Sadly, it's not my news. Happily, it is news about some writers I know and love.
Cathie Linz in my local writers group and is one of the most nurturing and supportive writers I know. She's a big proponent of protecting the writing process.
After publishing about 50 series contemporary romance novels, she branched out into single-title contemporary romance. Smart Girls Think Twice (Berkley Sensation) is, I think, her 55th novel.
I took these photos at a signing she did a few weeks ago at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Ill. Despite a horribly snowy day, she had a nice turnout of people.
Linz is known for her warm humor in her stories. Oh, and she once borrowed my name for a heroine in her book The Cowboy Finds a Bride (Harlequin Duets #17), although she did modify the spelling to "Hailey Hughes". An author's prerogative. :)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a New York Times bestseller, and it's probably only a matter of time until you see one of her books adapted to the big screen.
She's also a member of my local writers group. About 12 years ago I was lucky enough to have her read my very first draft of the first chapter of my first attempt at writing a book. She gave me incredible feedback that bolstered my confidence in my writing while still pointing out areas to work on.
Before I read her, I was a committed reader of only historical romance. Her books were the first contemporary-set romance novels I read that successfully sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. They still have that ability.
Phillips' newest book, What I Did for Love: A Novel, comes out next week in hardcover. She has a booksigning set up on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Ill. I really hope I can make it.
Grace d'Otare is one of my very best friends in real life. She and I have shared rooms at conferences, critiqued together, and even decorated her Christmas tree together. Of course I'm excited to be able to share some of her latest news.
She writes erotica, and her first short story, The Queen's Tale, which was published electronically last year, will be included in a trade paperback collection of stories called Naughty Bits due to be released in March.
She also has a new short story, The Pirate's Tale, that is coming out even sooner. It's a February release from Spice Briefs that will be available for electronic download from various sites -- definitely the Harlequin website at first, but probably Amazon Kindle soon.
The Pirate's Tale is the second in the series started by The Queen's Tale and packaged under the unifying logo of "A Maeve and Devlin Story". And this time, Grace's story gets a proper beefcake cover. :) Oh, and this story is a take on the tale of Blackbeard.
Rumor has it that Grace has sold a third short story, The Dancing Girl's Tale, I believe it's called.
Destiny d'Otare is also one of my very best friends in real life, and I am quite excited to report that she has also sold a short erotic story to Spice Briefs. Her story is called Knightley's Tale and is part of the "A Maeve and Devlin Story" series started by Grace d'Otare.
Destiny's story is an erotic take on Jane Austen's Emma.