Sucker for Submission Calls by Kris T. Bethke

December 5, 2017

 

Sucker for Submission Calls

Hi there! I’m Kris T. Bethke, and I’m here to talk about how my new release, Hearts and Hazelnuts came to be.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a sucker for submission calls. And when I saw the one for the States of Love collection, I was hooked. I loved the idea of a romance taking place in each of the 50 states, and was quick to put in a claim. But authors were claiming states so fast, I missed out on my first choice.

(It was New York, for those who are curious. Both because it’s where I’m from, and because I wanted to showcase a part of the state that wasn’t New York City. Don’t get me wrong, NYC is amazing. But there’s more to the state that just that. :D )

So I thought I was destined to miss out on this collection. Some months later, I was trolling through the list again (because I was curious) and I saw Montana was back up for grabs. This time I was a little more cautious, but I had a story in my head that would be perfect. So I put it together, planned it out, and sent it in.

And was once again denied, because someone else was quicker than me.

I was disappointed, sure. But I knew whomever had both of these states would do a great job, and I once again thought I was destined not to be a part of the collection.

Fast forward to October of last year, when I thought I’d take a look at the list again. I wanted to see what was claimed and contracted, and what stories I would have to look forward to as a reader. And I was totally surprised to see a few states up for grabs again. And one of them was Oregon.

Cue the spotlight and the ringing bells.

I’ve long had a love affair with the Pacific Northwest, and Oregon and Portland in particular. There was a fire in my belly to write this story, but I wanted to find something that would set it apart. A lot of research later, I had my answer. Hazelnuts. And a whole story to go with it.

But this time, I hemmed and hawed about sending in the claim. I knew, right down to my toes, that I’d get denied again. Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I put together my synopsis, sent in the claim, and held my breath.

Turns out, third time really is the charm.

For the next three months, I lived and breathed Oregon. Arm chair traveled and researched, got into my MCs’ heads and really found out what made them tick. I wrote massive revisions when they were asked for, and the result is something I’m supremely proud of.

Jordan and Beck fall in love with each other while already being in love with their home state. And I fell in love too. All over again.

I may have been disappointed in the beginning of my journey, but in the end, I was telling the story that needed to be told. Right place, right time, everything fell into place. And I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Has that ever happened to you?

 

Check out Hearts and Hazelnuts today!

 

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Blurb:

Mechanic Jordan Hart is down on his luck, so he gladly accepts a temporary job servicing tractors at a hazelnut farm in Newberg, Oregon. He doesn’t expect to be attracted to his boss, Beckett Shaw. Still working on embracing his bisexuality, he’s reluctant to start anything, but Beckett’s gentle coaxing convinces Jordan to take a risk.

Beckett has vowed not to get involved with anyone until he can restore the Shaw Farms name as a leader in hazelnuts. But there’s no denying his interest in the shy mechanic who shows up at his door. Just as they begin to find a balance, outside forces threaten to tear them apart. Job opportunities force Jordan out of the Portland area he loves so much. But when danger comes too close to Beckett, Jordan must decide if he can follow his heart to the Willamette Valley… and straight back to Beckett.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

 

Author Bio:

Kris T. Bethke has been a voracious reader for pretty much her entire life and has been writing stories for nearly as long. An avid and prolific daydreamer, she always has a story in her head. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, or knitting/crocheting her latest project. Her biggest desire is to find a way to accomplish all three tasks at one time. A classic muscle car will always turn her head, and weekend naps are one of her greatest guilty pleasures. She lives in a converted attic with a very fluffy cat and the voices in her head. She’ll tell you she thinks that’s a pretty good deal. Kris believes that love is love, no matter the gender of the people involved, and that all love deserves to be celebrated. And she loves to hear from readers, so feel free to drop her a line.
Email: kristbethke@gmail.com
Blog: kristbethke.com
Twitter: @KrisTBethke
Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Kris-T-Bethke/100014524539852

 

 

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