New Years Giveaway: Day 2

>> Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Gail Barrett and I met by a quirky twist of fate.  Her name was inexplicably adhered to one of my query letters printed in an article in the October issue of Writer's Digest. 

I considered contacting her to let her know that her name had been printed somewhere she hadn't expected, attributed to something she hadn't written, but, honestly, as a new author, unversed in the industry and its unwieldy ways and somewhat of an introvert, I was a little...uneasy...about how she, a seasoned, published author, might react.  So, I let the proverbial sleeping dog lie.

Gail contacted me recently, after one of her RWA acquaintances congratulated her on the information printed in the article regarding a sale from the query letter.  And I realize now I was silly not to contact her sooner.

She has been wholly gracious and good natured about the confusion, which to this point we can only figure occurred because of the similarity of titles in books we had written: Gail's FACING THE FIRE, published by Silhouette in 2006, and my novel query, then entitled Facing the Fire, but changed to FEVER, for publication by Kensington in 2012.

Gail has been an unexpected and pleasant gift to close out my already fortunate 2010.

Gail writes for Silhouette Romantic Suspense.  Her work has won the HOLT Medallion Award, finalled in the New Jersey Golden Leaf Contest and been a Top Pick of Romantic Times Magazine.

Up for win today:
A signed copy of her latest release MELTDOWN with Silhouette Romantic Suspense (soon to be Harlequin Romantic Suspense).

To enter:
Follow me on Twitter: @joanswan & send me a tweet with #newyear in the message.

Book Summary:
Zoe Wilkinson only has hours left to rescue her famous grandfather -- and stop a deadly terrorist attack. Running into ex-love Cooper Kennedy just as the clock starts seriously ticking is a complication she doesn’t need. Their old attraction is more potent than ever -- and it just might be their greatest threat...

Works In Progress:
Gail is writing COWBOY UNDER SIEGE, the third book in the continuity series, Secrets and Scandals: The Kelleys, releases September, 2011. 

The first two books in an exciting new mini-series, the perfect titles for which are still under development, will come out in October and December 2011.

Where you can find Gail:
Silhouette Romantic Suspense Blog

Tomorrow:  Jules Bennett, Silhouette Desire Author


Edie Ramer 8:40 AM  

A funny and fun way to meet another author.

Joan Swan 9:38 AM  

It is funny. And she is great! So glad it worked out well.

booklover0226 12:46 PM  

I agree, it was funny.

Darynda 5:00 PM  

This just sounds yummy!

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