Monday, April 07, 2008

Patting Others on the Back

I decided it was time for some good news...other than mine. I have two friends who've reached the memorable milestone of having their first books out!! I've been close and know what an elated feeling it can be, because seeing these books on the shelf made me catch my breath. Lol.

Mary Margaret Daughtridge, has been a fellow Heart of Carolina chaptermate for years. We've talked often, because we both tried to tread water in the business. Then we started getting to know each other better at Triad Coffee, an informal meeting of fellow authors to indulge in Starbucks and talk to other writers. We shared our troubles, some triumphs and discussed those contest that we'd both signed up in duplicate to judge. So of course I was elated when she landed a contract with SourceBooks Casablanca line for SEALED WITH A KISS.

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He can handle just about anything, except this...

Jax Graham is a member of an elite military team, but when it comes to taking care of his four-year-old son after his ex-wife dies, he's completely clueless.

One person can help him, if he'll let her...






Family therapist Pickett Sessoms knows just how to help a rough, tough Navy SEAL deal with a scared and lonely little boy, but not if he insists on going it alone.

When Jax and his young son Tyler get trapped by a hurricane, Pickett takes them in against her better judgment. Jax figures Pickett's high maintenance, just like all the women he knows, and she figures he's not commitment material. But when an outing turns deadly, Pickett discovers what it means to be a SEAL, and Jax discovers that even a hero needs
help sometimes...
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It came out April 1st and eventhough I was sick, and it was pouring outside, I had to make a run to the local B&N. I think it's also interesting to note that as a newbie published author Mary Margaret has already experienced an unexpected cover change. (One of those strange things that happens without an author's input.) I'm convinced it had something to do with her 4.5 star review from Romantic Times. Here's the first cover. Which one do you like?


A fellow Carolina Romance Writer, Dana Lyons, sold her first book to Black Lyon Publishing. And low and behold they made her the lead author for their Ancient Times Romances! I got to read a copy of her first release a year ago. I can't recall if it was spurned by 1-on-1 critiques or a plea on our loop. I just know after I got done making a few suggestions, I was afraid Dana wouldn't ever speak to me again. I have to admit after three days of not hearing back from her that I might've been too harsh. Then she sent me a wonderful e-mail saying the comments had taken her aback a bit, but that she admired my show don't tell teachings :0) So of course I was ecstatic when she sold!

HEART OF A DRUAE came out April 1st and is available in e-book and paperback format.
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He longed for someone he’d never even met.


For lone wolf archaeologist Eric Beck, love has always been out of reach—something he’s been searching for since the day he was born, never knowing where to look. But on an unexplored hill near Stonehenge, something calls to him. Someone calls to him. And on the day of the summer solstice, his entire existence is about to change …

To love him would set an unthinkable destiny in motion.

She was Aydyn. Powerful. Beautiful. Druae. Living long before Eric’s time and bound by sacred duty to see through a prophecy that could mean the end of her people. With Eric’s arrival through the stone circle, a passion is unleashed—a love written in the stars and designed to reveal the fate of the Druae.



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1 comment:

Savanna Kougar said...

Congrats to both Mary and Dana on their new releases.