Updates on What I’m Doing

Interview for a Wife (Nebraska Prairie Series: Book 3)

This will wrap up the books in the Nebraska Prairie Series:

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I’m currently debating whether to leave in a particular scene or cut it out before I finalize this book. What I think I’ll do is edit the scene out and read it over to see if I like it better or not. My goal is to get this finished by August 1.

I’ll have this ready by September 25.

The Cursed Earl (Marriage by Necessity Series: Book 2)

These are the books in the Marriage by Necessity Series:

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I originally thought I might make a Book 4 to add in this series, but I would rather have Lord Quinton, whom I introduced in this book, as the hero for the next Regency series I’m going to do. His story will be much better there. So Heiress of Misfortune will finish up this series.

The plan is to get The Cursed Earl out in November. I was hoping to bump that up to October, but there’s been so much going on around here that it’s not going to be possible. The good news is that I hit the 40,000 word mark today, and I know where I’m going in the story. That helps to make things move along.

The Loner’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 4)

Books in the Wyoming Series:

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I am steadily moving along in this one. I got to 22,000 words in this today. That means I’m probably only 1/4 of the way in. This one is due out in January. I have to admit that I was intimidated as I got started in this book. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get Jeremiah and Katie to be attracted to each other, but I’m happy to say that this turned out to be easier than I expected. Katie was attracted to him right away, and after watching him teach some of the orphans how to set traps, she got to see how much he knows about survival and how well he works with kids. Now she’s determined to marry him. (And if you read The Rancher’s Bride, you know Katie is the kind of character who keeps going after what she wants until she gets it.)

Now I just need to get an idea of how I can get Jeremiah to overcome his reluctance to be with her because of their age difference. He’s convinced that Katie is better off with someone close to her age, so even though it’s bothering him, he is acting as her chaperone while she meets the bachelors in town.

On another note, the widows, who are helping with the orphans, are a hoot in this story. I think they might provide some comedy along the way. And who knows if they’ll help “nudge” Jeremiah toward Katie? That would be a lot of fun.

Suitable for Marriage (Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series: Book 3)

Books in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:

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I finally got to the point where Erin is starting to like Alex, although she doesn’t realize it yet. I have some things to do before she’s ready to admit it. But in the meantime, things have been pretty funny. The humor in this one is more subtle than it was in Perfectly Matched.

I suspect Daisy (the youngest sister of this bunch) is going to end up helping Alex get Erin, which would be a fun since her goal at first is to help Erin get Alex to find someone else so he’ll leave Erin alone. Though Daisy isn’t a main character in either this book or Perfectly Matched, she’s turning into one of my favorite characters. She just says whatever is on her mind, and it cracks me up. I have no idea if she’ll be this fun as a main character when it’s her turn to have a romance, but she’s been great as a secondary character, even if she is a little conceited.

My plan is to have this out in March. At the moment I’m 26,000 words into this book. I figure that I’m nearing the halfway point. Things are going to start turning in Alex’s favor pretty soon.

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An Earl In Time is Now Available!

This is a standalone romance.

I typically do series, but I thought for this one, I’d stay within one book because I’m not sure if I’ll end up doing more fairytale romances or not. Part of it depends on whether people like this type of romance or not. As much as I believe in writing for passion, I do take people’s wishes into consideration. 🙂

Willow Knudson just inherited an English estate that she intends to sell. There are two problems. One, she’s unable to sign the contract, and two, she can’t even leave the property. She’s not superstitious by nature, but common sense tells her something strange is going on.

In 1817, Julian Azazel, the Earl of Blackwell, went to his country estate to tend to his father’s funeral. That evening a missive came from a stranger warning him that when the clock struck midnight, he was going to be cursed to relive the same day. He laughed it off and threw the missive in the fire. Two centuries later, he’s no longer laughing. The curse is real.

From before they were born, Willow and Julian were destined to meet on June 17, 1817.

Willow had assumed wealthy and titled gentlemen would be snobs, but Julian turns out to be the kindest person she’s ever met. And even better, he’s more attractive in person than he was in his portrait. It’s enough of a temptation to convince her to stay in the past forever.

At long last, the aching loneliness that has plagued Julian’s life for centuries is at an end. Not only is there someone who understands what he has been going through, but she’s far lovelier than he recalls any of the ladies in London being. But isn’t it selfish to ask a lady from another time to give up everything to live under a curse with him?

The path to happy endings can get complicated, especially when magic is involved.

This fairytale romance features a dark villain, a curse, fairies, a hero who is an earl from the Regency era, and a heroine from modern times. People who enjoy Grimm’s fairy tales and romance will enjoy this tale of true love conquering the darkest of curses.

If this sounds interesting, here are the places you can find it:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

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I Figured Out the Missing Piece for The Cursed Earl!

Marriage by Necessity Series:

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I’m not going to post any spoilers, but I just figured out how this whole curse came to be.

I was originally thinking the story was going to head in a certain direction, but as I was writing a scene, I thought, “You know, instead of going this way, what about doing this other thing?” The other option is way better. I’m excited about it. I don’t know how many people will see it coming. Since it would spoil the book, I won’t give it away. I’m just hoping someone out there will be surprised. I’m sure some will figure it out before the “big reveal” moment.

One thing that has been a challenge about this book is working with a superstitious character who is obsessed with good and bad luck. I’ve been tying in the Regency and Victorian superstitions in with the plot. I’ve had to let quite a few ideas go because they didn’t fit with the superstitious stuff, and that has helped to shape the story. It’s why I had some trouble coming up with the origin of the curse and how things will play out. It’s not a fairy tale or fantasy, so I have to go with a logical explanation for everything. I think I got it all smoothed out.

I should issue a warning. I originally thought this book might be on the comedic side since the hero sees good and bad luck in just about everything. I had Don Knotts “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” humor in mind when I started this book. But things didn’t go in that direction. This is actually turning into a more serious kind of story. It’s tone is similar to A Perilous Marriage. I have a feeling that Heiress of Misfortune will be the same way, even though I thought that was going to be funny, too. The more I think on the plot for Heiress of Misfortune, the less funny it gets. I don’t think these books are dark, but some people don’t like it when murder is involved in a romance, so I thought I’d just give everyone a heads up.

There is a secondary plot that I’m not sure will find an adequate resolution in The Cursed Earl. This is Book 2 in a series, and there are times when it takes more than one book to resolve a secondary plot. In this case, the secondary plot is the truth of Lord Edon’s past coming out. (Everyone is going to find out he wasn’t ever a rake.) Mr. Christopher Robinson tried to stop the truth from getting out, but it’s all over White’s. At the moment, the gentlemen in White’s are debating whether or not to revoke Lord Edon’s membership.

During the course of the debate, I was able to bring up the wager between Davenport and Pennella in His Reluctant Lady (Marriage by Scandal Series: Book 3). I later wrote about this wager in The Earl’s Secret Bargain (Marriage by Deceit Series: Book 1). Christopher was the one who blabbed it to Agatha in order to get into her good graces. She, in turn, reported it in the Tittletattle. That’s how London found out about it. It also caused a lot of trouble at White’s since the wager became null and voice. No one successfully pinned down who blabbed the wager (though we all know). I suspect Lord Edon might end up taking the blame for the wager being exposed, and as a result, he’ll be thrown out of White’s. In all of this, I see an unlikely ally coming to Lord Edon’s defense, and if that happens the way I think it will, that will be a lot of fun.

It’s possible that things won’t get resolved in Lord Edon’s favor in The Cursed Earl. We might have to wait until Heiress of Misfortune to resolve everything. What I do know is that everything will eventually work out for Lord Edon. I love Lord Edon. He and Christopher Robinson are my two favorite Regency characters. I can’t leave Lord Edon in a bad spot forever. Part of the happy ending of my books are making sure my favorite characters continue living their happily ever afters, and this includes their reputations. So even if things are not looking good for Lord Edon at the end of The Cursed Earl, it will by the end of Heiress of Misfortune.

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