[UPDATE: AND THE WINNER OF Right Where We Belong IS: Kim P! See my note at the end of the comments for instructions on how to get your book. Thanks, everyone, for the great comments!]
A few years ago I was invited to write a short-short romantic story for a little magazine called Splickety. (Only 1000 words! Flash fiction, it’s called.) I had such fun with that story—even though writing short was a lot harder than I thought it would be! The magazine came out and my little story “Special Delivery” fit on a two-page spread with room to spare.
Fast-forward a year, and another invitation came. Would I be interested in writing a novella for a collection of romantic stories set in small towns? The other authors were my friends Courtney Walsh and Melissa Tagg. I was delighted to be included and I knew just what I wanted to do for my story: tell the rest of Lily and Gage’s story I’d only begun with 1000 words in Splickety Magazine.
It was a great experience working on a collection with two other authors as talented (and fun!) as Courtney and Melissa. Lily and Gage’s story grew and grew until it was 30,000 words! It was such a joy to give my sweet couple their happily ever after. My story got a new title, A Langhorne Romance, to match the small-town names of the other stories, and that collection had a nice life as an e-book and is still available in print. (See how to enter the giveaway below or click on the book cover to order a print copy now!)
Now, my story from Right Where We Belong is getting a new life as a stand-alone novella with the original title, Special Delivery. If you’ve read Right Where We Belong, you’ve already read my story, but you haven’t gotten a peek at Fudge the cat! Isn’t he adorable? (Unless he makes you sneeze! Sorry about that!) My husband designed this cover and I think it’s just delightful!
[A side note to readers: When authors reissue their books with new covers and sometimes new titles, please know that we never intend to “trick” anyone into buying a book they’ve already read! There are many reasons covers and titles get changed. For covers, it’s usually because the author got rights back to their story, but not to the original cover. Sometimes it’s simply because the book has been popular for so long that the cover has become dated and needs a “refresh.” With titles, sometimes they get changed to fit in a certain collection, as mine did. Other times, the author has needed to change a title before reissuing a book because someone else used that title in the interim. (Titles can’t be copyrighted, so it’s perfectly legal for someone to “steal” a title, and it happens often!) With so many updated books and stories coming out now, I’m very careful to note in the book blurb and back cover whether and where the book has been previously published.]
For 99 cents, you can have Lily and Gage’s story sent to your Kindle “special delivery” (see what I did there?) by clicking on the book cover above.
I’d also like to give away a print copy of Right Where We Belong—with three great small-town romances—to one of our blog readers. To enter, simply comment on this post. Stay tuned, and I’ll announce a winner here tomorrow!