Party Today and a Prize!

Hey, I'm celebrating my two-book sale with my friends over at The Writing Playground today! Come on over and say hello!

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You gotta have friends

Yesterday, I met several friends for lunch at a local restaurant. Little did that lunch crowd, mostly comprised of engineers and assorted military types, realize that five creative women sat at a table in their midst talking about books, contracts, agents, and due dates that had nothing to do with babies.

The best of all possible worlds is when a writer has writer friends. The things we talk about! There was a discussion of sex toys that started when we discussed a particular author and her use of odd things in her books. One of our number had never heard of this particular implement, so we had to whisper it, and describe it, which turned hilarious when we glanced around to make sure no one was listening.

At least we didn't discuss how to hide the body, which sometimes happens. Or whether to simply kidnap someone instead of kill them. But this wasn't a gathering of suspense writers, so we didn't really go there.

I needed that time away from the computer, and I cherish it. It was a great lunch — we laughed and talked a lot. Two ladies had to go back to work, but three of us stayed for another 2.5 hours. We originally got together to celebrate my sale, and I'm so happy they wanted to do that. But really, sale or not, it's just fun to get together with people who think like I do — who get lost in their heads, who think it's perfectly acceptable to talk about characters like they are real people, and who are serious about what they do. It helps keep me sane, I swear. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you have writer friends you love to get together with? Do you talk about crazy things? Do you need that connection from time to time? If you don't have writer friends close by, what do you do to decompress? And if you aren't a writer, what do you and your friends talk about when you get together? What is the one big thing you have in common?

Thanks for the support

Thanks to everyone who stopped to congratulate me on my news about The Call!!!! I am so thrilled and still amazed that I got that magical phone call. It's definitely a dream come true. I read Harlequin Presents novels behind my textbooks in school. I read them on my very first job as a receptionist at a real estate office (and earned the distinction of being “the reading-est thang”), and I read them in my bedroom at night. I subscribed to the Harlequin reader service where they sent you all the Presents every month, even though I was a teenager and money was tight. *g*

And now to think I am a Presents author! My book will be on those shelves someday next year, and it's so incredible and awesome for me. Who knew? ๐Ÿ™‚ Entering the Presents contest was definitely the best choice I ever made for my writing!

So, this isn't the Call Story, is it? Well, I've promised to write that up for the I Heart Presents blog and it will appear next week. So until then, I'll just pop up from time to time and say how stunned I still am. ๐Ÿ™‚ It's true; I am.

The Call

THE SPANISH MAGNATE'S REVENGE will now officially be a Harlequin Presents novel! I don't have the full details yet, but I got the magical call this morning. I'll post more about that tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks to everyone who cheered me along the way. Keep working on your own stories, because you can get there too. ๐Ÿ™‚