While I was in Arizona, Pamela Tracey and former Superromance author Linda Style arranged for a dinner at Monti’s on the Salt River in Tempe, a steakhouse renowned for being housed in the 1871 adobe hacienda built by the founder of Tempe (now a suburb of Phoenix…someone correct me if I’m wrong?). It was a pleasure to spend the evening with (see picture, bottom left to right) Pamela, Linda, Marion Ekholm, Superromance author Tara Taylor Quinn and her husband Tim.
The next day Pamela, Linda and I toured Sedona from sun up to past sundown, which is a terrifying thing to do to a Toronto editor because we were up in the red rock hills (mountains?) above the near ghost town of Jerome when the sun began to set. This caused heart palpitations as Linda rocketed around mountain curves to try to make it down before dark (okay, it felt like she was rocketing). I compare this “leisurely” drive to the time a bus driver hurtled me around the Amalfi cliffs in Italy years ago. Thank you, Pamela and Linda for showing me Hollywood’s classic cowboy country!
Maybe it feels like spring because of the release of four new March Heartwarmings???
Before I talk about the books, though, I’d like to take a moment to remember agent Pat Teal and author Aimée Thurlo. I’m so glad that, because of my job, I get to meet such wonderful people. They will be sorely missed. I hope you’ll all check in on Sunday when the Heartwarming authors share memories of Aimée.
I’m pleased to say that an author with us has a huge milestone this month. Loree Lough’s 100th book published is the third and final book in her Heartwarming miniseries A Child to Love, Saving Alyssa. The Harlequin Community is going to be celebrating her major career accomplishment on the boards the week of March 24. The link isn’t active yet, but please add your congrats that week at:
Editor Laura Barth tells me nothing but good things about Cerella Sechrist’s The Paris Connection (a standalone, but loosely connected to her first book, December 2013’s Gentle Persuasion) and Karen Rock’s second Heartwarming, His Hometown Girl. She keeps me on top of the review buzz that’s building (Karen, you are a social media wizard), and I’m so happy for these two! Can’t wait for more books from them.
Finally, I’d like to welcome Carol Ross to the fold with her first book for us, Mountains Apart. (Is that not a gorgeous cover or what???) Editor Kathryn Lye is quite proud of the story and we’re hoping to announce more strong Heartwarmings from Carol in the near future.
Be brave, everybody, spring is around the corner. Thanks for reading Heartwarming, and many many thanks for writing them!