April 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched is Now Available!

This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series. For quick reference, here are the books in this series:

Nelly's Mail Order Husband for website  Perfectly Matched Ebook smaller  Suitable for Marriage Book 3 Ebook-smaller (Book 4 will go here)

Here’s the official description of this book:

Jim Griffin is in trouble. The moment he arrives in Omaha looking for a place to stay, Patricia and Erin Larson have decided he will marry one of them. And the longer he’s a guest in their home, the louder those wedding bells are ringing!

Their father isn’t as excited by the prospect of an upcoming marriage as they are, and he does everything he can to discourage Jim from getting too close to them. Meanwhile, their mother has other plans and is more than happy to look for ways to get him to spend time with each of them.

This cute, sweet, and clean romantic comedy takes a look an overwhelmed bachelor who is at the mercy of two sisters who are determined to get a husband.

Just a heads up: This is one of the very few books I’ve done that have no sex in it. I write each book according to what is necessary for the plot, and this one just didn’t need it. I have no idea how the next book in this series will go, but I aim to do the very best for each story that I can.

If this book interests you, you can find it here:

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A Perilous Marriage will be out in late May

(This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.)

I had to push this one to the end of May because I’ve been dealing with house repairs, and that has taken quite a bit of my time and attention. We’re not done with these repairs yet, so I’m not sure when the other books I have planned for this year will be out. But this one is already done and in edits.

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Been Doing Serious Rewrites on An Earl In Time

This book has turned into a full-blown fairytale romance. I got stuck last month in this one, so I had to put a stop to writing it. An author friend who excels in writing fantasy and romance to help me figure out what was missing. She had great feedback. I put all other projects on hold to get this back on track, and I think it’s been half a month now that I’ve focused exclusively in on this book. I’m happy to say that I got the problems worked out. There’s still quite a bit more to go. I’m 82,000 words into it. I suspect that it’s going to be about 100,000 words long. That about double what I typically write.

This story has dark moments. It’s not a Disney type of fairy tale. The focus is on the romance, but it contains gothic and fantasy elements. I know this type of set up isn’t for everyone. If you didn’t like my Marriage by Fairytale Series, you should avoid this one. For quick reference, here are the books in the Marriage by Fairytale Series:

The Marriage Contract new ebook cover One Enchanted Evening ebook cover The Wedding Pact ebook cover Fairest of Them All ebook cover The Duke's Secluded Bride ebook cover

If you like books like the ones in the Marriage by Fairytale, you’ll probably enjoy An Earl In Time.

I’ll go more into this in a future post.

I’m hoping to get Interview for a Wife out in July

This is going to be the third and final book in the Nebraska Prairie Series.

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This hit the 30,000-word mark. My original goal was to make this a novella, but it’s turned out longer than expected. I’m not sure how long it’ll be.

For those who like Dave and Mary Larson’s books, especially Eye of the Beholder, this one is similar to it. The heroine obviously has her weakness because she’s never been appreciated until the hero came along, but the hero also has revealed a weakness that surprised me when I was last writing in it. I’m still exploring it, so it’s hard to say exactly what it is at this point. But this is one book where the hero and heroine are both able to heal the other.

I started The Cursed Earl

(This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.)

With An Earl In Time taking longer than expected to finish up, I decided to place this up on my “To Write” list. I’m only in Chapter 1. There is a lot to do. I think this might have humor in it. The heroine is very much in love with the hero. The hero is very much attracted her but is certain he is cursed to die on his 25th birthday. He hates to drag a poor innocent lady into a marriage, but he needs an heir. Our heroine graciously agrees to help him with this. She doesn’t believe the curse is real. She expects to live to a ripe old age with him. The hero, however, is superstitious, and it’ll be fun to see what little things pop up during the course of this story.

I’m hoping to get this out in September.

I still have Suitable for Marriage scheduled for November

(This is Book 3 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.)

I’m still at 10,000 words. I haven’t written in this one for ages. I’ll have to wipe off the cobwebs of my mind to get back into this story. I know I left it off at a fun part, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get into it.

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I hope everyone has a great April!

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March 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched will be out March 27!

In a nutshell, this is a cute romantic comedy where our poor, unsuspecting hero finds himself in the middle of a tug-of-war struggle between two sisters who are much too eager to get a husband. (This is one of the very few romances I’ve done that have no sexual situations in it. The most that happens is a kiss.)

This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.

Nelly's Mail Order Husband for website  Perfectly Matched Ebook smaller  Suitable for Marriage Book 3 Ebook-smaller one more book to come

Here are the sites I have it on pre-order:

Amazon

Amazon UK

B&N

Kobo

Apple

A Perilous Marriage is almost done

I’m happy to say that I’ll finish the first draft of this book this week. I’m pleased by how things turned out. I’ve never done a scenario where the hero pretends to be in love with the heroine in order to get revenge. In this case, the hero believes the heroine has murdered his best friend, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes (including marriage) so he can get the evidence he needs to convict her of the crime. Of course, she didn’t do it, or else this wouldn’t be a romance. 😉

I’m hoping to have this out on May 7.

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.

While I am discussing this series, I want to mention a change in the order of books in this series. I was originally going to have Heiress of Misfortune be Book 2 and The Cursed Earl be Book 3, but after wrapping up A Perilous Marriage, it makes more sense to swap the order around.

Here is the new order of this series:

A Perilous Marriage new cover 4  The Cursed Earl MBN Book 2  Heiress of Misfortune MBN 3

An Earl In Time is almost at 70,000 words

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And it still has quite a ways to go before it’s done. 😀

I have no idea how long this will end up being. I want to give this book everything it deserves. I don’t usually deal with a full-out fairy tale, but that is how I think of this story. Fairy tales can be light and fun or dark and creepy. I have no idea how this will turn out in the end. The beginning has a darker feel to it. Toward the middle, I got a lighter feel to it, but that could be because I was working on the developing romance between the hero and heroine. Now that I’m heading for the build up to the end, it seems to have gotten dark again.

Needless to say, I don’t know how to categorize it. Maybe after I finish it, I’ll be able to get back over it and figure out where it falls along the light to dark spectrum. It definitely is not a version for children. The situations in this are meant for adults. But it’s not gory, and I don’t resort to foul language. The best I can really compare it to is stuff like Rumpelstiltskin, The Last Unicorn, and Sleeping Beauty. There’s not one that matches up with this book, but there are elements that I have drawn from them to create my own fairy tale.

Interview for a Wife is almost at 30,000 words

I’m not sure if this will be done before An Earl In Time, but I think I’m over the halfway point in this book. It’s tone is sweet and tender, much like Eye of the Beholder. I had originally thought the hero would battle with insecurities since he’s in a wheelchair, but it’s turning out that hasn’t been the case. The heroine had a less-than-desirable first marriage and is glad her first husband is dead. She only seeks out marriage again because she doesn’t want to return to her hometown with a controlling family. The heroine doesn’t struggle with her looks like Mary did, but she does struggle with finding value in who she is within. The hero is proving to instrumental in this regard. So if you liked Eye of the Beholder, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

I’m thinking of getting this out in July, but we’ll see how things go. This story has been slow going because I’ve had to put it aside before knowing what to do next in it. If this doesn’t come out in July, I’ll put out An Earl In Time that month.

I’m 10,000 words into Suitable for Marriage

So far the hero is playing along very well with the heroine’s schemes to pair him up with someone else. He’s not going to fall in love with anyone else, but he’s letting her think he might. That’s where the fun comes in. My aim is for this to be a comedy. It’s working out well so far.

I’m hoping to get this out in November.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful March!

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February 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched is still in edits

This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.

Here is what I have so far:

Nelly's Mail Order Husband for website  Perfectly Matched Ebook smaller  Suitable for Marriage Book 3 Ebook-smaller

I plan to make a Book 4 for Daisy (the youngest Larson sister), but I have no plot or title for it yet.

I plan to have Perfectly Matched out March 27. Next month, I hope to have the links ready if you want to pre-order it.

A Perilous Marriage is over halfway done

This is going to be Book 1 in the Marriage by Necessity Series:

A Perilous Marriage ebook cover3  Heiress of Misfortune ebook cover  The Cursed Earl ebook cover

I really like the direction this book has taken. It starts off with the hero convinced the heroine murdered his best friend, but now a twist popped up that I didn’t expect. (I’d say what the twist was, but that would spoil things.)

Instead of doing the whole “hero makes the heroine fall in love with him to get back at his enemy” plot, I decided to do a story where the hero makes the heroine fall in love with him in order to spend enough time with her to convict her of murder. I’ve never done anything like this, and it’s been fun to experiment with an unfamiliar plot.

Right now I’m close to 50,000 words. I think I could be done with the first draft by the end of this month or early next. Then I’ll look at setting a release date. My hope is to have this out in May. *fingers crossed*

An Earl In Time is over halfway done

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I should hit 50,000 words in this tomorrow, but I have more to go. This one definitely has the fairy tale feel to it. I’m finally beginning to figure out HOW the hero and heroine got stuck by magic in the same place, but I still need to figure out WHY the curse was placed to begin with. I know who put cursed them. I don’t know when this villain will come into play. I suspect this book will be about 80,000 words or so when all is said and done. I’m hoping to get this out in July.

Interview for a Wife is probably nearing the halfway point

This one has been a struggle to write, and I suspect it’s the serious nature of the story. The hero is in a wheelchair. The heroine is unable to have children. They both have their insecurities, but they keep those well-hidden to the outside world. It was easier to get into the heroine’s head faster just because her first marriage was terrible because her first husband resented her for not giving him any children. But the hero had a positive first marriage, and while he has gotten over the loss of his first wife, his bout of insecurity didn’t even develop until after her death. So the initial setup made it harder to dive into who the hero was. That slowed the story’s progress down quite a bit. Maybe now that I finally found out his secret insecurity, things will go along faster now.

I’m currently at 22,000 words. My initial plan was to make this 30,000 words, but it’s going to be longer than that. I have bumped the word count goal to 40,000 words. We’ll see how things play out.

I am going into Chapter Three for Suitable for Marriage

If you read Nobody’s Fool, you’ll remember that the hero had NO idea the heroine was trying to dissuade him from falling in love with her.

I had been tempted to have the hero know what the heroine was doing and have him play along, thereby giving her time to be with him and realize he was perfect for her after all. But I opted to have the hero in Nobody’s Fool to remain oblivious to everything she was doing.

However, in Suitable for Marriage, I’m going to be able to use the idea I didn’t use in Nobody’s Fool. In Suitable for Marriage, the hero knows the heroine isn’t all that interested in him, but he’s been in love with her since they were children. So in order to get closer to her in hopes she’ll come to fall in love with him, he’s going to play along with her as she struggles to match him up with some other young woman.

I haven’t gotten far in this one yet, but I’m thinking this will be a cute romantic comedy.

That’s all I have for now. I hope everyone has a great February!

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A Deceptive Wager is Now Available!

This is the last book in the Marriage by Design Series.

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Here is the description:

Miss Kitty Farrow is under no illusion that her guardian cares anything about her, but when she finds out he wagered her in a gentleman’s bet, she’s in a state of complete shock. Not only has her choice in picking her own husband been taken away from her, but the earl her guardian is going to have her marry hates the very idea of having a wife at all.

Aaron Henry, Earl of Northton, doesn’t trust ladies. Any of them. From a young age, his mother taught him that all a lady is good for is an heir. If they’re sweet, it’s only to trick the gentleman into doing what they want, and once they get it, they’re on to the next gentleman. So when he discovers the money he expected to win in a wager turns out to be the dowry of his future bride, he wants nothing to do with her.

But whether Kitty or Aaron want the marriage or not, it’s going to happen. And heaven help anyone who tries to make the marriage a love match.

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January 2021 Newsletter

This month is when A Deceptive Wager comes out!

It’s coming out on January 17!

Click here for the links to pre-order it!

This book completes the Marriage by Design Series:

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2 Nobody's Fool ebook cover5 A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

As I wrote last month, this is book is a hard call on whether it’s a comedy or a more serious romance. I think it’s pretty much going to be up to you as you read it to decide. One beta reader said she laughed a lot. Another beta reader didn’t mention anything about finding it funny. So it’s just one of those books that is probably going to be perceived differently by the person who reads it. While writing it, I was laughing, but while I was editing it, I found it more serious.

I just finished Perfectly Matched!

This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:

Nelly's Mail Order Husband for website Perfectly Matched Ebook smaller Suitable for Marriage Book 3 Ebook-smaller (Book 4 to go here)

This is definitely a comedy. From the moment this book starts to when it’s done, it’s pretty much one funny thing after another. This is one of the rare books I’ve written where I have not included a sex scene. Two other romances I’ve written that don’t have sex scenes are Romancing Adrienne and Online Proposal. Sometimes these types of books pop up.

In this book, Patricia Larson is determined to be the next sister who gets married. She’s the second daughter of Tom and Jessica, so she figures now that the oldest (Nelly) is married, it’s her turn. That’s why she gets super excited when Jim Griffin shows up unexpectedly in Omaha. (For those who read Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, Jim is Val’s good friend in Boston who was supposed to marry Carla. Well, instead of marrying Carla, Jim headed out to Omaha to marry one of Nelly’s sisters.)

But Patricia isn’t the only one who is eager to get married. Erin (sister #3) is, too. And that’s where the humor really kicks in.

I’m making awesome progress in An Earl In Time

I had no idea this book would take off the way it did, but so far, it’s been pretty much writing itself. This is a time travel romance with a fairytale-like twist. There’s magic involved. I had set out to write something that would have a Grimm fairytale feel to it, but it’s turning out to be lighter than that. I’m only 1/4 of the way into it, so that can change.

At the center of this story is the idea of a curse placed upon a hero when he was baby, a heroine who has the ability to override the curse, and the theme of true love.

At the moment, the heroine has just arrived into the hero’s time. She was in our contemporary world, and he has been stuck in June 17, 1817 for the past two centuries. Once she steps through the time portal, time will finally resume for him. It’ll be fun to find out what happens next. I really don’t know what to expect until I’m writing the scenes.

This is also 1/4 of the way done

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Necessity Series:

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I really like the premise of this one. I’ve heard of the “hero makes the heroine think he’s falling in love with her out of revenge” storylines but hadn’t been interested in writing one. Typically, these are about the hero being upset with the heroine’s brother, uncle, or father. But in this case, the hero of this story is convinced the heroine murdered his best friend, and the only way he feels he can prove it is by convincing her to marry him. That way, he can get close enough to her in order to find the proof he needs. His goal is to avenge his friend’s murder.

At the moment, the hero has just convinced the heroine he’s in love with her, so she’s running off to Gretna Green to marry him. For the record, she’s innocent. Our hero doesn’t know that yet. But his friend was murdered. I just haven’t figured out why, though I do know how. I also know what will help the hero figure it out.

That all said, the focus is on the hero and heroine, and how the hero will struggle with trying not to fall in love with her.

Progress is slower in this one

This is Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series:

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This one started out with a bang, and then the ideas have been coming slowly. I’m not going to force this one. I like how things have gone so far. It’s a tender and sweet romance about a barren heroine who is relieved her first husband is dead. It also features a wheelchair-bound hero with two children who has just gotten over mourning the passing of his first wife.

The heroine desperately needs to know what it’s like to be loved for who she is, rather than what she can provide. At first glance, one would assume the person who’s insecure is the one in the wheelchair, and the hero does have his own issue to deal with, but it’s the heroine who really needs to know she’s worth loving.

I want to do this story justice, so I’ll go as slow as it needs to be done right.

I started Suitable For Marriage

This is going to be Erin Larson’s romance. I’m not sure if it’ll be a comedy, but this is going to be a cute story. Alex Matthews has been in love with Erin ever since they were children, and he’s made no secret about his feelings for her. She, however, doesn’t share his feelings. Her goal is to get him to fall in love with someone else so she can be free to pursue a suitor she’d much rather marry.

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That’s it for now! I hope everyone has a great New Year!

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December 2020 Newsletter

I forgot to do the newsletter last month, but that was just as well since I hadn’t been able to write anything since mid-September. I just finally got back into writing last week.

In case anyone didn’t see the announcement on my other blog, Nobody’s Fool came out in mid-October. I didn’t make the announcement last month, so I’ll do that here.

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Now to get to what I’m working on!

A Deceptive Wager will be out January 17!

This is the last book in the Marriage by Design Series. Here is the complete set:

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2  Nobody's Fool ebook cover5  A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

This is a battle of wills type of story where the hero and heroine don’t like each other right away. I still don’t know if this is a comedy or not. One of my beta readers said she laughed a lot while reading it. I laughed while writing it, but going back and rereading it, I see it in more serious terms with some humorous moments. This is a book that might be funny or not depending on how you view it.

If interested, here are the places where you can reserve your copy:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

(I will put it on Google Play as the release date gets closer.)

Perfectly Matched is a Romantic Comedy

This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series. This is Patricia’s romance.

Patricia Larson is Tom Larson’s second daughter. I’m at the point where the hero has decided he’ll marry her instead of Erin, her younger sister. Tom is hilarious. He’s a very protective father, but to his credit, he will let Patricia get married. But overall, this is going to be a cute book that’s ideal for anyone who just wants a light funny read.

I’m currently 25,000 words into this, which puts me close to the 1/3 of the way mark. I’d like to have this out in March, but I’m currently behind schedule, so the month might get pushed back to April.

I’m 10,000 words into A Perilous Marriage

This starts a new Regency Series. I finally have the order of this series figured out. I don’t know if there will be another book added to this or not.

A Perilous Marriage ebook cover3  Heiress of Misfortune ebook cover  The Cursed Earl ebook cover

In A Perilous Marriage, the hero is certain that the heroine killed his friend, so he’s going to pretend that he’s in love with her in order to get close enough to her to find out the truth.

I expect this to be a sexy and sweet romance with some mystery. I don’t think it’s going to get dark like the Marriage by Fairytale Series did, especially Fairest of Them All and The Duke’s Secluded Bride. (Here are those covers for quick reference so you know what I mean by “dark”.)

Interview For A Wife is about 8,000 words in

This is Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series:

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It’s going to be a sweet romance. The widowed hero is a father of two young children who had an accident that has bound him to a wheelchair. The heroine is a widow who is unable to have children. I don’t know much more than that yet.

In case anyone is wondering, “What in the world are The Purchased Bride and The Bride’s Choice?” I originally wrote those stories for the anthologies I did with Janet Syas Nitsick. I decided to add to the series of books I had done.

Something Different Than What I Usually Do

I went to The Book Cover Designer website where there are pre-made covers. All you have to do is tell the cover artist what title and name you want on the cover. I browse the covers from time to time, and I saw the one I posted above. I fell in love with this one. I waited for a week or two (can’t remember how long) to see if I could come up with a story for it.

Since the man is trapped in the mirror, this can’t be a realistic story. It has to be somehow magical. So far, all I got is that the heroine is in our present day, and the hero is in a portal that exists through the mirror. He’s trapped in the past. I’m going to let my imagination go anywhere it wants to with this one.

For those of you who prefer realistic story, this isn’t going to be it. I’m not going to force my mind into a box of what could or could not happen in real life. This is going to be a story where the sky’s the limit. I’m hoping it’ll have a fairy tale feel to it, but we’ll see where things go.

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I want to give credit for the cover artists while I’m thinking about it:

Nobody’s Fool – Images and Cover Art Illustration by Period Images, Pi Creative Lab and MM-PM16

A Deceptive Wager – Images and Cover Art Illustration by Period Images, Pi Creative Lab and MMuse-A7

Perfectly Matched – YELLOW PRELUDE DESIGN

Interview for a Wife – Images and Cover Art Illustration by Period Images, Pi Creative Lab and RoseGraphics2. Cover Text, Logo, and Branding by Stephannie Beman.

An Earl In Time – Locus Solus Cover Designs

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October 2020 Newsletter

Nobody’s Fool is due out October 17!

This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

  • Book 1: Breaking the Rules
  • Book 2: Nobody’s Fool
  • Book 3: A Deceptive Wager

This romantic comedy takes a fun look at one wife’s dream of discouraging her husband from falling in love with her.

I can’t think of a better way to sum this book up than that. It’s a light and fun book. Emilia, the heroine, didn’t ask for the marriage. Her friend accidentally led our nerdy (but lovable) hero, Benjamin, to believe that Emilia was secretly harboring feelings for him. In his excitement, he ran to her father, and a marriage was arranged. This was all in Book 1.

Book 2 opens with their wedding day, and Emilia is determined to figure out a way to get Benjamin to be so appalled by her that he’ll insist they live in separate townhouses. But no matter what ploy she tries, he only falls more and more in love with her. It was a lot of fun to write.

I have it on pre-order if you’d like to reserve your copy now:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

I’ll have it on Google Play soon.

A Deceptive Wager will be out in January!

I’m in the process of going through initial edits on this one. I don’t know whether to classify this as a romantic comedy or as a romance with funny moments. I’m hoping in creating a second draft that I’ll know how to better place this one.

This is a battle of wills type of romance. Neither Aaron nor Kitty want to be married, and they are both forced to marry each other. Aaron doesn’t trust ladies and believes Kitty will take lovers, just like his mother did. So his first order of business is to hire a chaperone to watch Kitty at all times in order to make sure she doesn’t give him an illegitimate child. Kitty, however, isn’t one to take things lying down, so she turns around and hires a chaperone to watch him. From there, the battle of wills ensues, and this part of the book was a lot of fun with good humor.

But then, our hero realizes Kitty isn’t the lady he thought her to be, and that’s where things take a more serious turn. So the two need to go through the process of learning to trust each other. I’m not going to say how this happens, but this makes the book more on the sweet (rather than funny) side. And that’s why I might end up referring to this as a tender romance with some humor.

I’m still at 13,000 words in this Larson book.

I’ve spent most of last month editing Nobody’s Fool and finishing up A Deceptive Wager. I have done very little writing in this one. I’m in the process of wrapping up more audiobooks that I had made. I’m going through audio files and listening to make sure they are alright. The rest of this week should hopefully finish those up. Then I need to finish the second draft for A Deceptive Wager.

I think I’ll be able to get back to writing around October 12. So far, this book is a romantic comedy. We’ll see if that holds up.

I’m still in Chapter 1 of Interview for a Wife.

This is going to be Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series.

  • Book 1: The Purchased Bride
  • Book 2: The Bride’s Choice
  • Book 3: Interview for a Wife

I had wanted to add more to the stories I had done for the anthologies I did with Janet Syas Nitsick, and since I got the rights back to the two stories I had done in those anthologies, I figured now would be a good time to add to the series.

This one is going to be a sweet and tender romance. (Note: I’ll have one or two sex scenes in it. I have no way of knowing how many of these scenes will occur. It depends on what the book requires.) So when I say “sweet”, I mean the tone of the story.

The hero is a widower with two young children. He suffered an accident that has bound him to a wheelchair. He needs a wife to help him manage his general store and help him raise his children. He doesn’t feel attractive since he’s bound to the wheelchair, so his stipulation will be that the marriage will have to be platonic. The heroine is a widow and thankful for it since her first husband blamed her for the fact that he never had children. The platonic arrangement suits her just fine. The last thing she wants is another husband who demands she have children when she’s not capable of it.

That’s all I got so far. I’ll have to see how things progress as I write the story.

I’ll start A Perilous Marriage later this month.

The hero in this one suspects the heroine of murder, so he makes it his goal to get close to her to find proof of the crime.

Of course, our heroine has committed no crime, but the hero is going to be suspicious, and he’ll assume the best way to find the proof he’s looking for is by getting close to her. I’ve decided Miss Tumilson (a character I introduced way back in The Reclusive Earl) will be the heroine. I don’t know the details of everything yet.

I grew up watching the TV shows, Colombo and Murder She Wrote, with my mom, and my initial impression for this book is that this is going to have that kind of feel to it. It won’t be dark or gloomy, but there is a mystery the hero is going to have to uncover. In the meantime, he’s going to struggle with fighting his feelings for the heroine while he’s tracking down the clues. I know I’m dating myself with the Colombo and Murder She Wrote references, but that’s honestly as close as I can get to explaining the “tone” of this book.

One Enchanted Evening (Marriage by Fairytale Series: Book 2) is now on Audio!

For those of you who listen to audiobooks, here are the links to this one:

Amazon

Audible

Kobo

Apple (iTunes)

Scribd

Google Play

Chirp

Hibooks

Nook Audiobooks

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At the moment, I’m working on uploading The Wedding Pact (Book 3 in the Marriage by Fairytale Series) audiobook, so I should have some links for that next month.

I hope everyone has a great October!

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September 2020 Newsletter

The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3) is now available!

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I’m happy to say that this series is finally complete after all these years. It’s a bittersweet experience to wrap this series up. I’ll miss working with the characters, but it’s satisfying to finally see this series reach a conclusion after all these years.

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I do think it would be fun to write a story for Katie someday, but if I do, that will have to be when I come up with a suitable plot for her. As for Jeremiah, he gets his happy ending in The Fugitive’s Bride, so there’s no need to write his story.

I’m sure most of you already know this, but this is the story where Wade makes the push to get his ranch back. Millie is the young woman he rescued the night he, Mic, Abby, and Jeremiah went to get Lloyd, and since she has nowhere to go, he marries her so that if something happens to him, Lloyd will have a mother.

If interested, you can find it here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

I put it on Google Play/Books this morning, but it’s not up yet. If anyone wants me to post the link on that site when it’s up, let me know in the comments.

Nobody’s Fool (Marriage by Design: Book 2) is off to my editing team!

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Here are the books in the Marriage by Design Series:

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2  Nobody's Fool ebook cover5  A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

This turned out much better than I expected. I had no idea how the heroine was going to fall in love with the hero, but (to my relief) everything worked out.  I wish I could say how, but I don’t want to spoil it

This book will be due out October 17.

I’m hoping to finish A Deceptive Wager (Marriage by Design: Book 3) this month *fingers crossed*

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I am still uncertain about how the hero and heroine will ever get along. I’ve put this on hold for the past couple of weeks to work on other things in order to give my mind time to figure out what I want to do with it. The hero has just realized he’s been unreasonable, but the heroine has had enough and has left to live with her friend.

I plan to get back to this tomorrow, and I hope inspiration strikes because I’m not sure how this hero can redeem himself in the heroine’s eyes. The book is mainly a comedy. There’s a lot of funny things that have happened up to now, but the story has taken a serious turn (which I don’t want to spoil). When I was writing Breaking the Rules, I had a vision of Aaron (who is Roger’s friend who doesn’t trust ladies) getting on his hands and knees to apologize to Kitty (who was slotted to be with him while I was writing that book). But Kitty was supposed to be the submissive type, and she turned out to be a spitfire. So that changes the dynamics of my original plan. And I’m writing completely in the dark on this book. I have NO idea how things will end, except that these two are going to be happy together.

Perfectly Matched (Husbands for the Larson Sisters: Book 2)

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Patricia Larson is about to get her man. She and Erin, her sister, are both fighting to get Jim (can’t remember his last name off the top of my head) to pick one of them to marry. Jim was the friend Val in Nelly’s Mail Order Husband. Jim had been picked to marry a woman Val had warned him would make a bad wife. So Jim left and arrived in Omaha to Val’s surprise. Patricia and Erin, however, are delighted, and they are not making any secret about it. Poor Jim is feeling overwhelmed. 😛

I’m getting into Audiobooks!

A quick note: someone out there has stolen a couple of my books. I am in the process of getting these removed, but it’s taking some time. Please do NOT buy an audiobook that I do not list on my blog.

I’m not sure if anyone is interested, but I thought I’d include the audiobooks I’m working on since some people enjoy listening to them. I am planning to work through my backlist, and considering how many books I have, this will take some time.

Stevie Zimmerman is working on the Marriage by Fairytale Series with me, so One Enchanted Evening, The Wedding Pact, Fairest of Them All, and The Duke’s Secluded Bride will be coming in the next few months.

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Amazon (read note below)

Audible

Kobo

Apple

Barnes & Noble

Chirp

Google Play

Authors Direct

Please Note: I don’t have the Amazon link yet since ACX is in the process of putting it up there. If anyone would like to get it directly off of Amazon, let me know in the comments.

As I said, I am working on getting more audiobooks done. I’ll post those on this blog as they come out.

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The post has gone on long enough, so I’ll stop here for now. I hope everyone has a great September!

 

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August 2020 Newsletter

The Fugitive’s Bride is due out August 29!

(This is Book 3 in the Wyoming Series.)

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The question I’ve been getting the most about this series is whether or not Jeremiah will be getting his own book.  I didn’t feel that Jeremiah needed his own book because the ending I gave him in this one is what truly makes him happy. So no, he won’t be getting his own book. This is the last book in this series.

Here is the complete series:

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It feels good to finally complete the series. I think it was 2012(?) when Stephannie Beman and I started it. I’m glad my friend and fellow author, Stephannie, let me pick up the reins with it. This is one of my all-time favorite series, and it was a joy to work on it.

This one is Wade’s book, and in it, the family makes their move to get the ranch back. Beforehand, though, Wade marries the young woman he saved at the end of The Outlaw’s Bride so that if something happens to him, his son will have a mother to take care of him.

This was my favorite of the three books, but unlike The Rancher’s Bride, this doesn’t have the comedic scenes in it. This one is more serious all the way through. There are a few lighthearted moments, but overall, it’s about dealing with pain without losing one’s faith in the good life has to offer.

You can pre-order it here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

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I’m Close to the End of Nobody’s Fool

(This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.)

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Here are the books in the Marriage by Design Series:

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2  Nobody's Fool ebook cover5  A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

I figure I’m about 90% done with this book. I know where it’s heading and how it’ll end. Now, it’s just a matter of writing it out.

Nobody’s Fool is a cute romantic comedy. I’ve had a lot of fun with this series. It’s given me a lot of laughs. If you enjoy my weird sense of humor, I think you’ll enjoy Nobody’s Fool and A Deceptive Wager. The heroine struggles to find a way to convince the hero he shouldn’t fall in love with her. The hero is oblivious to all of her schemes, and that’s what makes this so funny.

I plan to have this book out in October. *fingers crossed*

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A Deceptive Wager should be out in January.

(This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Design Series.)

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I’m not really sure how far I am from being done with this one. It’s going to be longer than Nobody’s Fool. The hero and heroine are still at odds with each other, and I’m about 45,000 words into it. I’m not sure yet HOW they will ever get along. I’ve thrown them into a situation where they now have to spend all of their time together, and I’m hoping that will show me something I can use because while both were being chaperoned, I wasn’t getting anywhere to a happy ending. I know the happy ending is there. It’s just a matter of finding it. It’s just a matter of trusting the process and seeing the story through.

Despite the trouble I’m having finding that moment where things turn for the better for these two, I am enjoying this book a lot. There’s a lot of great conflict. I love that the heroine is standing up to him every step of the way, and I love that she’s not taking what he’s doing lying down. He is being unreasonable. (Mandating that she has a chaperone, making her wear “proper” clothes, and having the chaperone check for evidence she didn’t come to the marriage already pregnant by watching for her period.) If I just married someone who was doing that to me, I’d do the same things the heroine ends up doing to him. So this heroine has a lot of me in her. (And my husband often says I’m one “feisty” chick.) 😀

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I started Perfectly Matched!

(This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.)

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This series will have four books (one featuring each of Tom and Jessica Larson’s daughters). Right now I have two of them with their covers.

Nelly's Mail Order Husband for website  Perfectly Matched Ebook smaller Two more to come

Finally, at long last, I am back to the Larsons! This book is Patricia Larson’s story. Now that Nelly is happily married, the Larson sisters are turning their attention to the next one of them who’ll get a husband. Both Patricia and Erin are of marriageable age, and they’re both eager to find a bachelor who will take an interest in them.

As luck (or my sense of humor) has it, Val’s friend (from Nelly’s Mail Order Husband) comes to Nebraska with the expectation he will marry one of Nelly’s wealthy sisters and have all of his problems taken care of. When he left his home, he left the family business, so he’s destitute. Val never told him that Nelly wasn’t the wealthy business owner they both thought she was when Val answered the mail-order husband ad, so Jim’s just had a rude awakening.

Nelly isn’t wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, and neither are any of her sisters. But he’s about to find out that two of the sisters are more than eager to marry him. It’s just a matter of picking the one he wants. (Being Patricia’s book, we already know it’s going to be her.) I’m not sure where things are going from there, but it’ll be fun to find out.

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Hope everyone has a good August!

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July 2020 Newsletter

I’m happy to say that The Rancher’s Bride is now available!

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This is Book 2 in the Wyoming Series.

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Giving credit where credit is due

The original version of The Outlaw’s Bride (called The Stagecoach Bride that I co-wrote with Stephannie Beman) was out in 2013. I’m very excited to finally have this series completed. It’s been on my mind over the years. Stephannie created compelling characters (Mic, Abby, Wade, Lloyd, Jeremiah, and Charles), and she created the situation where Charles had killed Wade’s wife and kidnapped his son. I created Lillian, Thayne, Katie, and Millie. I took the series and tweaked on it to go in the direction that my writing brain wanted to go. I started with the rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride which became The Outlaw’s Bride. And from there, I continued on until I completed the series with The Fugitive’s Bride.

I’m grateful to Stephannie that she allowed me to buy the rights to the series so I could run with it and do what I wanted to finish up the series. This is one of my all-time favorite series of everything I’ve done. I wanted to make sure I gave Stephannie the credit due to her for helping to create the world in which this series takes place in.

Now for the description of The Rancher’s Bride

Sometimes the right person comes at the worst possible time…

Having suffered through the horrors of the Civil War, ex-doctor Thayne Jackson believes he’s the worst possible candidate for marriage. He has chosen, instead, to live a quiet and peaceful life raising his orphaned niece. But when a beautiful young woman with a two-year-old boy shows up injured in his barn, everything changes.

Abby Gray has one mission: to get Lloyd back to his father. She must not get distracted by the fact that Thayne is kind and honorable, and she must certainly not dwell on her growing attraction toward him. Once she’s healed, she has to leave. She can’t stay at this ranch and make a life with him and his niece. There’s no “ifs, ands, or buts” about it.

Except there’s a ten-year-old matchmaker in their midst who is determined to get the two of them together. And she’ll come up with an assortment of creative ways to do it.

If this interests you, here is where you can find it:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

Payhip (use coupon code OK72OOHI3H for 50% off; coupon expires July 3, 2020)

The Fugitive’s Bride will be out August 29!

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I’m happy to say that this book is with my editing team, so I was able to nail down the exact release date. This book finishes the Wyoming Series.

I occasionally get the question of whether Jeremiah will get his own book or not, but he doesn’t need one. He gets his happy ending in this series. It’s just not the traditional way we think of happy endings for a character in a romance series. I won’t say any more than that because I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone.

I’ll say more about this one in the future. It was such a pleasure to write this series. I know I said that before, but this is up there with the Larson family and the South Dakota Series in how I feel about my historical western romances. These are the books that make me 100% love the storytelling process.

I’ll get back to writing my other books this week!

I had to take the past two weeks off to work on initial edits for The Fugitive’s Bride. I have trouble writing while I’m editing. So I put aside writing during edits.

I’m hovering around the halfway point in Nobody’s Fool!

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This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

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This is a fun book. It’ll be a light and entertaining read. So far, our heroine has been unable to dissuade the hero from falling in love with her. In fact, the harder she tries to make herself unappealing to him, the more he seems to want to be with her. When I left off the book, the hero had even confessed his love for her. Needless to say, she’s feeling overwhelmed. 😉

I’m planning to have this out in October, but that depends on how soon I’ll be able to finish it. I refuse to rush it.

I’m also about halfway into A Deceptive Wager!

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This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Design Series.

This is also a fun and light book. This book will complete the Marriage by Design Series. The battle of wills between the hero and heroine are reaching its peak. I suspect things are beginning to take a slight turn where our characters will stop being at odds all the time, but I have to get back to writing it to find out.

I’ll get started on Patricia Larson’s book!

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This is Book 2 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.

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Even after all this time, I only have a thin idea for the plot of this book. It’s why I held off on writing it as long as I have. Usually, as I think about a book, I’ll get more ideas to better flesh out how the story will go. There are times when I get no such inspiration. I have to start writing the book and see where it takes me. Perfectly Matched is one of those books. I’m going to have to navigate this one with only a thin “light” to see the way. So I’ll see where the characters take me.

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I hope we can all have an uneventful and quiet July!

 

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