Thursday, January 2, 2014
SAY HELLO TO PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS! by CHERYL PIERSON
Five short months ago, Livia J. Washburn and I decided to take a plunge and open our own publishing house. It was a dream come true for me because I definitely do not have the computer skills and savvy that Livia possesses! So I would never have undertaken this project on my own. My part of the partnership is publicizing, acquiring new manuscripts, and editing. It is a match made in heaven for both of us. May I share with you all what our “dream company” has done in only five months' time? Let’s start with our debut anthology WISHING FOR A COWBOY. We were so fortunate to have such wonderful contributors to this collection! Phyliss Miranda, Tanya Hanson, Sarah McNeal, our own Jacquie Rogers, Tracy Garrett, reviewer Kathleen Rice Adams, Livia and me. This short story grouping is western historical romance, in the sweet to sensual category. All the stories mention a certain holiday food, and the story is either built around the food or can just bring it up casually. The recipes will be included in the back of the book, so there'll be lots of great eating! Our next anthology, HEARTS AND SPURS, will be available on January 15, 2014, for Valentine’s Day gift-giving and reading for those who want to “self-gift.” We were thrilled to have every one of the above authors sign up once more for this anthology as well, and we added another author, Linda Broday! Also in the mix, one of our anthology contributors, Tanya Hanson, has a brand new inspirational historical western romance, CLAIMING HIS HEART, recently released, and we’re all very excited about this one…because she’s talking about a sequel! Kristy McCaffrey’s INTO THE LAND OF SHADOWS is available now, and Gail Jenner’s novel, ACROSS THE SWEET GRASS HILLS has also made its debut. Livia and I decided to “go for the gusto” when people began to ask about other submissions avenues—Do you publish contemporary or science fiction stories? Do you publish children’s westerns or historical? What about children’s contemporary stories? Well, what could we do? With that much support and those requests, we had to immediately branch out! We opened PAINTED PONY BOOKS, an imprint for youthful readers of historical/western stories with three levels of submissions/readership: Middle Grade readers (ages 9-12),Young Adult(ages 13-17)and New Adult(ages 18-24) TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS is the “sister” imprint for these same ages, but for the contemporary, futuristic, and fantasy categories. Finally, FIRE STAR PRESS is our imprint for contemporary, futuristic and fantasy categories for adults. Already, we have several unique and wonderful books and anthologies planned for these different companies that offer a wide variety of reading for all ages. While PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS accepts submissions from women only, the other imprints are co-ed! If you know of anyone who might be looking for an honest publisher, please send them our way! We appreciate you spreading the word for us, and all the support and well wishes we’ve received in the short time we’ve been in business. We have a brand new website here: http://prairierosepublications.yolasite.com/ And here's a sneak peek at our soon-to-be-released anthology just in time for VALENTINE'S DAY! HEARTS AND SPURS will be out on January 15, with NINE wonderful stories of love in the west! We will give a big ol' shout out when it comes to life, so y'all stay tuned. Nope, I didn't forget--I wanted to do a giveaway today to celebrate our big kickoff of our new company. So I'm giving a copy of WISHING FOR A COWBOY to one commenter--not just any old copy--but a signed print copy of this fabulous Christmas book with all the scrumptious recipes included that are mentioned in the stories. Leave a comment, and be sure to check back to see if you are the lucky winner. Also, be sure to "follow" us while you're here visiting--we look forward to having you with us!