Hi everyone! My name’s Jackie Ashenden and I write sexy, gritty contemporary romance. I’m here today to talk about opportunities. About how a road that you thought was a dead end, can suddenly open up into a whole new series of directions. And it starts with my book, Never Seduce A Sheikh.
A couple of years ago, before my first book was accepted for publication, I decided I wanted to write something a bit different. I'd always liked the idea of sheikh books – there's something of a fairy tale about a mysterious alpha king, who was also a warrior at heart, that I really liked. So I wrote this book with a very dark sheikh hero and I sent it off to a certain publisher in the hope that they would like it as much as I did.
Unfortunately, it was not to be. Although they liked the book, it wasn't right for them and since there weren't any other publishers who wanted sheikh books, I disappointedly sent my sheikh hero to languish in the bowels of my hard drive, never to be seen again.
Or so I thought.
Fast-forward a couple of years and a couple of months to San Antonio in July of this year, where I was at the Romance Writers of America conference and where I met with the wonderful Jane Porter. In the process of chatting about various heroes we'd written, I told her I'd once written a sheikh. To cut a long (and no doubt boring) story short she said she'd love a sheikh story for Tule and would I send it to her.
So I hauled my dark sheikh out of his PC dungeon and sent him off. And Jane read it and she loved him and he's now starring in Never Seduce A Sheikh, part of the International Bad Boys series for Tule.
I never thought he'd get his day in the sun and if I'd never gone to San Antonio and met Jane, if I'd never chatted to her about writing, he never would. But I did. And isn't fate a wonderful thing?
What about you? Do you believe in happy meetings that lead to good things? Random chances that can turn into opportunities you thought you'd lost? Do you believe in fate? Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon giftcard plus two of my contemporary ebooks – Taking Him and Having Her!
***Jackie's winner is Kimberly V! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing details!***