Christmas break has been a surprisingly productive time for me. Despite the fact that I have one kid who doesn’t go to sleep until almost midnight and gets up at seven, I’ve gotten quite a bit written. It might help that I’ve started taking two days off a week to work on puzzles. I’m making myself take days off on the weekends to avoid burning out. When I burned out after I finished His Convenient Wife, it threw me off two months, which is why I had to push back the release dates on His Convenient Wife and Love Lessons With The Duke. I don’t want that to happen again.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to…
Next weekend His Convenient Wife is Due Out: Release Date is January 3
I can’t believe it’s going to be 2015 this upcoming week. The older I get (I’m only 40), the faster time seems to pass. I know my mom told me this would happen, but when I was a kid, I didn’t believe it. 🙂
But yep, this will be out soon. God willing, it’ll be available on all the sites and goes to the people who pre-ordered them when it’s supposed to. *fingers crossed*
Done With Love Lessons With The Duke: Release Date is February 14
I uploaded this to Smashwords a few days ago. I figure it takes at least a month for the book to go from Smashwords to Barnes & Noble and Kobo. The reason I pushed back the release date on this book to February 14 is because of this. I could have published it sooner if I didn’t need to wait for the other channels to pick it up. Since I put it in pre-order last summer, I have to follow through on it. This is my second to last book in pre-orders. The last one is Royal Hearts. I won’t be doing pre-orders on other books.
Coming Soon: a Contemporary Romance Anthology under the pen name Barbara Joan Russell
I wanted to wait until I had more information, and now that I do, I can give more specifics. This is going to be published with Parchment & Plume. I don’t have a projected release date on this, but I’m almost halfway through my novella, Online Proposal.
I still need to work through the description, but it’s pretty much a cute sweet romance about a young woman who goes to South Dakota to meet the man whose proposal she accepted in an email. At the moment, I’m almost at 12,000 words into this novella. I expect it to be around 25,000 words when it’s done.
I’m excited to be working with Catherine Lynn. I’ve been wanting to work on something with her for a while now, so this is fun.
A Groom’s Promise Is Slow Going
Janet Syas Nitsick and I are going to get together on January 7 to further plan out what to do with our novellas. I’m fine with taking some time on this since I have so many other things going on right now. One thing I love about Parchment & Plume is how willing they are to work with me, especially when things are delayed or if I realize a certain idea I had isn’t going to work out. For example, I decided not to do a fourth book in the Montana Collection. Instead, I’d like to focus on Wagon Trail Bride, and I’d like to publish it with them. So I talked to them about it, and they’re letting me go with Wagon Trail Bride. I’ve heard other authors who are happy with their publishers. I think the right publisher can be a great experience.
Other Co-Authored Books I’m Working On
I plan to pick up on one or two projects with another author in January. The author is debating a pen name, so I can’t go into any specifics. When we figure out what to do, I’ll give more information.
Ruined by the Earl
I’m having so much fun with this book. I had a lot of fun with A Most Unsuitable Earl and His Reluctant Lady. I especially love Lord Edon and Christopher Robinson because it’s hard to take the two characters too seriously. I gave them some scenes in Love Lessons With The Duke because I missed them. 🙂 Logan is a similar character. He has a mischievous side to him, but deep down, he’s a good guy. It just takes time to see the good guy side.
Ironically, my favorite Regencies are the humorous ones. But my favorite historical westerns are the more serious ones. I don’t understand why that’s the case, but it is what it is.
Anyway, I’m at 25,000 words in Ruined by the Earl. This puts me right on track for publishing it in March.
There are other books, but the ones above are the immediate ones. Since this post is long enough, I’m going to end it here.
I”m so excited about working with you. I think this project will come together nicely. 🙂
I’m excited, too. 🙂 I might end up going back and fleshing some stuff out before the hero and heroine actually meet, but I want to finish the story first and see if it’s necessary.
As always, you have a lot going on. I’m kind of commenting twice on this post. 😉 I don’t mind letting the people who read your blog know. *giggles*
As long as it’s safe to do so. I’m not sure who reads my blog. I know some of the people. But I’ll leave it up to you on what you want to do. 😀
I am very excited! I cant wait to read these books! Regency books are my favorite, but I do love your western books, too! 🙂
Thank you, Jennifer! One thing I enjoy most about Regencies is how easy it is to create a scandal, and that leads to a lot of fun. 🙂