It’s been a year…

One year ago today, I got an email from my lovely agent Sarah asking if she could call with happy news (the reason she didn’t call directly is that I was out of town dealing with a family emergency). I had just been offered a three book contract from Grand Central Publishing, my biggest dream come true!

A lot has happened this year. I’ve written the second and most of the third books in my Love to the Rescue series, and the release of Unleashed cover_low resUnleashed is only a few months away. Most of the time, it’s still very surreal. I’ve been writing for so long – twenty years if you count the very earliest melodramas my teenage brain cooked up :)

But my books have always been my own personal escape. I write because I love it, because my brain is always thinking up new plots and characters and demanding that I write them down. Now, I’ll be sharing them with the world, and that is both the most exciting – and terrifying – thing in the world.

And yes, still a total dream come true. I am counting down the days until October 28th when I can share Unleashed with you! Stay tuned though, because I’ll have an excerpt to share very soon.

Until then, Happy Reading and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

My Year in Pictures

2013 was quite a year for me! Here are a few of the highlights:

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I signed with an agent! I’m thrilled to be represented by the amazing Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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I sold my house!

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I sold my first book! It was a lifelong dream come true when I signed a 3-book deal with Grand Central Publishing.

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I attended my first RWA National Conference, with my critique partner Annie Rains, and it was absolutely amazing!

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My son started kindergarten!

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I got a shiny new website, designed by my friend, the lovely and talented Simple Complexity Designs!

artwork by Jessica Lemmon (c) 2013

artwork by Jessica Lemmon (c) 2013

I started blogging with the Ever Afters!

There were plenty of “lowlights” too, but when I look back on 2013, these are the moments I want to remember. :)

I hope you all had an amazing year as well, and here’s to many great things in 2014.

My Agent

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Two words I wasn’t sure I’d ever write: my agent.

As an aspiring author, I had long fantasized about receiving “the call,” an agent offering representation. And then, it happened. I am beyond thrilled to say that I am now represented by the fabulous Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Sarah grew up in North Carolina and has a special fondness for stories with a strong supporting cast of animal characters. It’s like it was meant to be :) As soon as I spoke to her on the phone, I knew she was the right agent for me.

So, I don’t think those two words will get old for a while. My agent! I know I am in great hands with Sarah and NYLA, and I can’t wait to take the next steps in my career together!