Tony and Velma have just gotten their happily ever after!
This is Book 2 in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series. Book 1 is The Bride Price. Book 3 will be The Perfect Wife.
I honestly didn’t think I was going to finish this book until mid-to-late December, but from November 12th on, the story took off. The characters told me exactly what they wanted to do, and when characters do that, writing is easy and fast. I wish all stories were like that.
I really enjoyed this couple. Other couples I have immensely enjoyed writing have been John and Eliza (from Loving Eliza), Dave and Mary (from Eye of the Beholder and To Have And To Hold), Perry and Paula (from The Earl’s Scandalous Wife), Sebastian and Celia (from Taming The Viscountess), Chogan and Julia (from Brave Beginnings), and Jake and Sue (from An Inconvenient Marriage). Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy all of the couples, but the ones listed above wrote the stories for me. I didn’t have to wait and think on the storyline. Even before I sat down to write, I already knew what was going to happen next. Because of that, I feel like I have a better connection to them than other couples. Writing takes on a magical quality, and I always feel sad when their stories end.
Since I had this strong connection to Tony and Velma, I ended up writing about 3,200 words a day for the past two weeks. I couldn’t even take a day off. The story was burning inside of me, and I had to keep writing every day. If I didn’t write, I wouldn’t have gotten any sleep. (It also helped A LOT that I didn’t go online while I was writing.)
Now that I’m finished with the first draft, I’m taking the rest of the month off to edit this book. Then I’ll have it ready for my wonderful editing team. I haven’t decided on a release date yet. With Christmas being a busy time, I’m going to give my editing team longer to work through my book. Usually, I give them a month, but in this case, I think I’ll do a month and a half. So I’m thinking an early February release date will be best.
This means I’m officially done with NaNoWriMo. I ended up finishing at just over 60,000 words. That wouldn’t have happened if Tony and Velma weren’t so easy to work with.
Don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten about Married In Haste.
This is due out December 30. I’ll upload it within the next couple of weeks to Amazon, and I’ll update the release date on iBooks, Kobo, B&N, and Smashwords when I upload the book. Once I’m done with initial edits in The Rejection Groom, I’ll focus on getting this one uploaded.