I decided not to make a post for my monthly newsletter since I didn’t write more than a couple thousand words in June. I had nothing to really say. So far, it’s looking like that will change for August 1. I’ll do a bit of an update here.
Over the past two days, I actually did some writing! I had a total of 1700 words yesterday and 2500 words today. That’s huge after not being able to write for so long. I’m hoping that this will continue. It feels good to finally write again. They say walking and sleep is good for stress, but I think for writers, writing is also good for it. I feel more relaxed today than I have in over a month.
Daisy’s Prince Charming
(This is due out July 31.)
This is the last book in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:
Book 1: Nelly’s Mail Order Husband
Book 2: Perfectly Matched
Book 3: Suitable for Marriage
Book 4: Daisy’s Prince Charming
I have links now for this book where it’s available for pre-order:
Kobo (will be in Kobo Plus)
A note about Radish, Scribd, Smashwords, and Payhip. These sites are not set up to allow for pre-orders. That’s why I’m not listing those channels right now.
A note about the audiobook version. I am also going to put this book up as an audiobook using the AI narration on Google Play and Kobo, but that is going to be around July 31 to August 3, depending on how quickly I can get the files all uploaded. Kobo does allow pre-orders for audiobooks, but I’m not sure about Google Play. (I’ll look into it. I have to make the audiobook with Google before I can get it up on Kobo.)
Heiress of Misfortune (Marriage by Necessity Series: Book 3)
I’m at the point where I know how things end in this story. I’m 63,000 words into this. My average book is about 55,000 to 60,000 words. I am thinking this will be about 70,000 words when the first draft is done. I tend to lose 2,000 to 3,000 words when I get to the second draft. Then it’s off to my editor. My hope is that the first draft will be done at the end of this month. I’d like to get this book out in October. We’ll see how things play out.
Secret Admirer (Marriage by Obligation Series: Book 1)
I’m not sure if I’m more at the 3/4 point. I’m approaching the critical moment of the story which is where everything is turned on top of its head (so to speak). All I know is that when I started this story, I knew the heroine was going to end up falling in love with the butler, and after this happened, a pivotal moment in the story was going to happen. I’m at this point right now. Once the story goes in that direction, I’m not sure how much more needs to be written to complete the story. If there’s not much more to tell, then the story will be wrapped up pretty soon. So I might really be at the 3/4 point right now. I’d go into more detail, but I don’t want to spoil things.
I started Midnight Wedding (Marriage by Obligation Series: Book 2)
I’m only in Chapter 1 right now. Remember Lord Quinton from The Cursed Earl who was highly superstitious? He’s the hero of this book. I decided to start the book up with his abduction. I build up to this abduction in Secret Admirer. I am not going to rehash events in Secret Admirer, so I guess, technically, this is not a “standalone” book, but then, a lot of my books tend to overlap. Sometimes I’ll even overlap a series.
I think of all of my books as part of a large quilt. They all take place in the same world (whether historical western or Regency), and it takes reading all of the books to fully appreciate the overall picture. I could separate each series out so there is no overlap. I’m sure that would make life easier since people wouldn’t have to piece together how characters and events line up between books/series. A lot of authors do it that way. But I love crossovers. To me, they are like fun Easter eggs that people can discover. So I connect up things whenever I can. Daisy’s Prince Charming, for example, has a lot of Easter eggs in it. That’s part of why I enjoyed writing it so much. The more Easter eggs, the better. 🙂
Putting Audiobooks up on Kobo (I’m all done on Google Play)
I’m in the process of uploading AI audiobooks on Kobo. So far, I have The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and A Most Unsuitable Earl on there. It takes me roughly 2-3 days to upload one audiobook on Kobo. Google Play already has all of my romances on audiobook, but the process was quick and easy over on Google Play. It took about 15-20 minutes per book to create the audiobook over there. It takes considerably longer on Kobo. So Kobo is going to be a slow process. As far as I know, Google and Kobo are the only places that will allow AI audiobooks. (Audible doesn’t, but I know some people have snuck them in. Audible is ripe with theft, so I’m not surprised.)
I am adding links to these audiobooks as I get them up, but since I have 95 romances out, I’m not linking to them out in a blog post. That would be crazy. I am putting the links on the pages with the books. The books are divided up by series.
If you want to check out the audiobook links, you can go to this link and then go to the book you’re interested in.