I’ve never had a first sale in the traditional sense. I didn’t submit a manuscript to a publisher or agent and then get “the call”. On the urging of a co-worker I entered my manuscript of Noble Satyr in the $10,000 Random House/Woman’s Day Romantic Fiction Prize, an Australia/New Zealand/Pacific wide competition looking for the “next big thing” in romance fiction. The competition received 2,000+ entries and was judged by a panel of publishers, librarians, and writing luminaries. And I won!
This all happened back in 1996. I received a check for $10,000, a publishing contract, and advertising in Australia’s biggest circulating women’s magazine at the time The Woman’s Day. The publisher changed the title to The Dangerous Game because she didn’t know the meaning of the word “satyr”. The Dangerous Game was also a short-listed finalist for the Romantic Book of the Year also known as the RBY—the Romance Writers of Australia equivalent of the Rita.
When I got my rights back, I changed the title back to Noble Satyr (much more fitting!), added 20,000 words and published it as the Director’s Cut. Noble Satyr has gone on to receive further accolades and is a Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Medalist, and a B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree.
A classic Beauty and the Beast tale set in the 1740s aristocratic world of France and England, Noble Satyr is the prequel to the award-winning Roxton Family Saga series of books. It is available as an ebook, paperback, hardback, casebound, and audiobook (narrated by British actor Alex Wyndham).
Noble Satyr is the first in the Roxton Family Saga to receive a cover “make over” (the rest of the books in the series will too!).
As an author I asked myself “What cover would I have if I could have anything I want?” and this is the result. I hope you love it as much as I do! You can read all about the process from concept to cover creation on my blog and watch the Behind the Scenes Video of the photo shoot HERE.
Good luck in the draw!
The first book in Lucinda’s popular Roxton Family Saga, Noble Satyr has won multiple awards!
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