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Friday, December 3, 2010

Guest Post & Giveaway with author Grace Burrowes

Today on My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I have the pleasure of introducing you to author Grace Burrowes! Her book, The Heir, releases this month and she decided to stop by the blog for a guest post!  Directly after the guest post, the Third Day of Christmas contest is posted for a chance to win a copy of her book! Let's give Ms. Burrowes a warm welcome!

Being a debut author requires that one sacrifice a great deal—of one’s dignity. In my adult life, I have never done as much squealing and dancing around and high fiving as I have in the past year. Nobody warns you about this, but if there’s ever a time in life when it ought to be Officially OK to comport yourself like sugared-up six-year-old at the Ultimate Birthday Party, the debut year is it. 

When you’re pursuing publication, you labor in a vineyard of determination bordered by self-doubt. What if nobody likes my book? What if my book isn’t worthy of being liked? What if everybody I pitch gives me the same “it doesn’t sound like I’d be a good fit for your work,” response? Will anybody EVER like my book? 

And then along comes an editor who sees not just some good things about your writing, but enough good things in the right places that he or she pays money for the privilege of taking a commercial risk on your work. This affirmation has you dancing around in the kitchen and stopping in the middle of the produce section to look at your cell phone just to see your editor’s number on the screen. 

I haven’t been so giddy since I got my first horse as a kid, and I was no more dignified when the covers started showing up in my email queue either. More squealing, more dancing. 

Then you’re told to find some Big Names to give you quotes for the book cover, and it starts all over again: What if nobody likes my book…? 

But those Big Names are invariably encouraging even when they’re too busy to drop what they’re doing and read your whole book. They’re full of congratulations and good wishes, and you start dancing around your kitchen just because they returned your email. 

Then—cue the ominous music—copy editing gets a hold of your baby, and you’re tempted to go back into the fetal crouch: What if…? Except nobody on the whole entire earth did as much to raise the quality and historical accuracy of my writing as did my copy editor. If I knew this anonymous angel’s name, I would not part with it for fear somebody would make off with her (or him). The acquiring editor, the coordinating editor, the production folks, the publicist, the art department… they have all rallied around this book and whether they know it or not, it feels like they are rallying around me or at least around my writing.

This is lovely. Writing is such a solitary labor, crit groups and DH’s notwithstanding, that to feel like my book has become “our book,” is just… I’m supposed to be good with words, but words aren’t always adequate. It’s wonderful. 

There will be times later when I might not feel like being a debut is such a treat, but from where I’m sitting now, it’s wonderful. May the same blessing befall all those who seek it, and may they pull their kitchen shades down now, lest they be caught dancing around and squealing and high-fiving with no dignity whatsoever.

On the Third Day of Christmas
gave to you:

The Heir by Grace Burrowes

An Earl Who Can’t Be Bribed…
Gayle Windham, Earl of Westhaven, is the first legitimate son and heir to the Duke of Moreland. To escape his father’s inexorable pressure to marry, he decides to spend the summer at his townhouse in London, where he finds himself intrigued by the secretive ways of his beautiful housekeeper.  

A Lady Who Can’t Be Protected…
Anna Seaton is a beautiful, talented, educated woman, which is why it is so puzzling to Gayle that she works as his housekeeper.  

As the two draw closer and begin to lose their hearts to each other, Anna’s secrets threaten to bring the earl’s orderly life crashing down—and he doesn’t know how he’s going to protect her from the fallout… 

Thanks to the people at
Sourcebooks, I have 2 copies  to give to 2 lucky winners!

That's right, this contest there will be 2 winners! 
All contests will end on December 13th. Winners will be chosen with Random.org.

1. This contest is open to USA and Canada.
2. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would!
3. Leave a comment with an email address to contact you with if you win.



Blogger Texas Book Lover said...

Please include me in this drawing!

Thank you mmafsmith@gmail.com

December 3, 2010 at 6:06 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Pick Me Pick Me!


December 3, 2010 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Chapter Chicks said...

This was such a great post! As someone who wants to be a writer, it was nice to see that a published author goes through the same what if phase.

Please enter me!

December 3, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Alexa said...

The cover is great and I would like to read this one.
Thanks for the giveaway, I'm a follower.


December 3, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Grace Burrowes said...

Chapter Chick, I'm told even the best seller authors go through, "what if this one isn't as good as the last one," and similar angst. Writing can be a tough game, but I'm convinced if you have the gene for it, come fire, flood or famine, you are going to be at your wip. Best of luck with your efforts.

December 3, 2010 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Grace Burrowes said...

And how about for all those not successful in the drawing, I will--upon request--send an excerpt from my second book, "The Soldier?" It's just the scene I'm intending to put up on the website, once I catch my breath, but I'm hoping you enjoy it.

December 3, 2010 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Enjoyed your post. I can only imagine what it is trying to become a writer!! Your book looks really good. I will check it out.
Good luck with The Heir!!


December 3, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Stephanie M said...

This book looks great. I would love to win.


December 3, 2010 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Ammy Belle said...

Hm, this sounds intriguing ... I kind of really want to know what Anna's secret is ... and how bad it is ...

Please enter me in the contest! :)
apereiraorama @gmail.com

December 3, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Barbara E. said...

Congrats to Grace on her debut. I enjoyed the post, and the little peek at what goes into getting to that point where your book is finally out in the world. The Heir sounds like a delightful story and I'm looking forward to reading it.


December 3, 2010 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger The Romance Girl said...

I really loved this post. The description of being a debut author gave me a huge smile. *high five from me!*


December 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger debbie said...

That was a good post. I would imagine a book is a bit like having a baby and wanting to protect it. It is always interesting to read what authors go through.

December 3, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Thanks for the cool contest.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

December 3, 2010 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger lulilut said...

Ms Burrowes, congratulations on your first book!
I love the way the color of her dress merges with the bottom portion of the book.
Also, I would love to read an excerpt from your second book, The Soldier.

Please enter me in the contest.
d.septer at insightbb.com
Thank you.

December 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger chey said...

This book sounds great!

chey127 at hotmail dot com

December 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Miranda Hardy said...

Would really love to read this.

DreamyCowgirl @ hotmail.com

December 3, 2010 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

Sounds good count me in!


December 3, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Menagerie Soaps said...

I would love to enter this contest.

Lisa.2713 at gmail dot com

December 3, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger Sissa said...

Please pick me. I would love to read it.

I am a follower

December 3, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Terri Dell said...

Sounds great!
Google Friend Connect Follower Ziggywag at yahoo dot com

December 3, 2010 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger missreneer said...

Thanks for the great giveaway :)

mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

December 3, 2010 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Kandace said...

I love the cover.

I'm a follower & my email is kanriah - gmail

December 4, 2010 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

The book sounds way interesting! Thanks for the giveaway :)

email: booksoverboys AT hotmail DOT com

December 4, 2010 at 1:10 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

It looks like a story I would like to read. I am a follower.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

December 4, 2010 at 3:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

December 4, 2010 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger Hannah Marie said...

Congrats on the debut, Grace! I did a lot of squeling and dancing when I got my first "big girl job." :) The book sounds wonderful. It's added to my TBR pile, whether I win it or not. :)


December 4, 2010 at 6:13 AM  
Blogger katsrus said...

Please enter me. Thank you.
Sue B

December 4, 2010 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Curling up by the Fire said...

Please enter me.

I'm an old follower.

icewoman96 at gmail dot com

December 4, 2010 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger The Scarf Princess said...

I'm intrigued by the sound of this. I love the historical genre and the theme of this is very appealing. Kudos for this debut book!

I'm a long time follower.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

December 4, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I'm an old GFC follower!


December 4, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger BLHmistress said...

This sounds like a great read, Happy Holidays :)


December 4, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger linett said...

sounds like a good read, thanks

December 4, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really good book, I would love to be entered.

nicoleashley2288 @ yahoo.ca

December 4, 2010 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

I like the sound of this book, I'd love to read it.

Old GFC follower as seriousreader

seriousreader at live dot com

December 4, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger sustahl said...

I love historical romances, so I am sure I would like this book. I joined GFC (Susan S.). Thanks for the chance to win!

prizeentry @ wesharewithyou dot com

December 4, 2010 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger JenM said...

Congrats on getting your book published. I can't imagine what a thrill that must be. I'm always up for a good Regency. Please enter me (I'm a follower).


December 5, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Terry Spear said...

Congratulations for the new release, Grace! I love historical romance!!! So I look forward to reading The Heir. Just think, next blog tour, you won't be a debutante, but an old pro! :)

terryspear @ ymail (dot) com

December 5, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

I love the cover of this book... it is sooooo pretty!!!!

Please enter me

Kelly M

December 5, 2010 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger JoAnna said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

December 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you for entering me in the drawing. I'm a GFC follower and an email subscriber.

onebookshy at yahoo dot com

December 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Thanks for another great giveaway!

kdmiller90 (at) live (dot) com

December 6, 2010 at 1:49 AM  
Blogger Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

I've read some really great reviews of this book and would love a chance to win a copy =)

Thanks so much,

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

December 6, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

My daughter and I love romance books and the Heir looks like a great story.
I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

I am old GFC Follower and email subscriber.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

December 7, 2010 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger j said...

Yes, yes, yes!!


December 7, 2010 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I would love to enter! this looks like a great historical romance!!

thanks for the chance to win!

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

December 7, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really like the blurb for this and the cover is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com

December 7, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger heather said...

looks interesting!


December 8, 2010 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the great contest giveaway, 12 Days of x-mas is an Awesome idea. I'm a GFC & email follower. Happy upcoming Holidays...

December 8, 2010 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Love ur blog!!
I'm a follower!!
Thx for great contests!!


December 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Tabathia B said...

gfc follower & curious is this just a historical romance or a paranormal historical romance :)
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

December 10, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger souldolphindream said...

Congrats Grace on your book. The cover is smoking hot and it sounds like my kind of read!


December 11, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Bookwyrm369 said...

I've heard great things about this book - would love to win it!

smaccall @ comcast.net

December 11, 2010 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Renee G said...

Would love to read this. And I admit being a debut author sounds like a wonderful experience.

December 11, 2010 at 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book, please count me in. Thanks for the chance to win.


December 12, 2010 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I have never read Grace Burrowes before but this book sounds great!


December 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger saturdaynightfever said...

Happy December!


December 12, 2010 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Sue Farrell said...

I think I would really enjoy this book, please enter me in your contest.


December 12, 2010 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Jolene and Family said...

I love the cover and the book sounds amazing. Count me in please, would love to read this

December 12, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and hosting this fun event!

sophiayunjin at gmail dot com

December 12, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This book is on my wishlist. Please enter me in the contest.

December 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enter me please


December 12, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger theolotto said...

Count me in.


December 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Homemaker said...

I love the sexy cover of this book!


December 12, 2010 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger ezmerelda said...

Sounds like a good read. Please count me in.


December 12, 2010 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Deborah Wellenstein said...

I am a new GFC follower-I would love teo win this book! Thanks!

dwellenstein at cox dot net

December 13, 2010 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger Miranda Ward said...

Looks like a great read


December 13, 2010 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger Suze said...

sounds like a good one!


December 13, 2010 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger susan1215 said...

Great books

s2s2 at comcast dot net

December 13, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger kygirl said...

I would love to read this book,sounds really interesting.

December 13, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Enjoy your blog. This book based in historical times looks like a good read for the long winter nights! Thanks for your Giveaway!!


December 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Annerszz101 said...

Hope I win!


December 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

tis the season!

December 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM  

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