Monday, April 11, 2016

Exciting News!

I've been busy so far in 2016!  My family just got back from our most fabulous vacation ever and sadly, my last spring break with my girls at home. :(  It's so difficult to believe they are 18 and about to head off to college this fall.  I will be back and post some of our vacation pictures, because they pretty much rock. And, no, I'm not biased at ALL when I say that. LOL.

On the writing front, I've turned in the last book of my Mills & Boon/Harlequin contract and have books coming out in September and December of this year. I've been offered another contract and will hopefully be writing more Medicals in the near future.  So wild to think I have now sold 24 books to Mills & Boon/Harlequin.  Who would have ever believed that dream would come true? Is still coming true? I have to pinch myself whenever I think about it. :)

I have a major exciting announcement.  I've written the book of my heart (okay, so it's one of many books of my heart, but truly this book is special to me!).  I've signed with the fabulous Three Seas Literary Agency to represent When the Rain Falls. It's an inspirational contemporary romance that's got a bit of a women's fiction touch to it. I am so excited to share this story with my readers.  I plan to publish this book under a different name from Janice Lynn as it's such a different story from my Janice Lynn books--like I said, it's an inspirational.  If whomever buys the story will let me, I hope to be writing under Janice Marie Bass or J. M. Bass, but who knows?  Whatever is a good marketable name is great by me. Never have I been more proud of a book than When the Rain Falls. That book is the direction I want my writing career to take--where I am determined to take my writing career. 

Since my marriage fell apart and the divorce that followed in 2010, I've been what I call 'treading water' with my writing career.  I've put out a couple of stories a year, but haven't done the promotion, conferences, reader's luncheons, etc. that I did prior to this and that I truly believe helped me to sell my first book and win RT Bookclub's American Title Contest. Unbelievably, I've even quit entering writing contests other than the Rita. This year, I did enter 2 contests and am going to keep my fingers crossed on them. In the meantime, I put the pieces of myself back together, learned to love again, both myself and a fabulous man who swept me off my feet in 2014. Personally, I am whole again and find this treading water business is for the birds. I wanna do the mermaid water thing...or at least a fish thing. :)   I'm soooo ready to get back to interacting with other writers and readers and When the Rain Falls is just the story I want to do it with. I'm going to have so much fun promoting this story and, hopefully, series of books. I've so many ideas that I hope I get to share with you very, very soon! 

I am attending the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Nashville in August and am trying to decide between Moonlight & Magnolias in Atlanta and Put Your Heart in a Book in NJ this fall. If you see me there, please say hi!  I truly miss the wonderful relationships I've developed over the years and look forward to forging many new ones.

Anyway, that's a quick update. Hope everyone out there is cool and having fun!  Catch up with you again soon!! :)