Well, the results are in on whether to rewrite The Keeping of Greg Wilson or not. 77% of the votes want to see it rewritten. There was only 27 votes, so it wasn’t a huge sample, but the yes’s outweighed the no’s, so I’m going to rewrite it. I don’t know how long the rewrite will be. It’s too early to tell. I usually don’t know how long a book will be until I’m a couple chapters into writing it.
If this turns into something that spurs me to write another book because of a secondary character I’ll end up falling in love with (seems to happen with almost every book I write), then I’ll expand this into a series. At least a two-story one. That’s where Mitch’s Win would come back into play. I can see Greg’s neighbor, Mitch, helping Patty out. He seems like a guy who has a sense of humor but also realizes Greg needs a wife, even if Greg won’t admit it.
If this expands into a series, I’m going to call it the Montana Grooms Series. They’ll be historical westerns, and I’ve been to Montana (my husband’s family is from there), so I’m familiar enough with the area to write about it. I have to write a location I’m familiar with, and with the exception of Virginia, I’ve been to every state I write about. The only place I’ve been to outside the United States is Canada (beautiful country, by the way) when I was on my way to Alaska.
Yes, I realize I could research another country or state, but I’d rather take the time writing the book. So I stick with what I know. After all, who reads my books to learn about living somewhere? I write romances, not travel books. 😉
Anyway, the basic plot for The Keeping of Greg Wilson will stay the same. A woman and her father will conspire with a priest to marry her and Greg. From there, I’ll see how it goes. There might be some similar things, but it’ll probably be more different than the same.
We’ll see how it goes as I write it. I’m not sure when I’ll start it. Right now I’m working on Isaac’s Decision, Her Heart’s Desire, To Have and To Hold, and Bound by Honor, Bound by Love. The good news is that I’m almost done with Isaac’s Decision. However, I should note that I am not entirely sure the first draft works or not. The second half is completely different from what I thought it would be. I plan to finish Isaac’s Decision in a week. When I’m done, I’m going to set it aside for a couple of weeks before I hand it off to the editors. If I decide it needs to be rewritten (a process I admit I hate), I’ll rewrite it. If I end up rewriting it, I won’t be publishing it in January since there won’t be enough time to do that. What I’ll do instead is bump up either Her Heart’s Desire or To Have and To Hold into the January slot. If I have to do that, it means I’ll be focusing on writing one book instead of meeting daily word counts for all of my works in progress.
I hope all that makes sense.
As for Shotgun Groom, my content editor is delayed because she has a friend who’s in the hospital and had some family problems come up. So it’s been a rough couple weeks for her. I’m not sure if this will change my November 15 publishing date or not. It partly depends on the copy editor’s schedule, but I can’t hand anything to the copy editor until I polish up the count.