Please welcome Teresa Hill to the convertible!
It took a really amazing guy and a publishing revolution to give Grace McRae a happy ending.
As an author, I have to admit, I gave her a tortured past. Her mother was an abused wife. They fled from her father before Grace was even born. For a while, it seemed, she might escape everything. Her older brother’s earliest memory was of their mother being abused, and her older sister Emma was a witness to years of it.
Grace was in the womb. She saw and heard nothing.
But the abuse had done long-term damage to her mother’s body. Ill and needing the support of the family she’d left behind, Grace’s mother risked coming home, something that proved to be a fatal mistake.
Not quite a year old, baby Grace spent three days in a motel on the edge of town with only her brother and sister to take care of her, before they were finally found and taken to live with a foster family one Christmas, a couple who had given up on ever having children.
Grace was the golden child, the little Christmas angel, the lucky one, happy as could be and seemingly untouched by her dark past. She had no memories of the mother she lost, only Rachel McRae, the new one she found and Sam, a father who’d do anything for her.
Her older sister, Emma, got her book and her happy ending. So did her brother, Zach.
But when it came time for Grace’s story, life outside the pages of a book intervened.
My editor left the publishing house. It’s an all-too-common thing. And often when it happens, an author loses her biggest advocate at the publishing house. New editors come in, and they want their own authors or they just don’t fall in love with the previous authors’ work. A lot of things can happen, but the end result was that I was in the middle of a series and my publisher didn’t want the next book.
It was like leaving poor Grace in limbo, a terrible feeling. I thought she’d be there forever.
But publishing started to change.
Quickly and in amazing ways.
Honestly, it changed in ways I think hardly any of us could have believed if someone had tried to tell us five years ago or even three.
I feel so grateful to be an author right now, to have all of these new opportunities, and to be able to do what I love – write the stories I love – and take that work to readers myself.
Last year, rather than send anything else to one of the big publishers who’ve sold my work for years, I did something just because I really wanted to do it, because I’d wanted to for years.
I started writing Grace’s story.
It made me so happy to be able to do that. I’d waited so long, and I could have stared working on anything in that moment. But more than anything else, I wanted to continue with the family series I’d stared with Twelve Days.
I didn’t know if the book would find a viable market or not. I didn’t know how big of a risk I was taking. I do know there were people who thought I was crazy to walk away from a traditional publisher. I didn’t care. I just really wanted to write Grace & Aidan, so I did.
The e-book market kept getting better and better the whole time I was writing. It was becoming more and more a real market, a real way to reach readers and maybe even make money as an author.
I feel like the whole market exploded in the past year.
So, I guess I got really lucky.
Grace did, too. She has a great guy. A tough, brave, wounded Navy guy named Aidan Shaw, at what is probably the lowest point of his life or not far past it, when she walks in, the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. Beautiful inside and out, he soon realizes.
Aidan thinks it’s really mean of the universe to have her show up right then, as if to say, “Here she is, and you can’t have her.” When he fears he has nothing to offer her, wounded both inside and out.
But they end up having an amazing time alone together, sharing their past and imagining a future together.
Five Days of Grace, both the woman and the concept of blessings of a divine God, a benevolent universe.
I feel extremely lucky to be a writer at this time and to be able to offer you Five Days Grace.
Teresa Hill lives in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband, two children, two big, lazy cats and three beautiful, spoiled dogs. Find her on the web at http://www.teresahill.net, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/teresahillbooks and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTeresaHill
Five Days Grace is available on Kindle, Nook and iBooks here http://www.ebookdiscovery.com/TeresaHill.html