Getting Published – With A Little Help From My Friends

Okay, with a LOT of help from my friends! The debut of Explosive Combination was the launch of my career as a romance writer and I couldn’t have done it without the assistance of some of the most wonderful, kind-hearted women in the world…published romance writers.

I have written five non-fiction books and met some of the most self-consumed, aggrandizing, pompous, back-stabbing, (I’m sure I can think of more adjectives but you get the idea) authors who write what they consider the most important books on the planet.

Fortunately, I stepped out of the role of corporate public relations writer and to my amazement I was enveloped into the truly caring arms of romance writers. They unhesitatingly encouraged me and guided me through the quagmire of the publishing world. Many became critique partners, others good friends, and they showed me the light in their hearts that shines through their characters.

But my debut didn’t happen overnight and I didn’t get here alone.

A few years ago, after listening to more than 300 romance novels while I stapled up insulation, laid tile, and painted our nineteenth home, I had an epiphany. Yes, not only that tile and marble is heavy and painting over my head on a nine-foot ladder makes my shoulders ache, but I realized I preferred stories that left me feeling good, satisfied that the characters were happy with their situation and each other in the end.

So I made my decision. I was a professional writer, I could do this. I could write romance novels. While Macho Marine was working out of the country, I spent my evenings in front of the computer writing several stories. Although not the first story completed, Explosive Combination is the first published.

With the help of Deborah Grace Staley, Lori Foster who introduced me to Monette Michaels, Duffy Brown who literally wrapped her arm around me after my first crash and burn with an agent pitch, and the list of those compassionate and helpful romance authors grows every day. 

It took two and a half years to reach my debut and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my new friends. My sincere “Thank you!” goes to all romance writers and to all the readers who enjoy our happy endings.

In Explosive Combination, Harper Tambini is kidnapped and escapes with the help of undercover CIA agent Rafe Silva. As they are chased across Colombia will time run out before they can both overcome their past and commit to the lust ignited within them both? Pick up your copy of Explosive Combination today at one of the links listed below. 




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About KaLynCooper

​KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She, her husband, and bird dog live in Eastern Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.
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