Ruined by the Earl comes out this weekend/early next week.
This pretty much determines how fast Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo will get it up. Smashwords gets it up right away. For iBooks, it depends on how fast Smashwords will approve the version for premium distribution and send it to iBooks. There are lots of elements I can’t control. But I am currently on Chapter 21 of edits. So either Saturday or Sunday is the day I will be uploading this book to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Smashwords.
Those of you on my email list will be the first to know when it’s available on these sites.
And speaking of my email list…
The epilogue for Ruined by the Earl will only be given to those of you on my email list.
Why? Because the epilogue in Ruined by the Earl takes place after the events in The Earl’s Stolen Bride. I was going to originally put it in. (It’s been written.) But my editing team didn’t realize Ruined by the Earl actually begins before Helena (Lady Seyton) marries Camden (the Duke of Ashbourne) in Love Lessons With the Duke. Then about a couple weeks later, Helena and Camden get married via special license.
Helena and Camden didn’t have to wait for the banns to be read, like Melissa and Logan did. Melissa (heroine in Ruined by the Earl) was not invited to the wedding because Helena isn’t good enough friends with her yet. She will be by the end of the series. But she wasn’t at this point in time.
It all has to do with points of view and how important an event is to each character I’m writing. Melissa was so traumatized with her own impending marriage to Logan, she forgot when Helena was getting married until after she got married. As for Logan, he was so preoccupied with himself he didn’t care when the wedding happened, though I did mention it about 1/2 way into the book. (I love Logan. He’s a lot of fun, but he is self-absorbed.)
But since this whole thing confused my editing team, I added a very brief mention of Helena marrying Camden in Melissa’s thoughts. I hope that clears up the confusion, but beyond that, I’d have to go into “narration mode” which is me (the author) interrupting the story to tell you what is happening, and this is a bad storytelling technique. So I’m not going to interrupt the flow of the story to go into a huge explanation. Instead, I’m doing it here in this post.
If people on my editing team were confused about the timing Helena and Camden’s marriage, then the time frame for the The Earl’s Stolen Bride will confuse everyone. The epilogue to Ruined by the Earl takes place in 1817. The Earl’s Stolen Bride takes place in 1816. The time frame will throw some people off.
I only wrote the epilogue because several people told me they enjoy reading them. The epilogue doesn’t really add anything to the story. It’s simply an addition to the happy ending. You won’t miss anything by not reading it.
But since it is a nice addition to the story, I am going to put it in the email I sent out to those of you who have signed up for my email list.
So when you get the email from me saying the book is available, I’ll be adding the epilogue below the links. Save the epilogue and read it after you finish the book. If you aren’t already signed up for my email list, you can do so at this link. (You don’t have to put your name in the box. It’s optional.)
Also, if you got the email notice when Love Lessons With the Duke was out, you are already on my list, so you don’t have to sign up again. I get a few of the same people signing up and don’t know why. If you aren’t receiving the emails, maybe they are going to your spam folder.
I think writers always have in their head everything that’s going on, and we know so much about it, that we don’t realize the readers don’t know. Does that make sense?
I also think it has to do with how closely people read one book in a series and then another. If I info dumped the marriage to someone who just read the other book, they’d probably roll their eyes because they already knew this. But if someone hadn’t read the other book for a few months, they would need the reminder. It’s a balance to insert information in a way that doesn’t disrupt the flow of the story. The last thing I want to do is step in and let people know the author is dumping some information on them. (It took years for me to figure out the whole show vs tell thing, and I’m always striving to show more and tell less.) 🙂