Pamela Tracy asked me to tell you all about my sale, so here I am. What to tell you? It's really been a whirlwind since I found out. So here's a semi-brief history of me and my book.
I've been writing for about 12 years now, and I've always written contemporaries. However, about two years ago, my agent, Chip MacGregor asked me to write a historical. I didn't want to write a historical. Those are my favorite books to read, and I didn't want to turn candy into work. But after talking with my friend Camy Tang, I decided to go for it and write a book set in Leadville, Colorado. Camy knew that my husband's family is from Leadville, and I've always been very interested in that town. So it made sense to write a book based on a topic I knew lots about and really enjoyed.
I finished the book several months later, and then I submitted it. Here's where my story gets dicey. I thought I submitted it in March 2012, but my editor didn't get it until October 2012. This is a great lesson to everyone in being diligent about checking on your manuscript if you don't hear back in a timely manner. In January 2013, I received a letter asking for revisions. I did the revisions, and then sent them on their way, finally getting "the call" in June.
My editor and I talked last week at RWA, and they're still working on the schedule, so I don't have an exact release date yet, but hopefully soon.
In the meantime, here's a little about my book:
Joseph Stone comes to the mining town of Leadville, Colorado to find his missing father and bring him home to support their impoverished family. Instead, he finds an illegitimate sister he didn't know existed and clues that his father may have been murdered over a hidden silver mine. The sole hope for keeping his siblings out of an orphanage is to find the mine- before his father's killer does.
Annabelle Lassiter is worn out from working in her father's ministry to aid struggling miners. She doesn't believe their work is doing any good in a lawless town full of people interested only in getting rich quick. All she wants is to leave Leadville to create a new life for herself, away from the pain of working amidst so much tragedy. At her father's urging, she reluctantly sets out to help what she believes is just one more miner in a sea of thousands.
As Annabelle and Joseph work together to care for his younger sister while trying to find the mine, they learn to look past the preconceived notions they had of each other to see something deeper. But even as they consider the risks to their hearts by becoming involved, the greater risk may be to their lives.
I hope you enjoyed the peek into my first book!
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