how to sell a book without even trying


So here’s the Good News I’ve been sitting on for nearly a week now. And it has not been easy to keep it under wraps, either, believe me! :surrprisse

I have just been invited to write one of the books in another continuity series for Harlequin Desire. :dancing

It happened pretty simply:  I got a phone call from Agent Extraordinaire saying he’d just gotten off the phone with Editor C.  Editor C wanted to know if I would be willing to push back the Desire I was supposed to write next (a stand-alone of my own—hey, that rhymes :tpspspspt ) to participate in another multi-author continuity instead.

Well, sure, says I!  They gave me absolutely no details…what the continuity was going to be about (another “Dynasties” series? a “Texas Cattleman’s Club”? something set at a pro golf tournament? behind the scenes at a soap opera?), what my story was going to be about, not even what other authors were going to be involved.  But I tend to be game for (almost) anything, especially where Desire is concerned, so I said sure.

What they did tell me was that I would be doing Book #4 of the 6-book series & that my story would be out in April 2012.  (Go ahead—mark your calendars now.  Doesn’t matter what the book is about, you know you’re going to love it. :winkwink )

Jump ahead a few days, though, & I’ve received the bible for this continuity, so now I do have details.  The authors I’ll be working with this time are (in no particular order) Kathie DeNosky, Day Leclaire, Jennifer Lewis, Rachel Bailey, & Tessa Radley.  And the series is, indeed, another installment of the ongoing “Dynasties” continuities—whoo-hoo!  I love these!  This time, it’s “Dynasties:  The Kincaids”…don’t you just love that name? I do!

New money. New passions. Old secrets.  The Kincaids are a wealthy Southern family based in Charleston, South Carolina, which means I’ve gotta start dusting off my y’alls & fiddle-dee-dees.  Oh, yeah, you can expect some uber-fun blog posts when this book comes out.  I’ve already got a joke, a recipe, & a giveaway in mind. :gotcha

So that’s the news I’ve been teasing you with for so long. Now it’s time to celebrate!



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  1. Laura J. says:

    Can we get a WHOO with a HOO!!!! :dancing

    I LOVE the setting! And girl are you in some fine company of authors (of course–you are the top on that list). And if you need a research trip to Charleston…I’m your tour guide. I would more than happy to show you SOB and SNOB. Not to mention all the haunted places!!!! Then there is shopping in the Marketplace, the southern cooking….

  2. DeNita Tuttle says:

    :blowkiss That is awesome news Heidi!!!!

    Has to make you feel super extra special – which you are!

    Enjoy the rush! :congrats

    • Heidi says:

      Thank you, DeNita! These projects are always so much fun…maybe because of the element of mystery involved. I’m really looking forward to it! :biggestgrin

  3. Pamela Cayne says:

    Congrats!!! No huge surprise since you’re so awesome, but I shout congrats all the same!!! :Bigthumbs

    April 2012–marked on the calendar!!!

  4. mary k says:

    Woohoo! Super congrats to you, that is aweomse news. Now I understand ann the teasing that was going on and not telling us everything…we’ll give you a pass…this time.

    • Heidi says:

      LOL See, I wasn’t just being cruel! So often, I do get a nibble or a hint of something, but until the details are finalized, I can’t say anything…even if I’m bursting to! :eeee

  5. Leigh Duncan says:

    Heidi, that’s fabulous news :brava :brava . If you need any help with the research, I’m game for a road trip to Charleston.

    • Heidi says:

      Hey, if the weather weren’t so lousy, I’d probably be on my way down there already! LOL In the meantime, I think I’m going to dig out my Designing Women DVDs just for a little Southern charm. (Suzanne cracks me up! :beerlaugh )

  6. Hollie says:

    Yay!!!! :brava :brava :brava :brava
    and it is marked on my calender!!!….How many days is that Laura???? LOL…just checking!

    Got my package today!! Thank YOu!!! :blowkiss

    • Heidi says:

      LOL She’ll know, too. I think she has a countdown tabulator app on her phone or something. :tpspspspt

      Glad the goody packages are starting to arrive! Hope you enjoy everything! :uhoh

  7. Jessica Lemmon says:

    That is fantabulous! And spectastic! :congrats

  8. Paula R. says:

    Congrats on being asked to be a part of another series. What I’m waiting on is when they write Dynasties: The Carringtons or The Colbys…that would be great fun to read…lol

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Paula! That would be funny, but, actually, they’ve already done the C “Dynasties” series…I just can’t remember what the family’s name was! But the Dynasties are being done in alphabetical order, to the best of my knowledge.

  9. Anne says:

    Congratulations! How bizarre that they choose you, but don’t give you any clue what the series is about or why they picked you. We know you’ll do a great job no matter what.

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