Sandra got "the call"
Sandra's sailing again.
Off Unpubbed Island.
Yes, I know. This isn't a sailboat. And. This isn't my first call. I was published in the eighties. Went back to teaching and after I retired, had to start all over again in the writing business. Which put me back on Unpubbed Island. So "hey hey, I'm on my way" as my mother-in-law used to say.
The island life was terrific. I'm going to miss it. But ten years of workshops, rewriting, rejections, contests, etc. is enough. So here I am. Heave Ho. And off again.
Okay, okay, I'll get to the good stuff.
Lia Brown from Avalon Books called and offered a contract for
THE PRICE OF VICTORY. (Title subject to change) It is due out next spring, 2011 providing I finish all the revisions to her satisfaction. smiling here. How fun is that? To have revisions to do? Wowza!
Blurb for PRICE OF VICTORY
Sterling Wade, a successful professional cyclist, finds the one thing he’s missing in life—a woman to love. Debra Valenzuela refuses to allow a relationship with any man to interfere with her determination to become a professional cyclist. She must succeed to earn her father’s love. Can Sterling help Debra follow her dream and in the process discover new purpose for his life? Will they accept the Price of Victory?
Researching this novel was so much fun. My husband joined a bicycle club and actually raced so I could get the feel and flavor of the staging grounds. I met several professional women cyclists who read my manuscript and verified the authenticity. Its amazing how people come into your life when you need them. This is no accident. God has been with me every step of the way.
And along with cyclists, I have been surrounded by amazing writers who have helped me grow and move into the twenty-first century. All this techno stuff. Its been fun and the writing style changed so much since the eighties. More action. Faster pace. Love it.
Thanks first and foremost to my Seeker sisters for their encouragement and support. I think I would have given up several times without the "kick in the pants" along with the prayers of these wonderful ladies.
And all of you Seeker friends. You have meant so much to us. You have helped us laugh at the trials and see the real reason we write.
Thanks to Joan Domning, Barbara Larriva, Peggy Parsons, and Nancy Damato, my face-to-face critique partners. And to DF who is so famous now, I have to be careful with her name.
Oh yeah. Enough about me.
TIME TO CELEBRATE
Whatcha got Jack?
Island fare. But of course.
Platters of fruit
Platters of cheeses, seafood, shellfish, and veggies
Shish-kebobs off the grill
Panera rolls, french bread slices, Hawaiian rolls
And dessert. Jack--you've gone all out
Platters of every pastry imaginable and for all of us Seekers--chocolates to die for Godiva, Sees, Ghiradelli, York peppermint patties, and mallow cups (for Ruthy.
Thanks for celebrating with me.
We've got a band on the deck.
Hula and Fire dancers on the beach.
A bonfire to sit beside. (and here on the Island all fires are smokeless)
And a hammock to take a nap. Or dream.
And guess what? Lia Brown, Editor of Avalon, has agreed to be interviewed on Seekerville.
Look for the date in future weekend editions.