Her Counterfeit Husband and Bound by Honor, Bound by Love
These are still being edited. This puts me behind where I wanted to be, but it’ll be better for it so I chose not to rush things. I will have Her Counterfeit Husband out around September 15 for sure. Bound by Honor, Bound by Love is probably doing to be late September. So it’s not too much of a delay.
I did get a trailer up that works as a prelude to Her Counterfeit Husband. I’ve never done a trailer like this. It’s in Anna’s point of view, and she explains her past. It serves as a lead-in to the book. I didn’t want to get too dark, but parts of her past are very dark. In the book, I didn’t go heavily into it because I didn’t want it to get too serious. Plus, I wanted to focus on her romance with the guy she found in the forest, and he was the opposite of her–while she was serious, he was light-hearted. So my aim was to reach a balance between the two personalities. 🙂
Anyway, here’s what I came up with:
Still Deciding What to Write Next
Well, I already know A Most Unsuitable Husband is on the list, but there’s some debate on what the other two books will be. I started looking at Mitch’s Win today, wondering if I could make Mitch “Clayton”. In Isaac’s Decision, Clayton was working at the newspaper, but if I have his father die so he has to go back to the farm to take over and if I date it around the time when Elizabeth (Lizzie) Craftsman is 18 or so (because Lizzie ends up with Greg Wilson in another book), then it could be doable. So I’m thinking of what I need to adjust to make it happen. I’d like to get back to this book because I’m already almost halfway into it. We’ll see how things progress as I keep looking it over.
I’m still undecided on what books I’ll work on in addition to A Most Unsuitable Husband. I’ve spent most of my time editing, working on covers for my paperbacks (Her Heart’s Desire, Bound by Honor, Bound by Love, and Her Counterfeit Husband), and cleaning up my house now that the kids are back in school. I haven’t written anything new in a month, and when it’s been that long, it’s hard to write anything. I told myself if I grant myself a vacation from writing so I could read, watch TV, and do other things to relax, I’d be refreshed when it came time to write again.
But the sad reality is that I don’t feel relaxed. I actually feel like a part of me is caged in and getting restless. It’s the writer in me that wants to create, and since I haven’t allowed for anything creative in a month, it’s been draining. I know. Weird. I thought I needed a break from writing, but I’m starting to suspect what I need is to get back to writing. I’ll make that my mission this week. I know it’s going to be slow going. It always is when it’s been a long time since I last wrote anything.
looks great! 😀
Love the trailer! Anya has been working on one for my Libby Fox series, but she’s just been doing it a little at a time. I haven’t seen it.
You’ll get back into the swing of things. You’ve been writing quite a while, so it’s something you love and enjoy. You’ve just been out of sorts lately with your writing, but It will come back in full swing, and you’ll get that rhythm back!
Trailers are so hard because you have to figure out how to pique someone’s interest without giving away too much. Actually, book descriptions are the same way. LOL It seems like it should be easy because writing the book took a lot more time and words, but the book is much easier.
I made myself sit down in a quiet room with no TV while the kids were in school, and I gave myself three hours where I could update this blog’s timelines and set things up for the next three I plan to focus on and write. I actually got 1500 words in, so that was better than I expected. For the past three days, I’ve done good to get 300 words in, but I was in front of the TV. I also took away word count goals on the blog and just have a “how many words I’ve written” statement instead under each work in progress. I’m going to modify that a bit since it doesn’t look right. But hopefully, it’ll get my mind off the “a book has to be a certain length” mindset.
Isn’t it funny how the more books you write the more characters you want to write about and the more ideas you get to write their story. BUT then in an instant everything can hinge on if that’s even possible based on something you write like six books back? That’s the one little catch: once the book has been published, there’s no changing it to fit what you want to do in a future book, you have to modify the new plot/ideas to fit what you’ve already written and pray you haven’t dug yourself too deep of a hole. LOL
You do a great job and I’m really anxious to read Her Counterfeit Husband. I’ve only seen one book with a similar plot and it’s where the husband died and his half-brother who nobody had ever heard of took his place and had everyone fooled…including his wife. Of course it all worked out in the end, but I’m curious to see how it all works out when the person who has a false identity doesn’t even know it. LOL
When I started writing romances, I assumed that I’d run out of ideas and need a year to come up with another idea because that’s how it was with fantasy and thrillers I used to write. To my surprise, the more romances I wrote, the more ideas I had. LOL I know what you mean, and I have to constantly go back to past books to make sure I’m not messing up somewhere in a current book. Early on, a few readers caught inconsistencies and helped me avoid embarrassment for stuff I’ve already done. 😀 But I’ve learned that I better make up timelines and lists. I now put them on my blog for easy access so I can refer to it whenever I get stuck on something in a book. I still worry I’ll mess something up, though. 😀
Originally, Her Counterfeit Husband was supposed to be a fantasy, but I have no desire to write more fantasies, so I didn’t do anything with it. I was excited to finally find a place to write it. It never would have worked as a historical western or contemporary either because it rested on a dead king’s successor needing to be blocked from obtaining the throne. I just inserted the duke instead of king, and my problem was solved. I wish all plot ideas could fit so well into a different world because I have other ideas that have nowhere to go. 😀 Anyway, what was fun about writing Her Counterfeit was that I got to put in a heavy dose of thriller into it, and thriller is my second love.
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