Book-a-versary!

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today is the 2-year anniversary of the publication of my first novel, Devlin’s Daughter. I can’t believe it’s been two years already.

Writing this first novel was a journey of courage and discovery for me.  I had previously published a series of children’s books based on stories that I told my kids when they were little. That was not so scary, because I was publishing them for my grandkids. If I sold a few copies here and there, that would be the icing on the cake. No worries, right?

Then, my publisher challenged me to write something different. He suggested something in the romance genre. I didn’t really want to write “fluffy romances.” Not that there’s anything wrong with those. I have friends who write wonderful romances that will tingle the hearts of the swooniest romance readers. However, I wanted to write something with a little meat in it. So, he suggested historical romance/fiction. That sounded like something I could sink my teeth into.

The months that followed were filled with research, writing, second-guessing myself,  editing, re-writing, many fear and tear-filled nights, more research, more re-writing… until, finally, it was ready. I submitted it to my publisher and waited, and fretted, and waited, and had a few anxiety attacks, and waited. After a couple of months that seemed like years…

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I held my first copy of my first published novel in my hands!

That was a thrilling moment, let me tell you! In fact, it was such a heady feeling, that I immediately started on my second novel… then my third… and now, I’m working on my fourth historical fiction/romance, due to be released later this year. I’m hooked!

So celebrate with me! Share this post. Send me an email. Comment on Facebook or Twitter. Let the world know that Emily Daniels is alive and well and writing more novels.

Buy Devlin’s Daughter here!

For my celebration, I’m going to give away 24 digital copies of Devlin’s Daughter between now and midnight tonight. To enter to win, just comment here, “I’d love a copy of Devlin’s Daughter!” along with your email address (I won’t spam you, I promise!), and I’ll get you your copy asap! The first 24 commenters will win!

Comment here to enter!

Oh, for your information, each week I’m planning to create a fun Feature Friday post. I’ll be featuring not only my work but other authors as they have new releases or book-a-versaries or just have fun things to add. We’ll enjoy bios, teasers, Q&As, and maybe even a video interview or two. I’m excited to include my author friends in this new adventure!

Meanwhile, go out and make it a GREAT day!

 

Confidence Defined

I’m adopting a new motto, just for today. I may re-adopt it tomorrow, but I won’t think of that now. What’s my new motto, you ask?

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

My husband has a t-shirt given to him a couple of years ago. It says, “Today, I can do anything.” If you know my husband, you know that fits him perfectly. This man is a miracle-man! He’s gone from a bed-ridden MS patient, to a fully functional, upright, walking, running,  bike-riding inventor who’s working full-time in a machine shop! Wow!

How’d he do it? Lots of little miracles along the way, but a big part of his progress has been his “can-do” attitude. While he was still in the wheelchair, he bought a condo that had 14 steps up to the bedroom. When people asked him why, he looked puzzled and asked, “It has stairs?” Then, he’d grin and add, “Because I can.”

That’s his answer to everything he does, “Because I can.”

What does this have to do with me and my writing? Well, when this sweet man sees I’m struggling, he pulls this t-shirt out of his drawer and invites me to wear it, “just for today.” It’s amazing how much wearing it helps!

So, while I still may wear his t-shirt sometimes, I’m going to try adopting this motto one day at a time. Say it with me:

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

A Conundrum

Alas, my loyal readers, I find myself in a pickle. As you may recall, I have promised that Gerald, nurse Lucia’s would-be suitor in Lucia’s Lament, would be given his own story. That story, I thought, would be my upcoming novel, Winnie’s Wish. However, the historical figure who has presented herself as the epicenter of Winnie’s Wish, was born at least 80 years too soon for Gerald to be included in her story.

Thus, the dilemma. Shall I ignore the rantings and ravings of a spoiled British Princess, who wants this book to be about her, in order to continue with our dashing Gerald’s tale? Or, shall I tell dear Gerald to wait, and succumb to the Princess and the intriguing politics of King George III’s royal court in the late 1700’s?

Thoughts? Feelings? Rantings? Ravings? I’m open to suggestions, my friends.

 

So much to learn!

So many workshops, so little time!

Ever wish you could sit at the feet of the Masters and learn all their secrets?

Well, today, I am!

 

I’m attending a writer’s conference hosted by the Eagle Mountain Arts Alliance. So many workshops covering topics I want and need to know, it’s been hard to choose.

With topics like:

  • “Earn that Kiss – Writing Romance” (Jo Noelle),
  • “To Infinity and Beyond” (Rebecca Blevins),
  • “Pitch Perfect – You have 30 seconds to sell your manuscript. Go!” (Lisa Mangum),
  • “Historical Fiction” (Tristi Pinkston),
  • and so many others, it’s an author’s buffet of information!

I’m already seeing my writing with an entirely new perspective.

 

Look out, world!

The new and improved

Emily Daniels Historical Romance Novels

are going to knock your socks off!