This is something I’ve been wanting to work on for the past two years but haven’t been in the mood to write a contemporary. Now that I’m working on two contemporaries (Runaway Bride and His Abducted Bride), I think I might actually pull the story off this year. I’ve given up on the idea that I can transfer a story idea to a time period it wasn’t originally for. I was going to put the idea of Just Good Friends (two friends pretending to be more to appease some meddling family members) into a Regency, but honestly, the plot points I had fall apart. Same is true if I try to make a book that was supposed to be in one world and transfer it to another world. (Mitch’s Win is meant to be a Montana book, and no amount of manipulating the circumstances or characters worked to convert it into a Nebraska book.) So all I’ve learned is that you can’t modify a story from its original setting or with its original characters.
That all being said, I’m going to let Just Good Friends be the way it’s meant to be, a contemporary romance. This also means that it will be book 3 in the Omaha series. Book 1 is With This Ring, I Thee Dread and book 2 is What Nathan Wants. The main character of Just Good Friends is Ryan Jackson’s cousin and Nathan Rudolph’s friend/vice president. I’ll try to work in updates from those characters. I enjoy doing stuff like that so I can see how the characters from previous books are doing in their happily ever after. 😀
My hope is to have Just Good Friends out in late September/early October so it’s up on all the sites in December when people want to read romances spanning Thanksgiving to the New Year. I plan to go through my calendar and figure out my daily average word count in order to reach this goal.
Now that I know how to use GIMP, I decided to update the cover for this book.
The original cover:
The new cover:
I wish the cover to The Earl’s Scandalous Wife would come as easy as this one did. Working with covers is a hit and miss ordeal. Either I can get it the way I want it within a couple hours or it takes weeks.