Title: Courting Carlyn
Author: Melissa Chambers
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 6, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.
When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.
Road to Publication
I’m not someone who has written all my life. I’m what you’d call a late-bloomer. I didn’t starting writing my first book until 2010, and I finished in 2011. I wasn’t sure where to go from there, so I took some advice from an author acquaintance and I joined the Romance Writers of America, and then my local chapter, the Music City Romance Writers. MCRW offered monthly workshops that I attended as well as RWA writing conferences, events, and online classes. I spent several years honing my craft, and through those years I wrote a total of ten books.
At some point back in those early years (2012, maybe?) someone from Entangled came to an event MCRW hosted and gave a presentation about their company and business model. I was sold! I knew I wanted to publish with them, and I set out to do it.
The Summer Before Forever was actually the third book I submitted to Entangled (third time’s a charm?). It wasn’t an automatic yes for them though. They asked me to make some major revisions, which I was more than happy to do. I agreed with all of them, by the way. I sent them my revised manuscript, then I got the email that they wanted to talk. It was right before Christmas, so it made for a wonderful Christmas present!
Courting Carlyn is my third book with Entangled, and I hope to release more! They have a fabulous team with editors that make me work hard, but also very much make me a better writer.
Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series and the Before Forever series (YA).