Wednesday, October 17, 2007




July 31st? That was my last post? My how time flies when you're awarded a contract at the ACFW conference in Dallas from Barbour Publishing for a three book series entitled Texas Fortunes including Diamond Duo, the first title, followed by Chasing Charity, and then Emmy's Equal. gasp!

You read right. I received my first contract! A THREE-BOOK contract. Bless you Rebecca Germany and Barbour for your faith in me. I won't let you down!

And that's the reason/excuse I have for neglecting my blog. I have a DEADLINE. Wow. It's like a roller coaster ride over the Grand Canyon. Thrilling and terrifying all at the same time.

Deadline or not, I've been hauled from my cave by the ear--thanks to my lovely, sweet critique partner, Jessica Ferguson.

I've been tagged. Not like a deer or a dead body. This friendly little tag is worse in some ways. It requires me to tax my memory, to go back in my mind to times and places I might not care to revisit. But, hey. A soon-to-be-multi-published-author can be a good sport, so here goes:

My life 10 years ago: I had just awakened from the fog of new-found love and realized I'd actually married a man with four boys. (Took me five years to wake up.) Hubby was on the road, and I was home alone with a ten-year-old and three teen aged boys. Yikes! I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

20 years ago: Living in Virginia, attending a school near D.C. to learn computer programming. Watching my daughter fall in love with a Virginia boy who would later become the father of my two oldest grandsons.

30 years ago: Now we're taxing my mind. This is too close to the 60's for my memory to be of any use at all. :) If you'd asked about 40 years ago, I could've told stories of thigh-high boots and waist-length hair, of riding on the backs of motorcycles, surfing, attending Beatles concerts.

In the 70's I was a reformed hippy, redeemed Christian, and the mother of a beautiful eight-year-old daughter. So, I guess they were great times after all.

7 comments:

Janelle said...

I'm so glad you took pictures of signing your contract. Lisa and I did too and I treasure them. Congrats again, my friend.

Jess said...

You're too funny, Marcia. I'm so thrilled about your contract and can't wait to see your books on my shelves.

Thanks for playing the 10-20-30 game. An interesting life! And I'm glad you're not a deer.

Marcia Gruver said...

Yes, Janelle. I know you two took pictures of signing your contract. When Becky emailed to see why I hadn't yet mailed mine, I wrote her back the following:

So sorry. Two of my friends (whose initials are Lisa and Janelle) insisted I have someone take a picture when I signed. And it took some time to arrange it.

Janelle said...

LOL. Oh sure, blame me and give me a bad rep. I'll remember that. (Glad I could help. grin.)

Marcia Gruver said...

Um, Jess. You're glad I'm not a deer? And that's it?

So...you'd be okay if I were the other tagged option? :)

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

Great pictures, Marcia. I know you'll treasure them. Who doesn't want that moment immortalized?? LOL!

Mary Connealy said...

Hi, Marcia. Welcome to Barbour.
I just read a press release that had both yours and my name on it. How fun is that. :)

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