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Confessions from the MOB

By Marilyn Baron                       Just like the character, Julie, in my new, humorous coming-of-middle-age women’s fiction, Stones, I am planning a wedding. They say life imitates art, which may be true because my character is planning her son’s wedding and I am planning my daughter’s […]

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Sandy Elzie - October 21, 2014 - 1:03 am

Hi Marilyn,
I can’t wait to go on vacation so I can have time to read your book. MOB??? Oh yeah. I shopped and shopped and then ordered a designer dress. It arrived, but wasn’t the size they ordered. They had to reorder and it arrived two days before the wedding…barely time enough to alter the length.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 6:44 am

Sandy,
I was surprised how far in advance you have to order the dresses because they’re made overseas. My next stop would have been to a department store but they might not have had the size I needed. I’m glad you got your dress in time but that was cutting it close. That was aggravation you don’t need when planning a wedding.

Diane Burton - October 21, 2014 - 8:06 am

I’ll preface my comment with I HATE SHOPPING. However, I was the MOG in August. Dress shopping? Yuck. But I found the perfect outfit in an exclusive (read “expensive”) shop that caters to women of a “certain size.” Unfortunately it wasn’t in my size. Since it had to be specially ordered, I had to pay up front and it was mine–whether it fit or not. I dithered about that for a week before my hairdresser suggested a department store where she’d found a dress for a wedding. They had one for me. I liked it, it was flattering, and half the price of the other one. Surprising what you can find. Funny thing, though, the MOB wore the same color. Bride didn’t mind. Interestingly, at my daughter’s wedding, the MOG and I wore the same color. Navy blue is popular in August as well as November.

Loved STONES. Enjoy the wedding.

Lynn Crain - October 21, 2014 - 9:11 am

I’ve had the very same dilemma myself. It’s always interesting to see just how the bride wants things to be. LOL!

Looks like a great story, Marilyn. Here’s wishing you many, many sales.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 9:15 am

Diane,

It’s funny you wrote about women of the certain size and my novel Stones is about women of a certain age. I love Navy, not sure it goes with powder blue. A friend of mine who was Mother of the Groom wore a long navy dress and the bridesmaids dresses were navy too and it looked beautiful. I didn’t think anyone would have a problem with a MOB or MOG dress that was the same or similar color as the bridesmaid dresses as long as they blended. The dress I bought happens to be my favorite color so I was happy. I loved the store where I bought the dresses but would have been happy to get it at a department store if I could find my size Thanks for commenting and making me laugh.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 9:18 am

Lynn,
Thanks for commenting. I don’t think my daughter would care what color my dress was as long as it didn’t clash with the bridesmaid dresses. I don’t think she’d even care then but it does look nice in the pictures if everyone wears colors that look good together. I sent a picture of my dress to the future mother-in-law so our dresses wouldn’t clash. Thanks for your good wishes about the book.

Maureen Bonatch - October 21, 2014 - 10:37 am

Love the excerpt (and lol over Barnyard :) Sounds like a great story!

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 11:48 am

Maureen, Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked the excerpt.

susan coryell - October 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Marilyn: I loved STONES and I have 3 married kids – 2 sons and a daughter. Shopping for Mother of-Bride/Groom was hard for me for all the same reasons you pointed out. I ended up getting two of the three from catalogs and for the THIRD wedding I actually borrowed a lovely long linen yellow dress from a neighbor. Don’t forget the accessories! Loved your post and good luck with STONES.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Susan,

I’m so glad you enjoyed reading Stones. The yellow linen dress sounds beautiful. I love yellow but don’t see many dresses in that color in the stores. I think my daughter is going to use a lot of yellow roses in the wedding. Catalogs would be hard for me because how can you tell your size and then when the dress comes in it would have to be altered. I’m all about the accessories. I’d love to borrow some of the jewelry mentioned in the book, especially the emerald necklace. Thanks for your comments.

Connie Gillam - October 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Congratulations to your daughter, Marilyn.

Only two of my three children are married. One eloped and the other had a small (read inexpensive)wedding. This daughter was playing to go to the Justice of the Peace. I said I’d plan a quick small wedding for her. (My SIL was shipping out to Afghanistan.) I was so busy shopping for food and getting the house ready, I didn’t have time to shop for me. I had a lovely red dress that served the purpose.

M.J. Schiller, Romance Author - October 21, 2014 - 4:20 pm

I have a friend planning a wedding for her daughter and it’s such a production these days. We’ve been out of the wedding scene for a while so I hadn’t even heard of candy bars (other than the Snickers and Milky Way variety) and there seems to be a lot more thought going into favors, and decorations, etc. I don’t know if I’m up for that yet! Your book sounds great. I love a little wit thrown in! Best wishes for the bride and groom and Stones!

Marilyn baron - October 21, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Connie,
I’m sure it was a wonderful wedding and the marriage is the important thing. And you always look good. Thanks for commenting.

Marilyn Baron - October 21, 2014 - 5:12 pm

MJ,
Thanks for commenting. Production is exactly the right word for what this wedding is. I’m sure I don’t even know half of what is involved. We’ve made the major decisions, but there are so many details to think about. Thanks for your good wishes about the bride and groom and Stones.

R.T. Wolfe - October 22, 2014 - 7:58 am

Ha! Love it!
-R.T .Wolfe

Marilyn Baron - October 22, 2014 - 11:28 am

RT,
Thanks for commenting.

What I Learned at the 2014 Moonlight & Magnolias Conference

By Pam Asberry I got step-by-step directions on how to create an author website on WordPress. I heard some great tips on how to write for the young adult market. I learned how to create great characters and how to add more conflict to my stories and how to revise them once they are finished. […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 20, 2014 - 5:23 am

Pam,
Don’t give up on your dream. Your post proves you are a great writer. It was so well written. And you finaled in the Maggie’s! You could start by finishing the book you finaled with. New Adult is popular and you can mention the Maggie final in your query letter. Or start something new that will hold your interest and help you find your voice. Im glad you’re feeling better.

Pam - October 20, 2014 - 9:04 am

Go Pam go! This is more than a post, it’s a manifesto! You can do this! And as a panster myself, if you ever want to share how you got over it, I will be here for you. :)

sandra Elzie - October 20, 2014 - 9:28 am

Pam,
Now that’s the attitude it takes to reach your goal. Atta Girl!!
BTW, I was so sorry you were sick and MIA for most of Saturday’s events. I wish you the best in the health arena…and in your dream/goal of writing for the “tradionally published” market.

Susan Carlisle - October 20, 2014 - 11:35 am

Pam,
I have all the faith in the world that you can do it. I fully expect you name to be up in lights or at least in black and white of the NYC Times list. I look forward to that day.

Connie Gillam - October 20, 2014 - 12:31 pm

You’re a talented and creative individual-that’s a given. Making time for your writing can be as simply as writing 15 minutes before turning out the lights or setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier in the morning.

You can do it! And you have a support team-PFHT.

Pam Asberry - October 20, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Thanks to all of you for your votes of confidence! I sincerely hope to make you proud!

Tanya A. - October 20, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Pam, thank you for sharing your M&M experience. This is a great post, and I’m sure you’ll take the positive thoughts from M&M and push forward to fulfill your goals and aspirations. It sounds like you’re formulating a plan to finish stories and submit them. That’s a huge step. With the encouragement of the people you met at M&M and your fellow chapter mates (I’m proud to be a GRW member myself), you have a lot of people rooting for you to make your dreams a reality.

Walt Mussell - October 20, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Pam, don’t give up your dream. And you point out something very important about this past M&M, there was so much to do that there didn’t seem to be enough time.

Day Trips in Georgia – Andersonville

by Sandra Elzie What can be said about the Civil War that hasn’t already been said before?  It started with each side expecting to win in a very short period of time and return to their homes…and ended up being a long, drawn out, war with hundreds of thousands of men maimed and killed.  Brothers […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 17, 2014 - 2:09 am

Great post. I’ve never been there but would like to go.

Connie Gillam - October 17, 2014 - 9:47 am

My husband takes a group of students from his Viet Nam history class to Andersonville every year. In addition to the Civil War the museum has displays on all the conflicts since the Revolutionary War.

Piper - October 17, 2014 - 9:54 am

That’s it. I’ve got to get down there. Great post Sandy!

Walt Mussell - October 17, 2014 - 10:32 pm

This sounds like a great day trip. My kids love history.

sandra Elzie - October 18, 2014 - 12:28 am

Hi Marilyn,
It’s not all that far…just a couple of hours for you, so maybe you can make it down.

sandra Elzie - October 18, 2014 - 12:30 am

Hi Connie,
I found Andersonville very interesting…and sad. It’s a good lesson, I think, for kids to learn about an internal conflict in our country that cost so much…not only in lives, but in morale, property, etc.

sandra Elzie - October 18, 2014 - 12:31 am

I think you’d find it very interesting. I spent almost $100 in the bookstore, so be careful. :)

sandra Elzie - October 18, 2014 - 12:33 am

Hi Walt,
Hope you get your guys down one of these days to see it. There’s a lot about it that I didn’t go in to that they’d probably find very interesting if they love history.

Thank you all for dropping by.

Heart 2 Heart

by Carol Burnside Introducing… Heart 2 Heart, a short story collection by Carol Burnside. Ten flash fiction to long short stories in three sections! Cover art for Heart 2 Heart by CCR Book Cover Design. – See more at: http://www.petitfoursandhottamales.com/?p=22558#sthash.VdxvgDBS.dpuf Heart 2 Heart, a short story collection by Carol Burnside. Ten flash fiction to long […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 16, 2014 - 5:28 am

Carol,
What a great concept and I love the cover and headline. Best of luck. It was great seeing you at M&M.

sandra Elzie - October 16, 2014 - 7:54 am

Carol,
You’ve been busy. Congrats on the upcoming release and wishes for great success. (great cover, btw)

Connie Gillam - October 16, 2014 - 10:17 am

I’m in awe of you, Carol. Congratulations on the compilations.

Carol Burnside - October 16, 2014 - 4:47 pm

Thanks, everyone! It’s been a whirlwind.

Loved seeing all of you at M&M.

Walt Mussell - October 16, 2014 - 10:19 pm

What’s good about short stories like this is the ability to read them between half-innings at a baseball game.

Piper - October 17, 2014 - 9:55 am

I’m with Connie. I’m in awe of anyone who can write flash fiction. Congrats!

October Release – WATCH FOR THE DAWN

  FROM CYBER DUST TO PUBLISHED By Sandra Elzie/Sandra McGregor How many of us have written stories in the past that we hope will never see the light of day? Come on, at least a few of you must know what I’m talking about. We wrote them in the beginning of our careers and thought […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 15, 2014 - 4:44 am

Sandy,
I love your new story concept and the cover and the fact that you dusted it off to see the light of day. And I love the giveaway. I won one of yours before and it was so nice. I’ve written serial killers on a college campus in my novel Homecoming Homicides and it even scared me. It’s like going to the dark side. I had a cute dog in mine too. Most of my stories feature my late dog, a Bichon Frise.

You are encouraging me to dig out one of my own stories, a paranormal, that is hidden in my computer.

I also like the fact that today, we as writers can go from dark to light.
Best of luck with the new book.

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 6:28 am

Hi Marilyn,
Hope you enjoy using the Flash Drive you won on the McGregor blog. I also hope you read and enjoy Watch For The Dawn. Yes, it’s an exciting time for writers. I have several other old, dusty stories that I thoroughly enjoyed writing that I might bring to the light of day sometime. Stay tuned !! :)

Piper - October 15, 2014 - 7:47 am

Congrats on your release Sandra! I love the look of the ornaments–so historical. Thanks for showing the way in excavating your work. I have some contemporaries that may see the light one day–I’ll have to think about it!

Maxine Davis - October 15, 2014 - 7:58 am

Sandy, this sounds like a book I will definitely read. Good luck on, yet another, release this year. Way to go!

Connie Gillam - October 15, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Congratulations on your new release, Sandy.

I’m overhauling a previously written thriller that I hope will be ready by the first of the new year.

Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn - October 15, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Congrats on the new release, Sandy. It’s fun to dust off dusty stories, make them better and release them. Best of luck with your book launch!

Walt Mussell - October 15, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Sandy, I don’t think never see the light of the day should be the issue. I think it’s now that it can see the light of day, when we think it’s ready.

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Hi Piper,
Sure hope you share your other stories with us some day.

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Hi Maxine,
Thanks, I hope you enjoy it. It’s already showing great sales, so hope everyone likes it.

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Hi Connie,
A thriller? I can’t wait!

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Thanks, Carol. I have a couple of other dusty ones that might…..just might….see the light of day sometime.

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Walt, what a wise thought. You’re right. This is this particular book’s time for release. :)

Trudy - October 15, 2014 - 10:24 pm

I’ve been waiting for this one because I love dogs in stories. This has been sitting on my Kindle bookshelf for days waiting for me to finish Behind Door 2.

sandra Elzie - October 15, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Hi Trudy,
Sure hope you enjoy Watch For The Dawn…and Rusty, the canine wonder. :) Yes, I know you love dogs…don’t you have four of the little critters? Anyway, thanks for dropping by.

Your Character’s Emotions by Constance Gillam

    The key, in my opinion, to a great reading experience is to establish an emotional connection between the reader and the characters. I struggle with bringing that emotion to life on the page and would be interested in how others do it. How do you as the writer tap into emotions? Sometimes I use music […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 14, 2014 - 5:40 am

Music is a great way to tap into emotion.

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:18 am

It’s hard to get music to tap into emotions for historical characters, but I often find that the words of a song can be very expressive in tuning in to that character’s feelings at just that particular moment.

Sandy Elzie - October 14, 2014 - 9:38 am

I close my eyes and spend a few minutes thinking through the ENTIRE situation my character is in. For instance, I was writing my hero being furious beyond words with his father and…with the control of a military soldier…he executed a turn and left…but I wanted something more. After thinking about it, I added that his father’s demands for him not to leave faded as he strode down the hall and exited the back door. It took putting myself literally in his skin to realize that he was distancing himself not only physically from his father, but from his father’s verbal tirade. When he stepped outside and quietly closed the door, it was finished.

Pam Asberry - October 14, 2014 - 10:18 am

For my NaNoWriMo novel I am filling out character worksheets. I am hoping that knowing more about them will help me tap more deeply into their emotions.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 12:10 pm

I agree with you, Marilyn. The trick is finding the right music for your character.

Carol Burnside - October 14, 2014 - 12:14 pm

When I’m writing, I have to step into the character. I have an empathetic stream a mile wide, so it doesn’t take much to put me in their shoes, especially with their backstory reminding me how they would feel. After that, it’s a matter of body language and judging how they’d react to the situation.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Piper-

I think you can do it for historical stories. You’d select classical instrumental pieces rather than a piece with vocals that express contemporary sentiment.
But you’re right, a music can only speak to the character’s emotions at that particular moment or scene.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 12:23 pm

That’s a nice touch, Sandy. I could feel that scene.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 12:24 pm

Pam-

Using music as a way of tapping into their emotions should be very easy for you.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Carol, you are so lucky. Send some of that empathic ability my way.

Piper - October 14, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Maybe for a certain type of historical Connie, but classical music does not take me there for mine. To me, it’s more difficult to tap into the emotions of the characters–hence my use of contemporary music that expresses the same emotion. I’m transported back into the time period far easier–I don’t need the music of the time period for that.

Maxine Davis - October 14, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Music helps – sometimes classical with ocean sounds o sounds of he woods. I like having the “movie’ play in my head” and “seeing” what happens.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 4:22 pm

You’re so right, Piper. I was focused on the historical part not the fact that classical music would not fit 19th African American life.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Maxine-

Background music can clear your mind so you can visualize better.

Tanya A. - October 14, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Connie, Thank you for making me think about how music can help create emotional strings that help that character resonate with the reader.

Sometimes this is hard for me since I’ve had characters who go places where country music is played while I love alternative and big band music. But I can definitely see how music can help not only provide a positive environment for the author to write but also provide characters with more endearing qualities and more sensory opportunities (hearing the music and any touching during dancing).

Thanks for the thought provoking blog.

Connie Gillam - October 14, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Thanks, Tanya for commenting. I’m glad the blog helped you and your writing.

Walt Mussell - October 14, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Since I write a lot of Japan-related stuff, I tend to use music on Japanese classical instruments as a way to keep myself going when I’m writing. It helps.

God’s Timing–a Call Story

By Piper Huguley I never thought that when I got “the call,” I would have to chose between two offers.  I always assumed that I would have no choice—I would just have to go with whomever offered to me. It didn’t happen that way. Also, if it weren’t for Twitter and Facebook, no contract. Both […]

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Marilyn Baron - October 13, 2014 - 4:12 am

Piper,
What a great story about when you got “The Call.”
Congratulations.

Pam Asberry - October 13, 2014 - 4:19 am

That’s fantastic Piper! Congratulations and continued success! I can’t wait to see your books in print!

Piper - October 13, 2014 - 7:57 am

Thank you for your kind words Marilyn!

Piper - October 13, 2014 - 7:58 am

Thank you for stopping by Pam and for your kind words! I appreciate it!

LaTessa Montgomery - October 13, 2014 - 8:05 am

Wow, great story about this phase of your journey Piper! “The Call” stories are always inspiring. So happy for you and the home you found for your series. Congrats!

And it was wonderful meeting you this past weekend at M&M 14!

Louise B - October 13, 2014 - 8:05 am

You’re right. I love to read call stories, and I am SO glad your series will be published. If I remember correctly, Champion’s Heart was one of the Bledsoe sisters. Will this one also be published.

I can very much understand the not ready feeling. I had that until I wrote my GH final book which eventually sold (long time ago). But until that book, I knew I wasn’t ready–and I wasn’t.

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 8:10 am

So glad to hear I’m not the only one, Louise. Thank you so much for your support! I signed for the first three and hopefully they will do well enough for them to want Delie and Champion too! We will see! Thank you for stopping by!

Joanna Shupe - October 13, 2014 - 8:16 am

Loved this story, Piper! Looking forward to reading them and watching all your success!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 8:16 am

I knew I wasn’t the only one who loved call stories, LaTessa! Thank you so much for stopping by and it was great meeting you this weekend as well!

Kennedy Ryan - October 13, 2014 - 8:16 am

Piper, I could not be happier for you! And to have seen how your path has unfolded has been a testimony of your strength, patience and confidence in your gift! And your confidence in God’s timing! Congratulations, my friend! So glad we got Ruby “off the corner” and into the perfect home! :-) Love!

Caroline Warfield - October 13, 2014 - 8:18 am

That’s a great story Piper. God’s time isn’t always our time, but in your case, I think it was.

Farrah Rochon - October 13, 2014 - 8:20 am

Wow! What a fabulous call story. It gave me chills to read how everything fell into place. Certainly God’s timing. Congrats, Piper!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 8:21 am

Thank you my fellow Lucky, Joanna! I’m very much looking forward to your trilogy as well–here’s to 2015 for the both of us! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 8:22 am

Kennedy,

Thanks to your steadfast support and words of encouragement, I see Ruby warm and safely inside a home. :) I always appreciated the lifting up–even when you might not have thought the words mattered–they did!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 8:24 am

You just never know, right Caroline? I have a very vivid memory of Latoya behind that door and wanting to walk inside. It’s always best to go on faith. Thank you very much for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 8:28 am

I know right, Farrah? Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by! I’m looking forward to your post here on the Petite Fours and Hot Tamales on Oct. 29!

AE Jones - October 13, 2014 - 8:35 am

Piper -

So happy for you. Perseverance pays off! So glad to see you a role model for hybrid too!

AE

Julie - October 13, 2014 - 8:45 am

Love, love, love this story! I also see it as you knowing that God also requires us to take a RISK in faith, to do the work as God works on the timing.

Continued blessings, buddy!

Peace, Julie

Shelia Brown - October 13, 2014 - 8:51 am

Good story Piper. It looks like God was ordering your steps. God’s timing is always right. I enjoyed reading The Preacher’s Promise. So happy we got to read about Virgil and Amanda—a wonderful story.

Belle Calhoune - October 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

I love your call story, Piper. You are such a fantastic writer and this was bound to happen, unless of course publishers are crazy. I have loved your two books so far and I know I will love these three upcoming books published through Samhain. YAY for Piper.

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:05 am

Thank you A.E.! So glad to see you zooming up the charts with your great stories! Congrats and thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:07 am

Thank you Julie, for reminding me of my word for 2014! Leaving it all in God’s hands is a leap of faith that has to be taken, for sure. Thank you for stopping by!

Delaney Diamond - October 13, 2014 - 9:07 am

Hi Piper,

I’m happy for you that things worked out just the way you wanted. I can’t wait to see what Samhain does with your books. Wishing you much, much success!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:08 am

Sheila,

So glad that you stopped by! And please know I’m not abandoning Milford College–there will just be more stories in another part of Georgia. Thank you for your kind words about the Preacher’s Promise. I appreciate them!

Leslie Wright - October 13, 2014 - 9:09 am

What an inspiring story! Congrats. Latoya is awesome! Can’t wait to read!

Miranda Liasson - October 13, 2014 - 9:14 am

Great call story!

Miranda Liasson - October 13, 2014 - 9:16 am

Great call story, Piper! Congrats! Perserverance pays!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:18 am

Belle, your support and role modeling has meant so much to me on this journey. Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:19 am

Thank you so much Delaney! I have admired the way that you have put yourself out there and I appreciate the care in how you have approached your career. So thank you!

Unoma - October 13, 2014 - 9:23 am

Love this story. Congrats Piper!! Now I know you are in Atlanta, we have to get together!
Way to go.

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:24 am

Thank you so much Leslie! I’m looking forward to working with her. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:25 am

Thank you Miranda! You inspired me!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:26 am

Yes we surely do, Unoma! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!

Kay Hudson - October 13, 2014 - 9:35 am

Congratulations, Piper! Great news and great story, all about the right place and the right time.

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

Yes indeed Kay! And the opportunity happens in strange places. I refused to get a Facebook account for the longest time. I’ll always wonder about how wise that was. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words!

Jessica Ruddick - October 13, 2014 - 9:51 am

Congrats, Piper! I bet it was actually stressful to have multiple offers–a good problem to have, but stressful nonetheless. It sounds like you made a great decision, though. I wish you much publishing success!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 9:54 am

It was more difficult than I thought it would be to tell the truth, Jessica. As you said, people say “a good problem to have” but then it means that someone is going to be hurt and there’s a loss there. So you are right. I’m looking forward to your publishing success, though, my fellow Dreamweaver! It was good to see you this week end and big congrats on the Maggie win!

Mary Curry - October 13, 2014 - 10:03 am

Congratulations again, Piper. I loved reading your call story, but this –

One more thing about God’s timing– 2015 was my target date all along—it is the one hundred year anniversary of the start of the Great Migration–the historical event that is the backdrop of the “Migrations of the Heart” series.

That just makes me smile.

Enjoy this new stage of your journey.

Laura Trentham - October 13, 2014 - 10:09 am

Call stories are my favorite! I love reading about how other people have achieved publication or nabbed agents, because everyone’s path is so unique. So happy to be at the same house! (And, my second book with Samhain is coming in November 2015 too!)

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 10:10 am

Thank you so much Mary. It is amazing how things work out isn’t it? I had this idea in 2011 to commemorate the historical occasion and it worked out! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 10:12 am

Everyone’s path is unique Laura, but people can get ideas from them as well, which is why it is important to share! Thank you so much for stopping by my Dreamweaver and Samhain sis! :)

Velmer - October 13, 2014 - 10:16 am

Hi Piper,
What a wonderful story. I’m so glad the sisters found a home. I feel as tho I’ve been waiting on my sister to come home ever since I found your blog and heard about Ruby….

Dana R Lynn - October 13, 2014 - 10:21 am

I loved reading your call story Piper. What a terrific ending/beginning for you! I can’t wait to read them. You know I’ve been a fan since SYTYCW 13.

Connie Gillam - October 13, 2014 - 10:22 am

Congratulations, Piper!

What a great story. I’m happy you found a home for your Migration series and you couldn’t have made a better choice. LaToya is a great editor.

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 10:25 am

I know that’s right Velmer! So true! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 10:26 am

Thank you Dana! It’s so important because we can learn from these stories to keep on, and not to give up! I know I learned from your call story as well! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 10:27 am

Thank you Connie, for the kind words and support! I appreciate it very much!

Vanessa Riley - October 13, 2014 - 10:47 am

Congrats Piper. I am so glad your series has a home. God’s timing is the only one that works.

Lenora Bell - October 13, 2014 - 11:06 am

Piper, that’s such an awesome story! Obviously, your new editor believes in you and your stories. I’m so excited for you. Congratulations!

Elaine Manders - October 13, 2014 - 11:08 am

Piper, super congrats and so deserving. I got all weepy reading your story. I’ll be cheering you on and I still say you’re going to be the name in inspiration African-American history.

Amy Patrick/Amy DeLuca - October 13, 2014 - 11:44 am

Yay Piper! I do believe in God’s timing and that all things happen for a reason. I’m so proud to call you my Lucky Dreamweaver sister and so happy for you!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 11:46 am

Amen to that Vanessa Riley!! Thank you for all you do and for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 11:47 am

Thank you Lenora! I’m glad that she does after hearing for so long how niche I am! Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 11:48 am

Thank you Elaine! Not to make you weepy, but your support over the past few years has meant so much. It was good to finally meet you in person, as well as your lovely daughter. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 11:49 am

Thank you for your kind words Amy DeLuca and for joining me in this journey my Lucky Dreamweaver sister! I’m happy for you too!

Pat Simmons - October 13, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Piper, my heart is full of rejoicing for your blessing, because readers and other authors share in your blessings.
God is good!
Pat

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Yes He is Pat! And I’m rejoicing that you’ve left a comment on this blog post! Thank you so much for stopping by–you are amazing!

Sonali Dev - October 13, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Oh Piper, this is such a great story! And totally something I knew was going to happen.

Many hugs and here’s to many many sales.

Sonali

Darcy Woods - October 13, 2014 - 1:13 pm

What a WONDERFUL story, Piper!!! I have sometimes found that when you release something, it can return to you even bigger than you imagined. You and your editor sound so very meant to be. It makes my heart smile. :)

Missy Tippens - October 13, 2014 - 1:46 pm

So exciting!! Congratulations, Piper!! :)

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Sonali,

Thank you my dear Lucky! Hugs to you as well and looking forward to your big splash soon!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Missy,

It is exciting isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by the blog today!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Darcy my lovely Lucky. I know from whence you speak and trust me, it will happen for you with a cosmically-appropriate enormity. Because you deserve it so. Thank you for your kind words, which made my heart smile, and thank you for coming by the blog today!

Preslaysa Williams - October 13, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Love it! Congratulations again!

Sandra Owens - October 13, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Piper,

That’s a fantastic story, and I’m so happy for you. Congratulations, and tons and tons of yahs!!!!!!!!

Sheila Athens - October 13, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Great story, Piper! So happy for you!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Thank you so much Preslaysa! I appreciate all of your support!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Thank you for the yahs and congrats, Sandra! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Tomorrow’s the big day for you Sheila, so I’m especially grateful you took the time to stop by! Thank you!

Carol Burnside - October 13, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Congratulations, Piper! This is awesome news and I know your series will do well. I love your stories and am looking forward to reading more.

Piper Huguley - October 13, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Thank you so much for your support Carol! I appreciate that you took the time to share your kind words with me!

cilla - October 13, 2014 - 7:06 pm

Piper… Patience is a virture. You showed that you were patient and not expecting an answer right away.. just moving on to the next plan. I love hearing how authors are notified or receive “the call”. Congratulations.

Tanya A. - October 13, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Congratulations, Piper. I admire your hard work and persistence. Loved your story, and am looking forward to more great writing from you.

Melissa Scriven - October 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Piper, that was a great story, congratulations!

Sandy Elzie - October 13, 2014 - 10:22 pm

Piper,
Congratulations! You deserve the fantastic opportunity. Go Girl!

Walt Mussell - October 13, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Piper, this is wonderful news. You deserve it!!!

Natalie Monk - October 13, 2014 - 10:26 pm

My word, Piper!!! This is beyond awesome! Can’t wait to see these amazing stories in print! I love the part about 2015 being the 100th anniversary of the Great Migration. How amazingly providential!!!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:13 am

Me too Cilla! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by today!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:15 am

Thank you so much Tanya A. It’s hard sometimes, you know? It’s a lesson learned for sure. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:15 am

Sandy,

Thank you for the kind congrats and for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:16 am

Walt, I appreciate what you say, but I feel more than me, the story deserves it. If Historical Romance is to survive, there has to be more than one story. That’s why stories like ours must get out there one day. Thank you for the support!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thanks Natalie! And I just couldn’t help but marvel at the timing. That’s amazing too. Thank you for stopping by!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thank you so much Melissa! I appreciate it that you took the time to stop by and comment! Thank you!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 8:49 am

Thank you so much for the kind words and congrats everyone! I appreciate the support and love!

The winner of the $10 Amazon gift card is Velmer Killensworth!

Sean Young - October 14, 2014 - 10:18 am

Piper,
What a wonderful story. LaToya is a beautiful person and a very talented editor. Congratulations to you!!

Piper Huguley - October 14, 2014 - 10:37 am

Thank you, Sean for stopping by and conveying your kind words. I appreciate it! Please come by again!

Carrie Padgett - October 14, 2014 - 8:05 pm

I love this story, Piper! I’m soooo thrilled for you!

Piper - October 15, 2014 - 7:48 am

Thank you so much Carrie! I appreciate it! Thank you for stopping by!

Sherida Stewart - October 17, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Love your “call/email” story, Piper! I hadn’t heard the FABULOUS news until last Sunday, so I’m late with my congratulations to you. Yes, sounds like God’s PERFECT timing and a perfect home for your stories. Blessings, prayers, and CONGRATULATIONS!

Piper Huguley - October 17, 2014 - 6:56 pm

That’s fine, Sherida, Congrats are always okay. I appreciate all of your words of support and encouragement over the past few years and I cannot wait to do the same for you! Thank you for stopping by!

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