Take it away Lisa!!!
When New York Called
For most authors, the “call story” is the recap of their manuscript’s journey from submission to acquisition. My story is a bit different, because my “call” was really a string of phone calls that led to the start of a career I’ve been traveling toward since I turned in a sex-aplenty short story for a school English assignment—and earned an A!
I have to start by saying that I was a romance reader first. I devoured YA fiction along with the classics, along with thick, dog-eared paperbacks chockfull of conflict and virile alpha males and damsels who weren’t afraid of a little adventure. At some point I began to reimagine fiction—What if this book ended a different way? What if this character was the heroine?—and eventually came to the conclusion that I should try to write the stories I wanted to read. Speed up the tape, though, to the not-so-distant past. I was interested in working at Harlequin, and traveling to New York City for an interview is actually how I ended up meeting the editor who’d change my life. I’m not sure if my editor knows this, but I was positively nervous simply to be in her company, having a conversation about one of my absolute favorite topics: romance fiction. No lie, I was sitting across from her and another fabulous editor, and I was fidgeting with my bracelet (which I don’t advise if one is being interviewed—it’s distracting). The conversation went well, I learned a lot, I almost missed my flight home and I didn’t get the job. But I did receive an important phone call a short time afterward, and it was an offer to submit to Kimani. The editor saw something that I often am guilty of overlooking: my potential. For this I’ll always be grateful. This would be the first “call.”
I did submit to Kimani, through my literary agent, and I received feedback on a few details that needed finesse. I submitted my changes, and after a period of coping with one personal disaster after another, when I needed some good news in my life, my agent called me with a two-book offer from Kimani. I was stunned and felt like I was a winner. I haven’t had the luckiest life and to feel as though I’d won something was refreshing. The truth is, though, I worked for this. I worked to make it to that conference room in New York, and to show my knowledge of romance fiction. I worked to create a strong book with series potential, and I’m so happy to say that ten months after the first offer came a new offer—for six more books. My first series will have a total of five books; my next will be a trilogy. And in-between those offers was another offer to write a novella (ONE NIGHT IN VEGAS, Kimani) which has already been published and is a short-and-sexy prequel to The Blue Dynasty series.
I’m far beyond thrilled to be a Harlequin author. I only hope for more wonderful things ahead. Til then, let me introduce you to my first two steamy multicultural romances, NIGHT GAMES and MIDNIGHT PLAY.
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Night Games (March 2014):
No risk, no reward in the game of love
Training the Las Vegas Slayers by day, sampling Sin City's delights by night, Nate Franco's life is one to envy. But a hot nightclub encounter could change all that. Because Charlotte Blue is more than a beautiful stranger. She's the daughter of his team's new owners—and his rival for the top training job. To keep his career and his legacy intact, Nate's prepared to play a little dirty.
Charlotte works hard to make her mark in a male-dominated sport. On the field, she and Nate are the picture of professionalism. In the bedroom, she's risking everything for their breathtaking forbidden affair. But is Nate just using her so his family can reclaim the team—or will they be able to look beyond the passionate games to embrace real love?
Midnight Play (July 2014):
Love evens the score
As general manager of the Las Vegas Slayers, Danica Blue goes toe-to-toe with players whose size is matched only by their egos. Quarterback Dex Harper is the biggest and toughest of them all, with a hell-raiser reputation that he insists he doesn't deserve. And Danica, the good daughter who's always played by the rules, is suddenly tempted to break every last one.
Football is the only thing Dex has ever been able to count on. To save his career he needs Danica's PR savvy, and he's happy to help her discover her inner bad girl in return. But glimpsing the real woman behind that sexy, flawless facade is making him realize how much is at stake. Because getting back on the team could mean losing Danica, unless he's willing to risk it all—and play for keeps….