Yes, it’s the holidays. But for me, December is even more than that! Two of my children were born in December…lucky me with gift buying, right?
But wait! There’s more! December 1st, 2009 was when I got The Call from Mills & Boon, offering me a two book contract with Presents. I’ve since written 21 books for Harlequin Presents and a couple of shorts. And I’ve recently sold a series of single title contemporary romances to Berkley. (Random Penguin, if you will)
Three years and so much has changed. I had my daughter three years ago, and she completed our family. I sold my first book.
Since then, there have been so many milestones. Of course with watching our daughter (and our boys!) grow. We bought our first house, went on our first real vacation. I made USA Today.
One thing I can say for certain, that phone call, that day, changed my life. There is no question about it. I remember feeling like we’d come to the end of our rope financially. We were already on already on food stamps to help us get by. Already deep in debt with our landlady. Scraping bottom of the barrel about covers it, and we had a baby due in three weeks, one son enrolling in speech therapy and the other starting autism evaluations to try and see if we could get a diagnosis for him.
And then I got The Call.
So it’s really not an exaggeration to say this changed my life, that day three years ago changed my life. As I sit here in the first real house I’ve owned as an adult, the first for my husband too, the point seems underlined.
This has always been my favorite time of year. I love to celebrate Christmas. But I’ve been given so many things to celebrate in December. So many wonderful gifts!
And this December first is special because I have THREE (count them…three) books out in some capacity or another. Here’s the breakdown for you:
A Royal World Apart: Virgin Russian Bodyguard hero (yeah, I said it) guarding the rebellious princess until her arranged engagement can be finalized. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t have, and the one woman he can’t resist. Buy it EVERYWHERE now in print or ebook. (Or Amazon or Barnes and Noble)
At His Majesty’s Request: Linked with A Royal World Apart, this book follows the heroine of the previous book’s brother on his search for a suitable woman to become his queen. Unfortunately, the only woman he finds appealing is his purely unsuitable matchmaker! The divorced, angry birds playing, vintage wearing, self-made millionaire who can never give him an heir… You can buy it now in print and ebook on eharlequin, wide release January 1st. AND it is now on shelves and Amazon UK in the…well, in the UK!
Her Little White Lie: A lie at the wrong time lands Paige Harper in hot water and engaged to her boss. In order to adopt her best friend’s daughter, Paige needs a husband, and she’s accidentally volunteered Dante for the job. But Dante has wounds that run deep, scars that Paige could never have imagined. Could she and little Ana be the key to helping him find healing? And love? Her Little White Lie is available on M&B UK. (And check out a mildly spoiler-ish excerpt of HLWL here!)
I’m not certain when this book will be out in North America. When it is, it will be e-only and I imagine it won’t be for a while, if you would like to purchase it, it IS possible for those outside the UK to buy books from the M&B site. You will encounter a notice that says you can’t, just click OK and continue with the transaction.
Three year anniversary and three books out! Not bad, eh?
Definitely think the day calls for cake and kermit flailing!!