So…This Happened

Like all writers, I started out as a reader and over the years I’ve discovered authors that I love. We all have our favorites, right? My go-to-auto-buy-novelist is Christine Feehan. The first paranormal romance novel that I ever read was DARK PRINCE. I’d never read anything like it and I remember thinking….Where have you been all my life? I then proceeded to purchase every one of her novels that was published at the time. She’s my gateway paranormal romance author, so to speak. After I devoured everything she had written, I went out and found other books in the same genre and eventually, I wrote my own.

At the RT Convention in Las Vegas, I had the distinct honor of hosting a reader party with several other authors. You can imagine how hard I freaked out when I heard that Christine Feehan, the Queen herself, was going to one of the writers hosting.13043287_842932842478393_1296167241459449251_n

I was excited and crazy nervous to meet my idol! I fangirl’d hard and I’m pretty sure that I babbled like I’d had too much sugar. Christine was gracious and funny and as wonderful as I thought she would be.

This picture was taken right before the event started and though I might look composed, I was bugging out. I remember sweating profusely. Seriously,  like some kind of farm animal.

However, Christine took it all in stride and if she thought I was a weirdo, she hid it well.

Fast forward a few months and I was getting ready to turn a new book in to my publisher. It wasn’t just any book. UNDISCOVERED (Amoveo Rising #1) is the first in a bridge series between my Amoveo Legend and my forthcoming Dragons Rising series. It feels like the kind of book that could introduce me to a whole new cache of paranormal romance readers. So I got an idea. A crazy-I-might-regret-doing-it kind of idea.

I asked Christine if she would be willing to read the manuscript and, if she liked it, provide a cover quote.

There was risk involved.  What if she said no? What if she said yes but didn’t like it?  What if she thought it sucked swamp water? What if she read it and thought that I couldn’t string together a remotely coherent sentence let alone a whole damn book?

I was terrified that one or all of those things might happen. I asked in spite of my fear. Truth be told, my entire career has been built on asking risky questions and taking chances. Hey, if you don’t ask the question then the answer is always ‘no’.

So I asked.

And I waited.

I waited some more.

Then one day when I wasn’t expecting it or thinking about it, an email arrived from my editor with a cover quote from Ms. Feehan.

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I won’t lie to you. I cried. My idol loved my work and was willing to put her name behind it? You bet your ass I shed some happy tears.

But wait. It gets better.

I emailed Christine to thank her for not only taking the time to read my work but for providing such a lovely blurb for the cover. I told her that I’d been going through a weird time with my writing, questioning myself and my abilities. I wanted her to know how much her words buoyed me.  I figured that she’d email me back with a quick “You’re welcome.” She did far more.  I received beautiful email, which I’ve saved and printed out. It now sits by my computer. She affirmed what I’d suspected, that all authors no matter how successful, question their abilities at times. Her kind words went on from there and if you think I cried when I got the blurb….pfft…total waterworks when I read her letter.

I’ll cherish her kindness and generosity for the rest of this crazy publishing journey.

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I hope you’ll all enjoy this book and I thank you for coming along on this wild ride with me. Though we may never meet, via social media or otherwise, I want to you know that I appreciate every single one of you. Thank you for being my readers and for allowing me into your world for a spell.

Dream on…..
Sara

 

It’s a Journey Not a Destination

1As part of the marketing platform for UNCLAIMED (Amoveo Legend #5), which releases on Dec. 3rd,  my publisher put UNTOUCHED (Amoveo Legend #2)  on sale for $0.99.  Running an eBook promotion is a great way to introduce new readers to the series and hopefully it will drive sales for the upcoming release. The truth is, no one really knows if it will do what everyone really wants it to do, which is to put UNCLAIMED on one of the BIG LISTS–(USA Today or NYT).

I’m not gonna lie. That would a major dream come true and if it happens I’ll be doing a serious happy dance.

But…

If it doesn’t happen, well, that’s okay too because life is about the journey not the destination and I’m having one helluva time on this journey. Yesterday UNTOUCHED started climbing its way up the charts, thanks in large part to a Book Bub ad, and watching it hit certain milestones was really cool. I took pictures at different points because I’ve been doing this long enough to know that these “milestones” don’t last very long. Like I said, it’s all about the journey and these were some neat stops along the way.

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Seeing UNTOUCHED hit the Amazon Top 100 was career 1st and so was having it hit #1 in everyone of its categories! Then, as if that’s not exciting enough, I see my name and books right next to my all-time favorite author….Christine Feehan!!!!!!

I was at #20 on the Top 100 Paranormal Romance authors list, right below the Goddess Herself….Ms. Feehan.

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Seriously? I never dared dream that I could be on any list with Christine Feehan.…and for a brief moment in time…it happened.  Christine’s book, Dark Prince, was the first paranormal romance novel I ever read and from that point on I was hooked.

These moments are a thrill and they help soothe the occasional scathing review but at the end of the day it’s all about the books. I love writing and creating wild, sexy worlds for readers to get lost in and hitting the BIG LIST or not–will never change that. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to add that tag line to my bio and book covers but  if/when it happens…that will still part of the journey…it will not be the destination.

The journey with the Amoveo continues this Tuesday, December 3rd, with the release of UNCLAIMED.  I do hope you’ll continue on this wild ride with me and though I can’t make any promises about exactly where we’ll end up, I can promise it will be one hell of a ride.

Timeline_Cover_doNotRename96Dream on….