Monday, October 19, 2009

Release Party for THE TIMESTONE KEY by Pamela Hearon

Finally!!!!


The Timestone Key is available today!


The Playfriends are thrilled to host Pamela Hearon’s first release party! I realize I’m a bit biased because Pamela is my Fabu CP, but I’m so excited that her first book is now available from Lyrical Press.

This was the first manuscript Pam sent me when we started critting back in the Dark Ages. I knew right then, this book was something really special. It had everything – including the Arthur legend – and it’s written in Pamela’s flowing, lyrical, evocative style (that even after all these years I still fall short of emulating…).

Here’s the blurb…

Can a modern heart entwined with an ancient mystery prevail against a terrifying future?

When she was three, Halley Winsted was given a mysterious family legacy and told to follow her heart. But now that she’s thirty-three, love and commitment don’t come easy, even in the arms of sexy Tom Rutledge. A trip to England seems the perfect chance to sort out her feelings, and to indulge her obsession with the Arthurian legends.

But the legends are true. Arthur is alive in Avalon, teetering on the brink of madness, unable to fulfill his role in mankind’s terrifying future. Can the legacy Halley bears heal Arthur’s mind in time? Can she trust her heart to lead her to her destiny?


Tell me that doesn’t sound awesome. You can’t. Plus, you can take my word for it that this book ROCKS in all kinds of fantabulous ways.

And now, I cede the floor to the author herself...

First of all, I want to thank the Playfriends for throwing the launch party for my debut novel The Timestone Key, released today by Lyrical Press. I’m not sure what I did to deserve finding Kimberly Lang as a critique partner, but as Rogers and Hammerstein so aptly wrote: “I must have done something good!”

When I was 22, I was in my first “real” interview for my first “real” job, an English teacher position at the local high school. The superintendent asked, “What do you see yourself doing when you’re forty?” I realize now that the definitive answer would have been something that mentioned still being a teacher at that school. Instead, in my naiveté, I answered, “I hope to have written the great American novel.”

Well, it isn’t exactly THE great American novel, and I didn’t make it by the time I reached 40, but today is certainly the fulfillment of a life-long dream for me. And I’m thrilled to be here, celebrating with the Playfriends and YOU!

The Timestone Key is the story of my heart—a romantic Arthurian fantasy conceived while on vacation. Stonehenge. Camelford. Tintagel. Glastonbury Tor. The places themselves conjured a story in my mind. I couldn’t rest until I had written it down.

What is it that drives us to tell our stories? Where does the compulsion come from? In her famous diary, Anne Frank wrote: “I want to go on living even after I die.” Poignant words from a writer lost to us well before her time should have even begun. But I get what Anne was saying, and I think her reason is part of this compulsion for me. I want my children and my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren to know who I was and what made me tick. It’s a way to touch immortality at some level.

So, today, we’re celebrating life and dreams that come true! Bring on the cabana boys and teeter-totters!

Share with us what compels you to write—or read.:-) I’ll be giving away a free download of The Timestone Key to someone who comments.

Now, who’s pouring the drinks? My glass is only half-full!

P.S. I got the teaching job :-)

Many congrats to Pamela! This is just the first of many great books!

62 comments:

Minna said...

congrats Pamela!

Jane said...

Happy Release Day, Pamela. I'll have a glass of bubbly.

Linda Winstead Jones said...

Way to go Pam! :-)

Smarty Pants said...

Yay, Pam! I remember the first time PC told me about this book and it sounded just awesome. Can't wait to download my copy.

Since it isn't quite 8AM yet, I'll fire up some mimosas. Any takers?

Problem Child said...

Yay!!!

I'm still on tea (my third pot today), but I hoist in Pam's honor!

Squeee!!

Smarty Pants said...

I'm sorry... you're on your third pot of tea at 8AM? Oi. Keep chugging along, PC, but its painful to even think about.

Pamela Hearon said...

Got my coffee and I'm ready to face the world! Wow! You all start to party early:-)
Thanks for the congrats! This is a pretty amazing day for me. Thanks for being a part of it!
I can't stop using exclamation points:-)!!!

Angel said...

Yay, Pam!!! I'm so excited for you. This book sounds so good, something to love for historical and contemporary readers.

Hmmm... Mimosas are a good way to start. We have declared petit fours a breakfast food, right? How about some chocolate croissants?

Why do I write? It keeps me sane. :) Even when it is driving me crazy. Reading is the same way. It helps me cope and takes me away from everyday stresses.

Angel

Pamela Hearon said...

Hi, Angel! Reading and writing are my rewards (or consolations, depending on how my day has been:-) to me.
Petite fours and chocolate croissants? Yum! I'll have one of each!

Annette Gisby said...

Congratulations, Pamela :) I read the extract on the Lyrical website and it sounds really good. I'm still working on the edits for my Lyrical book at the moment so release seems a long way away yet, LOL!

Instigator said...

Congrats, Pam!!! I'm so excited for you. I've loved the idea of this book ever since PC told me about it. I can't wait to finally read it!

I'll take a mimosa, a petite four and a chocolate croissant. I need to catch up to PC's productivity...

Instigator

Esmerelda Bishop said...

Congrat Pam!!!!

Christyne Butler said...

Congrats of your release, Pam! So happy for you!

Why do I write? Because I love happy endings!

In the middle of this crazy, mixed up world we deal with on a daily basis, there are times when getting lost in a story that you know is going to end good for everyone is a great way to spend some time...and I wanted to be one of those people that deliver those stories!

Playground Monitor said...

Congratulations! I know this has been a long time coming and I'm so excited for you. The story sounds fascinating.

Writing gives me a sense of accomplishment -- a goal that's been met. I haven't been able to write much this year because of upheaval in my life. I feel like I've failed by not writing, but I can't focus enough to write. Vicious circle. Maybe life will settle down now and the muse will book her plane ticket back from Tahiti where I'm sure it's warmer than the 37 degrees showing on my thermometer.

When I'm able to write, I read as a reward. Lately I haven't been able to focus enough to read either. I looked at my reading list and I've read less than a dozen books this year. Normally I read 4-6 a month.

Now where's my teeter-totter? Non-alcoholic, please. ;-)

Sherry Werth said...

Congrats Pam! I'm so excited for you! The book sounds great and I look forward to reading it.
Enjoy your party! :D

Tina Joyce said...

Mega congrats, Pam, I'm so happy for you! May this be the first of many. I can't wait to read it!

Pamela Hearon said...

Thanks Annette!
Just keep plugging away at the edits. You're release day will get here before you know it. So many exciting things seem to start happening once you get the cover. That's when the magic starts coming together:-)

Pamela Hearon said...

Thanks Kira!
You all have been behind me all the way on this. I so appreciate the support from the Playfriends!

Pamela Hearon said...

Thanks, Esmerelda!
I'm running a little behind on my posts:-) I'm using an aircard on my husband's computer as we travel in our motor home. It took a while to find everything I needed:-)

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Woohoo, congratulations, Pam!!!! I can't wait to read this book. From the moment that blurb went up on the Lyrical site, I've been wanting to read it. And the day is finally here when I can download it!

...drumroll....

And the purchase is complete! Yay! It's winging its way to my Kindle as I type.

Enjoy the day. :) You deserve to have as much fun as possible!

Pamela Hearon said...

Chrystine,
So glad you stopped by! (((hugs))) You are most assuredly one of those people who delivers us those happy ending!
Could you tell that cabana boy standing by you that my shoulders are a little tight and could use a massage?;-)

Pamela Hearon said...

Marilyn,
After my cancer diagnosis, it was months before I could write. My process is to sleep on my ideas and write them when I get up (weird, huh?) Instead, I would wake up thinking about the cancer instead of the book:-( I think it was my way of working through it all. There was just something more pressing than the book at that time, and I needed to be focused on recovery.
The frustrating part was that I wanted the escape, and couldn't find it in my writing.
Kimberly always says that the Universe is unfolding as it should. Once the cancer ordeal wasn't foremost in my thoughts (Praise the Lord!), the muse found her way back.
It will happen when your life smooths out.
(((hugs)))

Pamela Hearon said...

Sherry,
Thanks for stopping by! I'm having a great time:-) Glad you could be here.

Pamela Hearon said...

Tina,
Yay!!! Glad you're here! We've got so many exciting things going on right now at WriteRomance. Lots to celebrate:-)

Do you need a refill on that mimosa?

Pamela Hearon said...

Lynn Raye,
A party and a sale too? WOOT! LOL! I hope it downloaded okay. Lyrical has been having a problem with the Kindle, so it has to go through Mobipocket first, I think.
Thanks for coming by to help me celebrate.
Please do not drink that teeter-totter if you're planning on going up in your attic!-)

Pamela Hearon said...

Kimberly,
How are you getting anything done? After three pots of tea, I'd be spending alot of time away from my computer:-)

Lynn Raye Harris said...

It downloaded just fine! :)

LOL about the attic. Yeah, no kidding. *g*

Pamela Hearon said...

Lynn Raye,
Whew! (For both of your last comments:-)

Jean said...

Yea, Pam! Can't wait to read it.

Pamela Hearon said...

Thanks, Jean! Glad you stopped in!

Angel said...

Hmm... almost noon, definitely time to hit the alcohol, don't you think? I'll take a teeter totter and some lunch. Oh, cabana boy...

Angel

Pamela Hearon said...

Oh, dear! Was I supposed to wait until noon to hit the alcohol???

Pamela Hearon said...

Just had to leave an extra post because the word verification for this post is "funkeron" LOL!!!

Smarty Pants said...

Pam, just tell people you're still on French time.

Pamela Hearon said...

Ah oui! That can explain away a lot of things:-)

Captain Jack said...

If there's rum, I'll have a tankard thank you very much. If not, just what IS a teeter-totter? I've tottered across a few ship's decks in my day.

Congratulations, dear lady, on your accomplishment.

Your humble servant,

J. Sparrow

Pamela Hearon said...

Oo-la-la, Cap'n Jack! I was sooo hoping you would show up for the party! Now, just come with me over to this quiet little corner, and I'll tell you all about the book ...

Pamela Hearon said...

Oh! Wow! WOW! TWO bald eagles just flew over the highway in front of us!! Isn't that a good omen? (or maybe a sign that I need to switch to tea?;-)

LeaannS said...

Great cover, Pamela! Congratulations on seeing your baby finally in print. It sounds like a fun reading adventure!

Leigh Barbour said...

Pam's a great writer and we're going to see lots more from her.

Leigh Barbour said...

Oooh, mimosas, I'm a writeromance member ready to have my goblet filled.

Pamela Hearon said...

Leaann,
I love the cover:-) It makes me want to sigh when I see it. I guess that will pass sometime, but right now, it's quite a thrill.
Thanks for stopping in!

Pamela Hearon said...

Leigh,
I'm so glad you dropped in! And thanks for the kind words:-) (((hugs)))
I've just blended up some champagne and frozen strawberries.
Enjoy!

Problem Child said...

Well it looks like the party is rockin' in my absence. I've been hard at work creating more stuff for Pamela to read!

And I can't wait to read this again!

Pamela Hearon said...

You've been awfully quiet, PC. I was pretty sure I knew what that meant, though:-)
I'm home and back on my own computer now. Hopefully I'll get some stuff back to you now that I'm not arm-wrestling DH for the computer.
He's bigger than I am ~grumble, grumble~

Jack Feiler said...

CONGRATULATIONS Pam!! Patience is a virtue and you have virtue beyond measure. I know this day has been a long time coming. I can't wait to buy the real thing with your name on the cover!!!!

Kathy said...

Congratulations, Pam!! :) (Hiccup)

On one of my many voyages with Cap'n Jack, I learned that eagles are symbolic of the soul and warmth of life as in Egyptian hieroglyphics, a symbol of resurrection for Christians, and Native Americans paid homage to eagles as spirits who controlled lightning and rain, punishment and reward. To the Greeks, eagles were often suspected to be Zeus trying to control lightning and thunder.

But here's the best thing of all. Whenever an eagle flies across your path, opportunities always arise, especially for the ones you've given up on. Thanks for not giving up on The Timestone Key!!

Raisin' me tankard in salute. Ummm.. Mighty good rum!

Pamela Hearon said...

Jack!!! Thanks so much for coming! (Jack has been my BFF since we were 3!--well, I was 3 he was 4:-) Glad you found your way here to celebrate with me today! One margarita heading your way!
(((hugs)))

Pamela Hearon said...

Kathy,
I'm so glad you came! Your post gave me shivers (yeah, stick in 'me timbers' if you want;-)! I'm thrilled I didn't give up on it, either. The big theme of the book is "Follow your heart." I feel like I did just that:-)

Anonymous said...

You guys don't know how proud I am of Pam. This has been a long time coming but I know good things are in her future. I've read two more of her books............We celebrate tonight!!!!!!

Let the revenue begin.

Pam's husband, Dick

Pamela Hearon said...

Dick,
You were post #50 today! That earns you a VERY special prize:-) I love you--but get that wench off your lap!
XOXO

Kathy said...

I thought that was Jack. Oops!

Pamela Hearon said...

Kathy,
Dick and Cap'n Jack look nothing alike! And I'm not gonna believe that you slipped, either!

Kathy said...

Jack has taught me well. Mighty good rum! ;)

Angel said...

Um, never had any husbands at the party. Where did that wench come from?!?!

I don't know about y'all, but I'm exhausted from my day of partying. Who is buying dinner?

Angel

Pamela Hearon said...

Dick could make up for the wench (well, almost) if he bought dinner for all of us. Right? Oh and don't tell him husbands don't usually show up. I shamed him into coming by insisting that all of them do!

Mimi said...

Congratulations, Pamela! How exciting. I write and read to escape, and your book sounds like an excellent world to escape into! Wishing you fabulous sales!

Problem Child said...

I'm back from playing taxi service for the child. I'll start drinking now...

My word verf is hizedide, which sounds like I hit the bottle early indeed!

From the mess around here, it looks like it's been a good party. (And Dick is brave -- DG normally pokes his head in and runs the other way... I think the cabana boys make him nervous.)

Christine said...

I am so happy for you. Your book sounds sooooo good. I can't wait to read it... if it has ARTHUR and Camelot and all things Grail, I'm a goner.

Congratulations!

Pamela Hearon said...

Mimi,
Thanks for your kind words! Escape is good--especially into the imaginative worlds we create ourselves.
It keeps us coming back time after time:-)
Glad you stopped by!

Pamela Hearon said...

Christine,
It's good to see you again! I've been taken by Arthurian stories since I was a child. It was so much fun finally getting to write my own!
I'm so glad you stopped in to share this special day with me!

Pamela Hearon said...

Fabu CP and Playfriends,
Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me today. It has been a day I'll always remember.
You all are a wonderful group of writers; I feel blessed to count you among my friends.

Wishing you amazing success in all your writing endeavors!

(((hugs)))
Pam