~ Carol Carter, Romance Reviews Today
From the Author
Welcome to A Holly Jacobs Classic Romance. I added that tagline just to be sure readers understandthat this is the reissue of an older book.
Cinderella Wore Tennis Shoes wasoriginally published by Kensington's Precious Gem line in January of 2000. They renamed it Side By Side, but for this edition, I went back to its original,working title. I haven't reread it since some time mid-1999. I've written a lot of books since, butthere's still something so very special to me about these first books I sold.
I grew up in books. I remember back atWesleyville Elementary reading The Hobbitfor the first time. And I can't even begin to guess how many times I reread myTrixie Belden collection. And we had ared leather bound set of fairytales that I got lost in countless times.
I grew up in those fictional worlds.
By the late nineties, my kids were approaching school age and I needed to thinkabout some kind of grown-up job. One ofthe bravest things I've ever done was admitting that I wanted to trywriting. I mean, if I tried and failed, mysecret dream died. But luckily for me, withmy family's support and a lot of hard work, I tried and sold first these threebooks to Kensington, then a fairy godmother series to ImaJinn Books, andfinally in March of 2000 Harlequin Duets called and asked to buy I Waxed My Legs for This? Since then, I've been busy. I've written more than fifty books that havegone to more than twenty-five countries.Comedy, sweet romance, drama and recently mystery.
Over the years since I sold CinderellaWore Tennis Shoes, I think my writing has grown, but as I reread theseearliest books, I remember that time. Myhouse was filled with kids, and in between their needs, I was trying to live mydream. I wrote with more joyous abandon than know-how. I can see how these stories helped my writinggrow and pushed me forward. I hope as you read Cinderella Wore Tennis Shoes, you enjoy it on its own merits, andcan see shades of the writer I've become blossoming in its pages. No, strike that, the writer I'm becoming. Idon't think any writer (any person for that matter) ever stops growing and evolving.
Thank you so much for picking up CinderellaWore Tennis Shoes.