I'm thrilled my Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense debut, Plain Pursuit, received 4 Stars in the June 2013 RT Book Reviews magazine. The review reads in part: "Stone is off to a strong start with this Love Inspired Suspense debut."
In April, I had the opportunity to tour Harlequin's Distribution Center. As a former manufacturing engineer, I'm familiar with warehouses, but I've never had the pleasure of strolling through a huge warehouse lined with pallets and pallets of books from my favorite authors. How cool would it be to hang out in the racks for a week...or longer to read? They opened a pallet of my book, Plain Pursuit, and let me "ham it up." Thanks to the warm employees of Harlequin. They made a debut author feel like a bestselling star!
Be sure to look for Plain Pursuitin your favorite stores in June. Many brick-and mortar stores carry the Love Inspired Suspense line. Walmart is especially good about carrying all the books. It is also available for pre-order (both digital and print) from eHarlequin.com and other e-retailers. It's my first Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense and my first foray into Amish fiction. I hope you enjoy it.
On a personal note:
It's been a long and winding road to publication. Over the years, I've often re-read the poem my dear dad gave me when I was in high school. It still has tape marks on the back from when he had it up on his office wall. Now it hangs on my office wall. I hope it inspires you, too.
When things go wrong,
As they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-- Rest if you must, but don't you quit. Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit ~ Author Unknown
I thought I'd share a photo of my dad and me at a high school father-daughter dance. I love that I still have this photo of us twenty-five years later.
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