Many of you were there or have heard about it on the ACFW email loop, but I have to post a big congratulations to Connie Stevens for being the recipient of my surprise first-time contract this year at the ACFW conference. Her historical novel Leave Me Never will be published with Heartsong Presents. It captured my interest with the plight of the heroine as her mother died and her abusive father abandon her in a small town. Connie had me emotionally connected with the heroine in chapter one, and I just had to keep reading to see what would happen to the poor girl.
Thank you to Tamela Murray, Connie's agent, who helped me figure out details and keep the secret so that Connie would be completely surprised.
Congrats again, Connie. I look forward to working with you!