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.
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!
I’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.