When I was first asked if I’d like to write a 1NS story by a friend, Rebecca Royce, I said, “I don’t know. I have so many projects.” At first I didn’t want to ask what the heck a 1NS was, feeling maybe this was something the savvy author was suppossed to know. Kind of like all that cute jargon more seasoned authors use that makes the newbies scratch their heads, like WIP, IMHO, Beta, Skiffy Rommers, urban fantasy, dystopian, etc., etc. Not wanting to look stupid, I hesitated to ask. Then curiosity got the better of me. It always does. “What’s a 1NS?”At first I thought what? Really? I like to write erotic romance because of the HEA, and this sounded like straight erotica. “Um, I don’t know. I kind of like those happily ever afters,” I said. All I could think was okay, they want a single scene where the lovers get together for a tryst and then go their separate ways, never to again meet. Boring! At the time, I didn’t know how wrong that assumption was. Rebecca set me straight.
“They can have happily ever afters—many of the stories do. Here’s the link: www.decadentpublishing.com. Check them out.”
So I did. There were a little less than thirty stories in the series at the time, which if you look at other publisher’s series, that’s not small potatoes, but for the 1NS series, it was only the beginning of the extraordinary collection that has over one hundred thirty titles now.Vamps, weres, time travel, ghosts and aliens. Contemporary, military and it went on and on. It sure wasn’t that ho-hum theme I thought it would be: Boy meets girl. They get it on. They part ways. No, this was so much more diverse than I ever thought it could be. Now she had my undivided attention.
The next thing I noticed was the names of the authors who were writing the 1NS series. Many I knew personally, and some I knew by reputation. And believe me, I was looking at cream of the crop, wondering if I would ever get a story accepted, so impressive the list. There were several award winning authors, including a Prism award winner, a New York Times Bestseller, authors who wrote for the big pubs, first time published authors and veterans. And I said, “There must be something to this 1NS thing.” Yeah, there was.
Then I noticed the covers. If you’re a writer and you’ve ever gotten a bad cover, you’ll know why I wanted to do back flips. The covers were gorgeous. Not merely pretty, but stop you in your tracks, OMG I want that book, stunning.
Still not sure, I was ready to take a leap, you know, new publisher, new series.... Could I make another commitment to another publisher and keep my sanity? I checked out the submissions guidelines and fate slapped me upside the head and said “What are you waiting for?” One of my favorite editors was leading the charge with this series, and I knew my baby would be in no better hands. I didn’t leap—I dove in.The rest is history. From there, Cinderella Wore Combat Boots was born. Following on its heels were This Endris Night, Seducing Liberty and my newest release, My Boogie Woogie Bugle Guy.
Now you know how I became addicted to writing and reading 1NS. So, if you’re looking for a series that goes on and on, is diverse, and inexpensive, you have to grab a 1NS. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. It’s addictive.Go out and get your fix. Go on. I dare you.
Okay, for the first giveaway on my blog to someone who comments, I have an e-copy of Cinderella Wore Combat Boots. For a second lucky commenter, I’m giving away a signed t-shirt with one of my 1 Night Stand covers. I have medium, large and extra large. And last but not least, for a third lucky commenter, a set of four romance trading cards, including Rebel Souls, Seducing Liberty, Courtesan Boot Camp, and This Endris Night. In addition, you get entered for a chance to win the grand prize of a Kindle Touch and a 2nd place prize of a $50.00 Amazon gift card. So be sure to leave a comment on each blog post to improve your chances, but only one comment will count as an entry per blog.
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