I just have to share my news here: I sold my romance novel, The Tom Jones Club, to the mainstream romance line of SirenBookstrand, to be released this November. Yes! Okay, so what’s the Tom Jones Club? It’s really the backdrop for a Vegas romance between Lucky and Eric, but I have to tell you a bit more about Tom Jones.
Fast forward to about twelve years ago when hubby and I flew to Las Vegas from San Francisco just to see Tom Jones perform onstage. I’d see so many of the big-name performers over the years – Elvis, Sinatra, Engelbert, Sammy, Liberace (lol) – so we took the opportunity to see one of the classics together. And Tom didn’t disappoint.
Oh, sure, over the years, we’d heard the stories about the women throwing their underwear onstage and there was some of that, but what made an impression were the well-maintained “older” women in the first couple of rows who were obviously adoring fans. And those women made their way into my book. It was only later I became aware of a real “Tom Jones Club.” In fact, they were in Vegas last January.
The other story about this book is that I started writing it three years ago. It started out more as a chick lit and had several titles. When that obviously wasn’t selling, I fleshed it out a bit and turned it into a women’s fiction novel. When there was no interest in that, I decided to try my hand at writing a romance and rewrote it in third person, something I swore I would never do. And that’s when it sold. lol!
But it was one of those stories that stuck with me and I couldn’t let it sit on my computer – I was determined to find a publisher for it. Actually, Lucky (the heroine) insisted and she wouldn’t stop talking to me until I did.