Taming The Viscountess is due out June 25
Here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series:
- The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Book 1)
- The Rake’s Vow (Book 2)
- Taming The Viscountess (Book 3) – will be out next month
- If It Takes A Scandal (Book 4) – will be out around September or October (though official release date is currently in December)
I guess I should warn everyone that the heroine in this story has a more progressive view of sex than heroines I typically write. When I created Celia in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride, she was making fun of Iris over Iris’ lack of sexual experience. Because of this, I had to work with Celia from what I had already established.
Celia never went “all the way”, but she did experiment with one of her brother’s friends and she has read literature on the topic of sex. So we might consider her more sexually open than the heroines I usually write. I don’t know if this is going to upset you, but if it does, this might be a book you decide to pass up. She does not do anything with the hero until after they are married. The hero is a virgin in every sense of the word.
Forced Into Marriage is a little over halfway done
Here are the books in the Pioneer Series:
- Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)
- The Marriage Agreement (Book 2)
- Groom For Hire (Book 3)
- Forced Into Marriage (Book 4) – I expect this to be out in August even though I have it down for October on the retailer sites
I finally got to the point where the heroine has decided she wants to be with the hero. In this book, the two were forced to marry at gunpoint without knowing each other first. Remember in Wagon Trail Bride where Amanda Larson got pregnant after she was raped, but then I had her go through a miscarriage?
Well, the heroine in this book (Lokni from the Crow Tribe) starts out in this book in her ninth month of pregnancy, and she doesn’t know who the father is. There were four unsavory men who kept her for a while and did whatever they wanted to her. (I do not show this. I only allude to this. The story starts on the night she’s forced to marry the hero, Brandon Herman from Groom For Hire.) In this case, I opted to let Lokni have the child. The child is instrumental into bringing the hero and heroine together.
If It Takes A Scandal is about 1/3 of the way done
As I mentioned above, I see this coming out in either September or October.
The heroine in this one is Lady Hedwrett (who was originally introduced in Her Counterfeit Husband). She is a very happy widow. I only briefly touched on how awful Lord Hedwrett was in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and Her Counterfeit Husband, and honestly, I don’t want to know more about this guy than what I already do because he really is the worst of the worst. Being a panster, I learn about characters as I write them, and there are some characters so dark that I don’t want to delve deeper into them. Just know that Lady Hedwrett has every reason to be glad he’s dead.
Anyway, I am veering off on a different course in this romance from what I have done in my Regencies up to this point. I am going to do a scenario where the couple is forced to marry and decides to live separate lives. They will be forced out in the country for three months by some matchmakers in order to overcome their misconceptions about each other. This is where I’m currently at in this story. It will be interesting to see how these two (who currently can’t stand each other) will deal with this.
I have finally started The Bride Price
This is the first book in the Misled Mail Order Bride Series. I don’t have titles for the other books yet.
Currently, I’m at chapter 2. Sep (from Shotgun Groom) is about to find out there’s a man auctioning off the women he duped into coming to Omaha. I haven’t decided if it’ll be three or four women, so for the time being, I’m saying “three”. We’ll have to see how the story progresses. Part of the adventure of writing is finding out what happens next.
This one is set for November.
I am in chapter 3 of The Outlaw’s Bride
Here are the books in the Wyoming Series:
- The Outlaw’s Bride (Book 1)
- The Rancher’s Bride (Book 2)
- Not sure what Book 3 is called yet or if there will be a Book 4
This is the rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride, and Stephannie has taken the pen name Anne Johanson. I want to give her credit for creating the world with me, so I have added her pen name to the cover. But I am the one writing this, and I can already tell you, it is a lot different from the original.
For one, the hero and heroine are going to marry early in the story. Right now, I’m at the point where the heroine has agreed to marry him. Two, the heroine really is pretty, but she believes she is ugly because her family constantly told her she was. Three, Abby (the hero’s sister) is a bubbly and happy person, though she is still a good survivalist. She will hold a rattlesnake and is great at tracking others.
It’ll be fun to see what else develops as the story continues.
I’m not going to publish this book until The Rancher’s Bride is ready. I might or might not wait for Book 3 to be ready, too. I’m not sure if it’s worth it to wait for an entire series to be completed and publishing it at the same time or not, but it is something I’ve been wanting to try. (A lot of it depends on how well I’m able to write four books at a time instead of three like I usually do.)