Quick background for anyone who doesn’t know, this series was originally called the Wild Hearts Series, and I wrote Book 1 with Stephannie Beman. Book 1 was called The Stagecoach Bride. It was published in 2013 (I think). So much has happened in that time that it’s hard to remember exactly. Anyway, this was it:
We did start Book 2 together, but about halfway into it, I realized that I just am not the kind of author who works well with others on collaborative projects. I want to note that Stephannie Beman is one of the nicest people anyone could work with. She’s flexible and willing to listen to other people. I, however, am not easy to work with. I’d like to sugar coat things and say I’m super sweet in all areas of life, but that would be a lie. When it comes to writing, I like things a certain way, and I don’t like sharing a story with other people. This is why I don’t do multi-author series or anymore co-written books.
I handed the rights to the books and characters to Stephannie. I tried to put the series on the back burner, but my mind kept going back to it. So I ended up going to Stephannie and asking if I could have the rights to it. We worked through a suitable arrangement, and in 2017 (I think), I started the rewrite on The Stagecoach Bride. I used the same basic plot, but I adjusted it to fit what my vision for the series was going to be. I will add here that Stephannie pretty much laid out the direction the series was going in, and she created the Gray family. All I did was flesh this all out. So this series still has her influence in it.
In January of this year, I published the rewritten version of Book 1, which I changed to The Outlaw’s Bride.
After some consideration, I gave the series name “Wyoming Series”. Not very original, but I figured I had a Nebraska Series, a South Dakota Series, the Montana Collection, the Virginia Series, and an Omaha Series. So why not go with a Wyoming Series?
It looks like Amazon finally put this book to free. It’s already been free on other retailers, but Amazon was dragging it’s feet for the longest time. So if you haven’t read the new version yet and would like to, you can find the links to your preferred retailer here.
Next is Abby’s romance, and I have that coming out on June 27.
Abby’s book bridges the events in Book 1 and Book 3. It’s heavily given from Abby’s point of view, but I do include Jeremiah’s point of view and a little of Lillian’s point of view. This is a complete romance novel. I don’t leave anyone wondering what happens to Abby and Thayne (the hero and heroine of this story). What you’re left wondering is if Wade will get the ranch back. That has been the subplot through this entire series.
I have this up for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple if you’d like to order it now. You can click here to find the links at your preferred retailer.
Yesterday, I finished the first draft of The Fugitive’s Bride. This is Wade’s romance.
This will be out August 29. I just started initial edits today.
This wraps up the Wyoming Series. A couple of people have asked if Jeremiah will get his own book. No, he won’t. He does get a happy ending, but it’s not the happy ending you’re used to seeing. His character doesn’t require getting married to have his happily ever after. It did require something else, though, and I don’t want to spoil it by saying what it is.
This is my favorite book of the series. I really enjoyed working with Wade and Millie. They started acting like an old married couple and gradually worked their way to falling in love. It was fun to watch their relationship transform as the story progressed. This book is spicier than what I typically do, but the storyline required it. So the cover accurately reflects what you’ll be getting yourself into when you pick it up. Abby’s romance is tame compared to this one.
This is one of my all-time favorite series. I am so glad that Stephannie let me work on this. (Thank you, Steph!) Being able to work on this series and finish it has been one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve ever had as a writer.
Congratulations on finishing the series. I hope the last book does well.