Saturday, February 2, 2013


I’ve just sat here for quite a while, trying to come up with a title and opening to this blog that’s adequate enough to capture the epicness of the announcement I’m about to make. And then I finally realized none of the above exists, so I’m just going to say it.

The following was announced in The Publisher's Marketplace on Thursday:

C.L. Parker's fan fiction success THE MILLION DOLLAR DUET, pitched as a modern-day erotic PRETTY WOMAN, to Shauna Summers at Ballantine, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, by Alexandra Machinist at Janklow & Nesbit (NA).

Most of you know that I started writing Twilight fan fiction as a way to hone my writing skills before I eventually published the Supernova Saga. Well, while writing the first book, Supernova, I needed a smut outlet. Million Dollar Baby was that. (the published title is still to be determined)

Originally, I’d had no intention of publishing M$B, but lately, I’ve hit a bit of writer’s block on my new series. Real life issues made my mojo go a bit limp (personal problem, I know). Publishing M$B was supposed to be my Viagra of sorts. I figured the time was right, and loads of readers had been flooding my inbox, asking me to publish it in light of all the other fanfics that have been hitting the shelves.

Why not? So, I set about the process of self-publishing.

It was during a chat with my gal pal, Darynda Jones (New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series) that something much bigger came about. I’d told her about my new adventure and she’d stopped me dead in my tracks, asking me to hold off on self-publishing. Darynda can be quite convincing when she wants, the vixen.

Next thing I knew, THE Alexandra Machinist (VP literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates) was ringing my phone and overnighting me a contract. Less than two weeks later, a super sweet deal was on the table for THE MILLION DOLLAR DUET, the above announcement was made, and THE Shauna Summers (senior editor at Ballantine, Random House Publishing Group) was chatting me up.


Y’all, I have the same editor as Suzanne Brockmann, Lara Adrian, and Karen Marie Moning!!!! Aaaannnnd, I have the same agent as Darynda Jones!!!! 

I knoooooowwwwww!!!! It's got me doing this . . . 

Won't you join me?



  1. LOL---I was doing the same dance, my friend! You so deserve this and much, much, more. FLYAS!

  2. Hehe love this blog, especially those clips roflpimp!

  3. BWAHAHAHAA!!! I love it!!!! I'm so stinkin' proud of you!

  4. You are so awesome!I am so proud! I wish you the best and many shots of Patron and a lifetime of Sham-wow moments.

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  6. Look at you! This couldn't have happened to a more deserved friend. Now the wide world will know you as we do! The snarky, smart mouth, checking out all of the boys in the room kinda gal that we worship and adore! So very very proud of you!

  7. Yep, yep, yep! That's my fantabulous friend, CL Parker! Just think, this story is how we first met! Adore you, adore the story and adore Darynda Jones for telling you to hold off on the self pub thing! I cannot wait to hold these two books in my hot little hands, autographed by you, mind you!!!

  8. Awesome to the nth degree!! All of us who have read your writing and know and love it knew it was just a matter of time! I couldn't be prouder!! Many thanks to Darynda!! I truly love her face.........oh, and the rest of her too!!