Before I start today’s post, I am now in Montana. I’m not moved into my new home yet, but that should be soon. I am hooked up to the internet and able to do online stuff again. I have some emails which haven’t been answered. I’ll do what I can to catch up during the week. I have a ton of things to do to get settled into the new place, so it’ll be hit and miss. But at least I’m in the new state, and in case anyone was curious, Montana is just beautiful as people say. 🙂 I’m not a big city gal. I prefer a more country setting, so I’m outside the city limits.
I thought I’d post some questions I’ve received recently because they were really good ones people asked and someone reading this blog might be wondering the same thing.
1. Will you write Sep’s book?
Sep was the heroine’s brother in Shotgun Groom. Yes, I will write it, but I’m still waiting for the right plot to fall into place. I really want to do a mail-order bride story for him, but I suspect he won’t be the type who will post for one. I don’t think he would be opposed to marriage like Joel was, but I’m thinking he’d be more likely to rescue a woman rather than seek one out.
The “when” of when I’ll write his book is up in the air. I have another Regency series I want to start up, and I need to get to Richard Larson’s book, Wagon Trail Bride. Wagon Trail Bride starts a historical western romance series called Pioneer Series. I also have some co-authoring commitments. Sep is pretty much on hold for the moment.
What I do know is that after I’m done with the Enchanted Galaxy Series, I’m going to take a break from anything contemporary for a long time. So that means I’ll be sticking with historical romances (Regencies and historical westerns).
And this leads me to the second question…
2. Are the books in the Enchanted Galaxy Series the same ones that you wrote under Amanda Winters?
This was such a good question I received. I wanted to be sure to address it in this post because it’s an important one. The answer is yes. If you read those books, you don’t need to read these. The reason I pulled the Amanda Winters books down was because I saw another author was using the name Amanda Winters and she was using it before I came up with it. I felt really guilty for this when I realized it, and I felt the best way to make up for what I did was to remove the books. (I made sure there was no romance author by the name Barbara Joan Russell before I made that a pen name. I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice.)
I’m putting them out under my real name, and though I thought this was going to be more romancy than it turned out to be, I feel I pretty much need to keep it under my name (despite how fantasy-ish it is). I already started the series under Ruth, so I need to keep it under Ruth to avoid any more confusion. I already complicated things enough as it is.
I’m in the middle of proofing over book 3 in the series, so it shouldn’t be too long until I finish and can get back to writing romances. (I’m trying to go through these as quickly as possible because I know some are anxious for the romances, and to be honest, I am, too. I love a variety of genres, but my heart is in writing romances.)
That’s all I can think of at the moment. If anyone has any other questions, feel free to ask, and I’ll be happy to answer them on this blog. 🙂
These are fantasy, but there’s also romance. If you’re like me, you’ll probably have romance in a horror book, too. We can’t get away from it. 🙂
I couldn’t get away from romance, even in a horror novel. 🙂 I have an idea for what I think will be a horror novella, but I’m still working on the reason why things happen. It’s easy to get it started, but I wrote a thriller years ago and fizzled at 30K words because I didn’t know how the murders were happening. This is probably one case where plotting something first will benefit me.
I have to plot for mysteries. You have to figure out most of it ahead of time. That doesn’t mean things won’t take an interesting turn that you didn’t expect. 🙂
I’m blowing the dust off my blog since it’s been so long since I’ve been over here. LOL Anyway, romances I don’t have to plot, but I do need to plot other genres to an extent. I never get fancy. I just like to have a better idea of where I’m going in each scene. I don’t know if romance is more intrinsic, but it does come more naturally to me than other genres. Still, I like keeping the plotting simple so that when a turn does pop up, I don’t have to worry about putting in all the work into doing a heavy outline and finding out I have to toss it.
When is the next book coming out I have read in
Montana Collection I have read all so far and loved them all
Mitch ,Boaz, and Patty
Can’t wait for more
I’m not sure when Shane’s Deal will be out. I need to start mapping out in what order I want to write my books. I’d love to do it next year. I’d also love to do Sep’s book next year. Thanks for the great question! 😀
Wow! That move was fast! And lucky you to be in Montana. Looks like a beautiful state from the photos I’ve seen.
Just a really quick thought on Sep’s book. Maybe he could rescue a mail order bride headed to another guy? But for whatever reason, she has to stay in the same area as he lives – maybe to recover from a broken leg – and they fall in love. 😀
That’s definitely an idea. 😀 I’ll have to think of how to work it in.
Tomorrow we’re supposed to close on the house, and then it’s a matter of waiting for the movers. My first order of business (after getting the keys to the house) is to clean it. I don’t expect to do any proofing for a few days, but it’s for a good cause, just like you and the adorable granddaughter. 😉
Hope everything goes well for you.
Moving is definitely an ordeal. I’ve been working on doing the same for the last 5 week now.
I hope you’re getting some headway on the moving thing. You’re right. It’s definitely an ordeal. I’d hate to do this all the time.