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

My first cover quote!

It’s a happy day in Abigail Land!  I got word of my first cover quote for Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? from Jessica Lemmon, author of Tempting the Billionaire:

“A rich and rustic tale of family, friendship, and love guaranteed to lasso your heart.”

I got all glowy when I read that.  It didn’t hurt that Jessica also emailed me to tell me she laughed when reading my story.

Less than two weeks, folks.  Let the nail biting commence.

My life lately

When I’m not near my computer, I think of all the great things I want to post.  Like funny things my kids say or something interesting that happened.

But when I’m AT my computer, all I do is work on my manuscript, edit my manuscript, transcribe the edits of my manuscript, or talk about my manuscript.

Ooh – fun coincidence that I figured out yesterday – if my release date for Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy doesn’t change, it will be released exactly a year after I received The Call.  Neat!

Anyway, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor is due next week.  And it’s done.  It’s with my beta reader.  And so far, so good.  She’s almost at the middle, which I hope won’t sag like the one on my body.

But to go back to my kids – here is a cute story about Thing1.  I declared at dinner yesterday that for an hour afterward, nothing that passed for electronic entertainment could be used in the house and we were going to spend time TOGETHER.  I was tired of my family not communicating with each other.  I wanted to remember what color eyes everyone has.

After dinner Thing1 announced he was going to call his friend.  When I told him no, he claimed he wasn’t going to talk about Minecraft (his latest obsession).

He had completely forgotten the reason for the ban was so we could act as a family.  I told him fine, go, and I was leaving to go to BooksAMillion since all they needed me for was to cook and drive them places.

T1 backtracked.  “We need you,” he said.  “We need someone to tell us when to get off the computer.”

“You like when I tell you to get off the computer?”

He pointed to his head.  “In here, no.”  He pointed to his heart.  “In here, yes.”

That melted me right quick!  I love my boys.  🙂

Home and still tired

You guys, I’d LOVE to fill you in on what happened in California, but I’m still trying to catch up with life!  I’m tired and tomorrow (Saturday) is the first day I can sleep late in over two weeks.  You better believe I’m going to ignore anything beyond my bedroom door.

But I’ll leave you with an image I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  My first signing.

Abigail signing a Grand Central CD

Until I get a full night of sleep, y’all…

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!!!

I feel like I learned something

Went to my mom’s for Chanukkah with the intent of reading my story on a printed page and doing markups by hand.  With the six hour drive down and husband behind the wheel, I figured I’d get a whole bunch of pages done on the first day easy.

Only we stopped for a bathroom break 2 hrs in and he asked me to drive afterward.  *sigh*

The visit with my mom was so full of activity that I’ve been so sleepy at night and not able to edit as much as I liked.  Same with the drive back.  But tonight I plan on sleeping A LOT and get a fresh start tomorrow.  After wench singing rehearsal.

One cool thing?  The last time I printed out this story and did edits by  hand, there was at least one change on every page.  Usually four or five, but all had at least one.  This time?  Most pages only have one or two, and some have NONE at all!!!  Go me!!

You know what I hate?

… when you’re tracking changes, but you have them hidden, and you do something universal, like changing the spaces after a period from two to one.  And then you keep making changes, until an hour later, when you realize what you’ve done.

Not that I’d know from personal experience or anything…