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Friday, June 29, 2012

A Leap of Faith




So I thought I'd continue this week's semi-theme of famous sayings. Sayings like: taking a leap of faith, no guts, no glory, or you'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take (who said that one, Catherine Gayle?).

The majority of us know one or two people who are the embodiment of those statements. Men and women so daring, so confident in their abilities that they don't let naysayers or even gravity get in their way. 

Confession: I'm not one of them. Oh no, I'm as content as a cat lazing in the sun to stay in the safe little world I've carved out for myself. Schedules, car routes and playdates never change. Menus are planned weeks at a time. I even park in the exact same spot each time I go to the doctor. Seriously. (It's a condition I've never actually discussed with him. Shhh!)

Sure I've blogged about confessing my love to Rachel Gibson's face, and stalking hugging Colin Firth, but those were Extraordinary Circumstances.

After years of study, I have come to the conclusion that all  risk-takers have something in common. Support. Colleagues, friends and family encouraging and cheering them on (for the purposes of this blog, I am ignoring the Debbie Downers of the world that everyone knows. okaythanksloveya!). This conclusion made me realize that I, too, had that in common with the risk-takers I knew. That perhaps I could finally take a leap of faith and make my dreams come true. 

So I did it!


I Made It Myself

And I'm glad I did. I can't tell you how excited I am. How flippin' nervous I am. But I'm all those things and more. Next month, my debut novel, TWICE TEMPTED, will be available on Amazon and Barnes&Noble!

Sometimes...
Born into wealth and power, Christian Romanov is Hollywood’s favorite bad boy with a golden touch…until the day his agent receives pictures of the movie star celebrating his birthday in a not-so-legal way. Now he’s been ordered to find a small-town girl to be seen with in order to improve his partying image. He agrees, but for an entirely different reasons--to protect the reputation of an organization that helps get teen off the street and back into the school. Not only is he the anonymous donor that's been solely supporting the organization since its inception, he's slated to be their newest spokesman.
What happens in Vegas,
Zoe Ambrose is a hopeless romantic masquerading as a realist. But she’s also a successful novelist, trying to fit herself into a staid life when what she craves is the adventure she found one night in the arms of a playboy who never knew her name. When her successful crime series is optioned by a major studio, she travels to Las Vegas to find that the prince of her fantasies and single night of pleasure is the main contender for the male lead. But for four years Zoe has been publicly eviscerating the man who left her stranded that night—he’s the villain in her series! Now the movie star doesn’t even recognize her, and Zoe is determined to protect her heart this time.
Doesn't stay in Vegas.
 When Christian braves the small town of Holland Springs and Zoe’s overprotective family to win the girl of his dreams, he finds that his Hollywood skills might not cut it—and learns a shocking truth he never imagined. Can he can tempt her again and finally give her the epic love story she has refused to write for herself?


Words can't express how thankful I am for the support of Hot Builder,
Katharine Ashe, MK and my fellow Lady Scribes: Andris Bear, Ava Stone and Erin Knightley . 



So, Dear Reader, have you ever taken a leap of faith or know someone who did?

32 comments:

  1. I take a leap of faith every time we PCS (permant change in station). When I first got married I left what I knew and moved to Louisana where I didn't know anyone except my husband. I have to say that's pretty hard. Especially when I'm love to be around people, but nervous to meet new people. (That whole people pleaser thing, what if they don't like me). Then moving back to my hometown. Not everything stays the same. It was really rough the second year there (long story). Now moving to Montana where I really know one person and that person is moving in about a week. So, here I'm out here taking another leap of faith.

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    1. Melody,
      I moved ONCE for my husband's career and it was incredibly hard. You have so much inner strength. You also have an engaging personality. I know it's hard to put yourself out there, but I feel confident you will make friends in Montana just as you have everywhere else.

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    2. I agree with Samantha, Melody. You are so engaging and sweet. I don't think it will take you long to meet people that will recognize this!

      And I think it takes a leap of faith to even join the military. You and your husband rock!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Marquita,
    Congratulations! Your debut book sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it! We are going to have so much fun on your release day. :-)

    I've taken a few leaps of faith over the course of my life. It has always been scary, but when I've followed my heart, it has always been a good thing, too. After I graduated, I found a job in a small town in the Ozark Mountains away from my family and friends. (The loneliness was awful at first.) I couldn't say the reason I felt drawn to that town, but now I know it's because that's where I was supposed to meet the love of my life.

    I also felt pulled toward a field of social work that scared the daylights out of me, and it has blessed me in more ways than I can possibly list. And lastly, I ventured into writing because that is where my heart lead me, and it has been amazing. My world has been opened up in a way I never dreamed. My life is abundant with true friends, and I'm as content as I've ever been.

    This is going to be a great move for you, and we are all behind you 100%!

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    1. Oh I love, love that moving to an unknown place led you to the love of your life, Samantha. Sounds like something out of a romance novel! ;) *swoon*

      Release day! ACK! I'll be a wreck, right?! Luckily, I'll have you Ladies to help calm my nerves. One of the many reasons I love blogging with y'all at Lady Scribes.

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  3. Congratulations, Marquita! I'm so excited for you--and for me, because I finally get to read your book! So glad we get to share in your fun!

    I'll say again, I love that cover!

    I've taken many leaps - most have worked out for the best--and it's never been dull!

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    1. LOL! I hope you love it, Deb. I'm actually really nervous about my fellow authors (like you) reading Twice Tempted, because I've read everyone's books and think oh my gawd, they are so talented! It's a bit daunting. :}

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. LOL, I have no idea who said that, but I'm sure I could find out if I googled it. But congratulations on your upcoming release, and on taking that leap of faith. I've been there, done that, and it is terrifying and exciting all rolled up into one. I can't wait to buy it!

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    1. It was a hockey reference! I thought for sure you would know it, Catherine. :D

      Thank you, I'm super thrilled!!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I don't really consider anything I do a leap of faith.

    One of my college friends said I only make a decision after I've researched it to death, listened to twenty some people talk about it, and then I'll go do whatever I want anyway. I just like having all the facts before deciding to do something. It's called planning ahead.

    I like schedules, I like knowing all the consequences before doing something. It's nice and safe and makes me happy. I do not like people coming in and dropping sudden things in my lap...like my husband who believes spontaneity is a way of life. There is thing called a calendar...see I mark all the things I'm doing... use it or I might turn b*tchy. :)

    So I'm a planner not a leaper. But I do listen to my friends...even if they don't think so all the time.

    Congrats on the release Marquita.

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    1. Beth, it looks like you and your husband are perfect match-one balancing out the other.:)

      So maybe planned spontaneity would work for you?

      And thanks-I'm excited!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. More like a tug of war, each of us pulling the other one to his side. I'll ask what weekend he wants to take a vacation and he does stuff like at 11pm he'll get online book a week vacation and THEN tell me honey, I've booked our vacation...we leave tomorrow morning.

      Umm, yeah...no. Ever hear of things like laundry, packing...that sort of thing. I'm then in a crappy mood for the first two days. Give me a day, a weeks notice. Just something so I don't feel overwhelmed and can plan for doing all the work that needs to be done so we can leave.

      Bleh, I am not a pickup and leave everything type of girl. At least he knows I can bend a little bit. My dad plans everything in advance. Growing up, our family vacations were planned a year ahead of time. A year...or more. I just want a bit of notice. See I'm not that bad of a control freak. :)

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  6. Gurrrrl, I am so excited for you!!! Love the cover, love the story, love you. Can't wait for the world to know what that's so Zoe means. ;}
    I took a MAJOR leap of faith when I married my hubs and moved down here. He was here already (stationed in Fayetteville, 82nd Airborne when we met, but moved to Raleigh right before we married). I can't tell you how much I did NOT want to move to NC. I'm very close with my family and it was extremely hard for me to leave Indiana. We were supposed to move back when we started having kids. Yeahhhh. My Princess is a honeymoon baby. It took me five years to accept this is where I'm supposed to be. And now I love it. :)

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    1. LOL! That's soooo Zoe, Andris. hee!

      Omgreenbeans that is a big leap, much bigger than mine when I had to move to the middle of the same state. But I'm super happy you're here!xoxo

      Can't wait for you to make your own big leap in writing, whatever that may be!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. CONGRATS, MARQUITA!! I love the cover you did a fab job and the book sounds awesome!! Best of luck to you on this new leap!! ;D

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I have to admit- I'm totally in love with the cover. It really fits everything about my heroine. :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Yaaaaaaay! I emailed Ava yesterday to ask if you were taking this particular leap of faith. LOL! I'm SO excited for you!! And I wish you great, great success with your book. It sounds fantastic and that cover is stunning!!

    As for leaps of faith...we take them all the time! I love spontaneity, I love change. And we are taking what some might see as a huge leap of faith this fall. We're packing up and moving from NYC (our home for the last 15 years) to Southeast Florida, based on a week we spent in the Bahamas. No joke. People keep asking us if we have friends or family there, because I think it's probably really strange for people to just up and move on a whim. For us, it just feels right...no, not right...it feels freakin' awesome!!! LOL!

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    1. HEE! Thanks, Jerrica. Ava, along with a couple of others (see my support team, ;D) helped me realize that I could do this! Or given me delusions of grandeur. ;)

      I love that you're taking the chance to move to another state. WOW. Never done that. I wish you and your family the best!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Yay, Marquita!!! I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to read TWICE TEMPTED. :-) Love the cover, too.

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    1. Thanks, Elyssa! I can't wait for you to read TT, too! hee! And thanks for the cover love.

      PS I can't wait for everyone to see what the future holds for you! hugs!

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  10. Congratulations on taking this leap of faith, Marquita! I'm so happy for you, more than words can say. I LOVE the cover, and you know already that I adore Christian and Zoe. I'm so excited for the rest of the world to love them too!!!

    And I'll add, it's positively a mark of your lovely character that you make this incredible announcement about your accomplishment with a thank you to your friends. This is why your characters shine with such warmth -- because it comes straight from inside you. :)

    xoxo

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    1. You made me cry, Katharine. Seriously cry and need a Kleenex. :}

      I couldn't imagine not announce it that way, because I *know* I couldn't have done it without the support, cheers and woah, nellys you guys gave me when I needed them.

      Thanks for giving me a soft place to land.

      xoxo

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  11. Congrats, Marquita!
    Can't wait to read it!

    I think we take small leaps of faith every day. Graduating to the bigger ones is no biggie. Okay, maybe some of them are, but we have to jump anyway. The alternative is unacceptable.

    Love that cover!

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    1. Very true, Mari. And I love what you wrote: maybe some are but we have to jump anyway. LOVE IT! (fall down 7 times, get up 8, right?)

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me! :)

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  12. Congrats, Marquita. I'm so excited for you. :)

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    1. Thanks, Ava! You really helped me make this happen! hugs!

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  13. I just want to say...SQUEE! I'm so excited for you, Marquita. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb looks interesting and fun. I'm really looking forward to reading the book! Good luck, my dear!

    My husband and I took a pretty big leap of faith when we moved here, after only visiting NC for TWO DAYS previously. He had gotten a great job offer and we wanted to live somewhere we felt safe and good about raising our child- even though we only had one child at the time and he was only three months old. ALL of our friends and family was left behind, and that was the hardest thing we have ever done. But...the move paid off. We love it here, my husband's job gets better every year, we've made fantastic friends and my boys are happy little guys. :)

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    1. TWO DAYS?! Y'all sound like Jerrica and her husband! ;) It blows my mind that people can do that. I'm so happy that you're here, and that your family is loving NC along with you! :)

      And thanks for the cover love. *fingers crossed* I hope you enjoy Twice Tempted!

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  14. My biggest leap of faith was getting married (only dated him for 2 months) and having children. But it was the best thing I have ever done. I have a wonderful husband who loves me and 2 beautiful smart daughters.
    Congradualtions!! Can't wait to buy your book and so very happy for you!!

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  15. ACK - I was so frazzled after a working all day at the day job with a broken AC unit, I forgot to come back and comment! Marquita, I am beyond excited for your brilliant leap into publishing. Your books are so full of heart and so delightful - just like you! I just know you will be a rock star, my dear!

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