The Next Big Blog Hop, take II

The Next Big Blog Tour has swung my way again, this time Christine S. Feldman of Crimson Romance.   And this time, I actually REMEMBERED!  Yay!

1)  What is the working title of your next book?

Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?  It’s also the actual title.  You hear so many times that authors don’t get to keep their titles, but I was very lucky.

2)  Where did the idea come from for the book?

It’s book 2 in the With This Ring series.  Book 1 was Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, and I wanted something where I could switch genders (the doctor is a woman) and still have a nice ring to it.

3)  What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary romance.  Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? has been described as charming, sexy, and witty.  I hope Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? is the same.

4)  What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I have a picture of an actress to play Sabrina, but I didn’t copy her name down with the picture, and I can’t remember who she is!  I hope I can find her again.  It took me a long, long time to find Quinn, but NCIS came to the rescue!  Will Beinbrink played a store clerk on an episode and I looked him up on imdb.  When I saw this picture, I about died.  PERFECT (except Quinn has blue eyes).

5)  What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A pediatrician raising funds for a children’s clinic participates in a dating game where the audience votes for her dates with money.

6)  Who is publishing your book?

Grand Central Forever Yours, out in late 2013.

7)  How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Six months from when I started to when I finished, but there was a lot going on in the middle there.  Overall, it took me about 10 months to have a finished manuscript.

8)  What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy?  *laugh*

I love the tones of Jill Shalvis and Rachel Gibson, so I’m hoping mine ranks up there with them.

9)  Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wanted a sequel to Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? That was was heavily inspired by reality TV.  The votes for Doctor are more like the audience participation shows instead of one-person-picks-all.

10)  What else about the book might pique the readers’ interests?

My hero Quinn is a war reporter who was involved in an IED blast in Afghanistan.  I’m dedicating the story to our soldiers past, present, and future.

I’m tagging the lovely and talented Mary Behre and Selena Fulton to tell us about their releases.

What a crazy week!

Release Week is almost over.  It’s been a fun ride, but it will be nice to get back to normal.  For the next few days you can go to Ramblings from this Chick and maybe win an e-version of the book.

Though I’m not really sure what’s normal.  Because every time I look at my bookshelf, I giggle.

Not just my bookshelf, though.  Lookie what I did:

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy in a bookstore!

Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy in a bookstore!

That’s right.  I went to my local bookstore and shelved my book, right between Jill Shalvis and Maggie Shayne.  The alphabet gods were good to me.

Looks good there, no?

It’s May 7, 2013. Happy Birthday, WHO WANTS TO MARRY A COWBOY? !!!

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Cowboy on my Kindle

Cowboy on my Kindle

What are folks saying about it?
Lisa Jordan of Library Journal called Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? “charming.”

Mary Gramlich, The Reading Reviewer, said “Abigail Sharpe hits the button on romantic perfection.”

“Charming and witty.  Abigail Sharpe will delight you.” from Christie Craig.

My first novel.  I’ll get my print copies on Thursday.  (And then I’m going to a book store and shelving it between Jill Shalvis and Maggie Shayne, and then taking a picture!) Holding my reality in my hands.  It’s going to be amazing.

Thank you to those who have gone on this journey with me.  This is just a stop along the way.

I’m blogging all over this week:

May 7, 2013:
USAToday Happily Ever After
Chicklets in the Kitchen
Kieran Kramer

May 8, 2013:
Stitch Read Cook (with Alyssa Day)

May 12, 2013:
Ramblings from this Chick

May 13, 2013:
Get Lost in a Story

May 15, 2013:
Romance Cooks

Here I am again…

I feel like so much is happening, but yet when I go to blog about it, nothing fascinating comes to mind.  Though I did spend last weekend in Amelia Island for a workshop with Bob Mayer, which was fabulous.  Great motivator and great ideas on ways to dive deeper into my characters and myself.

Then my FCRW buddies and I got to play the Agent Drinking Game, which is always fun.  Anytime someone says “agent,” you take a drink.  And let me tell you, when a bunch of writers are sitting in a room together, that word is bound to come up often.

I cam home raring to write, but haven’t been able to do anything about it until tonight.  And now the great beginning I came up with in my head has fled.  Though I did think of a great line to begin another novel, but one I won’t be writing:  I should have ask what kind of snakes.

How was your weekend?

This is weird…

Shhhhh… I’m supposed to be doing writing sprints.  Don’t tell Mary Behre I’m blogging instead.

Here’s my problem:  Every story I’ve ever written has been in my mind for a long, long time.  I’m talking YEARS in some cases.  And now I’m writing something that’s like a little baby.  I’ve only had it in my mind for a few months.

So I don’t know the story that well (I don’t outline).  I’m still discovering things about the characters I should probably know before I start.  Until today, I didn’t know what the heroine looked like, or her house, which plays a central role in the novel.  And I’m tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiired.

Instead of making myself suffer, I’m blogging.  Hee.

Tomorrow I’ll start with renewed creativity and fix the beginning so I can move on to the next part.  Go me!

I HAVE NEWS!!!

Sorry for those who already know the news, having to see it again, but…

I SOLD I SOLD I SOLD!!!  A two-book contract with Grand Central Forever Yours (the digital imprint) for Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy and Who Wants to Marry a Doctor!  WHO-HOO!!!  I’ll have my SOLD ribbon at Nationals and I’m going to the PAN workshop and I’m being Booted Out of The Golden Network and I’m even participating in the Grand Central signing (sample chapters will be on a CD of other Grand Central Forever Yours authors).  I’m SO EXCITED I can barely stand it. Yayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyayyay!!!!!

So that’s it in a nutshell, but I loves me some call stories, so here’s mine.

I signed up for an editor appointment at Nationals and emailed Awesome Agent Rebecca on who I got.  Later my cell phone battery died, and I got an email from her saying call when I had a chance.

Sure, but that was weird.  Why is she calling me about my editor pick?  Not that I mind, but I can’t change it and we usually talk over email.  I sent her an email back saying I was getting off work soon and I’d call her then.

I went back to my technical manual.  Heh.  What if this is The Call?  That’s funny.  I typed some more and then stopped.  Heart rate increased.  Vision blurred.  Breathing quickened.  What if this IS The Call?

Work ended right then.  No way could I concentrate.

I finally gave up and went to the car, plugged in my phone and called.  Had my Call conversation.  Screamed when I hung up the phone.  Celebrated afterward.

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Camp Nano And Camp Summer

It’s here it’s here it’s here!!  The first field trip of summer camp!! And you know what that means for me!!!

WRITING TIME IN THE LIBRARY!!!  Once I leave work I’ll have about two hours before the Things come back from their trip, and there’s a library half a mile away from them.  Who to the HOO!!!

According to the average for Camp NaNo, I should have 20,004 words in order to be on track to hit 50K.  Instead, I’m at 10,000.  So I’m obviously not going to make it, but I’m still in it to WRITE!  And I love what’s happening in my story.  Most of it even makes sense!

Erg.

My kids are taking a Capoeira class – it’s a Brazilian martial arts dance class thing.  I thought I’d bring along my laptop and write.

Only this guy sat next to me and I froze.

Now, I’m sure he wasn’t interested in anything on my screen. But I just couldn’t bring myself to type while he was sitting next to me.  I played Hearts instead.

I’ve mentioned before I have a hard time writing if anyone is nearby.  So I guess it really wasn’t any big surprise.  But I’m kinda bummed – an hour of writing time wasted because there weren’t enough seats for personal space.  *sigh*

I’m doing Camp NaNo in a few days, and I’m already scared.  The first week I’m going to my nephew’s graduation and I’m hosting a game night with the ladies of the neighborhood.  Second week is my RWA meeting and staying the night in Jacksonville.  Third week I’ve got plans to sing karaoke.  Remind me again why we do this to ourselves???  🙂

Oy.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that I’m not shy.  Put me in a room full of strangers and I’ll have them singing rounds of Row, Row, Row Your Boat in no time.

I’m also not afraid of speaking in front of people.  I’ve been in plays.  I’ve sung in front of strangers.  Been on job interviews.  I’m also president of my local RWA chapter.

But… BUT on Saturday, I’m presenting a workshop.  On fear.  As in, ignore it.

Okay, granted, we’re doing a workshop blitz so it will only be 20 minutes, not 1.5 hours.  And I’ve done many blog posts about this subject.  But those were blog posts.  Where I could carefully and thoughtfully carve out every word before its seen by the public.  Not speaking about it like I know what I’m talking about.

*gulp*