Montlake Romance

Excerpts and Other Updates

on February 5, 2013

MEANT TO BE, the first in my Anchor Island series, comes out May 21 and that means life is about to get crazy. Okay, so it was already crazy. Crazier then. The cover should be ready for public viewing any day now (can’t wait!), but now we have a blurb up on Amazon and I’ve added an excerpt to my website. Want to read the opening scene to get a taste of the story? Go here.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE, book 2 in the series, is almost ready for my editor, but an excerpt of that one is also available on my website. Sid Navarro is the heroine of this book, and she might be my favorite character to write ever. (Not that I’ve written hundreds, but still.) She’s tiny and tough, feisty and ferocious. There’s nothing girly about her, yet she has a heart of gold she keeps hidden under a hard-as-nails outer shell.

Watching (and helping) Lucas Dempsey break through that shell has been so much fun. He had some tough lessons to learn along the way, but like all great heroes, he comes around in the end. If you’d like to step into Sid’s head for a few pages, go here and read the excerpt for book 2.

All very exciting, right? But wait, there’s more!

Thanks to my lovely editor, book 3 in the series now has a title. HOME TO STAY brings a little mystery to Anchor Island.

Willow Parsons, or Will to her friends, isn’t looking for love on Anchor Island. In fact, she can’t even think about a future while she’s still running from the past. But Randy Navarro manages to slip behind her walls and give her a reason to stop running. Until her past shows up and threatens to ruin everything. Does she run or will the family she’s made on Anchor help her defeat the demon ex for good?

Sounds ominous, but there will still be lots of laughs, a Zen master hero who is roughly the size of a barn, and all the characters you’ll have grown to love in the first two books. With a couple new ones added to the mix.

I can’t wait to share this series with readers. If you want MEANT TO BE the moment it’s available, go to Amazon and preorder now. (Just click on the title to go straight to the site.)

Proof I Didn’t Make This Up

on October 24, 2012

There are lots of little milestones we writers dream about as we chase the dream of publication. We watch our friends land that dream agent and then go on to sell and imagine the day that will all happen to us.

One of those milestones is seeing the announcement of our sale in an industry publication. Mine took a little longer, but the proof that this is really happening came through today. (I had the contract as proof, but when it goes public is a really cool feeling.)

From Publishers Marketplace:

Terri Osburn’s Golden Heart nominated contemporary romance MEANT TO BE, set in a small island community off the coast of North Carolina, to Lindsay Guzzardo at Montlake Romance, in a three-book deal, by Nalini Akolekar at Spencerhill Associates.

┬áSo there it is . For reals. I’ve been smiling through my panic-filled, sleep-deprived brain fog since my agent sent the message over this morning. I’d say let the insanity begin, but that train left the station weeks ago.

Drum Roll Please!

on September 11, 2012

This is an exciting day for me. I’ve been keeping this secret for two weeks but I finally have the go-ahead to take it public.
I’ve accepted an offer from Montlake Romance for my Anchor Island series and could not be happier. I’ve been through shock, panic, disbelief, utter fear, and what could be considered an out-of-body experience since getting the call. (Did I mention that was two weeks ago? TWO WEEKS!!)
A call for which I was completely calm. Eerily calm. To the point my agent asked if I was okay. I feel horrible that I didn’t laugh or scream or giggle or cry. My brain went on overload and shut down. That’s the only excuse I have.
But today is all about happy dancing. I am kicking up my heels and doing a gig over here. (A la Bruce Willis at the end of that Boy Scout movie. I think that’s the one.) Thanks to everyone who helped me get to this point. The list is ENDLESS!
But there are two who stand out. If I hadn’t wondered onto Eloisa James’ Bulletin Board late on a July night in 2006, this wacky journey never would have started. And then I fell into the coolest crew sailing the publishing seas who just happen to be the most supportive women I have ever had the fortune to meet. To my Captain (Hellie), who spent five years telling me I could do this. Thank goodness she was right!
And to my daughter, who has put up with lots of “Not now, I’m writing!” and “Let me just finish this scene!” when what she really deserved was my full attention. I love you, sweetie. Couldn’t have done it without you.
Oh, and a special thanks to my awesome agent, Nalini Akolekar. She is the BEST!
Look for my first book in 2013! (That is so cool to type. Whoohoo!)