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My First Sale by Dee Davis

My First Sale by Dee Davis

Dee DavisWelcome to the My First Sale series. Each Monday, Dear Author posts the first sale letter of bestselling authors, debut authors, and authors in between. When not sitting at the computer writing, award winning author Dee Davis spends her time exploring Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and Cardigan Welsh Corgi.   You can visit Dee at her website, www.deedavis.com or her blog,www.whinesisters.com Or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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My journey to become an author reads like a Cinderella story.   But that doesn't mean there weren't road bumps along the way.   It all started when, a little over ten years ago, I found myself at loose ends.   We'd just moved back to Texas from Austria, my daughter was going off to kindergarten and my pre-pregnancy career in association management required long hours and a lot of away time.   I wanted to be home for my child, but I also wanted regain some identity beyond "mom' and "wife'.     And so I sat down and made a list.     Rock singer, Broadway star, secret agent, write a book.     You know, totally practical choices.

Well, reality sank in quickly, and I realized I talked to much to be a spy, I was a little too old and a little to rotund to live in spandex, and today's Broadway stars all sing and dance.   I can sing.   But man, you don't want to see me dance.   Which left "write a book'.   Writing is something I've done my whole life.   I've written stories ever since I was old enough to put fingers to pencil.   But I'd never seriously considered the option.     And writing could be done anywhere and anytime.   Wherever my husband's adventures took us next, whatever hours my daughter's life demanded.   And I could live in jeans and sweats.   It seemed a win/win situation.   Only I'd never written a novel before.

So I took a deep breath, rolled up my sleeves and being a little obsessive/compulsive, started researching.     Both the idea for my story, and the genre I'd chosen to write in.   Romantic suspense.   Now that one was a no brainer.   I've always been a romantic at heart.     I love a happy ending.   Cried when I didn't get to see Cinderella's wedding.   Wanted more from Meg and Calvin in A Wrinkle in Time, and always loved a good romantic hero – like Mr. Darcy.   And as a lover of suspense, I liked the idea of integrating the suspense plotline with the romance.

So after reading something like four-hundred novels over a three month period (my husband had no idea what I was doing, and thank goodness was wonderful enough not to comment), I opened the proverbial blank computer page, and started to type.   About five months later, I wrote THE END and cried and drank champagne, and being an over achiever, joined RWA, entered a contest, started the second book, and began Agent Quest.

Now there’s a task not suited for the squeamish.   Anyway, six months later, I got a call (next best to The Call) and after singing eight rounds of the Hallelujah Chorus and doing a victory dance that would make Snoopy proud, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and signed with my agent, (which doesn’t say a lot for my signature.)

dangerousdesires high resTo pass the time (as you are no doubt aware, this is not a fast moving business) and because all the really great writers I admire said so, I kept writing, and eight months after that,   I got The Call. This time I was paralyzed from the mouth down and only managed to say things like “Wow!”   “You’re kidding” “You’re sure?”   “Me?”  -’you get the idea. And then, so excited I was physically shaking, I hung up-’before finding out which publisher had bought the book.   Everything in its Time (by Berkley) was published in July of 2000.

And here I am almost exactly ten years from the day I first held my first book in my hands and checked inside to make certain the words were really mine.   It's been an amazing ride.   Full of the ups and downs that are part of any career.   And it is with the exact same excitement and pleasure that I hold copies of the first three books in my new A-Tac series; Dark Deceptions, Dangerous Desires, and Desperate Deeds.

I've learned so much along the way.   About writing, publishing, and probably most of all, about myself.     My husband's career has led us to Manhattan, my daughter will graduate from high school next year, and I'm still writing.   And pinching myself.   Sometimes dreams do come true!

Dear Author

REVIEW: Eye of the Storm by Dee Davis

Dear Ms. Davis:

Eye Of The Storm (Hqn Romance)
I mentioned after reading the anthology Hell With the Ladies that I thought it would be interesting to read a full length novel of yours as you had a good voice. Bookseller friend informed me that you wrote both chick lit and romantic suspense. I was interested in reading a romantic suspense book and she came back from Christmas vacation with this book, Eye of the Storm.

Eye of the Storm is a marriage in trouble book featuring Simone Sheridan, former CIA black ops, and Reece Sheridan, former Army Ranger turned prosecutor. Simone has hid her past for the 6+ years she has known Reece. Her inability to tell the truth when confronted by Reece led to their separation and pending divorce. But they still love each other and neither is quite moving on.

Simone’s past comes back to haunt them both when an assassin tries to snuff Simone and her brother in law, Martin, who was with her at the time. Martin is injured. Reece tracks them down and soon the three of them are running for their lives to find out who is behind the attacks and how will they survive.

The action parts were the best. Simone is like a female version of Jason Bourne. I loved reading the action scenes with Simone showing us how skilled and efficient she was. This part of the book was very effective. I could visualize Simone crouching, sweeping a room with her gun, dodging bullets, the car chase, the boat chase, the fight in the woods. All of that worked extremely well for me.

The problem, for me, was in the details of the story outside the action. Martin, a young college student, is shot at. Simone gives him some Vicodin, stitches up his shoulder and Martin is able to survive all kinds of adventures. This seemed incredibly unbelievable to me. Reece is conveniently a former special forces guy who, on his prosecutorial salary can afford a very fast speedboat and a Jag. Also not believable. Simone was caught out on a lie so elementary by Reece about her background I couldn’t help but wonder at some of her ability to be part of the black ops. At every critical juncture, there always seemed to be some easy aid to get the good guys out of a jamb which led to a sort of predictability in terms of action.

Finally, the the ending kind of fell apart for me. It made no sense for the villain not to have taken Simone out before. I never understood, even at the close of the book, why Simone, Reece and Martin were still alive. There was no plausible explanation for that and I kept waiting for it. C+

Best regards,

Jane