At a recent Romance Writers of America chapter meeting, our monthly speaker was an editor with a well-known Publisher. As she explained what editors look for in a query letter and a submission, the discussion turned to what genres were currently in high demand.
Most publishers take months to years to get a book to the sales floor, so trends rise and fall, sometimes before an author realizes the book she just finished is not wanted by any agent or editor. Some writers try to write toward these trends, but that is a tricky business. This editor suggested you write a great book, and maybe give it something ‘extra’ to make it read as a fresh and new idea.
When she said that romantic suspense, thrillers, and mysteries were climbing high as the genres selling very well, I was thrilled (pun not intentional). You see, I have been editing a story that barely found any readers when it was published (so-called) by a very small publisher, who recently closed their doors (Thank God!) I edited the story (written 6 years ago) using everything I have learned since then; added many pages, adding to the mystery and the spicy love scenes; created an entire new cover and title; formated it and uploaded it to make it available in ebook and print.
As an extra bonus, and because the holidays are fast approaching AND because my dad will now be able to read both this story AND the bonus book at the back, I have included a military short story titled UNWRAPPING CHRIS.
Here are both Book Blurbs and Buy Links…
In a quirky college town surrounded by the mountains of New Hampshire new art history professor, Jacob Oliver, hikes a trail on a crisp September morning. He contemplates his life. Divorced and forced out of his job with the Boston Police due to a horrific accident, he spots a naked woman beneath a majestic waterfall. Escaping, he falls and injures his knee.
Destiny Blake hears a noise. Someone is on her mountain. She finds a handsome man sitting in the mud. Love blooms and lust consumes them after she helps him to the safety of her cabin. Soon, assumptions pull them apart, leaving her vulnerable to the unwanted attentions of other men.
When Jacob decides he cannot live without her, he must save her from a madman who chases her up her mountain through the cold, snowy darkness of a November night.
Ghostly voices push Jacob onward, and urge Destiny to fight back. Pain, hypothermia, and death threaten before the sun rises. Can Destiny and Jacob make it off Destiny’s mountain…alive?
Print versions should be available on-line soon through Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.
Army widow Jayne Rockwell searches for a secure future for her and her two daughters. Staff Sergeant Christopher Hawkins regrets leaving young Jayne eight years ago to go off to war. A crash encounter a week before Christmas thrusts these two lonely people back into each other’s lives once more. Jayne must learn to trust a man who disappeared with her heart. Chris must overcome the guilt of taking her innocence, and then leaving her heartbroken and alone.
A Christmas wedding brings them closer when Jayne spies him as a groomsman in Highland dress, complete with kilt. He cannot keep his eyes off the woman in green velvet wearing a wedding ring. Accusations, explanations, and remorse leads to a love that erupts among candlelight, Christmas carols, and a dark room. Who needs mistletoe?
You can also purchase UNWRAPPING CHRIS by itself as an ebook at these buy links:
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