1. Back from the Writer’s Conference
The workshop Janet Syas Nitsick and I gave at the writer’s conference went really well. I messed up a couple of times, but we all laughed it off and had a great time. I wasn’t sure if I would want to do another public speaking event again or not, but after this weekend, I realized I enjoyed it so much I would. So Janet and I are looking at future topics we can pitch to writer’s conferences in the future.
And in case anyone thinks this was easy for me to do, I was so nervous, I actually got sick to my stomach for two days and had trouble sleeping. So it took a lot for me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. So yeah, I really loved it, but I was also very nervous. 😀
2. Getting The House Ready to Sell
I started removing wallpaper today to get ready to paint the house next week. It’s only bearable because a good friend is helping me out. My idea of a good time is NOT removing wallpaper. LOL Who knows? Maybe someday my characters will end up doing it since I now have the experience. 😛
My husband is up at the new place getting it ready so that the movers will have a place to put our things. We haven’t moved our things out of our current place yet. That will happen Monday. Then he’ll take the kids to Minnesota while my friend, her adult son, and I will do the painting and carpeting.
3. The first draft to A Most Unsuitable Earl should be done this week!
Before I go heavily into the painting next week, I want to finish the first draft of A Most Unsuitable Earl. I have one more chapter left, so this is very doable. I’m going to have to make the publishing dates on Amazon and B&N in January. Those of you on my email list for new release information will get the email when the book is up on Amazon and B&N. I hope it might also be up on Apple, Kobo, Sony, and Diesel, but it all depends on how things are working with Smashwords. Sometimes the upload time is faster than at other times, and I’m sure the number of books being published at the time has something to do with it. And of course, I’ll post the links when A Most Unsuitable Earl is available on this blog, too.
4. Changing the name of The Write Husband to His Reluctant Lady.
I know I keep changing my mind on titles. Yesterday on my Newsletter blog, I put the name at His Reluctant Bride, but then I thought, “I already have His Abducted Bride coming out in late winter next year” *fingers crossed*. Having two similar titles like can be confusing, but if I change Bride to Lady on His Reluctant Bride, then it’s easier to keep track of which book is which. The reason why I decided to not do The Write Husband is because her writing isn’t turning out to be the focal point I thought it was.
When you read A Most Unsuitable Earl, you will come across Agatha (Lady Richfield) and Mister Christopher Robinson (Perry’s ward in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife). I set up the beginning of Christopher’s pursuit of Agatha in A Most Unsuitable Earl because doing so plays a key point in the conflict between Ethan (hero in A Most Unsuitable Earl) and his father-in-law. So it needs to be there, but the scope of the book doesn’t depend on resolving the conflict between Agatha and Christopher. I am working on Agatha and Christopher’s story right now, and I hope that will be the next Regency I have out after I publish A Most Unsuitable Earl.
5. However, before I publish His Reluctant Lady, I expect to have Runaway Bride and His Abducted Bride out.
At the moment, I’m not working on them since all of my focus is on finishing up A Most Unsuitable Earl so I can have it ready next week for the people who will be helping me polish it up.
But I’m hoping once I finish painting and carpeting the house, I can get back to working on these two books. I want to have both of these out in late winter/early spring. *fingers crossed* When I started these two books, I was surprised to find out I’m looking forward to taking a break from writing historicals. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing historicals. But sometimes it’s nice to do something different.