It’s been a while since I gave an update on what’s happening, so I thought I’d do that today. 🙂
Even though I’m working on a lot of things, I haven’t forgotten about Shane’s Deal or Kidnapping the Viscount.
Shane’s Deal is with my publisher, and the estimated release date is April 5.
This is the final book in the Montana Collection.
If that changes, I’ll update it, but the last time I spoke with my publisher, that was the date that looked the most promising. I’ll give more details about this book as we get closer to the release date.
Kidnapping the Viscount is on track to be out May 18.
This is the final book in the Marriage by Fate Series.
I’ve already set the pre-order date on this one for B&N, Kobo, and Apple. I like to have the final book ready before I upload it to Amazon or Google Play. I expect to have it up and ready for pre-order on all retailers by mid-April. I’m waiting for two beta readers to get back to me before I finalize everything. I’ll also go more into what this book is about at that time.
Now for the stuff I’m currently writing…
Writing For Passion (a nonfiction novelette)
(cover coming soon)
Quickly, I want to announce the short ebook I’m working on for writers who are looking for inspiration in writing for passion. I’m taking blog posts and modifying them, but this is a subject I think isn’t discussed nearly enough in the indie writer community. Too many books out there are dedicated to the mindset of writing as a business. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it has left a gap for the writers who’d rather write for pleasure. That’s where this book comes in.
The book will be about 10,000 words long. I don’t like long books when it comes to nonfiction, so I try not to write them any longer than they have to be. I hope to have this one out in December.
The Wedding Pact should hit 50,000 words before the end of the week.
This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. I’m hoping to get this out in July.
I hit 49,000 words today. (For easy comparison with this book and the others I’m talking about, I usually average 60,000 words in the stories I write.) I don’t know when any of these books will be done. It’s still too early to tell how long these books will end up being since all of them have more things that need to happen in them. I just stop writing when the characters are done telling me what to write. 🙂
Anyway, this one is loosely based off of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. I initially expected one villain in the story, but it’s turned out there are two. The second one came up unexpectedly. A lot of what happens in any story surprises me, but I got to say that no book has been surprising me more than Fairest of Them All.
Fairest of Them All is 54,000 words right now
This is Book 4 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. I’m hoping to get this out either in August or September.
This one has been the most exciting one to write. Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited about all of these books, but this is the one that has thrown more twists my way than the others, and I happen to love the unexpected twists when they come up.
The ironic thing is that, unlike the other books, I know how this one ends. The mystery is how things lead up to the ending, and it’s turned into a fun process to watch how the pieces are coming together.
Though I took Snow White as the launching pad for this particular story, it’s turning out to be a lot different from that fairytale. There is no wicked step-mother. The step-mother isn’t a widow. This story has pretty much launched me in a completely different direction than Snow White should have taken me. The only similarities is that there is a step-mother and a person’s beauty factors into the equation. So I’m not going to keep comparing this book to Snow White. I don’t want people to get disappointed when they find out how different it is.
Nelly’s Mail Order Husband hit the 50,000 word mark today
This is Book 1 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series. This will probably be out in September or October. (October 26 is the latest it’ll be out.)
The exact word count is 50,007, but what’s a couple extra words? 😛
I have to say that I adore Tom Larson. He is the perfect dad for a group of girls. I figured going into this series that the his four daughters were going to be a lot of fun to work with, and that’s exactly how it’s turned out. These girls remind me of Joel Larson with their antics, except they don’t give poor Tom a difficult time.
The three younger sisters have all decided to get a husband for the oldest, and it’s just a blast whenever they all get together to remind the oldest of how great her new husband is. Because of them, this book is a fun romantic comedy.
Forever Yours is at 33,000 words
This is Book 8 in the Nebraska Series. (I’ll try to shift His Redeeming Bride to #9 and Isaac’s Decision to #10. If the retailers won’t accept the shift, I’ll make this a standalone companion to go with the Nebraska Series or figure something else out.
I’m hoping to have this out in November.
NO COVER YET
This one took longer to take off than the others, and that’s because I wasn’t sure what the tone of the story was going to be. I had to get back into Dave and Mary’s world, and it took time to get a feel for how to best proceed with their third and final book. This will be the last one I write featuring them because there is nothing else to tell. But I have plenty of stuff for this one, and while some bad things do happen (like Dave breaks his leg), it’s mostly a light-hearted story. I don’t know if this is an outright comedy, but there’s definitely some laughable moments.
This is largely a reunion with the Larsons story. It’s a lot of fun. I feel like I’ve returned home after being gone for a few years. Though I enjoy writing about the children these characters had, there’s something about the original six siblings (Richard, Sally, Tom, Dave, Jenny, and Joel) that have a special place in my heart. From talking with some of you, I know you feel the same way.
At the moment, Mary is trying to figure out what to tell Dave when she and the kids return home and their oldest son Isaac is going to ramble on about how exciting it was to visit his Uncle Richard who’s been interviewed by a reporter from Chicago because of his successful business. Poor Dave isn’t going to like that at all, and it’s where his insecurity is going to come into play. It’s hard for any father to hear his son talk about how great another man is. You can’t blame Isaac, though. He’s only nine, so he doesn’t realize what Dave is going through.
The Perfect Wife: I HATED the Mark character. He’s pretentious and over bearing. Every one in the story made excused about why he was justified in being a jerk and why it was ok for him to stab his brother in the back. In my opinion Mark had no redeeming qualities and what he did was no better than what Kenneth did; but for some reason Natalie could justify that Mark was good but Kenneth was bad. Why in the story did God never admonished Mark in any way for his deceit and neither did anyone else.
Another thing that bothered me in this story was about how Mark looked down on Tony for being farmer. Mark’s family never addressed the way Mark spoke about Tony. Mark did what he did because he didn’t respect Tony and he believed Tony was beneath him and farmers don’t deserve the same respect as his upper echelon clients. Mark couldn’t understand how Tony was ok living in a dirty mud hut, but he shunned Velma because she wanted more than that! There’s no correlation or continuity to this story at all. Oh, and did I mention Mark is a big time jerk?!?
if Mark doesn’t show some real contrition and if someone doesn’t seriously dog him out and stop glossing over what he did, I’ll never buy or read another of your books and to date I have read every one you have written
Have you read Book 4, The Imperfect Husband? In the Author’s Note of Book 3 (The Perfect Wife), I mentioned dealing with this very issue. Some characters take more than one book to even out.
I’m okay with you not reading another book that I write. It’s your choice. Fortunately, there are a lot of other authors out there.