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Ten years ago, Friday November 4th, 2005, I came home from work to find a message on the answering machine from Kimberley Young at Harlequin Mills & Boon, UK. It was after six p.m. US Pacific Standard time, which meant it was 2 a.m. Saturday morning in UK. Her message went something like this – “Hello, are you around? Can you pick up? Give a call back ASAP if you’re able.”

I flew to my computer. As you can imagine, my heart bounced off the insides of my chest, and my hands trembled, which made signing into my e-mail account tricky. There were two messages from Kim Young in my in-box, both similar to the phone message, then the second one revealed some gut-wrenching information: Ms. Young was going on vacation for two weeks!

Feeling desperate, I replied to the e-mail anyway, then actually tried to call the UK office and left a voice message there, too.

Nooo, please don’t leave me hanging for two whole weeks!!!!

I’d been called by Kim Young once before, a couple of years prior, the time she got my first submission and loved my voice, then asked for the full manuscript. That first submission turned into a rejection a year later. Never say die, right?

I’d heard about people getting THE CALL, but I’d never experienced it myself. A few reasons came to mind for her call regarding the second submission on which I’d recently completed revisions. Maybe she wanted to talk about further revisions, or maybe she felt obligated to call in person to let me know I’d been rejected. Again. I really couldn’t think of any more reasons for her to call, because, surely I wasn’t ready to be published was I? After almost six years of actively seeking publication in multiple romance lengths, I’d never been in this situation before.

Now I’d have to wait two whole weeks to find out why she’d called.

Depressed BusinesswomanAs you can imagine, I called all of my closest writer friends to squeal and moan and sound them out about what this call might possibly be about. An online message from a published author said that Friday calls were a really good sign. Yes, I hoped, but dared I dream about actually selling a book? The situation was all very exciting and dramatic, full of angst, and hope, a writer’s dream and worst nightmare.

Then I prepared to wait two weeks for the inevitable reply to my pleading e-mails and phone message.

But there was a wonderful turning point on the following Tuesday morning – 7:08 a.m. to be precise. (I’m just guessing to ramp up the drama, but really it was around 7:00 a.m.) Kimberley Young called again! While on vacation, at her parent’s home in the countryside of England!!!

She’d seen my e-mails and most likely had been told about my phone message, probably felt sorry for me. Bless her for being conscientious.

She said I’d done a fabulous job on the revisions then spoke the magic words, “We want to buy your book!”

I’ll never forget those words or how her voice sounded that Tuesday morning as I prepared to go to my day job as an RN for fourteen internal medicine doctors. I walked on air the entire day. jumping happy young manA publisher had offered to buy my book for the Medical Romance line, I could call myself an author, I was invincible. I could handle anything that day because I felt like superwoman.

To this day, nearly twenty-three books later, Her Baby’s Secret Father continues to be a bestselling book, and I will be forever grateful to Kim Young for thinking my writing was worth publishing.



After all these years I occasionally have to pinch myself to make sure this isn’t all a dream.  I was an RN for 26 years, and have been lucky enough to have a second career as a writer in the second half of my life.  Believe me, I count my blessings every day and count readers like you as one of them.

Thanks for stopping by and hearing a retelling of my call story.


Until next time, make it a great one!


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30 Responses to THE DAY I MISSED “THE CALL”! + Giveaway

  1. robena grant says:

    That’s wonderful, Lynne. I can hear the excitement in your voice in this post. Oh the angst, oh the joy. You’ve had a lovely career, with many more stories yet to be told…but you can never forget your first. 😉

    • Hi Robena,
      Yes, that day, that moment, then four days later and that moment, will forever be embedded in the happy part of my brain.

      Thanks for reading and sharing the word on FB

  2. Pamela DuMond says:


    What a terrific memory.

    Congrats on your “second” career. It seems to suit you. 😉

  3. Julia Blake says:

    What a great story Lynne. I could feel your angst and your elation. It even made me a little teary.

    As a reader, I’m so glad you succeeded in your second career. (smile emoji here)



    • Hi Julia – thanks so much for reading and commenting. I got a little teary-eyed recalling the story, too. It was fun to reminisce. Thanks for joining me.

      I’ll draw the winner later this week.

  4. Fiona says:

    WOOT! Super congratulations, Lynne 🙂 Such a great story and 23 books later + others, you deserve to be very proud of yourself. I remember reading your first book and I know why it’s still selling strong 🙂 Fiona x

    • Hi Fiona!

      You’ve been one of the best surprises along this journey. I still remember your cheery e-mail welcoming me one newbie to another, and calling us Twins since we sold within 6 weeks of each other.

      There are too many joys to count but we can’t forget all the hard work it took to get here, too. Thanks for being a long-distance friend through the good and tough times.


  5. Shellie K Baker says:

    That’s a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Cami says:

    How nerve wracking! I’m glad she didn’t make you wait the full 2 weeks 🙂

  7. Dee J. says:

    I love this story! Ten years sure did fly by…and almost 23 books later!! That is awesomeness! Congrats and happy anniversary!!

  8. Janie Emaus says:

    What a great story! Congrats on all your success

    • Hi Janie,

      Thanks so much for sharing my story with me 10 years later. For me it never gets old. 🙂

      Decades only come, well, once every ten years, so I needed to pay homage, right?

  9. Lynne, So glad that you got that call as I love reading your books! I love the twists and turns, the romance and the pure enjoyment of your books!
    rbooth43 at yahoo dot com

  10. Helen says:

    What a beautiful story and so glad they bought your book I do love your stories ☺

    Have Fun

  11. I love hearing, “The Call” stories from writers, and yours is a goodie! (Though I’m glad you didn’t have to wait 2 weeks to get the good word). Happy anniversary!

    • Hi Helen,
      I’m so happy to know you enjoy my books. I’m pretty darn happy they bought my first book ten years ago, too!

      I’ll draw a winner later this week.
      thanks for commenting.

    • Hi Sam,
      I enjoy hearing about call stories too. There’s nothing quite like hearing those magic words.
      And thank heavens I didn’t have to wait two whole weeks longer to hear them!

  12. I am waiting on one of those calls right now for my first children’s book. The pins and needles can go away anytime now. I loved your call story and think I read your first book when it was first published. I would love to read it again.

    • Oh Charlene, I feel your pain! I hope you don’t have to wait too long to find out if your Children’s book will find a home.

      Wow, thanks for remembering my first book, that means a lot to me.

  13. Wow! What a story. I was reading on the edge of my seat. When you wrote those magic words.”We want to buy your book,” my heart danced for you!
    Happy belated anniversary.

  14. If you have a tweet button, I can’t find it.

    • Hi again Susan,
      I don’t have a tweet button because I don’t tweet. We’re told to pick our social media, and 140 characters to state our case is not mine.

      What can I say, I’m old, don’t get the “selfie” generation. ?)

  15. Happy Saturday folks!
    I just noticed that HER BABY’S SECRET FATHER is on sale at the moment for $1.99, so I’ve chosen two winners!

    Julia Blake and Shellie K. Baker – I will contact you through e-mail to find out if you want the Nook or Kindle version of this book gifted to you.

    CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for reading and commenting on this blog, which was near and dear to my heart on my writer’s journey.