Monday, August 15, 2016

Feast or Famine

The thing about writing is that sometimes you go long stretches with nary a contract in sight. You stumble around, hands outstretched like a blind man, groping for the merest hint of someone--anyone--who might want to purchase your pithy stories. Weeks, months, years pass and you got nothing but dreams.

Then blammo! The clouds break and streams of glorious sunshiney contracts fall from the sky and land on your head.

Seems like it's one or the other, and currently I'm soaking in the sun. Besides the Dickens-type Christmas series, I just signed another contract for a new novella, due out next summer. The book will be titled OF RAGS AND RICHES ROMANCE COLLECTION. Here's a general blurb:

The Gilded Age in America (1870-1900) was a time of opulence, growth, and great change for all aspects of American life. Modern conveniences and improvements paved the way for western expansion and leisure activities. The rich became richer, and the poor worked hard to make a better life for themselves. This collection features nine stories set between 1870 and 1900, exploring this exciting time in American History.

And here's a blurb for my story, A HOUSE OF SECRETS . . .

Ladies Aide Chairman, AMANDA CARSTON, resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, determining to demolish the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house, but when she enlists the aide of her fiance, attorney JOSEPH BLAKE, they uncover secrets neither expects—which may mean the end of their relationship . . . or her life.

Since this one is due before the Christmas series, I'm immersing myself in the gilded age. Want to see some pictures of characters and settings? HERE's the Pinterest page. Have at it.


9 comments:

Robin Mason said...

OOOOOHHH, SQUEEEEE!!!!! can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

Sarah Young said...

Yay! Congratulations :)

Gail Helgeson said...

God is saying, "For such a time as this..." to you, my dear writer friend! Many congratulations to you. You are my heroine! You are such a great example of perseverance. Dreams really do come true. You must work for them. It's an effort. Thanks for obeying.

chappydebbie said...

Awesome news!!!! Congratulations!!!

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Such fun to witness this. Long time coming, but so worth the wait!!

Brenda Anderson said...

Sweet! Congratulations, Michelle!

Beverly said...

Oh, Michelle! Wonderful news. This story sounds great. Yea! Yea!

Michelle Griep said...

You guys are awesome. I hate to brag but I HAVE THE BEST READERS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE!!!

Caryl Kane said...

Woot Woot! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

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