What you ask? How can it be a book’s birthday when it was just released a few days ago? Well, this release was eleven years in the making. Yes you read that right ~ 11 years. I first started this project in the beginning of 1998 ~ seems like such a long time ago now. As I developed the story, originally titled The Spice of Life, I hooked up with my wonderful mentor Terri Valentine (NY published author of Sweet Paradise, Paradise Promised & other titles). Through her help and wisdom I honed my skills and got the proverbial whip, also known affectionately as the Red Pen, when it came to POV, dangling modifiers, repetitious words and getting rid of naughty words like ‘thing.’ On and off through the years I worked on the book, sent it to Terri for review, then reworked the story some more. The project was put off to the side constantly as life got in the way with job changes, moves, illness, burnt hard drives and my two year stint when I stopped writing all together. I had quit smoking. Reading and writing were HUGE triggers. If I picked up a book I wanted a smoke. If I picked up a pencil and pad to work on a story I wanted a smoke. As much as it pained me to give up the two activities it was for the best until I beat the addiction. Between 2004 and 2006 I slowly got back into writing and reading and then in 2007 got real serious about my writing career. By the end of 2007 I had finished the first draft of Postponing Eternity (due for release via Devine Destinies 07/01/09) and finally finished The Spice of Life. Truthfully, I never really liked the ‘Spice’ title. By the time the novel was done it didn’t fit anymore. So after some thinking I renamed it Secrets. By this time I was working on a series for eXtasy Books so I pitched Secrets to them too and it was accepted. Yea! My first story found a home but it had to be renamed since Secrets is so popular. After a bit more thought I came up with Concealed Affairs. This story started off as a sensual romantic suspense and morphed into an erotic romantic suspense with lots of intrigue and hot sex.
So what’s the moral here? ‘Keep on truckin’’… “Don’t give up on your dreams”… etc.
Happy birthday CA! Available now at www.extasybooks.com
For information on the story please visit: http://home.earthlink.net/~cr_moss/id9.html