Many years ago, I wrote a book that didn’t fit in with the romance genre. It featured a newly-widowed, forty-six year old heroine and a has been country star four years her junior. And an RV. Though I found an enthusiastic agent to shop the book around for me, there were no takers. I gave up and put it away for a couple of years, then in 2010 took it out, shook it off, did some edits and submitted it to a small press that had a Last Rose of Summer Line for over forty heroines. The Wild Rose Press published ONE FOR THE ROAD July 2011.
Today, just over one year later, I received the news that One for the Road is a finalist in a third Reader’s Choice type contest. The Ancient City Romance Authors – Award of Excellence Readers’ Choice contest has found my little book that could to be worthy of a place in their short list. YAY!
I add this final to The Wisconsin Write Touch Readers’ Award – where One for the Road took Second Place in the Mainstream with Strong Romantic Elements category, and the Colorado Romance Writers 2012 Award of Excellence where the book had the honor of being on a short list with Karen White! (A RITA finalist)
I have also been blessed with a huge number of wonderful reviews at Amazon. (I swear I don’t know everyone who read and felt compelled to write a review!) I have also received solid reviews from assorted baby boomer blogs and websites, and from readers at Goodreads. However, the book has never broken out to new readers. In other words, I have yet to hit the discoverability factor. I know the readers are out there, I just don’t know how to find them.
If you’ve read and enjoyed the book – please tell your friends! If you think you might be interested, read the excerpt here at my website under Articles and Interviews and see what you think. If you know anyone over the age of forty who might like to read a heroine who looks and feels a little more like her, by all means tell her about the book. In otherwords – please help me spread the word aboutOne for the Road.
Here’s the blurb:
D’Anne Palmer and her husband had a life other dream of—traveling the US in a luxury forty-foot motor coach, going where they wanted. Suddenly, D’Anne find herself a widow with her only asset being the motor home. Without funds to return toCalifornia, she decides to hire out the RV.
Tyler White was a “one-hit-wonder” ten years ago. At a crossroads, he decides to attempt a comeback. He’s hoping the three-week tour he’s put together will reignite his career. All he needs now is some cheap transportation, and the widow with the RV might just fit the bill.
D’Anne and Tyler discover a lot about themselves—and each other—as they journey fromNashville toLas Vegas, viaTexas, with the band andTyler’s dog. Can close quarters really help a has-been singer on the comeback trail and a widow withCalifornia style find love?
Until next week, make it a great one!