New Release On Oct 29 and Wattpad

On October 29, The Viscount’s Runaway Bride will be out

(This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Bargain Series)


Click here to reserve your copy!

For those of you who read The Earl’s Wallflower Bride, you’ll recall that Warren Beaufort (aka. Lord Steinbeck) had a friend Anthony Worsley (aka Viscount Worsley), and this friend had a wicked sister (Celia) who gave Lady Iris a hard time.  Both Anthony and Celia are featured in The Viscount’s Runaway Bride.  I do bring back Warren and Iris into this book, so you’ll be seeing some familiar faces again.🙂

If you’re on my email list or in the private Facebook group that I have with Janet Syas Nitsick, you’ll be getting the epilogue that goes with this book.

If you’d like to pre-order this book, here’s where you can find it:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Kobo  |  iBooks


I’m on Wattpad


If you stop by, I hope you say hi!


I try to pace myself on how many books I upload over there because I want to respond to as many comments as possible.  I’ve discovered if I do much at one time, I can end up with 30+ emails in my inbox.  I know that isn’t a lot compared to what others over there get, but when I add that to the amount of emails I already get, it can take me a week or two to get through everything.

It’s important to me that I reply to as many comments as I can.  I also like to respond to each Facebook comment I get (unless Facebook doesn’t let me know I have a comment waiting, which happens every once in a while).  And I like to respond to each comment I get here on this blog.  I might not get to your comments right away, but I do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

Anyway, at the moment, I’m posting Eye of the Beholder and An Inconvenient Marriage over on Wattpad.  I already have Suddenly A Bride, Runaway Bride, His Abducted Bride, Catching Kent, Kent Ashton’s Backstory, His Convenient Wife, and Falling In Love With Her Husband over there.

If you are on Wattpad and would like to say hi, I hope you do.  I love connecting with you guys on social sites like Facebook, Wattpad, and this blog.  Those are places where I feel it’s relaxed and casual, and I have an easier time socializing when it’s a relaxed atmosphere.

If you want to find me on Wattpad, here’s the link.

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Turning A Villain Into A Hero

Thanks to a comment from another post, I got an idea to discuss the way a villain can be morphed into a hero.  This won’t happen for every single villain.  There are some villains who can’t be redeemed no matter how hard you try because they are so dark.  But there are those you can transform over the course of one book or a series.

Please note: this strategy isn’t the only one at your disposal.  It’s just the one that I noticed while I was discussing imperfect characters.


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Today, I’ll discuss the evolution of a villain turning into a hero from studying different TV shows and movies that have successfully done this.

First, you present the villain in all their awfulness.

I agree you wouldn’t want to push the line too far.  You don’t want the character to be so incredibly awful that they doesn’t have any humanity in them.  There must be room for redemption.  So be mindful of how horrible you are going to make this character when you present them before the reader.

The best way to introduce the villain is from the viewpoint of another character because the other character will best see the bad in the villain.  The wonderful thing about point of view is that each character in your book is going to perceive other characters in their own unique way.  You can use this to your advantage.  Remember, your point of view character does NOT know why the villain is the way he is.  All your point of view character can know is what he sees, thinks, and hears.  What your point of view character believes to be true about the villain will be the reader’s perception.


Second, give the villain’s point of view.

This is key.  The reader needs to get a look an accurate view of the villain.  To do that, we need to get into the villain’s head.   We need to see things from the villain’s perspective.  When we do that, we need to show the sympathetic side to him.  It doesn’t have to be something that is overtly sympathetic.  It can be subtle.  But there has to be something there that makes the villain seem human.

Remember, no human being is perfect.  We all have areas where we’re weak.  So you need to tap into the villain’s weakness in a way that offers a glimmer of sympathy.  It doesn’t have to be something huge.  It can be just a spark.  All you’re doing at this stage is opening the door that will allow the villain to transition from a villain to a hero.

Third, show a redeeming quality or two that still exists within the villain.

Redeeming qualities come in many shapes and forms, so you have to think wide on this one.  So think broad when considering what redeeming quality is in the character.  The character is still a villain at this stage, but the possibility of this villain becoming a hero is opened to the reader.

You can choose to show this from the villain’s point of view.  If you choose this method, the reader is the one who has to come to the conclusion that there is a redeeming quality in the villain.  This requires the reader to take the thoughts and actions of the villain and deduct, “I guess the villain isn’t so bad after all.” The villain isn’t going to be thinking, “Hey, I guess I do have some goodness in me.” The villain can be conflicted.  There can be a struggle with him that he’s aware of, but it should be the reader who comes to the conclusion that the villain is in the process of becoming a hero.   For example, in the movie Megamind, the villain sets out to make a new hero he can fight in epic battles because he gets bored by having everything.  He’s not aware that he is going something good by creating the hero.  His motives are selfish, but in creating a hero and then training the hero to defeat him, he is actually showing a redeeming quality.

You can also show this redeeming quality from the point of view of  a character who knows the villain.  This character can be anyone in the story.   If you choose this method, then the purpose is to shed light on the goodness that exists (deep down) in the villain, and it will be the character who realizes the villain isn’t all bad.  The character is the one who reveals the potential for goodness to the reader.  For example, in the TV series Bates Motel, the sheriff initially comes off as the villain until the point in the first season where he is willing to lie about a crime in order to protect our main characters (the heroine) because he knows she was trying to protect herself and her son.  This way, she avoids going to prison.  Now, it’s not really the audience who has to realize this because the heroine comes out and says it when she talks to her oldest son about it.

Fourth, present someone even worse than they are.

I’ve been surprised by how well this tactic works in TV shows and movies. I can hate a certain character, but since I am already familiar with that character, when someone worse comes along, I start to root for the original bad guy. There is something psychological about this tactic. I think familiarity with a character bonds the reader to him on a subconscious level.  So once you establish the villain has something redeemable about him, you can introduce someone even worse so the villain looks even better.  The key, of course, is that the second villain is a lot worse than the one the reader is already familiar with.

Fifth, the villain starts making choices that make him a hero.

The second villain is instrumental in this.  The first villain is forced to start making good decisions to counter the evil acts of the second villain.  The more often the first villain does this, the easier it will be for the reader to him.

There are a wide variety of options to go with this one, but I’ll use Megamind as an example.  Megamind created the hero to be the good guy that would put him in jail for being bad.  But then this new hero turned out to be the kind of person who wanted to steal and hurt people.  This new hero didn’t want to be a hero, after all.  This made him the second villain.  Megamind, for all his faults, was pretty harmless.  He never set out to hurt people.  The second villain, however, was perfectly willing to hurt people in order to get what he wanted.  This forced Megamind to change his tactics and save the people of the city.  The more decisions he made toward this goal, the more of a hero he became.

The process of choosing the right choices is usually done with some reluctance.  The first villain, after all, was used to be bad.  But overtime, it gets easier and easier to keep making the right decisions.

Sixth, the villain is now a hero.

The first villain will probably defeat the second one, and by that time, the first villain is no longer a villain at all.  He has completely redeemed himself.   The evolution of the villain from bad guy to good is now done.

One thing I will add is that the villain doesn’t always have to succeed once he does become a hero.  There are instances where he is defeated by the second villain.  For example, in the TV series Bates Motel, the last season ended with the sheriff (our villain turned hero) going after the second villain (who was a hero turned villain).  If you have seen the movie Psycho, you know the second villain wins.  He has to win because he ends up killing the woman who comes to his hotel.

So whether or not, your first villain will have a happy ending depends on the type of genre you’re writing.  In romance, if the villain becomes a hero, then he must defeat the second villain (or the second villain must also become a hero).  Romances are all about happy endings.  However, with other genres, you get your pick.


What are your thoughts about villains?  Are there other strategies you’ve seen at work when it comes to making the villain a hero?

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Updates on What I’m Doing

Which Books Have A Crossover Into Other Series

I finally sat down and created a page on this blog that show which of my books correspond to other books I’ve done in other series.

Sometimes you’ll see a character who was a secondary character in one series become a main character in another series.  For example, Eva Connelly was a secondary character in Isaac’s Decision, which is in the Nebraska Series.  Later on, she was the heroine in Boaz’s Wager, which is in the Montana Series.  Another example, Eliza is a secondary character in His Redeeming Bride, which is in the Nebraska Series.  Later on, she became the heroine in Loving Eliza, which is a book in the South Dakota Series.

At other times, you’ll notice I will slip characters into a book so they have a brief encounter with other characters.  For example, toward the end of Brave Beginnings (which is part of the Native American Series), I brought in Ann and Todd Brothers from the standalone book Falling In Love With Her Husband.  Another example, in Bride of Second Chances (which is part of the South Dakota Series), Jeremy, the hero, briefly meets Dave Larson and his son, Jacob, at the mercantile.

So what I tried to do in the “Crossovers in My Romances” page on this blog was to tie in the overlap between different characters and the books/series they appear in.  Click here to go to the page.

The Viscount’s Runaway Bride will be out October 29!


Click here to reserve your copy!

The Viscount’s Runaway Bride is Book 1 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.

Technically, this follows The Earl’s Wallflower Bride (which is Book 3 in the Marriage by Arrangement Series), but the way the characters are introduced in The Viscount’s Runaway Bride demand I make it the first book in a new series.

Anyway, this is probably the first book I’ve ever done where every character has serious flaws.  That’s not to say they don’t have their strengths.  They do.  But I have never noticed how flawed a character can really be.  I’ll probably discuss this more in detail in another post, but suffice it to say, all of the characters who will have a main role in the four books in this series have major flaws to overcome, and they won’t all overcome them in one book.  This will span the whole series.

This book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.  You can add it to your library on Smashwords or check out the sample over there.

The Bargain Mail Order Bride Will Be Out January 7

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The Bargain Mail Order Bride is Book 4 in the Chance At Love Series.

(Book 1: The Convenient Mail Order Bride; Book 2: The Mistaken Mail Order Bride; Book 3: The Accidental Mail Order Bride)

I was hoping to have this out before January 7, but it’s not looking like I’ll be able to.  The main factor is all the holidays coming up.  We have Thanksgiving in late November.  Then there’s Christmas.  I don’t know the exact days Apple won’t be uploading any books to their iBookstore, but for the last couple of years, they have taken some days off.  This means I don’t have as much wiggle room to play with dates that I usually would.  I’ll have to get this uploaded right before Christmas, but I can’t guarantee it can go through all the channels before the 7th.

The good news is that I’m about halfway into the book.

I Have Groom For Hire Set for February 12

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Groom For Hire is Book 3 in the Pioneer Series.

(Book 1 is Wagon Trail Bride and Book 2 is The Marriage Agreement)

I still don’t have a pre-order page for this.  I’m currently halfway into this one, but The Bargain Mail Order Bride has taken center stage, so the word count is minimal at best.  I’ve had an issue with my eyes that have required me to take things slower.  It’s nothing serious.  It’s dry eye, and if I don’t make sure I have a regular sleeping schedule, if I spend too much time at the computer, or if the temperature drastically changes, it gets worse.  Recently, there was a sudden drop in temperature, and this is what triggered it.  Once the cooler weather settles in, things will get better.  Until then, I keep on pacing myself and taking frequent breaks in writing so I’m not spending too much time at the computer.


On that note, I am working on a blog post that I hope to have out in a couple days on transforming a villain into a hero.  I was working on it when the kids interrupted me and I lost my train of thought.  Hopefully, I can get back into soon.  I was enjoying the post because the topic of turning a bad guy into a good one fascinates me.

Until next time, happy reading!

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