, but he just sauntered over to the cat food bowl for a snack.
He was still hanging around when my husband got home from work. As I watched my husband try to shoo away the varmint the phone rang. The caller ID flashed a long distance number where the publisher who was interested in my book was located.
IT WAS THE EDITOR.
Picture me talking to him for the first time, while I watch the raccoon charge at my husband. The fate of my publishing career was on the line (literally), and I was watching a rabid raccoon chase my husband through the backyard.
I don’t remember exactly what I said to the editor something about having the manuscript to him the following day, which I did – I finally got smart and figured out if an editor cared enough to call and goad me along he was probably seriously interested in my book (Hello?!?).
My husband and my cat made it through the battle unscathed; the rabid raccoon moved on; and I got THE CALL for my first sale a week later. I guess you could say we all lived happily ever after. This story still brings me such joy.
Many thanks to Bobbi Dumas and Lorelei’s Lit Lair for including me in this fabulous celebration! Please check out Bobbi’s Read a Romance Month blog ( www.readaromancemonth.com). It contains a master calendar showing when your favorite authors will be talking about the Joy of Romance and giving away special prizes. Also check out Lorelei’s Lit Lair ( www.facebook.com/loreleislitlair ). She is recommending her favorite authors all month long and we are giving away prizes. Think of it as an additional chance to win! I’m giving away a prize through Lorelei’s page on August 24. So be sure and check out her page ( www.facebook.com/loreleislitlair ). This is where you can find Lorelei’s Lit Lair Read A Romance Month essay (http://bit.ly/1JMTWCY)
Here are my recommendations:
Eve Gaddy - Eve Gaddy is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than eighteen novels. Be sure to check out her latest THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHARADE, available this month.
Cindy Kirk - THE MD’S UNEXPECTED FAMILY is the latest book in Cindy’s fabulous RX for Love series.
Renee Ryan - THE MARRIAGE AGREEMENT is the ninth book in Renee’s lovely Charity House series.
Mimi Wells - Mimi writes fabulous romance and new adult books. Be sure and check out her latest novella THE BILLIONAIRE’S DECEPTION, part of the Hot Amalfi Nights collection, available this month.
Pamela Labud - Check out Pam’s books for wonderful stories of love and adventure.
Questions For The Author:
1 - Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy: In May, my husband, daughter and I spent three weeks in Italy. I’d always dreamed of seeing Venice and it more than lived up to my expectations. We stayed in a magical apartment called Ca’ Venexiana in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. Enjoying my morning espresso on the private courtyard that opened onto a quiet canal brought me supreme joy.
2 - Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy:
New York City holds very special, happy memories for me. When I was fifteen, I won a contest and the prize was a trip for two to New York City. My mother and went and we had the time of our lives. Sadly, I lost her to breast cancer, but every time I go to NYC (which is about once or twice a year these days) I always feel like she’s with me.
3 - Tell us about a sound that brings you joy: My daughter plays the flute and she’s very good at it. She actually got into college on a music scholarship and was the principal flutist in her university’s orchestra. Hearing her play (both practice and perform) fills me with such joy, it sometimes brings tears to my eyes.
4 - What book have you read that brought you joy: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE by Maurice Sendak Why? It was my favorite book as a kid and remains high on my list today because it embodies the joy of using your imagination.
5 - And for fun, the joy of choice ;o ~ Corgis! Corgis and more Corgis! My nine-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi Samantha brings me so much joy! I love that dog so much it’s ridiculous. In general, Corgis are a good natured breed. They always look like they’re smiling.
National bestselling author Nancy Robards Thompson has worked as a newspaper reporter, television show stand-in, production and casting assistant for movies, and in fashion and public relations. She started writing fiction seriously in 1997. Five years and four completed manuscripts later, she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award for unpublished writers and sold her first book the following year. Since then, Nancy has sold 30 books (8 single title novels; 18 category romances; and 4 novellas), which critics have deemed, “…funny, smart and observant.” She lives in Orlando with her husband, daughter and Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Please visit her website at NancyRobardsThompson.com, connect with her on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/nancyrobardsthompsonbooks and Twitter @NRTWrites.
“I can find you your soul mate in five dates.”
Dr. Jake Lennox took that bet from his best friend, nurse Anna Adams. And then he insisted on returning the favor. After all, he’s a commitment-phobic bachelor, while Anna wants the wedding ring and the white picket fence. So why can’t he find her Mr. Right while she finds him Ms. Right Now?
Now, admittedly, in small-town Celebration, Texas, the dating pool is shallow. And Anna and Jake’s picks for each other are either too small or too tall, too old or too bold. Still, they’re determined that by dates number five, both of them will be diving headfirst into marriage. So why do they suddenly seem to think it could be with each other?