Okay, normally I don't get political, but in a week of super speeches (by Hillary and Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, Al Gore, and John Kerry) this was the mostinspiring political speech I've witnessed in my adult life. It gave me chills.
Remember I told you all about going to RWA national conference last year and pitching Crime of Passion to Raelene Gorlinsky of Ellora's Cave? She liked my idea and told me to submit it for consideration.
I sent it last October. In January I received a request for a full. In April I received a contract offer. Since then I've worked with a super literary lawyer, Elaine English, to get a contract that both EC and I like. We got it. I received the new contract on Monday and mailed the signed copy to them this week. I know they received it (thank God for USPS delivery confirmation). I may be a bit premature announcing it because I'm still waiting to receive the countersigned copy from them, but I'm so excited I want to shout to the world. So I'm gonna.
I sold! I sold! I sold!!!!!
Wooo Hoooo! Well, Crime of Passion has been renamed too. Evidently, passion is an overused word as a title. Who knew? The new title is....drum roll, please.....Protect and Defend. The short description for Protect and Defend is CSI meets shapeshifters.
The long version? To whet your appetite, here is the blurb as it currently stands...
Mikaela Laughlin discovers a whole new world, and an entirely new species, when she tours the crime lab to meet Lieutenant Diarmid Redwolf while researching her next book. She's lusted after "Delicious Diarmid" from afar for a long time, but meeting him sets her body on fire. It doesn't take long for Mikaela to discover there's more to him than meets the eye. Diarmid is far more delicious up close than she ever dreamed.
Diarmid has bad guys to catch, but one look at the voluptuous writer has him wanting to catch her instead. His shapeshifter blood recognizes his True Mate and he wants her naked body arching beneath his. Now. But with a cold-blooded serial killer on the loose, Diarmid has one shot at his future and he will not fail. Because this time, the killer wants Mikaela.