Possible Ideas of what I’ll Write This Fall

Earlier this month, I listed out the goals I wanted to accomplish this summer. One was to get my books up on Payhip. I did that. The other was to getting some books on Kobo. I did that. Then there was updating the book descriptions on The Wedding Pact, Fairest of Them All, Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and Forever Yours. I just finished up with that this morning.

That leaves me with the final goal of coming up with a decision on what to write starting in late August when the kids go back to school. So this is what I’m currently leaning toward.

1. Book 5 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. (I don’t have a title yet.) 

Here are the books so far:

The Marriage Contract new ebook cover  One Enchanted Evening ebook cover  The Wedding Pact ebook cover  fairest of them all ebook cover

I want Marcy’s cousin (someone I introduced at the end of One Enchanted Evening) to find someone. I like the guy. The plot, thankfully, has come to me, and it’s going to have a wonderful gothic feel to it, which fits the tone of the other books in the series.

The basic idea is that he goes out to the country to marry a lady through an arrangement, and when he gets there, he quickly learns that her family is bordering on insanity. The lady is the only sane one, but they all think she’s the crazy one, and they have locked her away to keep her from running off. This is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale. I don’t have much else than that except it would be cool if I can also blend in elements of the short story “The Most Dangerous Game” that I read years ago in college. For anyone who doesn’t know, that is where the villain is hunting the hero for sport. In my story, it would be fun if the hero’s life was in danger at some point.

But…even though I make plans before writing a book, the characters will ultimately decide where to take things.

2. A historical western romance where a very recently widowed woman with a kid or two (or is pregnant) has to get a husband ASAP or else she’ll lose the ranch.

Since she’s desperate, she agrees to take a man who was caught with a group of bandits. The man has no memory of who he is, and he’s in a serious situation. I’m thinking he’s going to be hanged if he doesn’t marry her. I’d have to set this out in the wilderness or something so that there would really be no options available to her but to marry him.

There are a lot of details that need to be ironed out. I’m not sure if this would be a serious story or a comedy. I’d have to start writing it to find out.

3. The Outlaw’s Bride

The Outlaw's Bride ebook cover2

 

My mind keeps going back to this one, and I might as well finish the rewrite. It was originally The Stagecoach Bride.

4. The Rancher’s Bride

The Rancher's Bride ebook cover 2

Yes, I did say that I wasn’t going to write four books at a time ever again, but I’m currently at chapter 11 (32,000 words) in The Outlaw’s Bride. I’m over halfway to the end. And I really want to write these two stories. II can get away with writing less per writing day in The Outlaw’s Bride since I am so far into it. Plus, I know how it ends. It’s just a matter of rewriting it out.

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Those are the books I’m looking at right now for August-December. I tried to think of something for one of Tom’s daughters, but my mind is completely blank. I’m not going to write a story where I don’t know what the plot will be because I have no enthusiasm for it. So the Larsons will just have to wait.

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A Look Into The Future

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I wasn’t sure how to title this post. As of late, I’ve been considering possible paths on what I want to be doing in the future. I’m still undecided, but I like to ramble from time to time on this blog because it helps me process the thoughts that are cycling through my mind. Yeah, I’ve tried to privately journal my thoughts, but it just doesn’t work as well for me. I’m not sure why. It just is what it is. This particular method of writing things down work best for me.

Okay, so the particular question that’s been going through my mind over the past year and a half is this: when will it be time to walk away from writing? Deep inside, I can feel that there will be a time when I walk away from it. I don’t know if that will be a break or if it’ll be permanent. But I can feel it welling up inside of me. I love to write, but I’ve been writing nonstop for the past 12 years. My average is producing six novels a year. (In romance, 50K is a full-length novel.)

I ran the numbers tonight, and the total romances (including a couple of novellas I’ve done) is 79. That number does include the novels I will publish later this year. I finished The Wedding Pact, Fairest of Them All, Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and Forever Yours. If I total the amount of books I’ve done in other genres, the total comes to 92. (A few of those are novellas.) I’ve done six short stories. That’s all within 12 years.

I’ve enjoyed it immensely. Don’t get me wrong. I consider myself extremely blessed to have been able to live at a time when it was possible for me to publish my books regardless of content or length. I didn’t have to have a publisher telling me what I could and couldn’t do. I called the shots. It really is a marvelous time to be a writer.

That all being said, I am considering when I’ll “close shop” (so to speak). I would keep the books I’ve done up for sale as long as the retailers will let me. But I have been asking myself, “What do you want to do when the kids are all out of high school?” My youngest is now going into the 8th grade. That gives me five years to make a plan for the future. And one of the things I’m considering is hanging up the writing hat and doing something else. It might be time to transition to a new chapter in my life.

Anyway, at the moment, I have a goal of completing 100 romances. One of the dreams I had back in the Fall 2007 when I started writing romances was that I would publish 100 books before I died. Back then, I wasn’t thinking of whether they would be romances or include other genres. All I knew was that I wanted to have 100 books out. These weren’t short stories. These would be 100 paperbacks I wrote that I could put in my bookshelf and say, “That was a goal I accomplished in the course of my lifetime.” It was the #1 item in my bucket list. Being able to self-publish my books made that dream possible.

I thrive off of goals. I need something to shoot for. So tonight I sat down and realized I only need 21 more romances to reach a goal of 100 romances. That’s pretty exciting. My average is 6 novels a year. So if I work at that pace, I can reach that goal in 3.5 years. That puts me well in time for my goal to figure out what the next chapter of my life will look like once the kids are all graduated from high school.

Like I said, I don’t know what I’m going to end up doing. I’m just rambling so I can better organize my thoughts. 😀

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My Romances are Now on Payhip!

Until recently, I didn’t know what Payhip was. An author friend introduced me to it. It’s a place where I can create my own store to sell my books directly to people. I’m offering mobi and epub files for all of my romances over there.

Here is my store link!

The downside is that I have no control over the order the books are listed on the storefront. They aren’t given in order according to series. I have 76 books up there, so it may take some searching to find a particular book. I did try to make things easier by breaking the books up into “Regency Romances”, “Historical Western Romances”, and “Contemporary Romances” categories. But as of right now, that is the best I can do.

If you want a quick glance at all of my books in chronological order, you can check out the link on this blog.

Overall, I’m impressed with Payhip because of the features they offer.

Please Note: these are special deals I’m offering ONLY on Payhip:

1. I can give discounts if you mention the book on social media. If you share a paid book on a place like Facebook, you can save 25% off of it. So let’s say, you share the link for Kidnapping the Viscount. After you do that, you’ll get an option to save 25% off of it. I have set this feature up for all of my books.

2. I can offer cross promotions on my books. To test this feature out, I have one series that I’m offering this special on at the moment.

Wagon Trail Bride ebook cover  The Marriage Agreement ebook cover  Groom for Hire  Forced Into Marriage new ebook cover

I’ll run this special for a month. Today’s date is June 12, 2019. This deal will run until July 12, 2019.

If you purchase Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1) at the regular price ($2.99), you can save 50% off of The Marriage Agreement, 50% off Groom For Hire, and 50% off Forced Into Marriage. But this sale is only good until July 12, 2019. So instead of paying $11.96, you only pay $7.46 (which is a savings of $4.50 for the entire series).

Here’s the link to Wagon Trail Bride. Once you put the item in the cart, you’ll get the option to take advantage of the sale on the other books in the series. Look at the bottom right corner of the screen to click see the sales price on the other three books in the series. You’ll need to add each book individually to the cart, but the discount will automatically apply to each book if you use those links at the bottom right corner of the screen.

If there is a special you’d like to see on another series, let me know, and I’ll run it from July to August.

3. I can offer a coupon on a new release. I will try this out when The Wedding Pact is released on July 14.

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