Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy October! Congratulations To My Friends!

I've come to the point in my writing career where friends I've made along my journey have gotten book deals and now their books are coming out into the world. This isn't the same as meeting and befriending already published authors. No, these are people I met who were on the same path as me. Working hard, struggling, hoping, and now their books are going out there in the world for the first time.

I'm so happy for these people I know!

Macy Beckett
Macy Beckett is the pseudonym of my friend Melissa Landers, who writes adult contemporary romance as Macy and YA as Melissa. Her debut romance Sultry With A Twist officially releases TOMORROW! Melissa is a constant source of support and encouragement for me. I want to be jealous  of all of the success she's had so far, but I just can't be because she is such an amazing writer and supportive friend. I already shared how you can get Sultry with A Twist in ebook right now, or you can pick it up when it goes on sale tomorrow.

Then she has two more Sultry books AND her YA sci-fi series from Disney Hyperion that starts with Alientated coming out in Feb 2014. Melissa has tons going on, and I couldn't be more thrilled for her.

Tamara Ireland Stone
I met Tamara at the Big Sur Children's Writing Workshop back in December 2010. She was in one of my crit groups and I immediately fell in love with her time travel romance story. At the time she had just recently signed with her agent and when I found out later that her book sold I was thrilled for her. Even better, when I read an ARC the rest of the book was just as good as the few chapters I had read in our group. Time Between Us is out next week, October 9th, and I can't wait for everyone to get to know Anna and Bennett and read Tamara's lovely writing. I'm the biggest cheerleader for Tamara and this book, I even helped her launch the book's website, because I totally fell in love with it and because Tamara is such a great person.

Shannon Messenger
I was a reader of Shannon's blog, but I met her in person at a local book signing and I have seen her at pretty much every local event since. Shannon always goes out of her way to introduce me to people and make sure that I know everyone and I'm included, which I appreciate more than I can say. She always shared the ups and downs of her road to publication, and I was thrilled when I heard that her debut MG novel Keeper of the Lost Cities sold and her YA book Let The Sky Fall sold, too! For Shannon, when it rains it pours! I'm so glad to know Shannon, and I know she is going to be ridiculously successful at this whole author thing.

October is an awesome month for my writing friends, and I can't wait for their books to be out there in the world so everyone can read them and love them. And I can't wait for more of my writing friends to have awesome successes like these! YAY for celebrating!


  1. Awww! <3 <3 <3

    I'm so thankful to have "met" you, Jess. You've been there for me every step of the way. In fact, it was you who introduced me to the snowflake method when I was struggling to plot Alienated before NaNoWriMo 2009. I really don't think I could've finished the book without it!

    You rock! Keep being awesome. :)

  2. Yay for successful writing friends! I always find it so inspirational to see "real" people making it... Maybe I will someday too!

    Congrats to your friends. I've only read Tamara's book (LOVED IT!) but I'm looking forward to checking out Melissa and Shannon's releases too. :)

  3. Wow, very cool! I got TIME BETWEEN US through NetGalley and really enjoyed it. Melissa and Shannon's books sound great as well. I love hearing people's publishing stories :)

  4. I've read both TIME IN BETWEEN and KEEPER. I wasn't in love with either but I know I'll be supporting them anyway because they are great writers, the books just weren't for me. :-) I haven't heard of Melissa' to check it out!

  5. Congratulations to your friends! I'm working to grow my circle of writing friends--any recommendations on groups to join, etc.?

  6. Congratulation to your friends! Melissa and Tamara's books are currently on order at my local library. I probably wouldn't have known about these books if not for your post, but they sound interesting,so I just put hold requests in for both. How cool!