Yesterday I teased my Facebook and Twitter followers by saying my girlfriends and I had some news to share. Well, I’m not going to beat around the bush. I, Delaney Diamond, am officially a Harlequin Kimani author!
I’ve been reading Kimani romance novels for years, and I’m excited to be part of their company and join a group of writers whose work I admire. What’s even sweeter is that my two buddies, my writing partners in crime, authors Candace Shaw and Sharon C. Cooper are new Harlequin Kimani authors, too!
How it happened
Last year, Sharon was contacted by a Kimani editor about writing for them. She told me and Candace about it, and the three of us sat on the phone chattering excitedly and discussing her options. Fast forward to January of this year, I checked my email and found a message from a different Kimani editor with the subject Greetings from Harlequin Kimani, asking if I would be interested in writing for them.
Minutes later, my phone rings. It’s Candace, and she received a similar message from the same editor. After we got through our screaming match, we—you guessed it—contacted Sharon. We set up a time for the three of us to talk. Before long we were on the phone discussing options again and what this would mean for our careers to write for a publisher with their type of reach and readership.
We agreed that we wouldn’t say anything until we’d all signed our contracts so we could announce our news together. I won’t bore you with the rest of the details, but Sharon finally wrapped up her contract negotiations, Candace was next, and they’ve been waiting
impatiently patiently until I completed mine.
Sharon and Candace signed a two book deal with Kimani. I signed a contract to write a novella
in a 2014 summer anthology with Donna Hill and new-to-me author Grace Octavia. The theme of the anthology is “mixing business with pleasure abroad.” My story is an interracial romance that involves the fashion industry, a sexy Brazilian, and a heroine he can’t get enough of. Rio de Janeiro, anyone? I might need to take a trip there – for research purposes, of course.
It was very important to me that I be able to continue self-publishing my own books, and Kimani was absolutely fine with that. However, they have their own deadlines, and even though my story doesn’t release until next summer, it must be completed by the end of this summer. Right now I’m working on More Than a Mistress, but I’ll have to set it aside in the next few weeks to work on the anthology story so I can satisfy my obligation to Kimani.
I call Candace and Sharon when I need to vent or bounce ideas off of someone. Bottom line, we support each other, and I’m so, so happy to be navigating this next phase of my writing career with my girlfriends!
To read about their stories, stop by their blogs:
Readers, what do think? Do you read Kimani novels? Have you read anything by Donna Hill or Grace Octavia?