Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It's release day for Flavors of Ecstasy! Woo-Hoo! You can now read Eight Seconds plus all of the other fantastic stories included in the anthology.
Eight Seconds is a story that has a special spot in my heart. I'd started the book last summer with the intention of submitting it to Ellora's Cave. It was my hope I'd make the cut for one of their four Cavemen anthologies they release each year. Due to my mom's very serious illness though, I was kind of slow getting it going. Unfortunately, my sweet mom passed away on Sept. 3, 2008. The deadline to have the story submitted was Sept. 30, but I knew I still wanted try and make it. And I knew my mom would have wanted me to. So, after a few days of doing nothing but snuggling up on the couch, I was mentally and physically exhausted, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and got busy. Thank goodness I have a lap top because I still didn't really like to leave my cozy spot on the couch too much. And that's where the majority of Eight Seconds was written. I felt driven and energized to get the book done. I'm sure the looming deadline helped, but it was almost as if my mom was standing beside me cheering me on, telling me not give up. Much to my surprise and joy, I did make the cut! I'm convinced mom was there helping get the story done, and it seems fitting that the book is released now, one year later, in September. For me it's kind of a full circle thing.
Anyway, I hope you like Eight Seconds. It was written during a very tough time in my life, but the story certainly isn't a downer. Eight Seconds is about taking chances, and about digging down and finding your inner strengths to take those chances. Devlin and Taylor's story was a blessing for me because it made me dig down and find my inner strength. It was a light in a very dark tunnel and guided me out into the brightness once again.
I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it!