Jan: I was offered a contract by Freya’s Bower for my first erotic romance novella, All She Ever Wanted.
Feb: Got my beautiful cover and also finished writing another story, tentatively titled Off The Clock. A week later, a disgruntled worker popped into my head and I wrote a three-page, very angry story based on what he said. My crit partners loved it, and it has become a collaborated effort. I may be a horror writer someday soon, if they will ever finish their parts!
Mar-Apr: Did edits and agreed to an interview on BlogTalk radio with my friend Travis www.blogtalkradio.com/jtravisgrundon
May: All She Ever Wanted was released on the 19th. I celebrated with my crit group as we ate cake, passed out bookmarks to anyone in the coffee shop who wanted to know what the celebration was, and also congratulated Travis on his news! His horror anthology had been picked up by Black Bedsheet Books and would be released in August.
June-July: Reviews started trickling in, all favorable! I also attended my 25th HS Reunion.
August: Since I’d transferred high schools, I crashed another HS reunion so I could see classmates I’d not seen since 1981. Plus, ASEW spent three weeks in the top 25 Best Sellers over at ebookwise.com:) Found out via email:
Received the following email from editor Chuck Sunday August 2nd:
Did you know ASEW is # 3 on eBookwise for Freya's Bower?
Sept-Nov: Due to comments at both reunions, a storyline popped into my head. It didn’t really develop until I received a letter from a reader, asking for a sequel to ASEW. I went back, changed some names around, and the story took off. I was also heavily involved with being a football mom; my oldest was playing Varsity Football for his senior year, so I did no signings at the usual craft fairs. My oldest also managed to take and pass his SAT’s; apply to Purdue; finish his Eagle Scout requirements; and pass his Eagle Board of Review.
Dec: Received another contract from Freya’s Bower, this time for my full-length erotic romance, Teacher’s Pet. Due to financial constraints and the fact my printer’s been broken for two years, I finally put it in the mail last week! K was also accepted to Purdue! Now we have to find a way to pay for it….
Which very nicely wraps up this year; I started with a contract and end with a contract. Here’s hoping for a better sales year in 2010!
E-books: 81 (Didn't count Reg's Lone Star Lycan, since I'm still reading it)
Print: 46 (Again, not counting Handle With Care)
Print: Jodi Picoult, Twilight series, and Jamie Carie’s books (print)
E-Book: Liana Laverentz and Bekki Lynn at Siren-BookStrand; Regina Carlysle at EC
Fav Erotic Romance author of 2009:
Baby Shaant made his appearance last night at 9:10pm! Weighing in at 9 lbs, 9 oz and measuring 21.5 inches:) Mother and son are doing fine; Father cut the cord and turned white. I'm told he had to leave the LDR room several times, poor guy! As soon as I get to see him, I'll post a picture of our newest 'family' member:)