Here’s what I wrote in a private-group Facebook post almost exactly a month ago:
I woke up this morning wondering if I’d ever have another experience as wonderful as writing my little contemporary. It has been a joy, almost a euphoria, every step of the way.
For eight years I’d worked on and off on this story. It used to be my break book–the one I wrote between other deadlines for the sheer pleasure of writing. And because I can’t judge my own work, when I sent it to my agent, she hated its guts. I liked it so much I had to send to someone else to have it confirmed that my agent was right.
That was probably about five years ago. The manuscript sat idle for a couple of years, then I slowly started to get into it again, rewriting it from scratch, changing everything but the characters’ names and maybe a bit of the hero’s backstory.
Last year I finally got serious about finishing it for publication. The editorial process started in January. Except for a fan I asked to beta read for medical stuff, everyone wanted everything changed! And yet throughout it all, the joy remained constant. No actually, the joy increased day by day.
Usually at this point of the process–two days from submitting it for proofreading–I’m wrung out, physically and emotionally, and only the fear of putting out a bad book keeps me slogging along. But this one, oh this one. I don’t want to eat. I don’t want to play games. I don’t want to do anything but immerse myself in it.
Sometimes I think to myself, this book doesn’t have to do anything except earn back the money I spent on cover and editing. And then I’m like, no, it doesn’t even have to do that. If this kind of happiness can be bought, I’d have gladly paid for it.
Sigh. The Chinese say, there’s no feast that lasts forever. But I’m going back to my feast now, while a few crumbs still remain on the table.
Sigh. THE ONE IN MY HEART–which is truly the one in my heart–releases today.
Bestselling historical romance author Sherry Thomas branches out with her first contemporary romance about a chance meeting a lifetime in the making, and an all-consuming affair without a single predictable moment.
When Evangeline Canterbury meets the gorgeous, intriguing doctor next door, despite their instant connection, all she wants from him is a bit of distraction, to help her get over a few rough days.
Her one-night stand, however, has other plans: He needs an accomplished and presentable girlfriend to bring before his parents—and for six months of her time, he is willing and prepared to spend an obscene amount of money.
Nothing but trouble can come of such an arrangement. But can Eva stop herself? Or will she fall headlong in love with a man who will leave her when their contract expires with a smile, a check, and hardly a backward glance?
As usual, there is more to the story than meets the eye at the blurb. You can read an excerpt here. And you can purchase it at Amazon, Nook, iBooks, Google, and Kobo. And yes, there is a print-on-demand version already available.
I hope this book will find a place in your heart too.