Hello, everyone. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know what's going on with me and my next project.
First of all, thank you for making Beauty from Pain such a successful. I made USA Today's Best Seller list. I'm super excited about that. The demand for the sequel, Beauty from Surrender, has been a little overwhelming but I'm up for the job. I've started it and I've gotten a nice little chunk knocked out. It's scheduled with my editor for early May. I hope this will allow me to release it before May 30th. That would be super!!! And I know a few readers who would be very happy about that.
Because Beauty from Pain has been successful, it caught the attention of agents and publishers so I'm very pleased to announce that I am now represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management in New York, NY. This is a huge step for me. I never expected to take this path but I'm very excited about finding out where it leads.
This site will be getting a facelift soon – hopefully this weekend. Please bear with me while I make the much needed changes to make it more navigation-friendly with an updated appearance.
I'm getting questions about Blood Doll and when it will be available. Whew! I had hoped to have it in January. Well, that didn't happen. Beauty from Pain happened instead. And now Beauty from Surrender is happening. I will definitely finish the Agape series but I ask you to be patient with me. I have to write what's in demand first but I promise I won't leave Curry and Chansey hanging forever. I hope to jump back into their story this summer.
I've been asked for teasers from Beauty from Surrender. I'm no where near the place where I can release those. I write really weird. I don't start at the beginning and write a full story from start to finish. I write scenes as I see them happening in my head and as I feel inspired. I begin with a skeleton and go back to fill in the gaps. It's weird. I don't know– maybe other writers do similar things. I just know I have bits and pieces here and there until I mesh it together at the end.
That's the short version of what's happening with Georgia. I'll give you more updates as they come.
Corn Family Benefit
I was contacted by a fellow author about donating signed paperbacks for an auction to benefit a family in need following their tragic loss. Below is their story and the information regarding a benefit auction in their honor:
On the night of February 10th, Matthew Corn left his house for a short motorcycle ride. That was the last time his wife and three children saw him alive. On the morning of February 11th, Matt’s body was found a quarter mile from home by friends of the family. That day knocked the breath out of the community, broke the hearts of his friends, and wounded the souls of his family.
Matt was not just a name to me; he was my husbands close friend, my friend. My husband is the god father to Matt’s daughter—who is only one years old. Matt has played with my daughter, chased her around my living room, and admired her toys with her. I knew him as someone that would drop everything to help someone and a father that would do anything for his family. That dark Monday, the sky poured water over the grieving family, as if to weep along with them. It was such a painful, shocking thing to happen, and for most it seemed utterly unbelievable.
As I watched the family try to digest this horrible reality, I was struck by the need to do something, anything to help. The road ahead of them is going to be difficult and I wanted to help smooth it out. After talking with some of my friends, the idea of raising money was brought up. But how? After brainstorming, we decided to do an auction of signed books. That’s where you come in.
The website, www.forthecornfamily.us has been set up in their honor. Here we will have ‘lots’ of books for readers to bid on. I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and willingness to help among the author and blogger community. Over thirty authors have donated books and/or audio books for the auction. Many of these authors are household names; authors that are New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers. It is our hope that we will be able to raise money for this family for the difficult times ahead.
The auction for the Corn Family will begin on February 22nd and will end on March 15th at Midnight. The website should be complete and ready for people to look over by Thursday morning. The highest bidder will win and have a set number of days to send the money, before we move on to the next bidder.
There will be a donate button linked with Paypal for those people that want to donate but aren’t interested in bidding.
Here is a list of participating authors:
I want to celebrate the release of
Beauty From Pain
and I'm in the mood for a giveaway.
Help me spread the word and
you could be the lucky winner of
a 6 inch Kindle from Amazon
Best of Luck!
(Raffle will run February 2nd-9th.)
New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author