The Season for Temptation
Update: Theresa’s random winner is Library Pat. And my winner is Ora. Congratulations, ladies!
One of the things I love about this time of year is that Christmas stories start coming out. (As a side note, my own Christmas story, My Lady Below Stairs will be out November 1st!) But this year I’m really excited to recommend a holiday book from my friend, Theresa Romain, called The Season for Temptation. It’s a true delight and I’m tickled that Theresa is offering a chance for one of my readers to win a free copy today. I’ll sweeten the pot for commenters by offering a copy of Improper Gentlemen as well!
And now, here’ s your opportunity to get to know Theresa:
Once the Wait is Over
Mia, thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so glad to join the party at Read, Write, Love.
The last time I blogged here, I’d recently gotten a contract for my first historical romance, and I shared a few thoughts about The Wait for publication. Once I knew I’d eventually have a book on shelves, some things changed more than I expected. Some things did not. (For example: mountains of laundry continued to exist.)
Now my waiting’s over: SEASON FOR TEMPTATION was released October 4, and you can find it in bookstores and online. Hooray! And once again, some things have changed more than I expected, and some have not.
The first change you might notice, if you read my post on the wait, is that Season OF Temptation has become Season FOR Temptation—a little more active, and (hopefully) a little more tempting.
Here’s what else has changed now that my debut is in print:
- My relatives are now able to read the book. “Relatives” includes “my mother.” This has proved more intimidating than I expected, even after I told her which chapters to skip.
- People I don’t know are also able to read the book. Some of them have liked it, and told me so. Some of them have disliked it, too, but I try not to dwell on that. No book pleases everyone—not even Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Since I’ve been getting more email and keeping up with guest blog posts (hi there!), I’ve gone an entire week without cooking a real dinner. This was an accident, but not an unwelcome one.
- My feather boa and sparkly tiara are getting a little ragged from all my dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Okay, this one’s totally false. Foreign dignitaries have nothing to do with the state of my boa and tiara.)
- It’s harder to find time to write the next book. Oddly, this one’s completely true. A writer’s time becomes much more divided between writing and promo once there’s, you know, something to promote.
But not everything has changed.
- Self-discipline is a writer’s best friend. Or maybe professionalism is. Actually, better befriend them both. Writing is a business from start to finish, and there’s nothing to sell if a writer can’t put words on a page.
- My daughter would still rather hear about Fancy Nancy than anything related to Mommy’s writing. (No, I wasn’t going to READ my book to her. I was just telling her it existed.)
- Waiting continues, though in a different form. Every book goes through revisions, copyedits, page proofs, advance copies, reviews, marketing…and so on. The publication process is long.
- This one could go in a fortune cookie: “writer who works from home will wind up dealing with all contractors.” Ordinarily, this isn’t an issue or a problem. But every once in a while—say, during release week of one’s debut—a water valve might burst in one’s backyard. Then it extremely does become an issue.
- There, there. Chocolate makes it better. Always.
Does anything on this list surprise you (besides the fact that I don’t meet with foreign dignitaries)? Are you waiting for something right now? Chime in with an answer to either of these questions! I’ll give a signed copy of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION to one random commenter.
Theresa Romain holds degrees in psychology, English literature, and history, an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She has worked, interned, and translated for libraries and universities, all of which fed her love of books and her fascination with the past. She lives with her family in the Midwest and lives online at http://theresaromain.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Now it’s your turn. What are you waiting for? Is there something coming up in your life you’re looking forward to? Time to share it! Good luck in the drawing.