The big news is that Boaz’s Wager is almost ready!
I’m thinking it’ll be ready around March 15, give or take a couple of days.
I got everything back from my editing team and am working through it. Though I am handing this in to my publisher, I still want to make sure it’s as polished up as possible to make the publisher’s job easier.
I don’t know if I mentioned it on this blog or not, but the heroine in this story is Eva Connealy who originally appeared in Isaac’s Decision. She had wanted to marry Isaac, but Isaac wasn’t interested in her. In this book, I finally gave her a happy ending. I hate seeing my characters rejected and want to see them get a second chance.
I also include Rachel Larson in this book who turns out to be Eva’s friend. Rachel also appeared in Isaac’s Decision as one of Eva’s students, so it was fun seeing the two transition from a formal teacher-student relationship to a friendship. Rachel Larson is Isaac’s younger sister and the daughter of Dave and Mary Larson (from the Nebraska series).
This book will probably be out around May 1.
This is probably going to be the next book out only because it’s already written out and all I’m doing is rewriting the scenes. I am adding a few more scenes to better establish the romance. To this end, I am including a nice scene where the hero and heroine get to better know each other early on in the book, the wedding ceremony and the wedding night. I’m also adding two additional scenes to show the heroine becoming the Queen and her meeting with the Palers and Laxes in her role as Queen. I didn’t do those two things in the original book but looking back, wish I had.
I know I’m going to get a lot of flack for this once the book is published, but I am capitalizing the word “Queen” on purpose in the book and when I write about it in blog posts. The Queen on this fantasy planet called Raz is the most important person, so it’s always capitalized, even without the name of the woman behind it (ex. Queen Ann). I realize this is not grammatically appropriate, but then this is a fantasy world and I figure on the fantasy world, rules can bend a bit. The word “king” however is only capitalized when using a name to go with it because the king’s only roles on the planet are to protect and serve the Queen and give her a daughter. He has no power.
This might be ready near the end of May.
I’m halfway through this book as we speak, and it’s flowing along really well. I have had to back up a bit and rearrange a couple scenes because this is one of those books I’ve been writing scenes out of order. I don’t usually do that, but in this book, I know everything that happens in the story so I write what I’m inspired to write when I sit at the computer.
This will be ready this summer.
The question, of course, is when. It’s too early to tell. Until I’m in the middle of a book, I can’t really pinpoint anything specific, but I am still hoping to get it out in June. I am currently sitting down and planning this book. I have some good scenes planned out and am already at chapter 4 where I set the stage. This book takes place at the same time Boaz’s Wager does, so as I’m going through Boaz’s Wager, I’m lining up what Patty says she’s doing so I can match it up in this book.
I decided to change the cover for Royal Hearts, which is book 2 in the Enchanted Galaxy Series. I felt the original cover was a little too “young adult” looking in the face.
My books are not for the young adult market, so I don’t want to send out the wrong message. I decided to go with a model who looks older. This is what it is now.