Friday, June 7, 2019

The Saga of Kentucky Flame: Bluegrass Reunion Series Book 4 by Jan Scarbrough

In 1998, I’d been writing eight years, and my writing buddy Maddie James had just sold to Kensington’s new line Precious Gems. These little paperback romances were only sold at Walmart, but hey, it was a start. Maddie told me to shorten my 85,000-word romantic suspense to 50,000 words and submit it. I did. I became a published author!

Kensington titled my book Reunited and sold it for $1.96. I was a happy camper.

After my rights were reverted, I sold the little paperback to a company called Five Star. The $1.96 book became a $25 hardback book sold to libraries.

To sell the book to Kensington, I had cut out 35,000 words and the suspense element. When my rights came back from Five Star, I put the words and suspense back into the manuscript. I changed the names of the major characters. By this time, eBooks were making an appearance. I sold the restored book that I now called Kentucky Flame to a small eBook publisher in 2009.

In 2018, I reclaimed my rights for all of my Bluegrass Reunion Series books. Slowly, I self-published them. With each book, I polished them and updated them. I sent them to the editor, and each book made several passes through her sharp eye and pen. I rebranded the books with new covers.

The moral of the story is books you love don’t have to go away and die. Breathe new life into them. Kentucky Flame was the first book I ever wrote, the first book I sold, and truly the book of my heart.

You can grab an eBook copy of Kentucky Flame until June 16 for 99 cents! Here is a link to all the eBook retail sites where you can buy it.


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  1. I've read a few of these. Will have to make sure to get the rest!! Excellent story of how these books have survived over the years.

  2. I love breathing new life into an earlier book! I'll never get tired of reading romances!

  3. You just proved a good romance is timeless.

  4. Books can never die! What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing and your series sounds great!

  5. I'm reading this one right now! It's lovely.

  6. I remember reading the original version, Jan. Love the way you've rebranded it. Have the new version on my TBR mountain. Good luck with it.


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