Fun Friday – News!!

Ever notice how things seem to happen in threes?

Well, I have 3 things to share with you today.

First of all my super-exciting, big news that I’m finally allowed to disclose!!

Revell Publishing has given me a three-book contract for a romantic suspense/mystery trade-length series. This was a series for which the proposal was submitted in June 2010, so aspiring writers…don’t give up hope!

The first book will release in June 2013 and is guaranteed to change the way you look at flowers.

This series is very dear to my heart. Book one was called Murder by Marigolds. I say was, because that title makes it sound like a cozy mystery, which it isn’t. So we’re in the process of brainstorming new titles.

Although… it does feature a herbal researcher-turned-amateur-sleuth as the heroine. The romance and an underlying suspense plot overarches the series, while each book features a standalone mystery. I’m very excited about having the opportunity to develop my characters and several subplots more deeply with the longer format.

Nothing is at it seems in this rural Niagara-area town!

Second: Aspiring Writers…I’m posting at MBT Ponderers today on Five Tips for Writing for Love Inspired Suspense.

Readers who haven’t snagged a copy of my latest release...I believe my host is generously giving away a copy to one of the commenters on today’s blog!

Third: This news is also for aspiring writers. I highly recommend you check out the Touched by Love contest. TBL is the contest of the Faith Hope Love Chapter of RWA. You don’t have to be a member of RWA to enter. 

I coordinate the historical category and so far we only have 3 entries! The entry numbers for the other categories are low, too. A contest win or final is a great boon to a proposal. And this makes the odds in entrants favor! 

Lynette Eason mentioned that she received her first LI contract as the result of a request following the TBL contest.

The deadline is midnight, this Sunday April 1st. Almost all the judges are published, the winner of each category wins a read from a Bethany editor and cash!

Here’s the link:  The entry consists of the 1st 30 pages of your ms and a 2-page synopsis.

Please feel free to share this info, if you go to my Facebook page, you can just click “share” to post the announcement to your page.

Your Turn: Do you have any news to threes or otherwise ?


  • Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! I’m so excited for you, Sandra!!! A three book deal with Revell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now — is the series a continuing one with the same characters? Ie hero and heroine? Or do the hero and heroine change each book? And how did it come to light again since you submitted it two years ago? Was it always there in their ‘must publish someday pile’ and suddenly the someday came up?

    I’m soooooo excited. Really truly excited. And tickled. And hopping up and down with joy for you. I think I’ll put this surge of energy to good use and go shelve some books!

    • Yee…you’ve gotten me excited all over again! The series has the same hero and heroine throughout. Their romance will grow over the three novels.

      As for the timing, my explanation is that God knew when the perfect time would be and that’s when he brought it to the editor’s attention. Once I got my contracts with LIS, I never followed up with my editor on outstanding proposals. I’m not sure whether she followed up, prompting them to take a look at it. I know most editors to-be-read piles are incredibly high. I’m really looking forward to working with the whole team at Revell.

  • Yay, Sandra! Yay, yay, yay! Congratulations and praise God for your awesome news!

    Also, thanks for the info on the TBL contest. I didn’t know much about that one. I’m interested now… 🙂

  • Congrats on the series Sandra. Will be looking forward to your new series – Murder by Marigolds sounds like a delightful “cozy” mystery. Just the kind I love.

    My big news is that it is only a little over 8 weeks til my first grandbaby will be here and I can’t wait for this new little grandson!

    Loraine Ertelt

    • Ooooh! What fun!!! You are going to looooove being a grandma! I just had my almost 1-year old grand daughter over this morning. She always makes me laugh and smile. 🙂

Great to "see" you here today! I look forward to reading your comment.