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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Guest Blog: Sabrina York: The Waiting is the Hardest Part!

Okay, I am probably spoiled. I started my writing career working with a digital publisher. I sold my first book in November of 2011 and it was published in April of 2012. In terms of the publishing world, that is the blink of an eye.

I did not understand that then. I was just blissfully working on the next book and the next, all of which came out in rapid-fire order. Before I knew it, I had about fifteen books on the digital shelves. My editor jokingly complained that she couldn’t keep up with me. I do write fast…

But then, there was an unexpected delay. Something to do with a publishing schedule. A what? My publisher had a glut of books and started delaying releases. I am far too impatient for that, so I started self-publishing my Tryst Island Series. When you self-publish, you can launch books as soon as they are written, professionally edited and your promotion is in place. You have complete control over the release dates. It is dreamy! After I put out six books in the series—further spoiling myself by indulging my whims—I was invited to write a book for the Calendar Man Series for Decadent Publishing.

It was an exciting offer because I love that publisher, and my book would be the 12th in a series by a bunch of amazing authors. “Yes!” I cried. “I would love to do it.” I sat down and wrote Snow Angels, a sweet story of love and redemption featuring a wounded warrior snowbound with a woman who can speak to the dead.

OMG. I loved this story. It had everything. Steamy sex, a hot moody hero who needs healing, a spunky heroine with a sassy cay…and bacon. I was so excited and raring to go. And then I realized…it was March. And the book would not be released until December. December! Egads. My impatience gene went into overdrive. It seemed like FOREVER.

But I kept working on other projects, every once in a while sending out reminders to my readers, throwing contests and whatnot, to keep the excitement alive.

And, as these things go, December approached. The book launched and is out in the world!

It has seemed like an eternity, I tell you, but the delay was worth it. While self-publishing is a blast, an author can get better exposure by going with a publisher—and opportunities she might not be able to garner on her own. There are other benefits as well.

Yes. The waiting is the hardest part—but sometimes it is worth it!

I will keep reminding myself of that as I wait for September 2015—when my Hot Highlander series for St. Martin’s Press launches.

Oh, September! It seems like an eternity? Doesn’t it?

The last thing Wade Masters wants on his month-long getaway to his sister’s wilderness cabin is company. A wounded warrior, Wade is looking for complete isolation to deal with the tragedy of his life and his screaming guilt. But company he gets, in the form of Lyssa Salk, a spunky, diminutive massage therapist. Who says she can talk to dead people.

Trapped together in the snowbound cabin, Wade and Lyssa have little else to do but help each other heal, spiritually, physically and sexually.


I admit it, I am a bling addict. As a result, I occasionally need to empty out my tiara closet so I can buy more. Enter to win one of your own and a signed copy of one of my print books here: a Rafflecopter giveaway that ends December 31st.

Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy to scorching erotic romance. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pinterest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!

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Other Books by Sabrina York
Tryst Island Series—Steamy Contemporary Romance
Rebound Book 1
Dragonfly Kisses Book 2
Smoking Holt Book 3
Heart of Ash Book 4
Devlin’s Dare Book 5
Passion Book 6

Anthologies and Collections
 Heartbreak on a Stick (Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After Collection)
Five Alarm Fire (Erotic Contemporary for the High Octane Heroes Anthology, Cleis Press)
A Cowboy for Delilah (Erotic Contemporary for the Cowboy Heat Anthology, Cleis Press)
Saving Charlotte (Erotic Contemporary for the Smokin' Hot Firemen Anthology, Cleis Press)
Stone Hard Seal (Hot Alpha Seals: Military Romance Megaset
The Real McCoy--in the Cowboy 12 Pack

Whipped--in the WTRAFSOG Collection #8

Fierce (A One Night Stand Story)

The last thing Katie expects—when she meets her friend Joy for a girls’ weekend in Vegas to celebrate her divorce—is an ambush. But Joy, determined to get Katie “back on the horse,” has submitted her profile with Madame Eve—who’s found her the perfect man.

Katie doesn’t want another man. She certainly doesn’t want or need confirmation that it’s her fault Mark could never satisfy her.

When Sebastian—scarred by the infidelity of his wife—overhears Katie’s confession, and the fact that she was faithful to her husband for ten years even though he never met her needs, he’s intrigued. More than intrigued. He’s determined to prove to this gorgeous, tempting, fascinating woman that she is not frigid. In fact, she is fierce.


Fran Lee said...

That's a lot of food for thought! I am going shopping! Thanks for sharing...

Sandy said...

Gorgeous cover, Sabrina! It's hard to wait for anything. lol

jean hart stewart said...

Lots of luck with this one, Sabrina. Sounds yummy. Next time an excerpt????Pretty please?

Melissa Keir said...

I love the idea Sabrina and I loved Fierce! But I agree, waiting is so hard! Congrats on your book deal with St. Martins! Hopefully the time will fly by!

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