Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lyn Cote Comes Clean About The Preacher's Daughter

I have something to confess. Nothing too serious but a little no-no.

This month my two-book series: Finally Home-Finally Found is being re-released on September 8th. I am really happy that Steeple Hill is re-issuing our earlier Love Inspired Romances since many readers want new copies of books they missed. Our readership has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade and many want to read all our backlist books.

Now for my confession. I am often "orphaned." This means that my editors (lovely women all) insisted on getting married, having twins or moving with their husbands to new cities. This is what "orphans" me. How inconsiderate of them. What were these editors thinking?

Anyway, I had finished these two books which were really only the first two books in a series about 3 sisters who are trying to locate their mother's birth parents. They are doing this because their mom who has leukemia has just gone into remission. But they want to find her birth family in case she needs a bone marrow transplant. None of them were a match and they can't stand the thought that their mom would need a transplant and have no match.

So my editor left--orphaned again. While they were hiring a replacement, I was assigned an interim editor. I told her that I wanted to write the third book and she said, "No, it's been too long since the first two books came out." I was not happy because I knew that my readers would ask--so what about the third sister? Doesn't she get a handsome hero and a happily ever after?

So when my newly hired editor called and asked if I had a new story in mind, I said, "yes!" I gave her a brief rundown of the story and she liked it. I did not come clean and tell her that this was the third in the series. And I even changed the name of my heroine and her family members.

Later I did come clean with her and she said that I should have told her. She didn't think that the time between books would have been a problem. So if you read Finally Home-Finally Found and want to read about the third sister, look for The Preacher's Daughter. Fortunately, it was picked up by the Large Print publisher, Thorndike-Gale. So it's probably in the Large Print area of your local library or you can still buy it on Amazon.

The third sister Doree is named Lucie in The Preacher's Daughter and her mom's name changed from Ethel to Dorothy. The names changed but Lucie is still definitely Doree. GRIN

Now if you want a chance to win an autographed copy of Finally Home-Finally Found, drop by my personal blog, "Strong Women, Brave Stories" and post a comment. During the month of a new release, I have a weekly drawing for a free copy. Just leave a comment and you'll be entered.

So there you are--my true confession!
PS-BTW, don't you think the cover model on TPD looks like our own Lenora Worth?


Pat Davids said...

What a great story. Thanks for sharing. I've been orphaned myself a time or two, no three times. Good thing we have so many LI sisters.

Lyn Cote said...

Thanks for dropping by, Pat. I am on my 22nd editor in 12 years. That's probably not a record but no doubt close!

Debby Giusti said...

Hi Lyn,
Loved your True Confession! And, yes, your cover model does look like Lenora ... or maybe her twin?

Glad the third daughter's story made publication.

Project Journal said...

Hi Lyn!
This does definitely sound good! I fall into that kind of new LI reader who wants to read all of the backlist books : )
Yes, that does look like Lenora, weird!

Lyn Cote said...

Brenda, if you want to win a copy, drop by my blog
I will be giving a copy a week away this month in a drawing of those who leave comments.
And I will be also donating copies to be given away in the quarterly drawings on this blog.
So there's how!

And Hannah, glad you love our books!