I’m currently in the middle of editing The Perfect Wife so I can get it out to my editing team this weekend.
Books in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series:
- Book 1: The Bride Price
- Book 2: The Rejected Groom
- Book 3: The Perfect Wife
- Book 4: The Imperfect Husband (This will complete the series.)
And to be honest, I hate editing. Editing is not fun at all. The fun is in the writing. It’s finding out what new twists and turns the characters take me on. Editing is necessary. I do believe it’s important, but it’s not the fun part. But what this means is I have finished the first draft of The Perfect Wife, so that’s good news!
Once I finish up with this edit, I can get back to writing, and one of the books I’ll be starting up is Book 4 in the Misled Mail Order Brides Series. I’ve been itching to do this one as soon as I finally decided on a plot. I’ve never done a book where the hero disguises himself as a woman in order to figure out what his wife likes so that he can set about wooing her. So this will be something fresh and exciting to delve into.
I spent the last two chapters of this book setting the stage for Book 4. I had to do that in order to resolve a plot point I had in The Perfect Wife. Don’t worry. I gave an epilogue to this book that let everyone know that things turned out okay for Annabelle and Ben. (I write romances. Things always work out. But Book 4 shows you “HOW” it worked out. And that’s the part I’m excited about getting into.)
I need to back up for a moment and give an update on The Perfect Duke.
The Perfect Duke is currently in the final stages of edits.
Books in the Marriage by Fate Series:
- Book 1: The Reclusive Earl
- Book 2: Married In Haste
- Book 3: Make Believe Bride
- Book 4: The Perfect Duke
- Book 5: Kidnapping the Viscount (not sure if this is the last book or not)
I’ve received it back from a couple of people and am waiting on a couple more. I don’t have a release date yet. I hired out for someone to do my book description. Once that and the others get their edits back to me, I’ll know when it’ll be out. I’m looking for a late July release.
I’ll speak more about this particular book in another post. I really love the heroine in this book!
I’m at 26,000 words in One Enchanted Evening
Books in the Marriage by Fairytale Series:
- Book 1: The Marriage Contract
- Book 2: One Enchanted Evening
- Book 3: The Wedding Pact (hoping to do more books in this series)
This one is so much fun. It’s loosely based of Cinderella. In this case, the heroine is a maid who does get chosen by the earl at a ball. However, the heroine isn’t all that innocent, and her past is going to come back to haunt her. This is another venue into my exploration of gothic romance where I get to play with a high dose of suspense and danger like I did in The Marriage Contract. I’ll discuss this one a bit more in another post when I discuss strong heroines.
I just started Kidnapping the Viscount
This is Book 5 in the Marriage by Fate Series (as mentioned above)
I had a request to bring in some lovable cads from some of my previous Regencies in the Facebook group that Janet Syas Nitsick and I share. The three cads that were mentioned were Lord Edon (Ethan), Mr. Christopher Robinson, and Lord Toplyn (Logan). I was unable to bring them all in during The Perfect Duke, but I’ll get to do that in this book because the hero in this book is friends with Logan.
Do you remember the way Logan was in Ruined by the Earl? He rarely took anything seriously. Well, he’s good friends with Lord Powell (our hero in this book), so let that conjure up how Lord Powell is going to be. He’s just as much of a lovable cad as Logan, Ethan, and Christopher are. And he’s going to let the heroine think she’s kidnapping him against his will. I was originally going to try for a brooding hero like Lord Roderick (Nate), but as soon as I thought of how much fun it’d be to have a hero who lets the heroine prove exactly how much she wants him, I decided to go that route instead. I love humor, and it’d be fun if there could be lots of it in this one. Don’t feel too bad for the heroine. She said no to his proposal. A hero has a right to make her prove she really wants to be his wife. Fun stuff. 🙂 I’m serious in some books, but sometimes I like light and funny. It breaks the monotony.
I am still working my way through The Outlaw’s Bride
This is the rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride I did with Stephannie Beman. I’m rewriting the entire book. The main plot is the same, a lot of other things are different. I basically started from scratch and am working my way up. The hero and heroine a lot different. Even the hero’s family is a lot different.
Slowly, but surely, I am making progress. I’m already over the halfway point (almost at 32,000 words). I am only doing about 250 to 300 words on most writing days. I can only do so many words per day in all of the projects I have. I don’t think I’ll put this one out until Book 2 is on pre-order. I was originally thinking December, but at this point, we’re looking out further than that. I’m not sure when.
A quick note about release dates:
Ever since I stopped pushing myself to get books out all the time, I can’t project out release dates like I used to. When I have the final version of the book done, then I can announce a release date. My primary goal is to write a the best story I can. If it takes me longer to do that, then I’ll take longer to do that. I think the stories will be stronger for it, and I want you to be happy when you buy my books. 🙂
Wow. That’s a lot of books to be working on! Even though you’re changing how you do things, it still looks like you’re going to be providing plenty of stories every year. And that you’re enjoying writing again makes it even better! 🙂
I expect to average 6-8 novels a year. I was doing that even before I was pushing myself. On Amazon, the ideal is 1 or 2 books a month. I can see why some authors have shortened their books or hired ghostwriters. I don’t plan on hiring a ghostwriter, though, and I’ll continue writing stories as long as they want to be. It would be nice if I could get out a novella or two, though. 🙂
Sounds like you have your hands full! But I think working towards having a good book rather than a release date is better and less stressful!
Release dates are hard. I don’t like pinning one down until I have the book finalized and ready to go. I know readers don’t like it, but I’ve had to change my official date too many times in the past that I can’t give a specific date when something is more than a month away. I just try to guess the time period. When I do pre-orders, I aim to put them as far out as possible so that I have plenty of time. Otherwise, it is way to stressful!
Yeah I’ve run into editing until the last minute with preorders and its terrible!
I love the fact that you’re just writing what you love instead of what others might think you should write. It makes writing so much more enjoyable, and although you aren’t putting those deadlines on yourself as much now, I think you’re still going to produce books pretty quickly. The more you love what you’re doing, the more you want to keep doing it!
It’s nice to have the excitement for writing back. I sure did miss it. 🙂