First off I’d like to thank Roseanne Dowell for having me. I am truly thrilled to be here. I want to talk about receiving that first contract. When I submitted The Lighthouse to Muse It Hot Publishing, I had already submitted it elsewhere but never heard anything back. I assumed they weren’t interested so when I’d heard about a new house opening. I subbed to them.
I wasn’t rejected, but neither was I accepted. The head of the house, Lea Schizas, told me certain things needed to be fixed and once I fixed them she’d give me a contract. I was recovering from emergency surgery and couldn’t fix these items right away. Over the next month, I worked on it.
I resubmitted it on the 3rd of May. The very next day a contract was waiting for me. I was over the moon. I got up and danced all over the place. The Lighthouse had been contracted and given a release date. This was made even more special because my mom had recently signed a contract with them as well. Actually, not with Muse It Hot but the mainstream line Muse It Up. But it’s still the same house.
The chance to share this experience with her has been amazing. She’s my best friend in the whole world. I read her stuff as she’s writing and she reads mine. She’s been my chief cheerleader. It’s awesome to be writing for the same house together.
And speaking of Muse, the people there are just wonderful. Everyone, from the publisher, Lea, all the way to all the authors, are the most supportive and encouraging people you’d ever want to know. Delilah K. Stephens does amazing covers. I’m in awe of the beauty of her work and how quickly she cranks them out. She’s done two for me so far. Yes I got a second book contracted by Muse. It’s the first in a new series and is called Frozen.
The Lighthouse releases from Muse It Hot Publishing January 01, 2011. It’s an erotic tale of romance, mystery and suspense with a bit of murder and ghostly happenings thrown in. I hope you enjoy The Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse blurb
Awni is the queen of Artica, a land of eternal winter. The daughter of a god, Awni’s cursed to never know the touch of another. Her icy skin is death for anyone who dares to touch her flesh. But, when a mysterious stranger shows up in her lands, she finds herself drawn to him. Eager to learn about his world, she invites him to spend time with her only to be shocked when he touches her and doesn’t freeze to death.
But Artica is a land ruled by tradition. Though she longs to keep Brent there with her, the laws of the land force her to send him home. But without him, both she and the land begin to suffer. Now, Awni is facing the same peril as one of her ancestors. And if she perishes like her ancestor did, all of Artica will pay the price. Can Brent, returned to his own world, somehow find his way back and save her before all is lost?