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Release Party of Helen Lacey's Made For Marriage with Giveaways!

Today we are here to celebrate the release of Helen Lacey's MADE FOR MARRIAGE!
Helen promised her 'Call Story' when she visited me earlier, so friends, here it is!

My call story was 20 plus years in the making. I knew I wanted to write romances when I was twelve years old and read my first Mills & Boon. When I was nineteen I submitted my first manuscript to London. Six months later I received a rejection. Eighteen rejections later I got the call.

But things really changed for me about four years ago. I left my job and my husband and I had a sea/tree change. Up until that time I’d only been able to devote an hour or so a day to my writing – but with the sea change came the opportunity to write full time. I’d decided a few years earlier that Harlequin Special Edition was the line I wanted to write for, as they were my favourite books to read. I loved the home and hearth, family and community themes of these books. I also started seriously entering contests. In January 2009 I won an RWA chapter contest and the final judge was the Special Edition editor I’d been targeting. She asked for the full manuscript.

Around that time I also decided to invest in working with a freelance editor. She had been an ex Harlequin editor and her advice was invaluable. In early 2010 I received an encouraging email from Harlequin Special Edition and was asked to do some revisions on my book. I did them and sent them off and not long after I signed with my agent, Scott Eagan. On November the 23rd 2010 my agent called to say Special Edition wanted to buy my book! Twenty three years after that very first submission. So, I did have a long apprenticeship – but it was worth it. 

Made For Marriage hit the shelves in January 2012 and I have copies to give way on my blog tour. And as a grand prize for a follower or as Nas says stalker of the blog tour, I’m also giving away a $50.00 Amazon Voucher and for those who like a little bling, a fabulous Pandora silver bracelet!


MADE FOR MARRIAGE

Equestrian Callie Jones was used to difficult parents at her riding school. But Noah Preston took the cake.
How dare he question her teaching abilities, after his headstrong daughter paid no heed to rules—her teacher's or her father's?
Single dad Noah was ready to apologize for overreacting. But he wasn't sorry for the way the stunning American riding instructor made him feel. And he soon learned that there was more to Callie than her smarts, sass and fire: a shattered heart that threatened to splinter even further. Could he make her see that he—and his family—were for keeps?


Buy Links:

Amazon        Amazon UK      Book Depository


 Helen Lacey on the web:
Website     Facebook     Twitter     Blog           Helen's Page at RomanceWiki
For full itinerary on Helen's Celebration tour check out Helen Lacey- Author Page.

Next stop is Romance University on 9th January!

59 comments:

  1. I bet when you got the call from your Agent you were super excited. Hehe...thanks for sharing your road to publication with me.

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  2. Wow, what a long wait! But a happy ending at last, and hopefully many more for you.

    That looks like a lovely heart-warming story. As a horse lover and former horse-crazed teen, I'm hooked. The father/daughter angle is a nice twist.

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  3. Hi Michael - yes, it was super exciting. Still is :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. Hello Azarimba - always great to meet another horse lover. I have eight horses and a couple of them get a mention in Made For Marriage. Thanks for visiting :)

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  6. Hi Helen! Welcome to this super party to celebrate the release of your MADE FOR MARRIAGE!

    Hello Michael and Azarimba!

    Thanks for coming along to our party!

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  7. Hi Riya and Helen. Congrats on your staying power Helen. A long road but well worth it. Your book sounds great! All the best on your tour!

    Denise

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  8. Thanks for having me Riya. This is a great place to get the party started :)

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  9. Hi Denise - thanks for stopping by today.

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  10. Woohoo - i love a party!!
    What a great story of not giving up and wow.... 23yrs!!
    Congrats on your release Helen!!

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  11. A wonderful book, can't wait to get a copy. Such a fantastic achievement, we are all so proud and happy for you.

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  12. Hi Bec - thanks for stopping by and for your congrat's.

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  13. Hi Carrie! Thanks so much for stopping by on day one of my blog tour. Hugs to you and C & little S.

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  14. Congratulations on your book. It looks like a fantastic read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. HUGE congrats on your long-awaited, much deserved and worked-for debut! I'm itching to read it :)

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  16. I can imagine your excitement when you received the call, Helen. Congratulations on your book release.

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  17. Congratulations! Your book sounds great!

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  18. This book sounds great, and Noah sounds hawt. hehe

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  19. Congratulations on your release, Helen! Just downloaded a copy to my Kindle! You are selling great here in the U.S.! And a five star review! I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to read it!!!

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  20. Thank you for sharing your journey to becoming a published author, Helen! It's a fabulous story of always keeping at it and then, really focusing in on your craft and being determined to perfect it. It really worked for you, with all that hard work and persistence and I'm happy for you!

    I'm also looking forward to reading your book. I love stories with an equestrian theme!

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  21. Hi Shelley! Thank you for stopping by on my first blog tour. I've lots of giveaways so good luck!

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  22. Hey Rach! Great to see you hear. I'm just reading One Perfect Night on my kindle at the moment. Loving it. Thanks for say hi.

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  23. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

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  24. Hi there Kiru - and you're right, it was certainly an exciting moment getting the call. Thanks for stopping by today :)

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  25. Hi Chey - thanks for dropping by on my blog tour :)

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  26. Loved reading your call story, Helen, and can't wait to read Made for Marriage.

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  27. Hi Trisha - couldn't agree more - I think Noah is hot too :) Thanks for stopping by today.

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  28. Hi Wendy! Great to see you here. I hope you enjoy the book. :)

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  29. Congratulations to Helen Lacey. I agree with Michael--I can only imagine how exciting a call from an agent feels.

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  30. Congratulations on signing with Scott and selling your book to Harlequin! I hope you have a wonderful 2012, Helen!

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  31. Hi Susan - keeping at it became my mantra. A writer has to keep writing. Thanks for stopping by today. :)

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  32. Hi Deniz - thanks for dropping by on my first blog tour stop. :)

    Hi Natalie - I hope you enjoy the book. Great to have you stop by and say hi.

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  33. Hello Theresa - thanks for dropping by to Romance Reader today. Great to see you here.

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  34. Hi Sharon - thank you for your congrat's. It has been an exciting time. Lovely to see you here.

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  35. Hi Riya and Hi Helen,

    You are an inspiration to a struggling writer, Helen. I truly congratulate you on your tenacity and on your publication too. Your book sounds wonderful. Your storyline sounds intriguing.

    I'm not familiar with that line of Harlequin at all. But you've got me interested.....

    Mx

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  36. Congratulations on your debut Helen.

    You really are the proof of that saying that Published writers are the ones who never gave up.

    I hope there will be many, many more happy release days still to come for you.

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  37. Hi Helen,
    I'm sooooooo excited for you! I bet the long journey was worth the wait. Your book sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. Also plan to do the creative shelf-rearranging bizzo when I buy my copy :)

    Thanks for having Helen as your special guest, RR! Another success for the lovely Nas too :)

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  38. Congrats! Great to read your call story, I've been trying for some years too - but last year I found myself in similar circumstances to you and so am risking full time writing... fingers crossed I don't cave in and have to go back to working and fitting in the writing again! I had to give up my horses when my husband went - so added incentive to getting published will be being able to afford them again! Love the sound of your story - good luck with future ones.

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  39. Hi Maria - I smiled at the word tenacity - it's one thing we need in this game I think :) Thanks so much for stopping by on my blog tour.

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  40. Hi Romy and thank you for your kind words. Great to see you here.

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  41. Thank you for sharing. You just re-stored my faith to keep pushing and not give up, for no wait is tooooo long.Will remember this as I continue on my journey to being published.
    Here's to more publications.

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  42. Hi Serena - thank you for your lovely words. I do that shelf shuffling thing myself. :)

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  43. Hi there Susie - it's always good to discover we're not alone on this writing journey. Good luck with your writing.

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  44. Congratulations! What a wonderful call story and very encouraging for those of us who need reminding not to give up - well done

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  46. Hi freespiritshaz - thank you for dropping by on my blog tour and fr you congrat's. I truly believe that persistance pays off in this game. Good luck!

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  47. Hi Kelly - thanks for dropping by today. Lovely to see you here.

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  48. Wow! What a roaring party! I've brought cavier and bubblies, anyone for some?

    Congrats Helen on your debut release and here's hoping there will be many more release parties such as this!

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  49. I'm late (blame being on holiday) but I wanted to pop in and say congratulations on your release, Helen.

    Persistence pays!

    Well done.

    Toni

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  50. Helen, happy release day - enjoy every success and all the fun that comes your way!

    I love hearing that someone has served an apprenticeship similar to mine (17 years) - it's so inspiring and encouraging.

    As always, a hoot to read others CALL stories - thanks for sharing! :-)

    Have fun on your blog tour!

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  51. Hi Nas for dropping by. You and Riya sure do know how to host a party!

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  52. Hello Toni! Thanks for the congrat's. And you are right - persistance is the key :)

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  53. Miss Kylie - thanks so much for stopping by. And yes, it's been a rush having the book released after such a long wait. But worth it! So looking foward to getting my hands on your debut Vengeance Born next month. Hope you sell trillions :)

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  54. Thank you so much for sharing your writerly journey here Ms Helen Lacey - I love how you were so determined and now you have a most scrummy romantic book in Made for Marriage! Wow!! All the best and thanks Romance Reader for hosting! take care
    x

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  55. Hello Kitty! Thanks for stopping by. And thankyou for your congrat's.

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  56. And the winner is Trisha!!!!

    Trisha you have won a copy of Made For Marriage. Please contact me via my webpage www.helenlacey.com and leave your details on the contact form so I can get the prize in the post.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and thank you to Riya for having me at Romance Reader.

    Would love to see you all again at my next stop. More books are up for grabs and the major prize of a $50.00 Amazon voucher and fabulous silver Pandora bracelet.

    Thanks everyone!!

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  57. Congratulations to Trisha for winning Helen Lacey's awesome book, Made For Marriage!

    Thank you to all lovely friends who came by to celebrate with Helen. Please do drop in on Helen at Romance University (link in the post) for a fabulous writing craft post!

    Thank you Helen, for coming by and chatting with us all!

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  58. ooh, exciting!! I've sent Helen an email with my info so hopefully it gets through :)

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  59. Got it Trisha! Your prize will be on it's way :)

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