It's been a while since I've posted any updates, etc., so I thought I should pop in and spread the word.
It's been busy over here lately. I'm now editing for Taylor Street Books, and I'm loving it! There are so many wonderful authors and manuscripts out there, and I think I've been very lucky with the ones I've worked with. I had the very amazing pleasure of helping a wonderful new author with her YA paranormal romance, and let me tell you, she's got some chops! I think the YA world had better sit up and take notice of this one. She's brilliant, and sweet as pie, too. I'll give you more details when her fab book comes out.
As far as my work goes, Historically Yours went off to a beta reader, a woman I greatly admire and truly adore, and I can't wait for her to tell me what she thinks. It's wonderful to have so many awesome writer buddies. I've said it before and I'll say it again: writers get it. They completely understand the frustration, the exhilaration, the sheer madness that comes from writing. There are struggles and heartaches, build-ups and letdowns, happiness and utter depression. It's wonderful to have such an amazing support system.
For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, Historically Yours is the second in the Johns Creek Second Chances series. The first, The Storm Within, has taken a nice leap up the charts recently, and received a great review besides. I hope you all enjoy Johns Creek. I modeled this fictitious town after two places I know and love: Elmira, NY (where I grew up) and Wellsboro, PA (a wonderful small-town with old-time charm and a very distinct heartbeat). Johns Creek is a place filled with second chances, and readers who enjoyed reading about the small town and its residents will be happy to read more about the hero and heroine from The Storm Within, and meet some new friends as well. Look for that in August!
Fans of Hooking Up will be pleased to note that a sequel is on track to be released late this year or early next year. I've had plenty of people wonder what happens to Ryan and Catie next. Is Catie's relationship with Gran repaired? Does Catie ever meet her birth mother? How does Benjie cope with the scorn of his own mother? Fans, your questions will be answered in Holding On, the long-awaited sequel to Hooking Up. Excited? I am!
PS-I'm on Kindlegraph now. Want your favorite kindle book by Jessica L. Degarmo autographed? Pop on over to Kindlegraph.com and send a request!
The homefront is as busy as ever, but I'm very blessed. I honestly wouldn't have things any other way! The kids are having a blast so far on summer vacation, and we're planning a small camping trip. I'm having way too much fun buying camp coffee pots, S'mores skewers and all kinds of other fun gadgets that we'll probably never use...
Reminder: I'll be at the Bradford County Library in W. Burlington, PA on July 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm to talk about Decisions, The Storm Within and Six Weeks. I'll have copies available for sale as well. I look forward to meeting some readers. See you there!
I guess that's all for now. Of course, I say 'that's all' but that's a lot! I need to post more often, I think...