Believe it or not, I kept getting emails from people telling me they liked the historicals better. And I liked the historicals better. So this morning around 4am, I woke up and asked myself, “Why am I keeping these books contemporary when I prefer them as historicals? So what if there are historical inaccuracies? It didn’t stop some people from enjoying the books as they were. Why am I beating myself over the head trying to please people who can’t be pleased?”
So I got up and spent the morning uploading the old versions (with their covers) to Amazon and Smashwords. These will take awhile to show up on Kobo, Sony, Apple, Diesel, and Barnes & Noble. Yeah, I know. It sucks to go back and forth like this, and if I hadn’t been so insistent on letting people who leave me 1 and 2-star reviews and giving consideration to the people who are downright rude in their emails to me because of those books, I would never have made them contemporary to begin with. Oh well. So there are modern uses of language and certain facts of the time period I missed. So what? They’re just books. All I can say is that I get better with each book I write. I’m a work in progress, and part of succeeding is failing….to some people.
The truth is, some people really love those books as they were before I made them contemporaries. I know that surprises some because they aren’t able to see how anyone could enjoy books “full of historical inaccuracies”, but it’s true. I’ve been getting emails about once a week from people who like the historical versions better. I’ve gotten no emails from people who like the contemporary versions better. Granted, there’s bound to be someone who likes the contemporary versions better, but I like the historical versions better. An Inconvenient Marriage was the only book that worked both ways to my satisfaction, but the rest of the two books sucked (in my opinion) as contemporaries.
The bottom line is that I’m the author of these books, and (thankfully) since I don’t have a publisher to deal with, I can do whatever I want to with these books. This is why I self-published to begin with. I didn’t want a publisher to tell me how to write my books. I never expected anyone else to actually read the books. I wrote these books so I’d have something I wanted to read because I got tired of all the romances featuring unmarried couples having sex. I was also tired of the squeaky clean Christian romances on the market. Hey, I admit it. I enjoy sex but want it done in the boundary of marriage, and I am not a fan of the playboy hero who goes around having a lot of sex before he finds that one special woman to marry and commit himself to. I hate reading a romance featuring a married couple only to find the author slip in a “And she was so much better than that mistress he had two years ago” or “It wasn’t the first time he was with a woman, but sex was so much better with his wife”. My goal was to read books with heroes I could truly love, men who knew how to respect and value women. That’s why I started writing romances.
So why did I publish them? Because it sucks when I have to take a notebook to the park to read my book. I’d rather have the paperback version of my story (thanks to CreateSpace, this is possible) and be able to read the ebook version on my Kindle and soon-to-purchase Nook. I realize I could upload these as pdfs to my ereaders, but it’s more fun to me to buy them as ebooks for my ereaders. I figure if no one else ever read anything I write, I would. That’s why I got into this writing gig. I wasn’t born with a crayon in my hand, ready to draw my first story. The truth was, while growing up, I hated reading and writing. I did none of it. I did, however, have a good imagination and would daydream a lot. Then in the sixth grade, I began to read Sweet Valley High and was hooked on romances. I read the teen romances, not the adult stuff because the adult stuff didn’t appeal to me until I was about to graduate from college. What can I say? I had a simple and innocent background. 😀 For me, kissing was “the big deal”. How different the teen market is these days.
So given my past, it’s no wonder why I have this romanticized view of romance where the hero marries the heroine and will do everything he can to treat her like a princess. At heart, that’s what I believe romance should be. And so, even with the historical flaws in An Unlikely Place for Love, The Cold Wife, and An Inconvenient Marriage, they are going back to being historicals.
I know this creates a lot of confusion. All I can say is that I’m sorry. I know, it sucks when this flip flop is going on. I’ll link this to website and hopefully it’ll help untangle some of the mess these changes have created.