Nobody’s Fool is Available!

This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series!

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2  Nobody's Fool ebook cover 3  A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

Nobody’s Fool is a romantic comedy.

I’m trying to think of what other Regency I’ve done that is similar to this one, and I guess the kind of humor in Kidnapping the Viscount had in it matches up the best. The whole thing is based around Emilia’s goal to dissuade Benjamin from falling in love with her, and no matter what she tries, it doesn’t work. It’s a light and fun read.

If this sounds like your kind of book, you can find it at these places:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

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Stuff I’m Doing

1. I got Nobody’s Fool up on pre-order last week

The editor got this back sooner than I expected, so I was able to set the pre-order date for October 17.

This is a cute romantic comedy. It takes a fun look at one wife’s dream of discouraging her husband from falling in love with her.

You can reserve your copy today if you wish at these retailers. (I’ll be getting it up on Google Play soon.)

Here are the links to the pre-order:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

2. I finished the first draft of A Deceptive Wager two weeks ago.

My goal is to start on the edits in the next week or two.

This is a battle of wills romance where the two main characters don’t like each other at first. It’s an “enemies to lovers” type of romance. There are a lot of humorous moments, but I don’t know if I can classify this as a romantic comedy like I can with Nobody’s Fool. Nobody’s Fool was funny the entire way through. This book has some more serious moments because the hero has a lot of trust issues since his mother took lovers and had illegitimate children she cared more about then she cared about him. After giving it a fresh read through, I hope to be able to better pin this one down. It’s not dark or anything. It’s just more serious, kind of like The Earl’s Scandalous Wife or The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.

This is the last book in the Marriage by Design Series.

Here are all of the books:

   

3. I uploaded The Wedding Pact audiobook.

It’s going to take time to get up on all of the retailers, but so far, here are some links that Findaway Voices have put them up to.

Apple (iTunes)

Kobo

Scribd

Google Play

Hibooks

Chirp

This audiobook will be up on more retailers soon.

4. I’ve been listening to audio files for the rest of the books in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. Soon the entire series will be available as audiobooks.

It takes me a while to go through these. I don’t want to rush through the process. But soon, I’ll be getting Fairest of Them All and The Duke’s Secluded Bride uploaded. All of these are narrated by Stevie Zimmerman. I haven’t been able to make the audiobook covers yet, but here are the paperback ones for quick reference. It always helps me to see the book cover to remember what book an author is talking about. 😀

  

5. I am trying my hand at narrating my own audiobook.

And this is my first victim…I mean book. 😉

My sister listened to my first attempt with chapter 1, and she said, “You might be better off giving this to someone else”, but I like the idea of doing this myself. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? And while I realize I’ll be rough around the edges, perhaps I might get better with time. The only way to find out is by doing it. I have over 100 books out now (almost 90 of which are romance). I figured it’d be more effective to do some of these books myself.

I chose Meant To Be because I really enjoy it. I published this in 2009, and even after all this time, this is one of my favorites.

Here is the original cover:

I updated the cover to give it a more professional look.

Meant to Be is a cute time travel romantic comedy. The hero and heroine are forced from the present day into the past, and they have no idea how they got there. Their goal is to either make it back to the future or to figure out a way to adjust to a time period that is foreign to them.

I will be the first to admit that my voice isn’t up to the standards of Stevie Zimmerman or Shonda Bourn (two narrators I’m working with on other projects), but I like the idea of having full control of the process on some of my books. So I’m going to do it.

This is one of my passion projects, and I’m working on creating the first draft audio files this week. I heard the edits on these files can take quite a while. My goal isn’t to make money. It’s simply to have a good time and learn how to create an audiobook. I started writing because it was fun. I’m doing this for the same reason.

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Boaz’s Wager Trivia

When Stephannie Beman and I wrote the beginning scene of The Stagecoach Bride (which is now The Outlaw’s Bride), I thought, “What would happen if the women on the stagecoach had been sold off to the highest bidder?” At times, I’ll write a scene or set up a book in a way that makes me wonder, “What would have happened if the story went in another direction?” Before I started Boaz’s Wager, I had already decided I wanted to set up a romance where the heroine was auctioned off because of the opening scene in The Stagecoach Bride.

I didn’t originally know who was going to be the heroine in this book, but I had wanted to bring in a character I had already introduced from another book. I keep a timeline on this blog that’s tucked into the series’ pages for easy reference so I can pair up couples who are in the same age range. I had been wanting to do a book for Eva Connealy ever since Isaac Larson broke her heart in Isaac’s Decision. (I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her.) When I saw that she was old enough for Boaz to marry, I happily put her into this book. I wanted to give her a friend, so I brought Rachel Larson (Dave and Mary’s daughter) into the book, too.

Speaking of Rachel, I have been asked if I’ll do a book for her, but there is no story beyond this one to tell for her. Rachel and Herb got along right away, and there’s nothing that I can give these two to warrant their own story. I only write a story if there’s a substantial plot.

Like Eva, I’d rather read than cook any day of the week. 😉

Eva’s love of Les Misérables is in honor of Janet Syas Nitsick (fellow author and friend) who loves the book and movie based off of the book.

I don’t remember the exact book (nor did I finish it), but there was a story I read back in 2009 or 2010 where a husband was terrified his wife would die if she got pregnant. I liked that idea as a plot point, so I had it tucked away to use for the right story. This is why Boaz lost his first wife to childbirth.

My original idea was to have Boaz “pull out” during sex in order to avoid getting Eva pregnant, but someone told me that her husband had used that method and it resulted in two children. So she suggested I go with a condom instead. After some research, I was happy to discover I could go that route. I had no idea that condoms went so far back in history until I wrote this book. Seriously, these things have been around for a long time (like way back in the BC era), and they’ve been made with all sorts of things, including animal bladders and intestines.

I played the violin in the 4th and 5th grades. I really enjoyed it. I would have kept going with it had I not moved to a school that didn’t teach it. I still have a fondness for the violin. This is why Herb plays the violin in the story. (And it’s why Tom Larson plays it, though I call it a fiddle in the Larson stories since Tom doesn’t play classical music on it.)

Eva’s knowledge of making tea punch was inspired by A Husband for Margaret. Margaret is Eva’s mother. Eva learned to make tea punch while growing up. 🙂

I do not share Eva’s taste in books, but I do share her taste in music. Greensleeves and the Sonata Pathétique are among my two favorites. My husband hates symphonies, so I haven’t gone to one since I met him, but I used to enjoy going to them and creating different stories while listening to the music.

In the story, Eva says this about the Sonata Pathétique: “When I hear it, I think of a woman who looks back on her life and regrets all the risks she never took but wishes she had.” When I was a teenager, I had that short story idea come to my mind, and it’s shaped a lot of decisions I’ve made in life. For example, this story is why I went into self-publishing. I had decided I’d rather write books my way than have a publisher tell me what to do. If I had let a publisher come in and change my work, I wouldn’t have liked the book anymore. When I publicly announced that I was going to self-publish in the 2008-2009 time period, I was surprised by how many authors sent me private messages trying to “talk me off the ledge”. They meant well. Back then, self-publishing was very unpopular. But I figured, “If you don’t do it, you’ll never know what will happen.” So I did it anyway. That was one of the best decisions I ever made.

In the beginning of the book, Eva is heading for Circle. Circle is where my in-laws were living when I met my husband. I’ve been there several times. It’s a quaint small town.

The original version of this book took a super serious turn that locked me into a dead end, so I had to remove half of it and start over. I have no idea how that original version went, and when my computer got destroyed, the original version went with it. All I remember is that Eva was getting much too frustrated with Boaz, and the two were growing more and more distant as time went on. I think it was Rachel who had to step in with advice to save the day, but I don’t remember for sure.

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