Print, Audio, and Foreign – Oh My!

Ever have a truly epic moment that deserves to play in slow motion, with the Chariots of Fire soundtrack in the background? Well, I just had three — count ’em — THREE. I’m hoping you’ll pop the proverbial cork with me and celebrate some good news.

First, all of my books came out in print, I just had a 40-pound box of them delivered, and it felt like Christmas. I was so happy, it made the kids giddy, and even the cats got into the Densley family weirdfest. Check it out.

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We had a great time stacking and arranging the books as though we had pirate treasure. Paperbacks make a decent pony/robot fortress. My kiddos took a hundred pictures, and we discovered that felines simply don’t appreciate literature.

Best of all, there’s something magical about the process of a story beginning as a thread in the imagination, then finally holding the book in my hands, smelling the paper, and flipping the pages. I even have a few local book signing events to attend in the near future, which will definitely make me feel like a REAL author.

Happy dance: I recently signed with Owls Agency, who is shopping foreign rights (Japanese, specifically) for Song for Sophia and The King of Threadneedle Street, the first two books in the Rougemont series.

And I just got the green light to share the latest news: We sold audio rights to Tantor Audio, who will release Song for Sophia and The King of Threadneedle Street, unabridged, in both physical and electronic formats!

tom misonI’m told I get to help choose the narrator. Amy & Denise from my [super cool] street team said right away that Tom Mison from the hit TV series Sleepy Hollow is hands-down Wilhelm Montegue, the hero of Song for Sophia. (And my, does he have the look!) But if you haven’t ever paid particular attention to how he speaks, stop what you’re doing and listen to Tom Mison’s aristocratic steely-velvet tenor voice. I wonder how Tom feels about historical romance novels…

So, yeah, I’m a lucky girl. Lucky to have such generous, supportive readers. Hats off to you, and a big thanks for giving a new author a chance. I’m also blowing a kiss to my editors at esKape Press, Kim and Kay, for making me feel like a rock star. Sigh. It’s a good day.

I’d better get back to writing Rougemont #3, but first let’s celebrate! Why don’t I give away a signed copy of one of these shiny new paperbacks — winner’s choice — along with a beaded magnetic clip bookmark?

Answer at least one of the following questions in the comments section below, and the response my kids choose on Friday Feb. 21 will be the winner… so channel your juvenile humor.

UPDATE 2/21/14:  My children were highly entertained by your crazy cat stories, and my oldest boy thanks you for the Chuck Norris jokes, a few of which he hadn’t heard yet. Thanks to everyone who made our day with the fun comments. The kiddos were sad they could only pick one winner, what with germ conspiracy theory and hopping cats in stockings — I’m only glad I didn’t have to choose.

Finally they settled on the reader who sent a Chuck Norris/John Wayne meme and found the numbers in the Table of Quadratic Residues mentioned in Song for Sophia, which they said was very impressive. KATIE FLANDRO, you won a handmade beaded bookmark and a signed copy of a Rougemont book in paperback, your choice! Check your inbox so we can trade info, and congrats! 

1. What numbers in the Table of Quadratic Residues did Wilhelm recite to distract himself from the agony of Sophia’s miscarriage?  As Katie (our fabulous winner) said, Wilhelm the mathematics savant recites the numbers 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, and on to 375 to clear his mind. (Me, I watch an episode of Firefly on Netflix.)

2. What socio-economic factor does Andrew cite as the catalyst to the economic collapse of Austria?  Andrew is alarmed by the racism in commerce, particularly the division between Austrian nationalists and the Jews. I thought it might be fun if our financial genius predicts WWI in the 1870s, when the events which led up to the war were already happening. 

3. Why do grown-ups think kissing is so great since they have lots of germs?  I agree with the readers who cite grand conspiracy and brain damage. Well said, friends!

4. Is there a Chuck Norris joke Moriah Densley hasn’t heard yet?  No. I seriously doubt it. My 12yo son has made it his purpose in life. Oh, joy.

5. What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen a cat do?  Dexter, our fat orange tabby, loves to chase my beads across the kitchen floor. If it takes me too long to drop one, he’ll sneak up to my case, cup his little paw, and fish one out. He throws it on the floor then takes off after it. Stinker.

Comments

  1. Wow what an amazing thing/feeling it must be to get those books in your hands. Congrats! And OMG Tom Mison! *fangirl squeal* Ahem … I might as well answer one of those questions, don’t I? I’m picking #3 – Because no one cares about germs as long as you’re feeling good. =D

    • I’m now a Sleepy Hollow (and Tom Mison) fan. And I can never explain it to my kids, Caffe. They still think kissing is gross 🙂 Thanks for visiting – it’s nice meeting you.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS MORIAH!!! I’m so stoked for you!!! Love the pictures and the peace sign behind your head. LOL. And you know, Tom was in ‘Lost in Austen’ which is a romance so… he might be up for the reading task. We can all hope he is anyway. *sigh*

  3. Congrats to you! So happy for your wonderful news 🙂
    I’ve seen cats do a lot of crazy things but our cat, Scrat, reaches up with his front paws for me to hold him like a little kid and I have to watch him or he will climb up me to get to my shoulder if I don’t pick him up 😀

    • Aw, that must be adorable. How come you have sweet, cuddly cats, and mine are cranky? I’m going to have you pick out my next one, Lori! And thanks for visiting today. Always glad to see my friends from my awesome street team!

  4. Whoo Hooo!! congratulations!! I’m super happy for you! Now, I haven’t read Song for Sophia, so if I win, that’s totally my selection!. Growing up one of the cats we had broke both of her front legs by jumping down from the top of the garage. She spent a lot of time in her crate recovery. She healed, got the casts off and darned if she didn’t re break the legs immediately doing the same stunt jump.

    By the time it was said and done, we never got rid of the crate, she was so used to spending time in there that she couldn’t sleep outside it!

    Go to Google. Type in “Find Chuck Norris” and click “i’m feeling lucky button.”

    🙂

    • Oh, dear. Now my 12yo is going to see that, and we’ll never hear the end of you-know-who jokes 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, Kate, and I can’t believe your cat is such a ding dong. Although one of my children behaves a bit like that…

  5. Lisy Spaun says:

    Felicitations on this wonderful new *chapter* of your literary career. Sorry, I couldn’t help my self. I shall answer the great mystery that is question #3. Grown ups kissing is really a conspiracy orchastrated by colonies of germs living deep inside adult bodies. These germs use kissing as a means to pass messages, and themselves, between hosts. Kissing also has the side effect of making grown ups act silly and lovey dovey, giving the germs greater control over their weak minded human slaves. Nah, just kidding! Grown ups kiss knowing that kids will leave them alone so they can play video games. Fallout: New Vegas is hard to concentrate on when you have to be “responsible”.

    • Heh. That’s punny 🙂 Now my kids are going to like your answer – they suspected conspiracy already, and you’ve just confirmed it. Glad you came by today, Lisy. Thanks ❤

  6. christicorbett says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you!!!!

    *does happy dance that looks like Snoopy dancing*

    Christi Corbett

  7. WONDERFUL news! I’m so happy for you. I loved that book and am so glad it will get wider distribution. It (and you) so deserve it. Congratulations!

    • Thank you, Kaki. And I appreciate your taking the time to stop by. It can’t have been that long ago when you got your first rights deal 🙂 And I wonder if you too made a pony/robot fortress with your books the first time, hehe.

  8. The craziest thing I’ve seen our cat do is try to get into the bathroom when we’re in there with the door shut. He will use his hind legs to thump the door and rattle it, then he will use his front paws to scrape and paw under the door to let us know he’s there, wanting in. I have to admit I’ve even let him in out of frustration to keep him quiet…and he promptly gets up into the bathroom sink and whines until I put the faucet on drip for him to lick. Can you imagine this crazy cat? BTW, his name is Sam the Man. jdh2690@gmail.com

    • haha Sam the man. What a goofball. Sounds like he rules the roost at your place 🙂 Can’t wait to show my kids your funny cat story! And thanks for taking the time to visit today.

  9. Congratulations!!

    An answer just for the kids to #3. As you get older your brain cells age and don’t work as well, so things like kissing germs don’t bother you so much. 🙂

  10. Congratulations, Moriah! So thrilled for you! 🙂

  11. 1. What numbers in the quadratic table of elements did Wilhelm recite to distract himself from the agony of Sophia’s miscarriage? DOn’t remember that one.
    2. What socio-economic factor does Andrew cite as the catalyst to the economic collapse of Austria? My memory sucks…
    3. Why do grown-ups think kissing is so great since they have lots of germs? Lol it’s nature.
    4. Is there a Chuck Norris joke Moriah Densley hasn’t heard yet? I am sure there is.
    5. What is the funniest thing you’ve ever seen a cat do? Chase a laser light.
    If Tom is doing the Audio I am buying! And I look forward to Rougemont #3!

  12. Oh, and I love the pics with the “bunny ears”, My Little Ponies, and your fat kitty! Adorable! Congrats again on the big deals!

    • 1. I’d have to look them up myself, Amy. But if someone finds those numbers, I will be impressed!
      2. Personally I was paying more attention to the part where a shirtless Andrew digs in the muddy trench.
      And thanks for the well wishes. Always fun when you stop by, Amy ❤

  13. I’ll answer #5.

    I just a video in the past 120 hours where a cat attempted to jump from a table to a window sill and missed. When I went to find the video I instead found myself sucked into watching compilations of cats who failed at jumping. Some where hilarious and some just made me go, “Awww.” Here’s the link to one of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZN8BJeeqiU#t=183

  14. Just “discovered” you and am adding you to my favorites list along w/ Marion Chesney (aka M.C. Beaton). I’m thrilled for you and your success and I love that you include your family in your celebrations. I’m recommending your books to our library to purchase. Can’t really remember what Andrew said about the imminent collapse of the Austrian economy but I certainly DO remember Andrew! Ever wonder why we have to make these men up? Hmm. Cat story … our Siamese cat, Soote, used to like to sit on the side of our old claw foot tub when I was taking a bubble bath. One day, she slide off the rounded edge and descended into a thick layer of bubbles. She shot out of the foam like a cannon ball, running for her life. Yes, we caught up w/ her and soothed her w/ a warm towel but our purring came between breathless laughter. BTW, she never sat on the tub edge again. Congrats again and I’m sure your success will continue (on my second of your books and right where Nicholas and Georgia are agreeing to go to London. Reading on my iphone but would certainly prefer a “real” book).

    • Hi, Meg! I’m glad you stopped by to introduce yourself. I do hope it’s my books you love, because I don’t know who “Nicholas and Georgia” are, and I’d hate to take credit for another writer’s brilliant story. You did say you like Andrew, so I will take credit for that. hehe At any rate, I hang around at my blog a lot – I’d love to hear from you anytime, especially if you have more funny cat stories! My kids are going to love that one. I’ll have to check out MC Beaton, thanks for the recommendation. Don’t be a stranger now…

      • Meg Trager says:

        As soon as I posted that I realized my error!! Please forgive me. I was reading a Katherine Kingsley right after “The King of Threadneedle Street” which I finished in 1 sitting! We had take-out that night. Your styles are similar in some ways and that’s certainly a compliment in my opinion. ANYWAY …. We have a zillion silly cat stories. Currently, we have 2 rescues; Peanut, because he used to fetch peanuts in the shell (getting old and lazy now), and Mithril because my boys found him after attending a “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Neither of them come to “kitty, kitty” or when their names are called, BUT they both come running when we yell, “hey Dave!!” That’s our oldest son’s name. No logic w/ cats.

        • haha Now that makes sense. I’ll have to check out Katherine Kingsley too – always looking for more good historical romance. Your cats sound zany! I cracked up at your Hey Dave story. Can’t wait to show my cat-crazy kids.

  15. Woot Woot!!! Congrats on all the prints! I love prints and I want all of those prints you have! Plus, congrats on signing with Owls.
    And isn’t Tom just dreamy~ I love it when he talks! I think he might like romance. 😉

    Hmmmmm I’m not so much a Chuck Norris fan but I think you’ve heard of many of these: “Chuck Norris threw a grenade and killed 50 people, then it exploded.” LOL I Laughed when I read this one because it got me thinking.
    Or, “Chuck Norris puts the laughter in manslaughter.”

    But this one is for us readers~ “Chuck Norris doesn’t read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.”

  16. Nicole Laverdure says:

    Congratulations Moriah for the success you have achieved with your books! I love the photos, you look so happy!
    I will try two jokes from Chuck Norris, here it is
    Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.
    There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
    I saw a cat wearing little booties, and he could stand them,so he was trying to walk by jumping up and down, so funny!
    Moriah, will your books be translated in French?

    • Thank you, Nicole. It was definitely a high. Ah, some good ones. My kids are going to love those! No – no word about French rights yet, but it’s still early in the game, so I’m hoping! I promise you’ll be the first one I tell if it happens ❤

  17. Katie Flandro says:

    Chuck norris likes his meat so rare, he only eats unicorns.

  18. Katie Flandro says:

    Oh and the numbers were 1,4,9,16,25,36, 49, 64, 81…. He finished to 375.

  19. ♥ ☺ ☻ 🙂 😀 😉 😮 ❤ Beautiful cats and lovely books

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