Another Wednesday already! Seems like we have one each week. lol Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday 🙂 Please help me welcome Avon author T.J. Kline. She’s sharing her journey to publication followed by her latest release The Cowboy and the Angel. I love this cover and the blurb!
And don’t forget to enter T.J.’s fabulous giveaway. Links are at the end of the post.
Take it away T.J…
My Journey to Publication
Every author will have a different story to tell and our journeys to the bookshelves and e-readers will vary as much as our fingerprints. Mine is also a one-of-a-kind story. Settle in and grab your beverage of choice while I wait for my caramel macchiato. Ah, there it is…
Like any good story, this one doesn’t begin at the beginning. It begins in the middle with a woman, exhausted by family obligations, a career she enjoys but no longer loves and a dream she carried in her heart since childhood. And like most dreams, this one had been shelved several times. Either the timing wasn’t right, or there was no time at all. For whatever reason, whatever circumstance that demanded attention, the dream of being an author settled into the darkest corners of her heart. Until one October, for no particular reason, she decided that now was the time to take part in NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month). This was the year to complete a manuscript and publish it.
In the previous twelve months, she’d ventured out into self-publishing and had published two inspirational novels but they’d been written over several years. Could she really write an entire novel (or most of one) in a month? It started well but fizzled out quickly. By the end of the second week, there were less than 7000 words on the page. Ready to give up, she had a glass of wine and read over the work in progress. It wasn’t bad. In fact, it was pretty good. She persevered and, even when she had to write over 4000 words in a day to finish, celebrated life as a NaNoWriMo winner at the end of the 30 days.
But now what? As a winner, a screen appeared announcing that Avon Impulse would skip the slush pile for any NaNo winner. Why not? She polished and perfected, until it shown brightly, like the stars in the night sky. She sent off the email and promptly forgot about it. Not the “it’s forgotten but really in the back of my mind” kind of forgotten but the “what manuscript” sort of forgotten.
Almost five months later, she saw an email from Avon. Her first thought was that she didn’t buy any makeup from Avon. Then, reading the subject line, she realized this had nothing to do with makeup or perfume. This was an acceptance from a publisher – a BIG publisher – and they wanted her manuscript. They loved it!
A few telephone conversations later, several contract documents signed and, now, four manuscripts later with Avon Impulse, the rest is contemporary romance history (at least in my mind). But don’t worry, there is more to come!
From our NaNoWriMo author T. J. Kline comes the stunning follow up to RODEO QUEEN. When a sexy cowboy falls for a not-so-angelic reporter, secrets and sparks abound.
Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from his bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the chance to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn’t include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy, Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her angel.
Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can’t keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive but Angela’s secrets could threaten his family and Derek needs to prove that he’s not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.
When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?
T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.
*Avon is hosting a TOUR WIDE Rafflecopter Giveaway for Two Digital Copies of RODEO QUEEN by T.J. Kline*