Bared to You by Sylvia DayHappy Anniversary, CTR! My career started the same year as Coffee Time–2004.

I've pretty much always wanted to be a romance author. When I was twelve, I wrote a report for class that said I aspired to be a romance novelist. Thankfully my teacher, a rather somber man, pulled me aside after class and told me to go for it. He said I had a gift with words and that I shouldn't lose sight of writing as a career. I can't remember his name now, but I'm so grateful for his support and kind words.

Still, I did lose sight of writing for a while. I graduated, started working, and eventually joined the military. When I returned to civilian life, I got married and had two children. It wasn't until October 2003 that I had a moment while my children were napping to think about what I was going to do once both my kids were in school all day. I wanted to go back to work and it seemed the perfect opportunity to start over again. I was reminded of my long ago dream to write and I sat down at my computer to get started.

In the summer of 2004, Lori Foster held the Brava Novella Contest, in which the prize was publication with Kensington Books. I submitted an entry, was selected by Lori as a finalist, and ended up the Readers' Choice Winner with a publishing contract. Now, here it is eight years later, and my latest novel, Bared to You, is on both the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists. I look back and wonder how it is that I ended up where I am now. It seems so surreal and I feel very blessed.

To celebrate eight wonderful years of doing what I love, I'll give away eight books to eight commenters–one book each. 🙂 Winners choice of a Kindle or Nook copy of Bared to You OR a Kindle or Nook copy of A Caress of Wings (releasing June 5th).

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