Wednesday, September 05, 2007

It's Official

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs. ~Vance Havner

I've been sitting on my hands for over a week with news that I've wanted to share -- but needed to wait until I actually had the contract in hand.

My novel has been accepted for publication with Samhain Publishing!

I'm so excited about it, I can't stand it. I emailed a few online friends with the news when I first got the offer just over a week ago, and they've asked me why I haven't hollered it from the rooftops. Well... the person who issues the contracts at Samhain was on vacation, and I really just wanted to wait until all the t's were crossed, and i's dotted.

They are, so I am (shouting... from the rooftops...)

My novel is (tentatively) called "Isn't She Liv Leigh" and it's a lighthearted romance I wrote for NaNoWriMo in 2005.

Here's a short blurb from my query letter:

Olivia "Liv" Leigh, wealthy socialite and spa owner, believes her fiancé is cheating on her, so she takes drastic steps to discover whether appearances are deceiving. And if those steps require a bit of stalking, a change of appearance, dealing with a sneaky ferret, a hippo-sized dog named Spike and a man determined to break several of the strangest Guinness Book of World Records, why should that be a problem?

So that makes THREE shortish stories with TWRP and this novel all recently contracted. Huh... guess I need to get busy on some new stuff!

Actually, Judy and I challenged each other to submit something somewhere twice a month. We both managed last month, but I'm a little concerned about this on my end for September. Judy? You have two somethings you're sending out this month?


Pillar Place: Monarch P2 has suffered a population explosion. DD went out to gather leaves for the two we have and discovered a whole colony. We now have, SEVEN monarch babies scattered throughout the house. I can't keep them in the spare bedroom like I did all summer, because my uncle arrives here from California today (to drive my mom and all her stuff back out there...mean old Uncle. Just kidding, he's actually about the kindest, most generous person you'd ever meet... but... still... he is taking my mom away. So... yeah... mean)

My DD has two in her room and I have FIVE piled in the windowsill of my bathroom. One is a little bigger than I would have liked to bring inside -- I worry about parasitoids -- they're really yucky, live inside the butterbaby and don't hatch until the pillar makes his pupa (thereby killing it).



Ha! This cracked me up:

You Are Curling

What you lack in athleticism, you make up for in concentration.
And while curling isn't much more of a sport than bowling, you *can* win a gold medal for it!


Allie Boniface said...

Welcome to the Samhain family! :)

Ceri said...

Yeah!! I'm so glad you're a Samhellion now! They're a nice group to be around *waves at Allie*. And I love your blurb!

The contest over my way is going well. Can't believe the week is half over.

Now I have to get ready for work.

anno said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you! I hope you're enjoying the warm glow of glory.

MaryF said...

WOOT!!!!!!! Congratulations, Marianne!!!!

Trish Milburn aka Tricia Mills said...

Congratulations on the sale! The story sounds like great fun.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Big Congrats!!

Charity said...

Well, I had a feeling you were waiting on the paperwork. ;-) Congrats, again!

Tori Lennox said...

Congrats on the sale!!!

Hey, we've got our Twin Thing going on today! I got curling, too! :)

Melissa said...

Congrats on the sale, Marianne! That's wonderful news!!!!!! You must be floating on air. Enjoy it.

As for my winter sport:

You Are Bobsledding
You're not a world class athlete, but you are a world class maniac.
Your need for speed could have you blazing past the finish line!

Linda Winfree said...

Yay, Marianne! Congrats!

Samhain is a great place to be an author! Welcome!

Dru said...

Congratulations! This is great news! You must be thrilled.

My winter sport is Curling.

I hope the rest of your day was pleasant.

Jen said...

CONGRATS again!!! I'm so glad everything is dotted and crossed now. Wooohoooo!!!!

I must say, though, that curling is a bit of a come down from there, lol.

Melody said...

Woohoo! Congratulations, Marianne!

Brandy said...

Congratulations! The blurb sounds intriguing.
Winter Sports, um, how come there was no snow ball fight category? *G* Actually, I received curling as well.

Lance said...

congrats, ms. marianne! we'll be rooting for your book! =P

Diane Craver said...

Congrats on the contract, Marianne! Love the blurb!

Anonymous said...

I've already given my private congrats but I wanted to join the throng and make it public. WOOOOOOOO!
Way to go M!