I'm getting published!

April 18, 2007. I went through my emails and was stunned to see the words, "I have reviewed your submission, Upon Eagle's Light, and was delighted with it. I would love to offer you a contract!"

Yes, yes, yes, and yes again! I jumped out of my chair, throwing my arms up, and exclaimed,"whoo hoo, yes, yes, yes!" Then jumped up and down, screaming a bit more. Problem was there wasn't anyone else in the house to scream with me except 11 year old C who merely blinked, then immediately started calculating how many DS games I could buy him. As if.

Then I called my husband, he didn't pick up, so I called my sister, Heather, but I was so excited and talking so fast, she could barely understand me. Not to mention, we had a bad connection. So I hung up, called back, the connection was better, but I was still talking a mile a minute, breathing rapidly like I'd just run 10 laps. Okay, maybe one lap since I'm that out of shape. She got chills and it was so fun telling her because she is one of the people who knows how long and hard I've been working for this.

Called hubbie next. This time he picked up. I thought I had my breathing under control and my pace back to normal, but as soon as I started talking, I was rumbling like a boulder running down hill again. I could hardly stand the excitement. This has been my dream since I don't know how long. I clearly remember swinging on my grandparents' huge swings, back and forth, back and forth, day dreaming about what it would be like to be an actual writer and have my stories read and loved by millions. (I dreamed big back then) I couldn't have been more than eight or nine.

Anyway it's been an exciting busy week. I signed the contract with The Wild Rose Press and have found them to be wonderful, gracious, and fun people. Not the scary big bad faceless judgemental editor types at all. I'm really looking forward to getting to know them all better. (No, I am not brown nosing, they really are.) So far, I've joined in on one of their author chats, picked out a good short excerpt from my book, figured out a blurb, which was too long so my editor condensed it. Thank goodness for good editors. Let's see. Wrote a short bio about me for the author page, which they put up today, joined their author blog, and a ton of their other forums, picked out a picture of me (that was the hardest, photogenic I am not, and the picture I picked looked ok on my screen, but on theirs, I look a little sarcastic- makes me laugh), um, what else. A few other things. It's been great! What a fabulous week. I am getting published. Me. Clover Autrey. Published Author. Doesn't that sound great?
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Book Report

THE SINGER'S CROWN by Elaine Issack

I admit it. I like fantasy books that follow the basic fantasy pattern, ie: young hero finds his true and mighty destiny and gets the fiesty girl on his way to saving the world. I do enjoy those. That being said, this book broke the patterns, and I immensely enjoyed it, partly due to the differences.

The hero isn't typical-- a castrate no less, nor does he have any designs on retaking his kingdom even when others drag him in to do it. And the rest of the characters follow suit, none of them are typical of the parts they play, a few are people who annoy you, yet you come to love and admire them as their own intervowen stories progress. Even the villian, surprisingly is somewhat likeable and truly loved by many of the other characters.

And to see his brother and sister mourn over the choices he makes and try to save him, even after he has done some horrible things in front of their eyes, is masterful true to life writing.

Definitely a book worth looking in to.