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Getting to Yes: Nathalie Gray’s Compromised

by Red Sage Publishing

Oh, boy. I’ve been debating for a long time how much of the truth should go into this post. Dare I confess how Nathalie came to submit this manuscript to me?

It was RT 2007. Saturday. I’d been wearing the dayglo editor “stalk me” name badge like a good girl for four days, and it was beginning to feel like a barrier. I had friends at RT that year. I wanted to hang out with them. Have a drink. Get caught up. You know, like a normal person.

So I whipped off the name badge and headed to the bar for a couple of hours of incognito play time. That night has become something of a legend in certain circles. Perhaps the less said, the better. 😉

At some point, I was introduced to a tall blonde with a grin that looked like trouble. We started chatting about everything from living abroad to dogs to the various RT events. She was a writer — I knew that right away. But I didn’t tell her I was an editor until pretty far into the conversation. We kept it low-key. I wasn’t poaching and she wasn’t pitching. It was just two people swapping stories, talking about life and the biz.

A week or two later, she emailed me — note, there were no incriminating photos and no blackmail attempts, but just a friendly hello. Smart girl. One thing led to another, and she sent me Compromised, which was the first story of hers we purchased (though not the first to be released — that was Unclaimed, a story which Red Sage readers are still raving about months after its release).

Looking back on it now, I see a few very smart moves on Nathalie’s part. She made a personal connection without jumping all over the editor with pitches — in other words, she was kind enough and friendly enough to let me just enjoy my evening off, and smart enough to realize she could preserve the connection and submit work later. And when she did submit work, what she sent me was fabulous.

That’s the most important part of this story, of course. It’s not just that Nathalie met me at a conference and proved her good nature through her behavior. It’s that she did all that, and backed it up with a great manuscript.

Compromised features a smart, strong, courageous heroine, and a hero on a life-threatening mission that’s falling apart second by second. At its core, it’s a story about reunited lovers, but it’s so much more than that. This story left me breathless. The heroine reminded me a little bit of Wonder Woman — almost invincibly strong and daring, but every inch a sexy woman. And the hero? They just don’t come any sexier than this.

Our meeting at RT made Nathalie a friend. But the manuscript for Compromised made me her editor.

Theresa Stevens
Managing Editor


NathalieGray May 28, 2008 at 10:28 am

Awww! But you left out the best part:

Your suit.

Damn, you had that suit on and I was SO trying to touch it without creeping you out. Yes, it's one of my things. I like The Shiny and I like The Clothes.

It can't all be about titanium plating and black nitron body armor, eh!

And thank you for not running away screaming 🙂

Anonymous May 28, 2008 at 11:08 am

As I recall, the only one who ran away screaming that night was the bartender. Poor guy.

My suit wasn't the best part. Our conversation was! 😀


Liane Gentry Skye May 28, 2008 at 11:50 am

What a great story. Thanks for sharing. An awful lot of success stories came out of RT 2007. It's great to hear the editor's take on one.

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