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REBECCA HEFLIN-Dreams of Perfection

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DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE   by Rebecca Heflin

My third novel, Dreams of Perfection launched last week! Squeee! Three years ago, if you had told me I would be an award-winning multi-published author, I would have laughed in your face.

My wild ride into the romance writer’s world began in late 2011 when Soul Mate Publishing emailed me to say they loved my first novel, The Promise of Change, and wanted to publish it! Well, actually it began about two years before that, when I finally sat down to write. As my bio says, I’ve always dreamed of writing, but I guess I never had the courage to do it. It took a mid-life crisis of sorts to push me out of my comfort zone and into that chair.

That first book flew from my fingers. I immersed myself in my story. Conversations between my hero and heroine invaded my head. Scenes flashed through my mind like video clips. Someone said something in a meeting for my day job that triggered an idea – not for the work issue at hand, but for my story. Typing the words “The End” on my 69,000 word manuscript was heady indeed. I’d done it! I’d finished a book. Many people might start a book, but of those, not many finish one.

Little did I know, I had a lot to learn about the craft of romance writing. This became all too clear when I received the judges’ comments from the first contest I entered. The judges were kind in their critiques as they pointed out my newbie blunders, my information dumps, my passive voice, my lack of a goal, motivation, and conflict. Did I give up? No. I sat right back down and revamped that manuscript, taking their comments to heart.

I eventually added some 30,000 words to the story, changing it from contemporary romance to women’s fiction with romantic elements. That overhauled manuscript finaled in some contests and sold to Soul Mate Publishing. From first word to first publication took two years.

Next came Rescuing Lacey, my multi-award-winning contemporary romance novel set in the steamy rain forests of Costa Rica. I took everything I learned from writing The Promise of Change and applied it to Luke and Lacey’s story. And it paid off – big.

Now, here I am, riding the thrill of publishing my third novel, Dreams of Perfection, Book #1 in the Dreams Come True series. Aptly named I think.

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So, if you’re a reader who’s always dreamed of writing and publishing , I say – go for it! You never know until you try. And if you’re a devoted reader of romance novels, thank you. Because without your love of this genre, my dreams would not have come true.

About The Author:

Rebecca has dreamed of writing since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck her a copy of Kathleen Woodiniss’ Shanna.
When not writing, she’s a practicing attorney and lives with her husband in sunny Florida.  To learn more about Rebecca, or her books , catch her at any of these popular Internet stops.

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Piper Huguley - May 14, 2014 - 7:02 am

Welcome to Petit Fours and Hot Tamales, Rebecca! Contests do function to teach newbies a great deal don’t they? I love that you’ve written a story set in Costa Rica–not a place where romances are often set, but romance must have happened there at some point! Congrats to you!

Marilyn Baron - May 14, 2014 - 7:32 am

Rebecca,
Thanks for blogging with us today and for sharing your writing journey. I think Shanna was probably my first romance, too, until I got older and got hooked on Nora Roberts. I’m from Florida, too. I wish you much success in your writing career.

Sandy Elzie - May 14, 2014 - 8:28 am

Hi Rebecca,
Love the cover…and, like Piper, I love the location of your story.

Over the years I entered a few contests, and got some great input from a few of them. That made me want to judge contests so I could “pay back” by giving someone new in the business some insights on how to improve their presentation (NEVER want to change their voice or story)

Thanks for joining us today.

Maxine Davis - May 14, 2014 - 8:42 am

Rebecca, I enjoyed your post and thanks for joining us today. Major congratulations on your jump, the the big splash you made into the world of publishing. I read Rescusing Lacey and very much enjoyed it!

joanne myers - May 14, 2014 - 10:53 am

Your book sounds great. Congrats for being an award winning author. I am still waiting for that. good luck with sales.

Karen Lopp - May 14, 2014 - 11:37 am

Wonderful post, Rebecca. Congratulations on your latest book and for the insights into your journey getting there.

Tamara LeBlanc - May 14, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your journey!
Best wishes on many, many more publications :)
Have a great afternoon,
tamara

Beth Carter - May 14, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Loved hearing about your journey. Congrats on your third novel! I’d say you’re moving pretty quickly, especially being an attorney on the side! lol. My debut novel comes out this summer and I also have three picture books published. Love this thing called writing. Best of luck!

Walt Mussell - May 14, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Rebecca, welcome to PF&HT. I’m with Piper on the location. I love the idea of a setting in Costa Rica. I was there last December on business. It’s funny hearing a radio deejay give a weather report and say something like, “it’s 82 degrees here in paradise.”

Alyssa Maxwell - May 14, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Great advice, Rebecca! Thanks for sharing, and all the best with the release of Dreams of Perfection!

Susan B James - May 14, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Love your journey. Congratulations!

Jan Washburn - May 14, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Congratulations on having the good sense to accept the critiques and rewrite your book. Some people resent criticism and never learn. Keep writing!

Sia Huff - May 14, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Congratulations, Rebecca. There is a lot to learn about the craft. Good for you not giving up. Wishing you many more books and sales.

Shelley Munro - May 14, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Congrats on your new release. Writing is all about determination and willingness to learn, to write and rewrite. I know writing can be a bumpy road, and you’re obviously driving very well! Congratulations. :)

Amy M. Reade - May 14, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Hi, Rebecca,

Congratulations and best wishes on your journey! Thanks for sharing your story.

Connie Gillam - May 14, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Hey, Rebecca-

It’s a lot harder than it looks, isn’t it? Congratulations on book number three and here’s to great sales!

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