The first draft of Catching Kent is done!
I’m happy to say that this book is now finished. I did tie up something that needed resolving from Kent Ashton’s Backstory, but I had to do it at the very end and in a way that you don’t have to read Kent Ashton’s Backstory in order to understand what is going on. It was the only way Catching Kent could end. I brainstormed other endings, but nothing else fit. I think Kent had to have it happen in order for his life to be complete. My characters run the plot. I’ve learned long ago that if I don’t do it the way they want, then the story won’t be as good as it could be. So suffice it to say that Kent is very happy.
I’ve started the process of getting my editing team and beta readers together. It’s pretty much last minute for them, but I want to get this book out around the first week of October. I don’t usually cram through a book like this, but I want to get it out well before The Stagecoach Bride and Bride by Arrangement are due out.
I will publish Kent Ashton’s Backstory when I publish Catching Kent.
Both books can be read as standalones, but in case anyone wants to read both, I wanted them to be out together so there is no waiting time. I am a terribly impatient person. I don’t like to sit and wait for another book to come out so I know how things ended.
And while Kent Ashton’s Backstory only tells his view of things that transpired in Falling In Love With Her Husband, I couldn’t give him a happy ending. Ann ended up happy with Todd. Kent loses the girl. I gave him “hope” at the end but I couldn’t give him the happily ever after. And that was really depressing for me. So I was in a hurry to get Catching Kent done I could give him the ending he really deserved. I’m a sucker for a happy ending. 🙂
I’ve decided to forget the serial/episode idea (at least for now).
I hesitate to say anything for 100% sure because I never know what will happen, but for the time being, I’ve decided not to do a serial/episode type of thing with books. The big reason is I have a terrible time keeping stories under 25,000 words. Kent Ashton’s Backstory was supposed to be 10,000 words but it’s a little over 30,000 words (and that was only telling a backstory). I think any serial I’ll start will end up being a full-length novel anyway, so I might as well just focus on writing full-length novels.
The Stagecoach Bride is due out before the end of the year.
I have no official release date on this one yet, but Stephannie Beman is done with her part, and I’ll dive in on my part soon. At this point in time, we’re looking at December as possibly being the month it comes out.
And yes, this is the first book in a series. It can be read as a standalone. We’re looking at doing the next book in the series based off the hero’s sister (Abby) in this book. In this book, I took the heroine’s point of view and Stephannie took the hero’s point of view. In the next book, Stephannie will be taking the heroine’s point of view, and I’ll take the hero’s. I can already tell with Abby’s outgoing and risk taking personality that the hero isn’t going to know what to do with her. 😀
Bride by Arrangement is due out around New Year’s.
I’m about 9,000 words (or about two to three weeks) away from finishing the first draft for my novella, The Purchased Bride. I don’t know where Janet Syas Nitsick is at in her novella, She Came By Train. But we’ve signed the contract with the publisher, so everything’s in order.
That’s it for the immediate future. In the meantime, I’ll continue working on Boaz’s Wager and The Earl’s Scandalous Wife. I still haven’t decided for sure what I’ll be working on after Kent Ashton’s Backstory and Catching Kent are out, but I’m thinking Wagon Trail Bride is a good possibility. We’ll see what happens in a few weeks. 😀