So I got the phone call last night from my agent and my editor that HOLD ON TIGHT hit the New York Times Bestseller List at #22!!!!!
I still can’t really believe it. I mean, last night, I was hyperventilating and in a general state of, well, stunned. Like, really and truly and I’m so absolutely thrilled and thankful and grateful to all the people who bought the books and talked them up and blogged them. You guys are awesome!
Even better, I get to share the thrill with Larissa Ione – we released the same day and her book, Ecstacy Unveiled, hit the New York Times at #23 and the USA Today Bestseller List at #58 (she’s hit both lists before and she just keeps climbing higher – I’m so proud of her!)
Larissa and I have done a lot together – I mean, we write together as Sydney Croft. But it’s more than that – we sold our own first project within three days of one another. She hit the Times with her third single title. I hit it with mine. And we’re right next to each other. And we have purple covers. So it’s really strange and really cool at the same time.
Zoo had a work dinner last night – when he came home, he said, you’d have thought I hit the list – everyone was buying me shots and drinks and stuff!
For the record, I had a brownie for dinner. I know – I’m actually pretty happy about that. Chocolate for dinner – who can complain?
Today, I’ll be trying to keep my mind on my revisions – and you can read my interview over at the Black Raven Cafe – stop on by and say hello and you’re eligible for a backlist giveaway!
So now that you’ve gotten a sneak peek at TOO HOT TO HOLD, it’s time for one from HOLD ON TIGHT. This is Chris’s book and in the sneak peek, you’ll meet our heroine, Jamie. She and Chris have a nice subplot in Nick’s book (Too Hot) and they meet up again in HOLD ON TIGHT when Jamie is forced to launch an investigation against Chris.
I’m excited because I finished the galleys / page proofs for HOLD ON TIGHT and sent them on their merry express mail way yesterday. That means the trilogy is finally almost put to bed. Amazing how long it actually takes to finish a book in its entirety.
My editor and I are currently on the great title search for books 4 & 5. Since they’re connected and they might be out close together, we need titles that go together but not necessarily match. And it’s hard to find the right ones that actually mean something to the book, that aren’t too close to anything that’s been used recently by others and something that conveys that the books are more on the romance side of romantic suspense.
We have until Friday. I’ve also got revisions and the proposal for the yet untitled book 5. Stayed up until 2AM writing on it – so much fun. Nothing is better than those first three chapters. Everything’s shiny and pretty and new – any plot holes can be easily fixed without ruining an entire book.
Now, to drag myself back to the revisions. Definitely not as pretty and shiny, but getting there. The last 40 pages. Plus the subplot in book 4 becomes the plot for new characters in book 5, so everything hinges on everything else. Like a giant puzzle.
I swore my next books after the trilogy would be stand-alones. I suck at keeping promises to myself.
New York Times Bestselling author Stephanie Tyler writes what she loves to read — romantic suspense novels starring military heroes and paranormal romance novels novels starring warrior heroes, all complete with happy endings. Her alter-ego is SE Jakes and she also co-writes as Sydney Croft. She lives in New York with her husband, her kids and her crazy Weimaraner, Gus.