By: Sandra Elzie
Okay, so I’m sure you’re all aware of how quickly things are changing in the world…and nothing is changing faster than the publishing industry. That brings me to what I want to talk about today. Back in 2008, I sold my first book to Avalon and it was well received …in hardback form…by libraries, my friends and family. But once it was out of print, I started watching the ticking clock for when I could get my rights back. A lot of authors today are happy to get the rights to their book back…some to eventually independently publish them on Amazon & Barnes and Noble in e-book form.
I marked my calendar for when my first book’s rights would be available to me…and even began to look at pictures for a possible new book cover. And then I’m notified that Avalon Publishing has been sold to Amazon…and I quickly realize what this could mean. My hopes of getting the rights back on that book are squashed. (sigh)
With Amazon now in control of my book, I have a couple choices…stomp & scream or just shrug and go with the flow of life. I chose the later. It’s much less stressful and besides, I happen to believe that God is in control, so if something good is to come out of a negative situation, then it’ll happen…sooner or later. As it turns out, it’s a good thing I didn’t waste time stressing because in November I received a nice, early Christmas present…Amazon notified me that they would be issuing Diplomatic Tutor in digital form. Well, I guess the next best thing to releasing it digitally myself is having it released by Amazon with their name behind it. I haven’t received the first royalty check yet, but I’m hopeful that this side business with Amazon will turn out well for the both of us.
The Diplomatic Tutor is a contemporary romance about a young girl from West Virginia who applies to the United Nations to become a tutor for a delegate living inAmerica. When she’s chosen, she has no idea just how much her life will change.
If you like a bit of suspense with your romance, this just might be the book for you. Or maybe you just want to see how this strong-willed young woman handles a very precocious child (who steals almost every scene she’s in) and how she interacts with a British diplomat, then, again, I’ll suggest that you might enjoy this book. Below is a short description of The Diplomatic Tutor.
When Natalie Holmes accepts a position to tutor Kelsey, the five-year-old daughter of a British diplomat, she never expected to be the one put to the test. She never expected to fall in love with the child or her handsome father. She fights the attraction since she knows he could never love a coal miner’s daughter from West Virginia.
Trenton Lancaster is a widower with strict mandates concerning the safety and education of his daughter. Natalie and Trenton immediately clash, but he can’t resist her homespun simplicity and intelligence, and she falls in love with his strength of character and devotion to Kelsey. When Natalie thoughtlessly breaks a rule, she thinks she’ll surely be fired. Only Trenton’s growing affection for Natalie and her obvious devotion to Kelsey convince him to retain her services. Each must change, but when the prize is living happily ever after, it’s worth any risk and sacrifice.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sandra Elzie was challenged by her husband in 2001 not to wait until retirement in 2005 to start writing the book he’d been hearing about almost since they had been married. Picking up the gauntlet he’d thrown down, Sandra spent the next eight years honing her craft and finishing twelve manuscripts. She now lives in southern Georgia with her husband and cat and enjoys reading, traveling and family gatherings. The Diplomatic Tutor was Sandra’s first published book.
Sandra loves to hear from her readers or if you just want to learn more about her, be sure to click on her name above and visit with her at her website. She also writes and has independently published several other stories as Sandra McGregor. Check them out on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.