I'm the luckiest writer in the world.
I know, I know...Stephen King seems pretty lucky. Salman Rushdie survived a fatwa. Whatever. I'm throwing my hat in the ring for this one, because I'm pretty sure neither Stephen nor Salman have critique partners as awesome as mine. They're a tremendous trio--Sabrina Darby, Sophie Jordan and Carrie Ryan read everything that I write. They tell me I'm terrible when I'm terrible. They tell me what's wrong when I can't see it. And they tell me I'm fabulous when I'm fairly certain they'd rather bang heads against the wall.
This all said, today, July 31st (Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!), two of these fabulous ladies have new releases out! So this is the part where I get to give back and tell *you* that they're fabulous. And I don't want to bang my head against the wall even a little. We're going to talk about Sophie later this week (why not read her book in advance of that blog post?)...but today, we're going to talk about the amazing Sabrina, whom I met at our first RWA, four years ago in Washington, DC, and whom I have loved ever since.
Ok. So here's the deal. A year ago, Sabrina and I joined some other fabulous authors over at The Ballroom Blog; we have to blog at least once a month over there, and one day, in discussion of what on earth I was going to blog about next, Sabrina said something along the lines of, "I have the best idea ever." (Ok, not really that, because Sabrina is much more modest...but it *could* have been that.)
The idea was this: What was the Regency equivalent of Match.com? And what if someone's mom did what embarrassing moms do in the 21st Century, and essentially, posted a profile? And what happens if, when one answered that profile, they had to travel into the hinterlands to meet a grouchy, handsome war hero?
The idea became a few posts on The Ballroom Blog...and then a novella: The Short & Fascinating Tale of Angelina Whitcombe! (Which is only .99 and the best dollar you'll ever spend!) Also...check out the acknowledgments!
And I am so so so excited to tell you that I ADORE this story. So much, that last week, while goofing off with Sabrina in my hotel room at RWA, I made her do an 11 questions video (and yes...Sophie makes an appearance)...oh...and I totally lied to her and told her I'd cut part of it out. I didn't. So enjoy our giggling!