Two years ago, I never thought I’d be happy getting a rejection. But, two years ago I wasn’t self-published, and able to do all the things a publisher can do for me now.
I submitted a manuscript to Ellora’s cave a couple of months ago because one of the editors had requested something. I was flattered and appreciated that she had approached me, so I polished something up and sent it in. As soon as I hit the send button, though, I regretted the move. I only have one self-pub out right now, The Awakening Society, but I know that publishing myself is going to be a very large part of my career. The manuscript I sent in was one I had worked on for a couple of years, though it had changed many, many times in that time. And though it had changed drastically from how it started, I still loved the characters and believe in the story. There were parts of the story that I thought may not suit the EC line, but I sent it in anyway, and waited.
I heard back a couple weeks later, and it was what I expected. The story was very well written, but because of some of the issues it dealt with, she didn’t think it would suit their readers.
I know it sounds crazy, but I was happy when I read that email. While pubbing with EC would be a wonderful way to diversify my career, I wanted to be the one to put this story out. Honestly, I had already started shopping around for covers, had, in fact, already bought a cover, in the hopes I could release it myself. I’m glad I wasn’t offered a contract, because I’m afraid I would have turned it down.
SO, I am going through and revamping the story again. I had tamed it down a bit to try to fit EC, which I knew was wrong when I did it, but I didn’t listen to my little internal editor. I contacted the cover artist and gave her the go ahead, though there was a bit of a snafu with the title. I thought I knew what I wanted, but it didn’t look right on the book. So, I took a while, and came up with a name that seemed right. A Needful Heart. Here’s the cover and working blurb.
and wanted Gina Carruthers for four long years,
and he decides it’s time to do something about this ridiculous fascination he has with
her. He’s not relationship material, but he doesn’t expect it to even get that
far. Hell, between the tattoos and his lovely disposition, a woman would be crazy to take a chance on him. He just wants to talk to the sexy nurse and put himself out of his misery once and
for all. Things never go as planned, though, and when they collide in the
hallway, Matt is unable to save her from being hurt.
big man for the accident. But she is appreciative when Matt steps into her crazy
life to help her out, first with her broken wrist then when they damage her
house. They just can’t seem to have a normal conversation. Proximity fires the
attraction between them and Gina can’t believe she’s overlooked the sexy
carpenter for this long. She feels guilty for misjudging him, and is stunned by
how quickly he becomes a vital part of her life.
develops and they have to save a little boy from abuse, Matt loses control of
his tightly held anger. In spite of how his heart aches, he has to walk away, both for
Gina’s safety and to maintain his own sanity. It’s up to Gina to convince him
love can heal any heartache.