I’m almost done with Forced Into Marriage which is the 4th and final book in the Pioneer Series.
I hope to have this out in August since I’m ahead of schedule on it.
I am only going to be able to show one scene with Joe and Michelle Otto. I had thought there would be more of those two characters in this book, but the story didn’t play out the way I had expected it to. I already knew there would be no room for Richard and Amanda Larson or Jesse and Laura Palmer. I hope this doesn’t disappoint you guys. I know one of the big perks of a series is seeing past characters.
It’s just that in this book so much of it is while the hero and heroine (Brandon and Lokni Herman) are on the trail that there’s not a chance to bring in a lot of people. I did place them in a town for a couple of weeks (in story time), but since Joe had dumped Brandon off in the Wyoming Territory and Brandon and Lokni had to stop along the trail for her to give birth to her son, there was no way I should slip it into the timeline for them to meet up with Joe’s wagon train. So that’s why it ended up being the way it is.
When I send Forced Into Marriage to my wonderful editing team, I will start Married In Haste (which is Book 2 in the Marriage by Fate series).
This book follows The Reclusive Earl, which is Book 1 in the Marriage by Fate Series. I think I have confused people by having two Regency series happening at the same time. I didn’t realize that would happen, but since all of my Regencies do take place in the same world, I see why it gets confusing. I have decided I won’t do that again. In the future, I will only work on one Regency series at a time.
Anyway, this is going to be Brad’s romance. Brad is Loretta’s older brother in The Rake’s Vow. I’m hoping to do two main things in this book. One, I want to make this humorous because I love to laugh, and I get a lot of fun out of writing comedy. With Brad’s quirky nature on being pristine and orderly while the heroine tends to be clumsy, I’m hoping this will make for a good foundation for humor. Two, I want to delve more into the breakdown of Lady Eloise’s group, Ladies of Grace. In Taming The Viscountess, I start this breakdown in a very subtle way. When Celia’s leaves the group, it will set off a chain of events that I’m hoping will start manifesting in this book. *fingers crossed*
I decided to try my hand at plotting.
And I’m experimenting with The Bride Price (Misled Mail Order Brides: Book 1).
Can I really do it? Is it possible for a panster to follow an outline done in advance (even if it is loosely done)? (I’d like to know if you plotters could ever panst a story, so if you are a plotter and you attempted it, I’d love to hear about it.)
I have a reason why I wanted to plot this particular story. I had to bounce ideas around with my friend and fellow author Stephannie Beman because I could not do it unless I had someone asking me questions along the way. Stephannie and I chat a lot online, and we share a lot of our writing struggles as we’re working on our stories. Just yesterday, she helped me figure out the best way to go in Forced Into Marriage.
I should add there are three things to note about the plotting I did. One, it’s more visual than what authors typically do. I wrote down phrases to get the main idea for a scene down and then “mapped” it out. So it’s visually appealing to the eye. I think this helped my creative brain work more in the process. Talking with Stephannie also helped the creative side since brainstorming is a creative process. Two, I made things vague. I am not going to do a step-by-step account of what I want to happen. I don’t know what the characters will want to do in detail when the scene comes. Three, I wrote the first couple of chapters before I even did the plotting. The reason I did this is so that I could get to know the characters. I usually know the characters within the first three chapters of any book I write. Once I know them, it’s a lot easier to proceed with the story. For example, I thought Sep didn’t want to get married. But as soon as I was writing the story, I realized he did. Until I’m in the character’s point of view, I honestly don’t know who they are.