Thursday, April 18, 2013

My #DecadentJourney Hop

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All through April 18th, the authors of Decadent Publishing are coming together to share their DECADENT JOURNEY.  We'll be giving a behind the scenes look at how our books were produced and to offer insider tips for would-be authors hoping to submit to Decadent Publishing.  From first contracts to exciting edits, and hilarious bloopers...we're dishing it all!  And we're chatting on twitter - #decadentauthors #decadentjourney

This particular journey is one i'll never forget ! 
First of all, my whole-hearted thanks go out to Decadent Publishing and the team of editors for the Western Escape line, those ladies are awesome !!! 
Their encouragement is what got me involved with Western Escape in the first place.   They were having a Shooting Star Writing Contest which I knew nothing about but had this story I wanted to see if would fit into the Freewill setting.  The editors there were very helpful telling me all about the town and submission guidelines and said why don't you enter it into the contest? 
I'd never in my life entered a writing contest so what did I have to lose?  I really had no reason not to so i did what was necessary, read through it one more time and submitted the first 3 chapters for judging.  
Then I had to wait a horrifying month to hear any word and I was in pins & needles.  However, to my utter surprise after said month, I got an email telling me I was one of 3 finalists...holy buckets !!!  ME??  No way!

So now they say they wanted the complete manuscript and I started to get super nervous.  My ending for this book was bad so I made sure to mention that when I submitted.  They just reassured me that if it got that far, that's what editors were for :)
So now we hurry up and wait another month for the final manuscripts to be read, re-read and judged.  Just so you know, I am not a patient person :)   They had a set day to announce the winners so marked that on my calendar!

Once the official winner announcement day was upon me i was freaking out!  I never left my email all day I was so anxious to hear the winners but seriously didn't expect my name to be at the top of the list.  My poor kids were sitting at the dinner table when my email alert chimed on my phone.  I opened it and proceeded to scream and i swear i just about cried i was so danged excited !!!
This is the official announcement on the Freewill blog !

I can tell you I've never been through more thorough edits in my life but all 3 editors are truly wonderful to work with !!!!   I couldn't be more proud to be a Decadent Publishing Author !!!

So, here it is...

Take Me Home, Cowboy
Ally Kincaid returns to Freewill, Wyoming, to see her father after a two year absence. Anticipating a quiet family reunion, she finds herself butting heads with her father’s foreman instead. The man’s arrogance and sexy drawl push all her buttons, making her wonder what he’s hiding beneath his cowboy swagger.
Matt Gentry walked away from the past and shies from the future. No ties means no one gets hurt…until the boss’s daughter, a hot, green-eyed blonde, tempts him to break his own rules.
When tragedy strikes, will building tension and pride destroy their growing attraction or show them the way home?

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