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Monday, February 21, 2011

How Darah Lace Made her First Sale

Hello Fellow Writers!

I've asked multi-published erotic romance author Darah Lace to tell us about her very first sale:

Darah Lace: Ah, my first sale... In the fall of 2005, a few of my buddies convinced me to take my really hot and steamy writing to erotic and to submit a short story to Play Girl. So, taking their advice, I popped out a short story titled Party Girl (PG). Now this was my first attempt at erotic but it was also my first attempt at first person. The former I fell in love with, but the latter, I admit, is not my cup of tea and I haven’t tried it since. Maybe someday.

Anyway, while tweaking PG for Play Girl, The Wild Rose Press opened its doors for submission. Wheels started turning and tweaking became revising. PG had to be a romance and it had to be longer. And the characters had to have some kind of history. Not necessarily with each other, though they ended up with one anyway. The story went from sexcapade to erotic romance, and I’m proud to say PG aka Yesterday’s Desire was the first Scarlet Rose published with TWRP in June of 2006. Yay! My first sale!

Darah has a new book with Ellora's Cave called Bucking Hard. Here's the blurb:

All her life, tomboy Bradi Kincaid has wanted two things—a career as a veterinarian in her hometown of Grayson, Texas…and Mason Montgomery. Problem is, he’s her best friend and, according to him, she’s “one of the guys”. Convinced he’ll never see her otherwise, Bradi comes up with a sure-fire plan to get over Mason—flirt a little, dance a lot and get laid.

What Mason imagines doing to Bradi is just all kinds of wrong. But the woman on the dance floor isn’t the girl he grew up with. She’s hot and sexy and turning him on. Him and every other man in the bar. She’s also had too much to drink and is unaware of the trouble she’s inviting. He does what any friend would—he steps in, then sets out to teach her a lesson.

But before the sun rises, Mason discovers Bradi has a thing or two to teach him.

Sounds great! I love the name Mason - in fact, the Hero in one of my WIPs is named Mason too! You can read an adults-only excerpt here.


  1. I love reading everyone's story of their first sale! Of course I was sort of distracted from this story by that hot cover!! Yum. Congrats on your new release!

  2. Congrats, Darah!

    My Wild Rose Press story was somewhat similar...a little Halloween story that grew and grew, was submitted to TWRP's Black Rose paranormal line and got gently nudged over to Scarlet, where the heat was turned up!

    Bucking Hard sounds fascinating! Best of luck with it!

  3. Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for the post, Darah! Bucking Hard sounds hot!

  4. Hi Heather, I soooo agree with you on the cover. He is one hot cowboy!

    Thanks Taryn. It's always fun to turn up the heat!

    Shoshanna, thanks for having me on The Writer's Challenge. I'm excited to be here. I'd be happy to give away a copy of Saddle Broke today.

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  6. Sounds great, Darah. Everyone has such an interesting story about their road to publication.

  7. I agree, Eliza. I'm not sure where I'd be now if I'd followed through with a submission to Playgirl. :)

  8. Story sounds good. First sales are always a moment to be remembered

  9. congrats on your new release. Since I LOVED Saddle Broke, it's no surprise that Bucking Hard was...um...arousing. No need for me to win, I already have my copy.

  10. Hi KyAnn! Glad I could...um...arouse you. Or was it Mason doing the arousing? Either way, thanks for dropping by.

  11. Congratulations Heather! You are the winner of a copy of Saddle Broke. Email me at darah@darahlace.com to claim your prize.

    Thank you for having me on your blog, Shoshanna. And thanks to everyone who dropped by.

  12. Thanks so much Darah! And congrats to Heather, I'm sure she'll love Saddle Broke!


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