Breaking news! Here are the winners of the books from yesterday’s drawing. It was such a great response that I drew a third winner! Keep an eye out for future giveaways! The winners are: Jill @Bonnjill, Sharon Forrest, and Stephanie Clark! Thanks to all of you who entered!
I’m so excited that my fourth book in the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series, A Good Day to Buy, releases today. One of the themes in A Good Day to Buy is about who is a hero and what makes one.
I still have to pinch myself when I think about being published — that I’m writing book six as you read this. It makes me reflect on how it all happened and why. That story starts with Kensington Publishing. Here’s a little about them from their website:
Founded in 1974, Kensington Publishing Corp. is located in New York City and is known as “America’s Independent Publisher.” It remains a multi-generational family business, with Steven Zacharius succeeding his father as President and CEO, and Adam Zacharius as General Manager. From the time its very first book (Appointment in Dallas by Hugh McDonald), became a bestseller, Kensington has been known as an astute and determined David-vs.-Goliath publisher of titles in the full spectrum of categories, from fiction and romance to health and nonfiction. You can read more about Kensington on their website.
Some of you have heard this story, but here is my tale of how the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series came to be. Once upon a time a heroic editor, Gary Goldstein, from the land of Kensington, came up with the idea for a cozy series with a garage sale theme. At the time Gary only had thriller and western authors in his castle and yet he went out seeking adventure in the world of cozies. His quest led him to an agent (John of Talbot), the agent went to Lady Barbara of Ross, and Barbara thought, “Sherry loves garage sales.” So it came to pass that the fair maiden Sherry (too much?) okay, just plain old Sherry wrote a proclamation (it was only a proposal but all of this still seems very fairy tale like to me) and Gary of Kensington said yes. Trumpets sounded (in my head), people danced with joy (well I did) and to this very day Sherry is Gary of Kensington’s only cozy writer.
But an editor and a writer do not a book make. There are legions of people working behind the scenes at Kensington. The unsung heroes who make it all happen. I’ve only met a few of them and some only through email. Gary’s assistant Liz alerts me when my books are on sale or there are good reviews among many other things. Karen and Morgan in marketing send out ARCs, set up blog tours, get ads placed, set up events, and probably do a whole heck of a lot more that I don’t even know about.
I love the covers of my books. The Art Department took my idea of having an old fashioned looking tag on the cover and ran with it. They created something better than I could have imagined! There is always something on each cover that I wished I owned.
Someone writes the back cover copy and they are able to sum up my books in a few short words better than I ever could. Here’s the back cover copy of A Good Day To Buy:
HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town—especially her ex, the chief of police—the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.
BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .
Then there are the copy editors who notice if Sarah hates broccoli on page 22 but is asking for a second helping on page 156. They push me to write a better book. There are typesetters, and people who send the proof pages – the last chance to find mistakes before the book is printed.
There are people in Sales and Sub Rights – there are probably departments I don’t even know about who all work hard to get my books out.
So thank you to everyone at Kensington – from top to bottom – who do your jobs, who helped make my dream come true.
To celebrate the release of A Good Day To Buy I’ll Give Away two books to someone who leaves a comment!
Readers: What dream has come true for you?
I wouldn’t have dared to dream that nearly ten years into widowhood I am doing as well as I am!
That must really be difficult!
I have adapted to the slow lane, so I don’t find it too terribly difficult except for those times when I would LOVE to have a significant other to come home to and share with. I am looking out at the lacy leaves of spring and wishing there were someone with whom to place a small wager as to when the leaves will block the blue patches of sky visible through the branches of the wood behind the trailer…
I got to visit my hometown after years away. I loved it!
I visited my hometown last summer — it was so much fun!
Congrats on your dream come true. For 27 years I dreamed of touring Peru. Once I got there, I realized it was better than any dream I’d ever had. I returned more than 25 times.
Oh wow! That is so cool!
This whole journey for all of us has been like s fairy tale! Congrats Sherry! Xo
Thank you, Liz! It has! When we all met it was a twinkle in our eyes!
This whole journey for all of us has been a fairy tale! Congrats my friend! Xo
Years ago I wanted a cat. A kitten came up to me where I was living at the time. He was a dream come true. He was the best cat I ever had!
What an amazing story!
This has become one of my favorite cozy series! I discovered the first one when it was nominated for an Agatha Award. As a transplant to New England, I especially appreciate the outsider insights into regional culture.
Thank you so much! I’m sure you have experienced many of the same things!
Congratulations my friend!! Dreams do come true–so glad we get to share the journey!
I’m relatively new to the cozy genre (about a year) and would love to give this series a try.
Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!
There are so many, but meeting the love of my life in my 40s is probably the best.
That is lovely!
I got my dream husband. He is perfect for me!!!
It’s so nice to hear about happy marriages!
Love the covers on these books. Everyone needs a dream, even if it doesn’t come true, it can keep you going.
I love my covers too! And yes pursuing a dream is a great part of life!
My dream that came true was being able to buy a townhouse with my Sister in a small town in Michigan close to Lake Michigan.
Oh, how fun! Lake Michigan is amazing!
Sounds like an interesting book and series!
My dream has always been to own my own home and I am so happy that it came true!
That is wonderful!
A few years ago I got to reconnect with my best friend. We have been friends since elementary school and were very close. She was my matron of honor at my wedding and even went through a horrible car accident together but after my mom passed away in the mid-90’s, we lost touch since I didn’t have a reason to travel to NY.
I’m so happy we reconnected. I’d missed her. The great thing was, it was like we had never been apart.
Love this series, so thanks for the chance to win.
You are welcome!
Love the cute kitty on the covers!
Is it too late? I’d love to win.
It’s not too late!
I would love to read this series!
My dream at six was to go to England inspired by Walt Disney in all those English settings like Mary Poppins and others. I just knew I would love it. And it felt like coming home…it was the oddest feeling. So the dream happened and measured up to what I thought! Thank you for the giveaway.
I loved England when I finally made it! I’m now wondering if it was the Disney movie influence!
Congrats and continued success with your career and your dreams
Thank you so much!
Congrats on the release!
I never had a dream come true. I have had a very unusual difficult life that most cannot even fathom and I gave up years ago on dreams. As a senior now I find life so so hard that I have no dreams . I think once your alone as a senior struggling daily and fearing the future that dreams are not possible. Good for you congratulations on a great cozy series.
Thank you! And life can be so difficult!
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That is lovely!
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