Before I get into the blog hop part of the post, I wanted to let everyone know Boaz’s Wager is now on Kobo and Apple’s iBooks.
A very kind person alerted me that The Earl’s Scandalous Wife is missing from Kobo.
I did make an inquiry about this at Smashwords (since I use them to distribute my books to Kobo). Long story short, Smashwords is aware of this problem and is working to resolve it. When I see it on Kobo, I’ll post the link. In the meantime, I’ll be checking every day.
Now for the blog hop post. Janet Syas Nitsick tagged me, and in turn I’ll tag a couple other authors at the bottom.
1. What are you working on?
I’m not in the editing stage of The Mail Order Bride’s Deception! This is the most exciting time because I’m close to releasing the book. It looks like I can have this out during the last week of April. 😀
I did shove A Royal Engagement aside (just a bit) to focus in on Patty’s Gamble. I really want to have this book out in June, and in order to do that, I need to spend most of my time working on it. I already did some planning in my schedule (as haphazard as it is) and am sure I can have it out before the end of June.
I’m not exactly sure when this one will be out, but I’m 3/4 of the way done with the rewrite. It turned out to be more work than I initially thought, but it is much better than the original. I’d rather go slower and give you guys the best book I’m capable of writing than rush through something. I will have this out sometime this summer. I’m not exactly sure when, though.
Two Co-Authored Books With Stephannie Beman
1. The Rancher’s Wife doesn’t have a cover yet, but will soon.
2. His Brother’s Wife
Stephannie Beman and I are currently working on two historical westerns. In our contract we estimated August as being the due dates for the first drafts. But given the extensive editing process that is involved with a co-authored project, I expect these books to be released in mid-December to late January.
Co-Authoring another Anthology with Janet Syas Nitsick
Again, I have no cover yet, and we’re currently brainstorming titles. What I do know is that my novella will feature Maybell Smith (who was Ada and Pete’s neighbor). Her father will be unable to take care of his farm by himself, so she’ll post an ad for a mail-order husband. I hesitate to say this one will be out by the end of this year. I’ve learned that co-authored books take longer to get ready than books done alone. So I’m going to estimate next year at this point, especially since we haven’t even started it.
But in case it seems like I won’t have any other books out this year, I do have a line of more I’m currently working on.
I have finally gotten back to working on this. Granted, it’s currently at a couple hundred words at a time, but I have finally picked this up again. I also had Stephannie Beman do a new cover for me because it’s a different series, and I wanted it to be separated from the Marriage by Scandal Series I just completed with The Earl’s Scandalous Wife. As for when I’ll have this one out, I’m not sure yet. I’d like to get it out this year, but the month is uncertain.
I am determined to have either Wagon Trail Bride or His Convenient Wife out by the end of this year, and it looks like I am making enough progress on His Convenient Wife where this will be possible. I think **fingers crossed** I can have this out in October.
I also want to get book 2 in the Enchanted Galaxy Series out before the year is up, but if I can’t, then that’s fine. It should be out early next year by the latest since it’s a rewrite and I already know what happens in it.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
The only thing that sets my books apart is my commitment to having a hero and heroine who only have sex after marriage. That doesn’t mean they are always virgins. Sometimes they lost their first spouse, were prostitutes, or caved into temptation and had sex with someone else in the past (if this is the case, they do regret it). This is why I self-published my books early on. I was pretty darn stubborn when it came to keeping my books the way I wanted them. 🙂 Fortunately, I found Parchment & Plume, a publisher who will let me keep my books my way. I still self-publish some books, but I also am publishing with Parchment & Plume for others.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I initially started writing because I wanted to read a particular book when I was in the 8th grade. I had a certain plot in mind and certain type of characters I wanted in this plot. I searched through libraries and bookstores but couldn’t find the book I was looking for. After a couple of restless months, I thought, “If I can’t find the book I want to read, I need to write it.”
And the rest is history.
4. How does my writing process work?
I am probably one of the most unorganized writers on the planet. I don’t plan anything. Planning, to me, is boring. I just want to start writing and having fun. I have one basic plot idea in my head like “I want to write a mail-order bride story.” I don’t know what will happen in this story. I just know the first scene and start writing it. For reasons I can’t explain, the characters usually tell me what to do. If they don’t, I end up putting the story on hold until they do.
And I write whenever time permits. I usually end up writing 15-20 minute chunks between doing the household chores, running errands, and taking care of my family. I’m often behind on my emails and Facebook messages because of this.
Now for a couple authors I’d like to tag. If these authors don’t want to do it, that is fine. No pressure. 😀
Stephannie Beman: I think we make a pretty great team when we co-write a book. She doesn’t usually write historical western romances, but she’s co-writing them with me because she knows how much I love the genre. Isn’t that nice of her? 😀 Usually, she writes romances based on myths and speculative fiction.
Lauralynn Elliott: She’s one of the sweetest authors I’ve ever met. She’s always encouraging and thoughtful. She has written some paranormal romances and ventured into a bit of horror, which also includes romance. I’m partial to the horror ones since I love reading horror.
Rose Gordon: I notice a lot of people who like my books also like her books, which is really awesome. I fell in love with her work before I realized I was already “talking” with her in a forum. LOL She has done a couple of historical western romances, but she’s mostly known for her Regencies.
Melanie Nilles: A friend from college (all the way back to 1994–now you know how old I am! LOL). She’s one of the most business savvy people I’ve ever met. She writes science fiction and fantasy, and she usually adds some romance to mix.