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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Desert Breeze Publishing

Today it's my turn to host the Desert Breeze Birthday Blog Tour

In my mind I imagined myself sitting in a circular room with no doors. Reflected on the walls were all the ideas I needed to put onto the computer screen. I knew an unfinished manuscript would not find a publisher. At last a ray of light broke through. I had been offered my first contract.
Further down the track a strange restlessness came over me. I had been treated well but read about other authors experiences. No support and very little input into cover design. Food for thought. Should I search for a second publisher? 
On the writer’s groups I read and asked questions of editors who were invited to answer questions regarding submissions to their particular company. There were none who specialized in sweet romance. 
A light appeared appeared at the end of the tunnel when Gail of Desert Breeze Publishing answered questions on one of the loops. Her company only published sweet romance and its sub-genres. Gail sounded friendly and her answers were very informative.
I sent an query email. Would Desert Breeze be interested in a novel previously published but now out of contract? Gail replied promptly and asked me to send the manuscript. I settled down to wait for her response. To my surprise she offered me a contract for Three Hearts within 24 hours. Her promptness, businesslike manner and friendly attitude were amazing and very reassuring.
Later I found that Gail’s partner Jenifer to be equally dedicated to presenting Desert Breeze, its authors and books in the best possible light. Jenifer does the cover art - and does it beautifully I might add.
I’ve never regretted my decision to sign with Desert Breeze. Thank you Gail and Jenifer for being so supportive. Desert Breeze will release my 20th Century Historical Romance Blitz on the 1st May. Leave a comment on my blog today you will be in to win an ARC copy of Blitz.
Velma’s large family refuse to accept she is now a young woman. She falls in love with Jack and her family discuss whether he is a suitable husband for their youngest sister. She is determined to show her siblings she is now an adult and can make her own decisions. 
World War II is declared. The engaged couple are forced to cancel their white wedding only days before the service. This puts a strain on the relationship between Jack and Velma. She must choose whether to let Jack go to war as a single man, or to marry in a registry office without the support of family and friends. Can Velma survive the worry of Jack being at the front? Will it be easier to cope if they are married.
Continue with the Birthday Blog Tour - Monday 25th travel on to STEPHANIE BURKHART’s blog at


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Sue,
On the eve of ANZAC day, I couldn't not drop by and visit a Kiwi. Loved the sounds of your WW2novel. It is an era that I don't think is written about enough.



Sue Perkins said...

Thanks Margaret, I'm actually in England at the moment waiting for my grandson to arrive and collect his Easter Egg. Thanks for the comment.

StephB said...

Blitz sounds great! I love a romance set during war time because it really amps up the romance. Thanks for sharing your story. Glad to be a fellow author with you at Desert Breeze!

Happy Easter!


Theresa Stillwagon said...

WW2 is one of my favorite times in history. Your book sounds great.

Linda Swift said...

Sue, I love to read about this time period and want to write a story set then but haven't yet.
Blitz sounds wonderful and I'd love to read it. I wish you much success with this book. Linda

Sue Perkins said...

Thank you all for your comments. Steph, nice to have you as a fellow author too. You are a great example to us all.

Sadie and Sophie said...

Hi, Sue,

Enjoyed hearing how you discovered Desert Breeze. Gail and Jenifer make it seem like a breeze, don't they? Keep up the great work!

Love from the east,
Sophie and Sadie

Diane Craver said...

Hi Sue,

Sorry I'm a day late. My husband and I usually have all the holiday dinners for our family.

I enjoyed reading about your positive experience with Desert Breeze. I'm glad you submitted to our publisher!

Blitz sounds like a wonderful story!

Gina said...

Hi Sue! You blog is just lovely and I really enjoyed your post :-) Sorry I am a day late to the party, Easter was quite hectic. I hope you had an enjoyable day!!! You must be so excited about Blitz - I know I am, I can't wait to read it! Good luck.

And Happy Birthday, Desert Breeze!!


Gina said...

I see you're in England, will you be attending the Royal Wedding? What's the frenzy like? ;-)

Danielle Thorne said...

What a beautiful blog! Good luck with your books!