I was preparing my last paper draft of my second book for “storage,” when I got “the email.” It finaled in the Seattle RWA’s contest, the Emerald City Opener. It’s a contest that looks at the first 7 pages – the opener.
An Ancient Curse… A Lost Vermeer… A Ruthless Murderer…
Fighting Fear is the second story in my Nederlander Series.
Desperate to prove she can work with her brothers in the fight against international art crime, Kat follows the trail of a lost Vermeer, only to discover her former lover is trying to steal it. Entangled in a web of intrigue, she discovers the painting is cursed and a ruthless murderer is closing in.
This story kind of wrote itself. The strong and sassy heroine led the way through the plot, leaving me to follow her trail with the odd comma and question mark. The settings are wonderful. She starts in the quaint picturesque city of Delft, the home of Vermeer, and then weaves through the medieval center of Amsterdam, and ends up racing through the countryside, on a somewhat stolen motorcycle, to end up in an old castle. I had a lot of fun following her around.
I started with a stunned, “huh. Me? Is this email really for me?” Then I mentally slapped myself. “Yes, idiot, It’s in your inbox.” Then I squealed. I’d like to say I yelled, but it really came out more like an unladylike squeal. Then I set about telling everyone – at least twice. Yes, I am very happy, and extremely grateful (to everyone helping me on my writing path, and to the contest organizers and judges).
The final results will be announced at the Emerald City Conference in October. I’m planning on going. As a finalist I get to pitch to the agent who will have judged my submission.
A group of writers from our local chapter will be going, as well as members from a couple of the on-line groups I belong to (KOD and GUPS). So exciting.
I’ve never spent time in the Seattle area, so I’m looking forward to exploring Pike’s market, the bookstores I’ve heard so much about. I plan to try out the seafood and knock back my share of coffee.
PJ and I celebrated with a small container of vanilla gelato. Perfect!
How do you celebrate in the summer?