Wednesday, February 1, 2012

C is for Contract...and Challenge

 So many C words...but for this installment of A2Z4UandMe, two C words immediately came to mind. And they're related.

I just signed the CONTRACT for the next two books in the Madi series! I knew from the beginning that OakTara was interested in a three-book series, but actually signing the CONTRACT and sending it off last week made everything much more real. Here's a blurb about Madily in Love, book number two, coming out later this year:

All Madi Lee McCall wants is to fall madly in love again…with her husband.

After a rough patch, Madi’s determined to get her marriage back on track. She’s even taking a romance class at church and getting great suggestions…that fail miserably. The distractions are plenty. She has just reentered the workplace as a health spa receptionist. Her 16-year-old daughter, Christina, is pushing the limits, and Christina’s twin, Max has fallen hard for a girl who isn’t Madi’s picture of a perfect match for her son. Even younger daughter, Emily, is developing a teenager-ish attitude. 

When her mother-in-law moves in—temporarily, of course—the stress starts to drive Madi a little crazier than normal.  What she  wants, more than anything, is some peace among the chaos.

Book #3, Sylvie and Gold, will be released in 2013.

As exciting as it is to sign a CONTRACT for two more books, it's also pretty scary. This is the first time I've signed a CONTRACT for a manuscript that's not yet written. I do work well under deadline, but the pressure is definitely on! Which is why this week, C is also for CHALLENGE. Because that's exactly what the next few months are going to be. Madily in Love is due on June 1st, only 4 very short months away. And I still have 2/3 of my book to write and edit. Eeeek! Not to mention I also have my son's high school graduation (and everything that comes with it) at the end of May, a few book signing events scheduled, am volunteering for two separate on-going school-related things, work 2-3 days per week, yada yada. I'm sure you all know how it is. Now that I think about it, CHALLENGE may be an understatement.

But being CHALLENGED is a good thing. We can't grow or improve if we don't CHALLENGE ourselves, right? Overall, of course I'm ecstatic, and grateful, and in awe, really, that within the next 18 months or so, I'll have two more books published! The biggest CHALLENGE is wrapping my mind around that one.

What about you? What CHALLENGES are you facing lately?

I'm adding Mr. Linky again, in case you want to leave a link to your A2Z4UandMe post. You may not be on the same letter as I am, and that's ok. I'd love for you to play along.


Hilarey said...

Congratulations! (Another C-word)

Loree Huebner said...

C IS FOR CONGRATULATIONS! I look forward to reading the next books in the Madi series!

Joanne Sher said...

So very excited for you. And I KNOW you can do it, my friend!

Lynda Lee Schab said...

Thank you so much! As I said, I'm both excited and nervous...but such is life. :-)

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Oh fun! So excited for you, Lynda!

Hmm . . . you'll have to fill me in on the AtoZ thing. I don't know what it's all about.

Aloha! --Cheryl

quietspirit said...

Life can be a challenge for me. I seem to be at a standstill. When I want to move forward, I get stalled, usually by a health episode.

Lynda Lee Schab said...

Cheryl...A2Z4UandMe is a meme where we're (or I) go through the alphabet from A to Z, blogging about a word or series of words that begin with that letter. I'm doing it every other Wednesday, which should work out to end in December. If you want to participate, you just write your blog post (it doesn't have to be on Wed.) and add the link so my blog visitors can pop over to your blog, too. :-)

Cheryl Linn Martin said...

Thanks, Lynda! I might give it a try.

Hey--I am giving you The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!

You can read all about it in my post on Monday, February 6. Don’t worry, if you don’t have time to participate, that’s A-OK with me, but if you’d like to participate, here are the rules:

Thank the person who awarded you, blog about it, list seven things about yourself, and list 10 other blogs you would like to pass the award on to.

Aloha! --Cheryl