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Welcome back to my blog! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and is sitting on the couch trying to recover from too much turkey and cookies…..or maybe it’s just me 🙂
Today we are welcoming Robin Perini, author of In Her Sights to the blog. She’s taking part in a mini blog tour put on by her publisher, Tribute books, to promote her book. Sit back and enjoy what she has to share with us!
Hi there. Thanks so much for having me at Sugarbeat’s Books. It’s the day after Christmas, which means a week until New Year’s. Until New Year’s resolutions. Which got me reflecting on what an absolutely blessed and amazing year 2011 has been for me.
In January, I received a rejection on a novel that was near and dear to my heart. In Her Sights. I had always loved my heroine, Jasmine “Jazz” Parker. This female SWAT Team sniper has a lot to prove and even more to hide. She faces her greatest fears and gets more than she ever believed she deserved. Still, I faced another rejection.
Then, my amazing agent, Jill Marsal, from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, suggested a new possibility—Montlake Romance. It didn’t even have a name then. I wanted Jazz’s story to get out there, so I agreed we should submit the book. In February, I received the call. I had sold In Her Sights to Montlake, and it would be one of the first books they published.
Amazing. Stupendous. A dream come true.
But the good news didn’t stop there, because I hadn’t stopped writing. Within the next few months, I sold three more books—this time to Harlequin Intrigue. I went from a rejection and taking a dive into a bowl of M&Ms, to selling four books after writing for years. I won the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® award for what would become my first Harlequin Intrigue novel, Finding Her Son (aka Stolen Lullaby). In Her Sights was also up for the award, and ironically enough, received higher first-round scores than the eventual winner.
I started looking back on what had changed. Why now, after so long had my dreams come true? Then I realized that while I had spent numerous years learning the craft and preparing myself, I did one thing in previous eighteen months before I sold. I really looked at my priorities. I realized I had to make choices if I wanted to have a career as a writer. One very difficult choice was to cut back on teaching writing classes. I love teaching, I love sharing my passion for the craft of writing, but teaching now comes second to writing. I also looked at my life and determined when I could write so that my production was consistent and predictable, but also how to integrate it where I still had time for the important people in my life. Lastly, I took some advice from my grandmothers. One of them told me, after reading my first book, that I had a gift. Just so you know, this manuscript will never see the light of day, but she believed in me, and I will be forever grateful. My other grandmother told me that if I wanted to write badly enough, all I had to do was give it all my heart and soul and strength, and I would succeed.
You may not be a writer, but those lessons work for anything you do in life. My grandmothers were right. Listen to them.
I love to hear from readers. Please connect with me. You can get in touch via my website, www.robinperini.com where you can view the In Her Sights book trailer, read excerpts, read reviews, sign up for my mailing list and even request trading cards or a Kindlegraph. I’m also on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I’d love to hear from you.
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In Her Sights Book Summary
Release: November 29, 2011
Robin Perini Bio:
Award-winning author Robin Perini’s love of heart-stopping suspense and poignant romance, coupled with her adoration of high tech weaponry and covert ops, encouraged her secret inner commando to take on the challenge of writing romantic suspense novels. Her mission’s motto: “when danger and romance collide, no heart is safe.”
As a writer, Robin is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her seven prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finals, and Golden Heart Winner in 2011. Stolen Lullaby, will be published by Harlequin Intrigue® in May, 2012 as Finding Her Son. Her other 2011 Golden Heart® Finalist, In Her Sights, will be published by Amazon’s Montlake Romance November 29, 2011.
By day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or find her training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. She’s a voracious reader and a die-hard fan of the T.V. series, BONES.