Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy 80th Birthday to Me! (Tara Taylor Quinn)

Ha Ha! I'm not 80 but I'm celebrating an 80th birthday today with the release of The Fireman's Son! It's my 80th published Harlequin novel!! I was packing up boxes this past weekend - re-visiting things I haven't seen in a long time and I came upon two copies of my very first published novel - also a Harlequin Superromance. The book is no longer available anywhere that I know of. It's one of only two that have not been re-released in eFormat. I looked at that cover and I was 80 books ago. I knew the story. I could remember how I felt writing it. Revising it. I remembered lying in bed before dawn one morning in Arizona and hearing the phone ring. The call was from someone in RWA letting me know that the book was a RITA finalist! I thought it was for Best First Book, that that was my only hope of being a finalist, but it was a finalist in the Best Long Contemporary category. So much has happened since then. Six more RITA finalists. RT noms, a Reader's Choice Award. My books and I have been on national TV - including CBS Sunday Morning and Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee (my book was on that one, not me!) We've hit the USA Today Bestseller List.

And we've got so many more places to go. So many more things to do. It's a good thing only they are 80, not me! They'll be up to 82 before this year is out! And to 90 in 2018. That's a whole lot of love and hope, of testimony to the strength of the human spirit and belief in happy endings out in the world! But today it's just one book. THE book - as each book is THE book. I leave it in your hands...



8 comments:

Claire McEwen said...

Congratulations on your 80th book, Tara! How inspiring!

Mary Preston said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Most impressive.

Kristina Knight said...

congratulations, Tara! I am in awe!!!

Tara Taylor Quinn said...

Thanks, Ladies!! I don't really take it in. I write a book, and it's the only one at that time. Then I get up and write some more. When I look at how many years I've been writing and how many more I've got to go, I figure I'm not even half way there yet!

Colleen C. said...

Wow! Major congrats!!!

dstoutholcomb said...

Congratulations! How wonderful!

denise

Laney4 said...

Well done, and I love how you're always looking forward!

I was just watching a November show of Rachael Ray where Peter Walsh went into a 22-year-old's bedroom and decluttered it for her. I had to laugh when it was all said and done, as on her one shelf were her favourite books, and right in the centre I could easily see "SUSAN MALLERY" on the spine. I hope she knows about her free advertising. Reminded me of your Regis and Kathie Lee comment above, LOL.

penney said...

Happy book birthday! Am looking forward to reading this one. thanks
Penney

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