This month marks our first year as a blog group. We've written posts on a wide range of topics. Everything from our families, our pets, hobbies, vacations, and our writing. We have enjoyed sharing a small part of our lives with you.
I wrote the first post last April as an introduction to our group. I told a little about each of us and where we were on our writing journey. As we look back at our first year, I wanted to write this anniversary post to give everyone a short update.
In case you didn't notice, our title has slightly changed. Sadly, we lost our "Plus One." Heather Eustis-Fillion is Sherrie's daughter, who over the past year has been attending college. She's a wonderful pastry chef and is now looking forward to starting her own bakery. We wish Heather the best of luck with her new adventure. She will return to guest post from time to time. She's currently working on a series called "Seven Dates with Darcy." If Mr. Darcy time traveled to your house for dinner, Heather will reveal seven Regency inspired meals to serve him for dinner. We're looking forward to those post from Heather.
Sherrie Lea Morgan makes up the second member of our blog. Sherrie had a heart to heart talk with her muse during the past year. He convinced her to put away her Contemporary Romances and search for her Historical Romance voice. Who knew muses were so smart?
Sherrie has a strong Historical Romance voice, and is currently writing a Regency entitled "The Storm of an Earl." It's about a time obsessive Earl whose entire schedule is thrown out of whack by the disappearance of his brother (Thomas) who has recently returned from the war. With his neighbor's daughter, who can't draw two stick figures, he is off to London to locate the last person seen with Thomas. Along the way, they end up chasing a band of gypsies and falling in love.
As for me, last year I had completed my first novel, "Sons of Sivadia" and started on the second book in the series. I still wasn't satisfied with book one and began taking online classes to improve my writing. The more classes I took, the more I realized why I never felt book one was ready to submit. It needed help, and the best way to do that was learning more about my craft. By learning to become a better writer, I'm feeling confident enough to start the submission process over again. Is it good enough for a publisher to say "YES"? Only time will tell. As for book two, it's about three-fourths completed, and the writing was way easier this time. Because this time, my confidence soared with new found knowledge. So, I will continue to take classes, and I will continue on my writing journey. To read the blurb for "Sons of Sivadia" hit the button above our blog title.
While we've all grown as writers during the last year, co-blogger Debbie Herbert's journey has changed most of all. Last April Debbie had just received a two book deal from Harlequin Nocturne for her "Dark Seas" Series. After the release of "Siren's Secret" last October, Harlequin extended it to three, instead of two books. The second book "Siren's Treasure" is set to release in October of this year. And the third book "Siren's Call' is scheduled to release in 2015. If you're ready for a great mermaid adventure, you can follow the link and be reading Siren's Secret within minutes. http://goo.go/cdgxFT
To wet you appetite here's the blurb, followed by Debbie's gorgeous cover.
In Debbie Herbert's debut novel, there are two secrets, each one with a deadly consequence…
Shelly Connors's worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.
Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual…and impossible to ignore. But he's determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly's hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?