How’d I get here?

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One Hot Second, Book 3 in the Bitterthorn, Texas Series

Wheeee! Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow! ONE HOT SECOND, the third book in my Bitterthorn, Texas series, releases tomorrow* from Carina Press! Obviously I’m kinda stoked about it (to put it mildly, heh). No matter how many times I release a new book, it’s always a thrill.  After all, I’m living my dream, but I still can’t quite believe how I got here. :)

I’ve been published for almost three years now, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my writing projects. I’ve actually been writing my whole life.  When I was a kid, I rewrote all the Trixie Belden books so that Trixie and Jim Frayne wound up kissing. I even tried to get published back in the day when you had to get multiple copies of your novel printed up before sending it out to the legendary slush piles of the literary world.

Sadly, I don’t have the best attention span in the world, and since the old way of doing things in publishing was so slow, I eventually lost interest in subbing my stuff.

But I never lost interest in writing.

Fast-forward ten years. I have a friend whom I’ve known for a long time through our love of Harry Potter. Out of the blue she announced she’d been offered a three-book contract and was over the moon with joy. I was thrilled for her as well, but I was also inspired. If she could do it, why couldn’t I? I put my nose to the grindstone—or the fingers to the keyboard—and I did a search for any open calls for romance stories. Maybe I had something in my ten-year-old backlog that would fit.

I found two calls for submissions: one for a sweet romance, the other for cyberpunk. Despite the fact that I had no clue what a sweet romance was, I decided to go for both of them. The publishing company was also something I’d never heard of—Samhain Publishing.

I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. 😉

The story I called a “sweet” romance didn’t make the anthology, but to my amazement it did get offered a contract (side note: that novella still makes me laugh. From a sensual standpoint I threw in everything except the act of sex into that story, since that’s what I thought a sweet romance was. Ha! 😀 ). Eighteen days later I received the second offer for the cyberpunk project called Zero Factor, and that novella did make the anthology.  That’s when things really began to pick up speed.  I then answered a third open submissions call, this time from a relative newcomer to the ebook scene, Carina Press.  I subbed Crime Wave In A Corset, a steampunk holiday novella, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I’m not sure my “Road to Publication” story would work for everybody, but answering submission calls was how I did it. Since I just sent off my 10th Harlequin contract and tomorrow is the release of my 11th book overall, I have to admit that this road I’ve taken has worked for me.  I just can’t wait to see where it takes me next. :)


Parker Radclyffe is up against a wall. Thorne Mansion, the mysterious Italianate castle she’s come to Texas to restore, isn’t the problem. No matter how intriguing the relic is, it’s merely an ember compared to the blazing magnetism of its owner, Chandler Thorne.

When his family mansion burned down, Chandler had to watch over a hundred years of proud history go up in smoke. After more than a year, he finally has everything in place to rebuild, including a renowned conservation architect to oversee the restoration. But when he lays eyes on Parker he realizes he’s gotten more than he paid for. Maybe more than he can handle.

Parker is a military brat who never sits still long enough to get burned. Chandler is her opposite, a man with deep roots and deeper family secrets. It won’t be easy to find the common ground it takes to build a home together, but Chandler is a Thorne in every sense. He plans to stick with Parker until she sees that love is more than worth the risk.

64,000 words

*Please note I’m starting a blog tour for ONE HOT SECOND tomorrow! Tour includes a giveaway of a $25 Amazon GC, a $10 Amazon GC and a complete set of the Betterthorn, Texas ebooks.  Come along and hop along the bloggy trail with me!



How’d I get here? — 2 Comments

  1. Congrats on the release of ONE HOT SECOND, Stacy! I hadn’t given anthology calls much thought before I got published, but I’ve been giving them some thought recently. Thank you for sharing the story of your road to publication.

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