Friday, December 15, 2017

My "Call" Story

                                                                 Surprise in Paradise

I pulled out this post intending to rewrite it for this blog but I think it captures my excitement in the moment. There is no way I could improve on it.

You will not believe what happened to me this week while on vacation.  It’s one of those things that if I put it in a book the editor would scoff and say, “No one will believe that.”  

            First off, you need to know that my hubby and I were on an unexpected free trip to the Big Island of Hawaii (He won a sales contest. J) In the meantime, I was anxiously awaiting the final word on a proposal I’d sent to Love Inspired. My agent had told me the editor wanted to buy it, but until there was a contract officially offered – well anything can happen.

Time arrived to leave on our trip with no word from the editor. I was really hoping for a solid answer so I could stop anticipating and enjoy our time on the island. We arrive at the gorgeous Fairmont Orchid Resort, meet up with other contest winners and have a lovely dinner at sunset on the beach. Hard to be too disappointed when you’re in paradise, so I let go of the anticipation and gave myself over to a week in Hawaii.

The next morning we woke up crazy early – time difference ya know. My hubby got up when he heard the iPad ding. Not two seconds later he laughed and said “listen to this.” He then proceeded to read me the email from my agent telling me she had a contract offer from Love Inspired for my book. I jumped out of bed, called my agent ( it was five am in Hawaii but 9:30 in Pittsburg) and got all the details. Needless to say, I was over the moon happy about the news.  Waking up in Paradise with a contract! Wow. It just doesn’t get any better than that. J

Needless to say the rest of the week was spectacular. Of course every time the iPad dinged we both raced to read the latest email. Alas, no more contract offers that week. But we got to celebrate in paradise!

Book # 15 with Love Inspired is out later this month and while it doesn’t take place in Hawaii, it does take place in the sunny south in an old historic home and the surprises are around every corner. I hope you’ll enjoy Reid and Tori’s story. Available in stores December 19th.


Building a Dream


Reid Blackthorn arrives in Dover on a personal mission – to make sure his terminally ill brother gets a chance to meet his daughter.

  Deceiving little Lily’s guardian isn’t his intention, Yet once Tori Montgomery mistakes Reid for her new handyman, he knows it’s the only way to be close to his niece. Tori is honoring her friends last wish by keeping Lily away from her father’s family.

 And once she learns who Reid truly is, she realizes there’s a too much at stake – including custody of Lily – for her to fall for the former DEA agent. But in keeping a promise, is she losing out on her chance for a happily-ever-after?


  1. Great story, Lorraine. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  2. What a wonderful place to get "The Call!" Thanks for sharing.

  3. Such a perfect vacation! Hawaii and a contract! You must have been floating on Cloud Nine! I would have been.

    Congrats on your success, Lorraine. Writing/publishing fifteen books is fantastic! So many wonderful stories!

  4. What a place to get such good news. Thanks for sharing, Lorraine.

  5. Sweet! Double blessing, free vacation to Paradise, first book contract. What fun. And the new book sounds great, too.

  6. Such a great story, Lorraine. I don't imagine it gets much better than that.

  7. Thanks for all the kind comments. Sorry I haven't responded more quickly but the sinus bug got me down today and I'm just now climbing out of the fog. It was wonderful trip and knowing I was officially an LI author kept me buoyed all week. Every now and again I just stop and giggle. LOL it was really kinda weird, but hubby got a kick out of it. :)

  8. Wonderful story! What a blessing to be in the perfect place to celebrate your success.


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