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Preparing our Co-written Romance, or "Co-mance"

I've been co-writing a contemporary romance with my writing partner Amber Roshay. We decided to choose a pen name for books we write together. After much consideration, we chose 
Anna Starr which is a mash-up of our real middle names. Anna has a Facebook group where we'll talk about romance novels and share updates.

We don't live in the same city, so we relied on Google docs and weekly phone calls to get things done. We also split shifts to make it easier. I wrote in the mornings and she wrote in the evenings. As moms with different schedules, this worked well for us.

We've just finished our revisions and have sent the manuscript off to beta readers for feedback. It was exciting to finish our first book as a team! 

Now we are preparing for #PitMad, the Twitter pitch contest for writers. It will be fun to throw our hat (or manuscript) in the ring. That means we will need to integrate beta reader feedback and polish up our query letter and synopsis this weekend.

Writing a book is a labor of love and in this case, a story about love. In case you're curious, here's the premise:

BUNDLE BY THE BAY is a sexy contemporary romance set in San Francisco. Rowan is a hot billionaire philanthropist and Hannah is a feisty non-profit director. After her grant proposal is turned down by his foundation, she tries to change his mind to avoid program closures and lay-offs. When they meet, he offers to give her non-profit money from his own pocket under three conditions. Still stinging from divorce and infertility struggles, Hannah’s closed herself off to love. Rowan has suffered his own heartbreak at the hands of his cheating fiance. His sexy proposition may lead them toward a future they never imagined possible.

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