Planning Ahead With Books

Based on feedback from the people who entered my contest, I realized that most of them are looking forward to Shotgun Groom and Isaac’s Decision.  I think I’ll go ahead and go back to calling the book Isaac’s Decision since it is his decision that sets up a domino effect with the families.  I’ll use the original cover, too.  I’ll use the very pretty cover I had thought to use for it in Rose Larson’s book.  Rose will be one of the Dave and Mary’s children.  I’m thinking Rose might end up with Jonathan from Bride of Second Chances.   I also want Joseph and Margaret’s boys (remember A Husband for Margaret?) to fight over one of the Larson girls.  The loser is going to end up with another Larson girl, but I don’t think he’ll be very happy about it in the beginning.  We’ll see as things progress.

I need to make up a map of who is who to keep all these family members straight.  It won’t be anything fancy, but it should be better than nothing.  😛

Anyway, I kept getting interest in Isaac’s Decision and Shotgun Groom.  One of my problems, besides the stress of dealing with the third stolen book, has been that I have so many story ideas to write but don’t know which ones to pursue.  So knowing what most people want helps to make the decision. 

I’m going to put Runaway Bride on hold.  I don’t know if I can get Just Good Friends out or not by the holidays.  I got a whole 600 words into it, so that’s a page or so.  As much as I like the idea of it, I don’t know if it’s going to work.  I’ll give a tentative, “I’ll try.”

Well, my husband is now home for a month, so I don’t expect to be online too much.  I have a trip I am hoping to make this month but don’t want to share the details in case plans fall through and I can’t go.  You never know what might pop up at the last minute.   But if I am able to, then I’ll have some neat pictures to post, and yes, they’d be related to some of my books.  😀

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5 Responses to Planning Ahead With Books

  1. julihoffman says:

    Enjoy the holiday weekend with your hubby and kids! 😉 I’m glad to hear that you have TOO MANY story ideas! That’s a very good problem. Take care!

    (Maybe you could make up a family tree for your characters, even if it’s just for your own reference.)

    • Thanks. I hope you have a great weekend, too! I probably have twenty books I want to write. When I started writing romance back in 2007, I thought I’d write a couple of books and be done. I had no idea the ideas would keep coming the more I wrote. You’d think you’d run out of ideas after awhile.

    • A family tree is a great idea. It’d be nice to have a physical representation instead of just listing the characters down.

      I hope you enjoy the weekend, too!

  2. Hi Ruth,
    a map of family members would be soooo helpful. I have read all your books and it becomes harder and harder to know, who belongs to whom.
    I hope you will have a wonderful month of romance and happiness with your husband and a great vacation with your family.
    Enjoy your time and don’t worry, we can and will wait for the next read,

    • Thanks, Ulrike! I made a first attempt at the mapping of characters today. I might end up hand writing something out and scanning it in, but at least this is a start.

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