For this post, I thought I’d separate out the historical westerns from the Regencies.
1. The Bargain Mail Order Bride (Chance at Love Series: Book 4)
(Book 1: The Convenient Mail Order Bride; Book 2: The Mistaken Mail Order Bride; Book 3: The Accidental Mail Order Bride)
This is with my awesome editing team.
I was going to publish it at the end of December, but the Christmas through New Year time frame is such a busy one that I decided to keep the original release date of January 7. I should have it up for pre-order on Amazon by mid-December. It’s already on pre-order on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks.
2. I’m thinking of writing Caleb’s story, which would be Book 5 in the Chance At Love Series.
I haven’t decided for sure on this or not. I have a good, solid idea for this book, but parts of it will have darker elements in it that will be similar to Brave Beginnings, which is in the Native American Series. I hesitate to write dark material because I worry that I won’t do justice to the subject matter.
What I decided to do for the time being is to start the story since it’s been pressing on my mind to write, and I’ll see how things go.
3. Groom For Hire (Pioneer Series: Book 3)
(Book 1: Wagon Trail Bride; Book 2: The Marriage Agreement)
This will complete the Pioneer Series, and I am over halfway into the book. The expected release date is February 12.
4. His Auctioned Bride (Misled Mail Order Brides Series: Book 1)
(Other books in this series are currently not titled.)
This will come out later in 2017. I have a soft release date set for the summer. This is Sep’s story. Sep, as you’ll recall, was Joel Larson’s brother-in-law in Shotgun Groom. I don’t think I ever gave this character a last name. April’s last name was Edwards, but that was her first husband’s last name. I’ll go back over the book to make sure before I attach a last name to Sep.
I expect another historical western or two in 2017, but right now it’s too soon to tell. All I know is that we’ll be seeing Amanda and Richard Larson’s twin sons, Mark and Anthony in the Misled Mail Order Bride Series.
1. The Rake’s Vow (Marriage by Bargain Series: Book 2)
(Book 1: The Viscount’s Runaway Bride; Book 3: To Snare An Earl; Book 4: The Viscount’s Convenient Wife)
This will be the first Regency I’ll publish in 2017, and I’m estimating to have it out in May.
I have just started this one. I’m nearing the end of Chapter 2. Anyway, last night as I was working in it, it occurred to me that I needed to make a minor adjustment to the description (which I already did). The hero and heroine will agree ahead of time to keep their marriage celibate. It wasn’t what I originally intended. I had thought to have the heroine be unaware of the hero’s vow to remain celibate for the rest of this life after his years of being a rake. But then I realized the setup won’t work.
2. The Reclusive Earl (Marriage by Fate Series: Book 1)
The other books in this series haven’t been titled yet.
I plan to modify the book cover in a couple of weeks. But for the time being, this works. This is going to be Miss Opal Beaufort’s story. Opal originally appeared in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride, and she’s Lord Steinbeck’s sister. If you’ll recall, she was emotionally abused by her mother and put on the pretense of being crazy so her mother would stop being mean to her. She’ll end up with a gentleman who needs someone with her background to make him feel like a whole person.
3. To Snare An Earl (Marriage by Bargain Series: Book 3)
This is Celia’s book. I know a lot of you hated Celia from the way she acted in The Viscount’s Runaway Bride, but that is exactly why the hero won’t want to be with her. So I need her to be petty, annoying, and selfish in the beginning of this book. Otherwise, there would be no conflict and no room for growth.
I currently plan to set her up with the gentleman who hates her most, and that is Lord Durrant (aka Corin who is her brother’s good friend). I know some of you just cringed because he is such a nice guy, but like I said, there would be no conflict if he actually wanted to be with her.
4. The Viscount’s Convenient Wife (Marriage by Bargain Series: Book 4)
This will be Candace’s story. Candace first made her appearance in Her Counterfeit Husband. She doesn’t want to be married. The hero, the captain I introduced in The Viscount’s Runaway Bride, also doesn’t want to get married. But I’ll have to find a set of circumstances that pairs these two up.
I do have other Regencies planned for 2017, but it’s too soon to tell who will be in those books and what the titles of those will be. What I can say is that they will be in the Marriage by Fate Series.