Back in August of last year I posted a blog about contemplating retirement. Bottom line … I wasn’t ready. How quickly things can change.
This will be my last blog column as part of the Soul Mate Publishing blog/writing team. No particular reason, other than my body and mind have had enough. As much as I love writing, the idea of putting together an entire book no longer excites me. I’ve had my time and now it’s up to the rest of the authors out there to have theirs.
It’s also time for you readers to encourage them with kudos on their Facebook page, share a tweet about their new book on Twitter, and more importantly…write a review.
I encourage everyone who writes to keep going, to work hard no matter the challenges. Yet, at the same time, take breaks as often as you need them. No good can come from pushing too hard. I know I always found the scenes I forced myself to write … just to make that quota … were often the ones that needed the most editing.
Stay positive, even in the face of doubt or rejection. Remember, even J.K. Rowling and Stephen King were leery of their own work and were rejected numerous times before publication! As was Dr. Suess, Agatha Christie, John Le Carre and Lousia May Alcott. That’s some nice company to be in if you ask me! One of my favorite quotes about rejection comes from J.K. Rowling:
‘It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.’
In my long (26 year) publishing career, I’ve jumped around romance genres, published a children’s book, and have a cookbook currently in the hands of an editor. The spark was always there…until it wasn’t. Will it come back? Who knows?
I wanted to take a minute to thank my readers who have bought my books, my fellow authors who have always been supportive and encouraging, and (of course) my family who sometimes just shake their heads and accept the fact that this “old granny” writes steamy romance.
I am eternally grateful to Soul Mate Publishing for backing two of my 32 books. One was the “book of my heart”, the other the “book of my dreams”. Both were more important to me than any other I’ve written. Both were rejected at least once by other, far less insightful, publishers.
First, the “book of my heart”… based on a true story shared with me while sitting in an ice-cold rink and watching my oldest son play hockey.
When globe-trotting photographer Allison Cain comes home to her family ranch in Montana it’s to get to know her nephew and to make amends with the widowed brother-in-law she’s left alone to raise his young son.
Evan Carver could never deny his late wife’s younger sister anything, despite the fact she’s been conspicuously absent over the past three years since her sister’s death. Now she’s home again on what she’s called an extended vacation. Evan’s first concern is for his son, Cody, and how his aunt’s visit will affect the five year old when she decides to return to her high profile career.
Allison has no intention of going back to work. In addition to getting to know Cody, she needs to confess her biggest secret to Evan. How do you tell the man you’ve always loved that you’re not just his son’s aunt, but also his mother?
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And second, the “book of my dreams”… was fueled by a love of ancient Egypt and mysteries!
Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.
Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.
When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, creative, and prosperous life!