I don’t know if next year will be a more productive one for me, but I feel like I got little done this year. My sister jokes that I’m the kind of person who will sit at the gate three hours before my flight and spend the whole time worrying I’ll miss takeoff. She’s right. That is my personality type, and it’s why this year has driving me crazy in the writing area. 😀
I’m happy to say I finally got the first drafts done for The Loner’s Bride and Suitable for Marriage. Those books took six months to complete. Usually, I take 3-4 months to finish up a book. I’m hoping next year will be a better one. I have learned my lesson, though, and will not put up a pre-order until the first draft is done. I will do my best to reach the pre-order dates I already have up.
With that aside, let’s get to the heart of this post.
The Cursed Earl is uploaded and ready for January 9
This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.
Here are all of the books in this series:
I can’t tell you how glad I am to finally get The Cursed Earl uploaded so it’s ready for January 9. I was beginning to feel like that book would never come out. If you’d like to pre-order it, here are the links:
The Loner’s Bride and Suitable for Marriage are in edits
The Loner’s Bride will finish the Wyoming Series.
This is due out March 13.
Here are the books in this series:
I have brought in the main characters from the previous three books to give updates on how they’re doing ten years after the events in The Fugitive’s Bride. In some ways, I think of this book as the epilogue to the series. We get a look at everyone’s happy ending, and it’s cute and fun. I included updates on Lloyd and Pearl since they played key roles in the past stories.
The focus is of this book is on Jeremiah and Katie, of course, since this is their romance. I enjoyed the interaction between the two. They had immediate chemistry. Jeremiah fought it, but Katie didn’t. That allowed me to work some humor into the scenes, and that made this a real pleasure to write.
Suitable for Marriage marks Book 3 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.
This is due out May 15.
Books in this series:
Daisy’s book to be added
This was a really cute and fun story, too. This one had more humor than The Loner’s Bride. I brought in Nelly and Patricia, but it’s mostly Erin and Daisy who take center stage as they work with Eva Connealy (heroine in Boaz’s Wager) to find Alex a woman to marry. Their plan fails, of course, because he’s the hero of this story. People say romance is predictable because the two main characters end up together. The fun is the process in getting them to their happy ending. And Erin did eventually come to her senses, but she needed a hard nudge from Daisy to get there.
I’m still at a loss on what to do with Daisy for Book 4. So I’m going to put that book on hold until I get an idea that sparks my interest.
Books I am going to work on next:
I have no compelling ideas for historical westerns at the moment, so the next three books will be Regencies.
This will wrap up the Marriage by Necessity Series. I don’t know if it’s going to be a romantic comedy or not. It’s too soon to tell. I’m only at Chapter 3 (I think). I haven’t written anything in here for over a month. The basic premise is that our heroine’s father is convinced someone is trying to kill her, so he hires Mr. Byron Tumilson to watch over her. Byron is Eris’ brother in A Perilous Marriage, and he’s a Runner. One thing I’m looking forward is turning the “ugly duckling” heroine into a swan. She’s really a pretty lady, but she doesn’t take time to pretty herself up so no one notices this. It’ll be fun to write the scene when Byron has to get a second look at her after her “make over”.
This book will start the Marriage by Obligation Series. I’m finally going to write a romance where a person in nobility falls in love with a servant. I’ve only briefly touched on this in Fairest of Them All with secondary characters, but I haven’t had a chance to work with this plot as the main story until now. I’m looking forward to it.
This is going to be Book 2 in the Marriage by Obligation Series.
In A Perilous Marriage, I introduced a side character by the name Lord Quinton. Lord Quinton ends up with a more prominent role in The Cursed Earl, but it’s not until now that he gets his own romance. Lord Quinton is even more superstitious than Charles’ friend, Algernon, is. Algernon is the hero in The Cursed Earl and Charles’ friend.
Anyway, I thought it’d be fun to do a plot where the heroine’s brothers kidnap a hero and force him out to an estate where he’s scared of every little thing that is happening. My aim is comedy. I’ve been wanting to write a romantic comedy where the hero is skittish and will assume the estate is haunted. This is the book where I can finally do that.