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My First Sale by Tiffany Clare

Tiffany ChalmersWelcome to the My First Sale series. Each Monday, Dear Author posts the first sale letter of bestselling authors, debut authors, and authors in between.   Two words “Harem Romance”.   That is all I seem to need to say to friends to get them to pre order this book.   Who knew harem romance was such a positive trigger?   TIffany Clare’s The Surrender of a Lady is her debut book from St. Martin’s Press and it is about, you guessed it, a harem romance.

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I'd like to say I have wanted to be a writer since my childhood years, but that's not quite the case. I had dreams of being a great writer until I hit highschool. That was when I started getting abysmal grades in all my English classes. So I focused on music and science instead. Many years later, I found romance novels and devoured every one I could get my hands on and began to dream of writing again.

Three paranormal manuscripts, a novella and ninety or so rejections later, I started weighing my options in the world of publishing. It was time to face some hard facts about my writing if I wanted to seek publication: I wasn't that great at writing paranormals.

So I started a new project that had been nagging to be told for a few months. It was set in Constantinople, the Isle of Corfu and ended in Italy (all during the Victorian period)-’settings and a time period I hadn't previously tried and knew nothing about. I told myself that publishers didn't want foreign settings with foreign characters in romance (my heroine is half Spanish and there are characters from many cultures in my book). But I didn't care, because I was writing something that kept me on my laptop desperate to know what would happen next in my heroine's, Jinan's, journey.

I had never read any books like the one I was writing. Yes, there are harem books out there, but I couldn't find one like mine in romance or in literary fiction. I was worried that a story so different from the norm might never live to see the light of day, but I was determined to find a home for it.

surrender of a ladyI met my agent at a conference. She offered representation within a few weeks. We talked about revisions and the story as a whole and I worked diligently on making my story better. Then I was on submission, and I patiently (well, not so patiently) waited for rejections and hopefully an offer to trickle in.

An offer for three books came in before any rejections could. I think I cried. I can't really remember. I know I was sitting in my cubicle at work trying to hold back my excitement-’my coworkers oblivious to the fact that my whole world had just changed.

The good news didn't stop with the offer, though. All the other houses still had to get back to us. We got a lot of positive rejections and another offer. I even got to talk to both editors before bidding commenced.

I couldn't believe that two houses wanted this book that I was scared crapless of writing because it was so different from everything I had ever read. It was nerve wracking (because I couldn't tell anyone except my critique partner and hubby), and a scary and exhilarating ride for the next two weeks! Then the final offer came in and I couldn't be more thrilled than to have sold to St. Martin's Press.

This time at work I didn't hold back my excitement. I emailed my whole office when the offer went up on Publishers Marketplace (some didn't even know that I wrote). I called my Mom and Dad who in turn told our gazillion member family my good fortune!

Finally, the day has come when I'll see my first book on the shelf in a bookstore. I can turn to the other women (and odd man) in the romance section and say . . .   that's me! Okay, so they'll think I'm crazy (and I can admit that I am a little strange), but that's okay because every bit of the journey, the rejections, the learning, the frustrations, the high and low times have brought me here, to the final realization of my dream of becoming a published author.

THE SURRENDER OF A LADY hits shelves September 28, 2010. Comment below for a chance to win one of three (3) copies of my debut book. (Sorry, this contest is open to North American residents only.)

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

88 Comments

  1. Rashda
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 05:13:22

    Hi Tiffany,

    Congrats! I’m always looking for multicultural stories and love diversity in the books I read, and it’s hard to find too often in romance novels. So thank you for writing this story that didn’t fit established parameters. Looking forward to the read & I hope you’ve fabulous sales! :)

  2. Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 05:21:23

    I remember sitting with a red pen, going over SOAL helping to get it ready for a contest, knowing that what I was reading was special, sure that this would be “the one.” I’m so happy I was right!

    Tiff is a great critique partner and a force to be reckoned with. And don’t let her tell you she can’t write paranormals—her wolves are delicious and should come out to play sometime.:) Tiff, have a great release day tomorrow—I’m so excited for you!

  3. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 05:40:34

    Good morning Rashda,

    Thank you for the kind words. It is very hard to find romances with characters (in a historical setting) that aren’t typically white. That’s why I’m looking forward to Jeannie Lin’s Butterfly Swords.

  4. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 05:42:21

    Thanks for stopping by, Maggie! Maggie is one of my critique partners. Her red pen is my savior. When I’m done a book I often email her and ask if she’s ready with the red pen! LOL (she marks up the actual manuscript and mails it back to me).

    I’m very glad that Jinan’s story was the one to reach publication.

  5. Juliana Stone
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 05:49:04

    Tiffany! So happy your release day is nearly here! I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book and it is an amazing read. (wouldn’t mind reading the wolves either) I wish you much success and HAPPY PRE RELEASE DAY!

  6. Tea
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:05:57

    Congratulations!

  7. GrowlyCub
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:22:52

    Funny that Jane said that the harem story line sells the book to others. For me it was the opposite.

    I was not interested (maybe too many Lindseys and Smalls in my past?) until I read the excerpt in ‘The Girl Who Loved Historical Romance’. *Then* I was hooked!

    Looking forward to reading it soon.

  8. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:48:32

    Juliana! Awww… thank you!

    Tea, Thank you!

  9. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 06:51:00

    @GrowlyCub:

    GrowlyCub, I never knew there were so many harem reading lovers. I didn’t read a harem book until after I started writing Surrender of a Lady!

    Glad I could hook you in one chapter!

    Anyone who wishes to read the first chapter of THE SURRENDER OF A LADY. It is on my website: http://www.tiffanyclare.com/bookshelf/the-surrender-of-a-lady/

    You might have to cut and paste, I’m not sure how to put a link on here properly.

  10. MicheleKS
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:03:45

    Congratulations on your book release, Tiffany.

    I love reading these first sale stories- they’re a great way to start a Monday off.

  11. Gina
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:06:03

    Great 1st Sale story – perseverance is often a recurring theme in these blog posts and having followed that link to the first chapter I am glad you wrote the book you were afraid to write!

  12. Virginia C
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:15:36

    Hi, Tiffany! Congratulations on “The Surrender of a Lady”! A fabulous debut : ) A unique love story, a gorgeous cover–enjoy the experience of being a published author! We will definitely enjoy your book ; )

  13. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:18:52

    @MicheleKS:

    MicheleKS. First sale stories are a great way to start a Monday. It makes the day a little brighter (I do dislike Mondays), reading someone’s story of success!

    @Gina:

    Gina, Thank you! And yes, choosing the path of being a writer isn’t easy. You have be learn patience. Build thick skin so you aren’t taking rejection personally and persevere through the good times and the very hard times…

  14. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:20:29

    @Virginia C:

    Virginia, I hope you thoroughly enjoy THE SURRENDER OF A LADY. And the cover gods are totally smiling down on me. :)

  15. Heather S
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 07:30:02

    I always love hearing about how authors get started, especially when it is such a motivating start. Your book sounds awesome and I can’t wait to read it. Good luck!

  16. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:18:40

    @Heather S:

    Heather, hope you love the book. Not sure I’d call my story motivating, more like a reminder of how difficult a road it’s been. But the final goal is pretty damn awesome :)

  17. Marnee
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:22:33

    Hi Tiff! I can’t wait to see SOAL on the shelves. I remember being at that conference, right after you met your agent, and thinking you were so lucky. I knew she was going to love you and, after I read Jinan’s story, I knew she was going to love that book.

    And now it’s all unfolding and I couldn’t be happier for you. Good things do happen to good people. :) Congrats on your release!

  18. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:32:28

    @Marnee:

    Hi Marnee! I remember coming out of that pitch session with the hugest smile on my face. Had two pitces back to back, the first went terrible… like so terrible the moderator pulled me aside and had me breath through what must have been shock, because the lady was really mean I pitched to, and it was my first pitch ever. Then I met Helen… talk about a complete 180. What a day that was.

  19. Angelique
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:39:19

    Congratulations! The story sounds wonderful and I love the cover!

  20. Carolyn
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 08:41:23

    I always read the First Sale posts, they are so inspiring.

    I’m looking forward to reading your first book, Tiffany. Many, many congratulations.

  21. Jennifer Murdock
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 09:11:31

    Congratulations! There is so much buzz for this book, it must be so exciting.

    I’m glad that you were able to write the book of your heart and make it work. As a reader I am always glad for something a little different then everything else on the shelves and am looking forward to Surrender of A Lady.

  22. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 09:34:30

    @Angelique:
    Thanks, Angelique. I’m quote partial to the cover, too. But they do keep getting better. My May release, THE SECRET DESIRES OF A GOVERNESS, has the most gorgeous cover ever!

    @Carolyn: Happy reading, Carolyn. And I’m very happy to be a guest here on DA!

    @Jennifer Murdock:

    Hi Jennifer, release days are always kind of scary for the author. I’m glad to have some buzz out there prior to release. I really do hope readers love this book as much as I do!

  23. Okie
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 09:34:49

    Hi, Tiffany. Congratulations on your debut! Thanks for sharing, it gives others hope to one day achieve the dream :)

  24. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 09:41:31

    @Okie:

    Hi Okie! Thanks for stoppying by to read my first sale story and for the congrats! It’s been a long wait to see the book finally hit the shelves… well, that is how it feels sometimes–like forever and a day. ;)

  25. Leigh LaValle
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:06:42

    Hey Tiff- I am so excited for you! I love your sale story, with all it’s ups and downs (and the pitches ;-). I do think it is inspiring, because the road is rough and you stuck it out and found success. So many exciting releases tomorrow- I can’t wait to get your book!

  26. Karenmc
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:11:50

    Congratulations on the release. I enjoy reading First Sale stories, and yours is no exception. I look forward to reading SOAL :)

  27. Kerensa Brougham
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:23:57

    Huge congratulations! When I read that your Heroine is half-Spanish, I immediately thought of Georgette Heyer. Can’t remember which book it was, but there were ships, and pirates, and the British Navy – and the heroine is a wealthy Spanish lady. I think there *used* to be more diversity in romance, even in the early part of last century, and it’s only in recent years we’ve moved away from it. So kudos to you, and I can’t wait to read the book!

  28. Elyssa Papa
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:28:47

    Hi, Tiff! I’m so excited and happy for you–SOAL releases tomorrow! Yay!

  29. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:33:08

    @Leigh LaValle:

    Hi Leigh! Thanks for stopping by! And there are a lot of great releases tomorrow!

  30. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:36:48

    @Karenmc:

    Kanremc, Happy reading with SOAL…

    @Kerensa Brougham:

    Kerensa, I have yet to read a Heyer… bad me, I know. I do have some on my TBR though. One day I’ll get to them!

  31. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:37:49

    Ely! :x Thank you for stopping by.

  32. Darlynne
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 10:42:34

    I’m one of those for whom “harem” is an immediate roadblock, but am willing, after reading the above and the comments, to keep an open mind. Congratulations on your first sale. Enjoy, as I’m sure you will, the 28th.

  33. Verona St. James
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 11:01:20

    You had me at “harem story”. ;P

  34. Laura Wright
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 11:23:42

    You had me at Harem Story as well! My fave! Congrats – this sounds amazing. Don’t enter me though – I’m going to grab it at Borders tomorrow!

  35. Priya
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 11:48:48

    I’m SO excited for this book! As a woman of color myself, it’s so amazing to read about characters who aren’t typical for a historical romance novel. I love the fact that your heroine is half-spanish and I’m really looking forward to this book. Just one more day!

    BTW- the cover is absolutely beautiful, as everyone already mentioned

  36. Lynn S.
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:01:21

    That first chapter is a grabber. Hope I’m one of the lucky three and best wishes for your continued success.

  37. Jennifer
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:05:34

    Congratulations on the pubbing of your first book. Definitely will add to my to read list.

  38. Kim
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:11:14

    Congratulations on your debut. It must be amazing when you walk into a bookstore or grocery store and see your book. Do you want to tell people that’s you?

  39. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:11:34

    @Darlynne:

    Darylynne, feel free to try the first chapter on my website. They should give you an idea if you like the voice and the direction of the story! Thanks for giving it a shot when harem stories aren’t necessarily your thing!

    @Verona St. James:

    Verona, glad you are a lover of harem romances.

    @Laura Wright:

    Laura, thank you so much for your support!

    I didn’t know there were so many harem romance lovers out there!

  40. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:15:35

    @Priya:

    Priya, I have lived in Toronto for the majority of my life. An all white cast just seems so bland sometimes and unreal when I’m surrounded by so many beautiful cultures. :)

    @Lynn S.:

    Thank you for stopping by my site to read the first chapter. I hope you enjoy the book!

  41. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:17:06

    @Darlynne:

    Darlynne, sorry for the typo on your name. I’m totally typing on a tiny screen while at work :) To say I’m not supposed to be on the net for personal stuff is a bit of an understatement! LOL

  42. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:21:00

    @Jennifer:
    Jennifer, glad you are adding it to the TBR!

    @Kim:

    Kim, I do and don’t want to tell people it’s me. First they are going to be wondering what hospital I escaped from, but then, the proof and my picture is on the back. I might be too excited tomorrow to contain myself, so I’ll wait a couple days before I step into a bookstore! LOL

  43. Amy Ruttan
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:22:48

    Congrats again Tiffany! I am so happy for you!

    I can’t wait to read it, and get you to sign it at our next writer’s meeting! :)

  44. Erica Anderson
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:23:19

    OMG! Did someone say “harem”? (Stumbles over cat in excitement.) Love the cover, too.

  45. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:39:38

    @Amy Ruttan:

    Amy! Great to ‘see’ you here! It’s been a long wait for my harem romance to come out, eh?

    @Erica Anderson:

    Hi Erica,

    Yup, totally said harem… Is your cat glaring evil eyes at you?

  46. Danielle Gorman
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 12:51:31

    Congrats on the release! I can’t wait to read it. The covers alone are to die for. So pretty. I actually can’t wait to read all of these! They are my favorite kind of stories. I just love it when the hero/heroine have a back story, and especially when they were in love. Again, can’t wait to read this. I know it’s going to be great!

  47. Amy Ruttan
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:02:59

    Too long! I’ve been waiting a long time to read this!!! :)

  48. Evangeline Holland
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:11:08

    Congratulations on the release of your first novel, Tiffany! I find your path to publication incredibly inspiring because in the past, I was scared witless by the notion of writing stories outside of the “norm.” But molds are never broken unless someone tries to take good whack at them, and I’m glad your First Sale story has proven this edict to be true.

  49. LisaJo
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:31:27

    Sounds like a fun story, and how exciting to have 2 publishers fighting over you! Very gorgeous cover, I’d definitely pick this up if I saw it on a shelf. Now, I’ll hope it shows up in my mailbox, and if not, then I’ll add it to my “buy” list.

  50. Courtney Milan
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:39:32

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing, because I have already read it, but congratulations, Tiffany, on your sale, and I can’t wait to see your book on the shelves next to mine tomorrow!

  51. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:50:02

    @Danielle Gorman:
    Danielle,
    We keep running into each other ;) I’m happy to hear you are excited about the whole series!

    @Amy Ruttan:

    I so know you have! Almost there….

    @Evangeline Holland:

    Evangeline, there was definitely a little luck involved with the sale. My agent and I didn’t know how the book would be recieved (because it wasn’t of the typical mould). But we ended up in the right place!

  52. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:51:30

    @LisaJo:

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m more than thrilled over my covers. I think a lot of people will be enticed by the cover, and hopefully they love the back blurb and opening lines enough to add it to their cart!

  53. LSUReader
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:51:38

    Congratulations. Your book sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  54. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:53:55

    @Courtney Milan:

    Courtney! Great to see you here! I was thrilled to share the book with you. Now I get to not only visit the bookstore and turn out my friends books, but I can add mine to the list of forward facing awesomeness on the shelf… ;)

    Yes, I totally admit to doing that, but I do it for authors I enjoy reading, too :)

  55. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 13:56:43

    @LSUReader:

    LSUReader! There’s that pretty tiger again. I hope you enjoy the book!

  56. LibrarianLizy
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 14:06:32

    This sounds like a really great book! Tiffany, thanks for taking the chance to write something a little out of the ordinary and kudos to your agent for taking a chance too! Can’t wait to read it!

  57. EGS
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 14:56:56

    I saw this on Amazon and was interested in reading it. I love that it’s not set in England, and I love the yellow cover (although why do these chicks on the covers never have any thing under their dresses? Drives me crazy).

  58. JennyME
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 15:20:34

    I can’t wait to read this book! It sounds fascinating.

  59. CareyBaldwin
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 15:44:55

    Tiff,
    I could not be happier for you! Am so inspired by your journey, and I cannot wait to read this book. You’ve always had that spark, and now you’re ready to set the world on fire.

  60. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 16:31:15

    @LibrarianLizy:

    Hi LibrarianLizy, Yes, you couldn’t have said it better. Without an awesomely enthusiastic agent, this book may not have seen the light of day!

    @EGS:

    EGS, because the underthings back in the day weren’t all that sexy! Actually, this totally works for Jinan. She actually wears very little in the way of English clothes. Once in the harem she has to adhere to their customs, clothes, way of life.

    @JennyME:

    JennyME, I hope you love it!

    @CareyBaldwin:

    Aww, thanks for visiting me over here, Carey! It’s been one helluva journey, that’s for sure!

  61. Sotheara
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:00:01

    Congratulations on your debut novel! I look foward to discovering your work.

  62. Molly O'keefe
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:11:32

    I had no idea how much I was missing a harem romance – now I know and I can not wait to get my hands on my own copy. I’m thrilled for you and that is a HECK of a call story – congrats@

  63. EGS
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:37:25

    @Tiffany Clare
    Corsets can be pretty sexy, but perhaps not so much drawers, petticoats, and steel hoops. :)

  64. Robin K
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 17:56:39

    Congratulations! Looks and sounds like a fantastic read.

  65. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 18:01:04

    @Sotheara:
    Thanks, Sotheara!

    @Molly O’keefe:

    Molly! Great to see you here! Hope you love it!

    @EGS:

    Corsets are totally sexy. Drawers, not so much. My gals don’t have hoops, they wore heavily pleated skirts in my time period. Talk about sweating to death in the middle of summer. ugh!

    @Robin K:

    Robin K, Thanks! Hope you find it fantastic!

  66. Erin L
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 18:47:13

    Congratulations on your book! It sounds like a fabulous story to escape into. I can’t wait to read it.

  67. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 18:57:22

    @Erin L:

    Thanks, Erin. Hope it’s a great escape for you!

  68. peggy h
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:05:00

    Congratulations, Tiffany! I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for this book if I don’t win one of the copies here (though that would be great–haha!) Thanks!

    (I confess I originally misread the post and thought you were talking about a “Harlem Romance”, which would have been cool too!)

  69. willaful
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:07:57

    Congrats on writing what you wanted to write and getting it published!

  70. Camilla
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:39:25

    Sounds great , I love a good harem story!!!!!!!!!!!

  71. Janine
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:51:51

    Leave me out of the drawing. I just wanted to say I enjoyed the story of your first sale, and like Evangeline, I’m especially encouraged whenever a novel that is unusual and different sells.

  72. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 20:53:55

    @peggy h:

    Peggy, thanks for stopping by. Unfortunately NOT a Harlem Romance!

    @willaful:

    Thank you, willaful! It’s been quite a ride getting this book out there!

    @Camilla:

    Camilla, glad to find another harem story lover!

  73. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 27, 2010 @ 21:00:51

    @Janine:

    Thanks, Janine! I hope you get a chance to read and love the story!

  74. Julie Steele
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 02:06:51

    What a story. I didn’t have any idea about this particular genre but I am always looking for something different. I must echo others in loving the great diversity and uniqueness of the story.

    Love the cover by the way!

    Every success on the release.

  75. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 03:58:24

    @Julie Steele:

    Thank you for the kind words, Julie! I hope you give the book a try and love it!

  76. dri
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 06:01:24

    Tiffany, I’m so glad you linked to the first chapter excerpt cos yeah, as an Indian woman with several Middle Eastern relatives — and who went into a spitting fit of rage at Loretta Chase’s Don’t Tempt Me — ‘harem romance’ is a term that totally turns me off.

    But man, that first chapter is so ruthlessly realistic, and Elena is such a great blend of willpower and outrage that I am totally looking out for this when it hits our Australian shelves. Can’t wait to read the whole novel! Good luck! And oh yes, a definite congrats on the awesome cover, you are very lucky indeed. :D

  77. leisa
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 08:25:14

    i cannot wait to read your book…..thanks for writing….i love to read….

  78. Heather
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 09:04:29

    Being multicultural myself, I’m always excited to see multicultural characters in novels (especially in non-contemporaries!)

    Not to generalize too much (as this isn’t in every book) but I love hearing about how someone’s two different backgrounds have impacted their lives – it’s the same way I feel sometimes.

    Can’t wait to read it!

  79. lucy
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 13:41:36

    Obviously I’m reading too much manga, since when I read harem I thought it meant that the heroine was going to have more than one romantic interest. But I’m still looking forward to harem romance book with a spanish heroine.

  80. JulieJV
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 15:00:33

    I also read your first chapter in The Girl Who Loved Historical Romance and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the story. Congrats on your first sale.

  81. peggy Q
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 16:46:23

    congratulations on your first sale.your book sounds great

  82. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 28, 2010 @ 16:52:07

    @dri:

    dri, hope my harem doesn’t disappoint. It’s pretty historically correct except for the uh, prince selling the favors of his women :)

    @leisa:

    leisa, enjoy the book!

    @Heather:

    Heather, I’m happy my editor loved the multiculturalness in the book :) It couldn’t have been written any other way. Or least, I wouldn’t have written it with a bunch of pasty whities like me :)

    @lucy:

    lucy, Jinan only has one romantic/love interest. Well, I should clarify, the hero and heroine have a completely monogamous relationship once they meet up.

    @JulieJV:

    JulieJV, glad you got to try out THE GIRL WHO LOVED HISTORICAL ROMANCE! there are so many great authors in that book of genius, created by Courtney Milan!

    @peggy Q:

    Thanks, peggy! Hope you love the book!

  83. mrsshukra
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 02:23:16

    Congrats, Tiffany, and thanks for sharing your story!

  84. NancyB
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 14:52:34

    OK, the first chapter has me hooked!

  85. Tiffany Clare
    Sep 29, 2010 @ 20:56:12

    @mrsshukra: Thanks for stopping by to read my story!

    @NancyB: Awesome! That was totally my evil plan, hook you and send you to the bookstore :)

  86. Daz
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 01:30:43

    Congratulations on the first sale. I’ve got this book in my wish list and am looking forward to reading it – just because it IS so different.

  87. Tiffany Clare
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 18:28:16

    Thank you, Daz! I hope you really enjoy it, especially for it’s uh . . . uniqueness :)

  88. Tiffany Clare
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 18:30:43

    Hello everyone,

    Sorry to do this so late. I’ve been caught up in the release (bad author, I know). But the winners are:

    33. Verona St. James
    15. Heather S
    58. JennyME

    Just email your full name and snail mail address to: [email protected]

    Thank you everyone for the lovely day (well, few days) I had a great time here!

    Happy Reading,
    Tiffany Clare

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