Hey all! Time to post an update of general happenings in the life of Sharon! In truth life has been fairly quiet for me lately. But, I have learned that “quiet” is a relative term. I am always doing something, after all. So here goes….
Today I am over at our joint Sourcebooks Casablanca Authors Blogspot. We are spending the first half of the month with the theme “the pursuit of happiness” in honor of our American Independence celebration. I did chat a bit about how I pursue happiness, but also took the time to give a mini-history lesson on our Founding Fathers, especially investigating what they meant by this evocative phrase. Stop in, read and learn, and say Hi!
In Pursuit of Happiness by Sharon Lathan at Casablanca
I did send out a newsletter on July 1 st. Hopefully those of you on my mailing list opened it and enjoyed the tasty tidbit from In The Arms of Mr. Darcy. See, there are advantages to being on my mailing list! Newsletters will be sent out periodically when I can, but I am trying to compose one on a more frequent basis.
Another way to be kept informed is by joining my Facebook Fanpage. It is far easier to post quick blurbs there so if you are on Facebook, become a follower to know instantly what I am doing.
Amazon Alert: I saw that Amazon has finally gotten their act together and have In The Arms of Mr. Darcy and A Darcy Christmas listed as available for pre-order. Hopefully it will stay that way, but with how Amazon has been functioning lately I would not be shocked to find it unlisted tomorrow! More online purchasing websites are adding them both on as well and I have updated the purchasing pages accordingly.
In the writing world I finally typed The End on the fifth Darcy Saga volume. WhooHoo!! I have sent it off to my editor, Deb Werksman, who will begin her editing toward the end of July. Publication is scheduled for April 2011 – MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! It looks like the title is to stay The Trouble With Mr. Darcy. Of course we all know these things can change, but it appears to be a favorite and I have to admit it has grown on me and fits with the events in this installment of the tale. I am SO proud of how it turned out!! It clocked in at roughly 135,000 words, making it about the same size as My Dearest Mr. Darcy. Edits may change that slightly, but probably not too much. Nothing on covers as yet.
Now I am turning my attentions to the novel on Georgiana. Chats with my editor are all favorable but I confess that I will breathe easier once a contract is signed. So continue to cross fingers that there will be no hitches in that respect. Nothing is certain in the publishing world. But I am hopeful and happy with how the novel is shaping up. The muse is at full force and creative juices are aflowin’!
In the immediate weeks ahead I will be boarding a plane with my husband and two children for our summer vacation. We have planned a special excursion this year. Our agenda includes visiting my father and family in Mississippi, my brother and family in Pensacola, and then heading to Orlando. I visited with my dad two years ago on a road trip with my sister, but for my hubby and kids it has been over 6 years since they saw grandpa and never in the South. This will be a real treat. My brother and family we saw last year while visiting with my mom prior to her death, but again, they haven’t been to Florida. Sadly I hear the white beaches of Pensacola aren’t so white any more, but we will still have a wonderful time.
While in Orlando we will spend several days at Walt Disney World and Epcot, an adventure we are extremely excited about. None of us have been to WDW and since we are HUGE Disney fans, this is a dream come true. “Excited” honestly does not describe how thrilled we are!! The tragedy of floods in Nashville moved the Romance Writers National conference to Orlando, and as dreadful as the disaster is, the relocation to Orlando is a fortuitous happenstance.
This will be my second RWA conference and I am doubly enthused! Four days of workshops, speeches by the likes of Nora Roberts and Sabrina Jeffries, luncheons, book signings, meeting my fellow Sourcebooks writers, dinner with our publisher and editor, the Beau Monde chapter conference and soiree, and fun, fun, fun! Of special note is the Literacy Signing on Wednesday, July 28 at 5:30 pm in the WDW Dolphin Resort. This event is open to the public, is a fundraiser for ProLiteracy Worldwide, and features over 500 authors happy to sign books. I will be there and encourage anyone in the Orlando area, or close enough to drive in, to come and support this worthwhile cause. I would love to see you!!
Naturally I will have my laptop and iPhone handy at all times to keep in touch, but it may be sporadic. I will try to post notes and updates from time to time, especially on Facebook where I can upload rapidly. Another reason to join my page! LOL! Once home and recuperated from all the fun, I will elaborate here on the blog. But just in case I don’t get a chance to share my fun until well after I am home, I will set a few of the guest blogs from the My Dearest Mr. Darcy book tour to publish during the two weeks. Be looking for them!