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 a monthly contest with great prizes,
  TWO sparkling boxed sets
of Fabulous Firsts containing the first book in each of 12 beloved series.
lots and lots of great books!
 and a Salon on Facebook where we talk all things historical romance
and throw fabulous parties!

Come see what’s happening there this month,
but don’t forget to enter the giveaway (below) first!

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February Giveaway!

Win a $50 gift certificate to the ebook retailer of your choice (B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Amazon, or Google Play)!

Read about how our February Jewel sold her first book, then answer two simple questions and you’re entered!

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My Writer’s Journey
by Cheryl Bolen

I am very fortunate to be able to make a living doing the one thing I’ve always loved best: writing. I can still remember the thrill I derived when my third-grade teacher (a nun) explained topic sentences and gave us permission to write a paragraph of our choice. That was the first time I’d enjoyed school. I had found not only something I enjoyed but also something at which I was good.

I was a fairly average student in high school but found a subject at which I excelled–journalism. What a thrill it was when I was a senior to realize I could major in journalism. With a journalism degree I would be able to earn a wage doing what I enjoyed most.

Equipped with that journalism degree, I did indeed earn money over the next two decades, some of it part time while being a stay-at-home mom and 12 years full time.

During those youthful “mommy” years I also began to write novels. Without the ability to network with other authors (there was no Romance Writers of America) and ignorant of the publishing process, I never came close to selling those early romantic suspense books, but I never stopped trying. Okay, I did stop when No. 1 Son was a four-sport letterman in high school and was playing several days and nights a week. I never missed a game. I was also working full time.

Turning 40 changed my life. I felt life was passing me by, and I wasn’t accomplishing what I really wanted. I wanted to write novels. Over margaritas, a whiney me confessed my woes to my husband. He gave me incredible encouragement and pledged to do anything he could to help me achieve my dreams.

Celebrating my first sale

Owing to my friend Paulette Heidbreder, I discovered critique groups, writing organizations, then RWA. I got really serious. I gave up television. After working all day as a journalist, I’d write every night. I brought fresh pages to every week’s critique group. I went to conferences. I entered contests. I did well in contests.

An early book signing

Three years after joining RWA, I got The Call from a New York editor offering me a $5,000 advance to publish my first novel. It was the seventh I’d written. It only took 25 years from the creation of my first novel in my early twenties to getting that call in 1997.

My 39th book came out last month, and I still love that I can do what I love.

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