Friday, September 21, 2012

A Dreamy Debut

Today, I am pleased to present the debut novel by fellow blogger, Justine Dell. Legend has it this lady started her journey to publication a mere three years. After a long hiatus from reading, she finished one book and decided to write. Amazing.

I met her on Bransforums while we were both trying to get our first books published and have been following her ever since, first in the forums, then her blog. Here's what she has to say about her journey:

Me: Looking back on your road to publication, what were the highlights and lowlights?

Justine: The highlights are simple: writing and the WONDERFUL people I have met. Truly, I think writers are the best buddies ever and without their support, this would be a road I would have steered FAR away from.

And the lowlights? Hmm....editing. *shudders* It really is my worst nightmare. 

Me: I agree with you on the highlights, but I'm a editor at heart. (Does that make me weird?)

Second question: What led you to Omnific and what has your experience been like working with them?

Justine: It just so happens that this particular story is a lot shorter than most publishers (and agent) require. But I didn't want to add fluff simply for the sake of adding to the word count. Sometimes a story is meant to be on a shorter side (I think RD is just under 70K). Omnific accepts stories 50K and over and I was ecstatic about that! Another blogger/writer friend, Susan Quinn had been accepted and published by them and she had nothing but wonderful things to say. The rest, they say, is history.

Me: Ha! Once again, I'm on the other end of this spectrum, overwriting and having to cut, cut, cut.

And now for a teaser from Justine Dell's Recaptured Dreams:

Ten years, the Atlantic Ocean, and several rungs in society have kept Xavier Cain from having Sophia Montel. Now twenty-seven, he’s spent his entire adult life building a fashion empire that could finally prove his worth to her family. When fate reunites him with Sophia at London’s premiere fashion show, one problem lodges in Xavier’s path: Sophia doesn’t remember him.

The only obstacle that has kept Sophia from Xavier is a horrific car crash that erased her memory at seventeen. She’s spent the last ten years fighting to reclaim a sliver of her past that her mother refuses to help her remember. When Sophia meets Xavier at the London show, however, all her fantasies come to life in one night of passion. Discovering he is the missing link, she is determined to find all the pieces to their love story and her memory. 

Xavier wants forever. Sophia wants her memory. If they take this chance, they’ll have to start over. How far are they willing to go get what they want? And when the past catches up to them, can they handle the truths it has hidden?

For more information on Recaptured Dreams, Contests, Giveaways, Entertainment, Grammar Police, and other cool stuff, check out Justine's website.

To buy the book on Amazon, go here

Barnes and Nobles fan? Go here

Where are you on your publishing journey?


  1. Thanks for having me today Tamara! And no, I don't think you're weird for being an editor at heart. I wish I was. Like really. ;-)


  2. Ha! I kind of like editing. I must be weird too. LOL

  3. "A Dreamy Debut," I like that! And "Recaptured Dreams," what a cool title. Very catchy, and I like the book cover. Congratulations to Justine! How exciting. I love reading about writers' journeys. It's funny that you ask where we are in our publishing journey. I'm tearing my gray roots out rushing to launch my chapter book on October 10th. I'm self-publlishing this book (have gone the small press route in the past) since it's a niche market and probably never would have sold otherwise. I've been working on this off and on for ten years! Yes, a whole decade! But what a great coincidence since my MC is turning 10 on the tenth day of the tenth month (hence the Oct. 10th launch date). Too bad it wasn't ready in 2010. Oh well!

  4. Congratulations on the debut. That's wonderful! I agree - writer friends are so supportive!

  5. Oh, interesting. I love that cover. Thanks for the little interview!

  6. I also dread editing.

    It's great seeing Justine again. She's been everywhere in blogland. :)

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