It’s now TWENTY DAYS and counting down to a huge event for me. Yeah…yeah you say. It’s just another book. But it really isn’t just another book…not for me. Although this “ain’t my first rodeo,” in many respects SLOW HAND feels like my debut all over again.
It’s been four and a half years since I published my first novel (THE HIGHEST STAKES writing as Emery Lee). I began my career in historical fiction, moved two years later to historical romance, and am now taking a two and a half century jump into contemporary cowboys. (Ironically, I am back with the same publisher and editor that I started with!)
SLOW HAND marks my fourteenth book, yet I once more feel debut author jitters. This entire series represents a giant leap of faith for me as I never imagined writing anything contemporary. I didn’t think I had the right “voice” for it, but after two years of cajoling from a good friend and beta reader, I decided to give it a shot. She and I brainstormed ideas for several months but nothing bore any fruit. It was only when I started digging into my own life and experiences that I finally found inspiration. Once I began writing, I found a new “voice” and the story took off. I began in January of 2013 and finished four months later.
The story came to me with relative ease as many elements of SLOW HAND are autobiographical. The estrangement between the heroine and her father, his death, and even her meltdown at the airport (they actually brought the plane back to the gate for me!) were all derived from personal experiences. I even named the hero after my first cowboy crush.
Although this new endeavor marks a distinct departure from my historical romances, my trademarks still remain—well-researched, scorching hot, emotionally compelling, character-driven stories. I hope readers will enjoy my unique spin on contemporary cowboys.
To launch this new series, I’ll be doing a Release Party and Live Podcast on Tuesday November 4th from 8-9 PM with Hummingbird place You can listen live at blogtalkradio.com/hummingbirdplace.
Reader call-ins are encouraged. The call in number is: 646-652-2670. I will also have a simultaneous Facebook party EST. Release Party event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1475200319406862 .
Please join me for the fun and giveaways to include some nifty hand made book marks and my now infamous COWBOY SEDUCTION KIT! (Click image below to enter the Rafflcopter giveaway)