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.

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

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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June 2020 Newsletter

The Rancher’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 2)

will be out June 27!

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I now have it up on multiple retailers for pre-order if you want to reserve your copy today. I’ll post links below.

Also, I got new covers for all of the books in the Wyoming Series. 🙂

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I’ve been thinking of a good way to sum up The Rancher’s Bride, and I think I finally nailed it down. Okay, so in a nutshell, the core romance is pretty cute. At the end of The Outlaw’s Bride, Abby and two-year-old Lloyd had gone missing after the family went in to rescue him. Abby’s story starts the night of the rescue. She ends up being pursued by one of Charles’ men, so she takes a detour away from Mic’s and Wade’s hideouts. In the process, she gets lost and ends up injured. She takes Lloyd to the nearest ranch, and on this ranch is Thayne and his ten-year-old niece, Katie.

Katie, as it happens, has been praying for her uncle to get married so she can have a “mother”, so for her, Abby is meant to end up staying with them at the ranch, and she takes every opportunity to work in some matchmaking. She goes around telling Thayne that Abby is interested in him, and she turns around and tells Abby that Thayne is interested in her. That part of the books brings in a lot of humor.

But there’s also the more serious side of the story because there’s a lot of pain these characters have to contend with. Thayne was a doctor in the Civil War, and the effects of watching young men die in the war has left him emotionally scarred. Wade is critically wounded in his hideout and doesn’t even know if Abby and Lloyd are alive. Jeremiah has been given the task of finding Abby and Lloyd. So there were some moments in the book that made me cry while writing it.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, here is where you can find the book:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

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The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3)

will be coming out in August!

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I was originally going to have Nobody’s Fool out in August, but I’m not even close to being done with that book. I don’t want to rush that book to have it ready for an August release, so I’m going with the book that I’m almost done with, and that is The Fugitive’s Bride. I’m actually writing the ending right now, but I have to go back and fill in some of the middle. I don’t usually write the ending first, but in this case, I was uncertain about Wade making the attempt to get his ranch back that I wanted to get it out of the way. I figure I’m about 80% of the way into the whole book. Right now I’m in the final scene which is really the epilogue. I’ll be going back to the middle of the book after I’m done wrapping everything up.

This is the last book in the series. I’ve been asked if Jeremiah will get his own book. No, he won’t. He doesn’t need it. His happy ending is not him getting married again. His happy ending is something else, and he does get it at the end of The Fugitive’s Bride.

This is Wade’s book. Wade had given Lloyd to Abby that night they rescued him because Millie (who was in the stagecoach with Lillian in The Outlaw’s Bride) was forced to be a nanny to Lloyd. Millie asked Wade to take her out of there, and he did. So we find out what happens to them in this book.

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I’m about 55% or 60% into Nobody’s Fool.

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This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

Our heroine has thrown in some schemes to convince the hero to not fall in love with her, but everything’s been backfiring on her. This a romantic comedy, so these attempts she’s making and the way they’re backfiring are funny. This is not a book to be taken seriously.

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I’m about 50% into A Deceptive Wager.

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This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Design Series.

This is another romantic comedy where that involves a battle of wills scenario. I’ll get more into it in the future, but it’s been a lot of fun to write.

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That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a great June!

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May 2020 Newsletter

The Duke’s Secluded Bride is now available!

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

Here are all of them for quick reference:

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

This is my last book for a while where I’ll dive more into a Twilight Zone feel in my books. It was fun to explore a darker atmosphere within romance novels, but this series wraps that experiment into something different up. The Regencies I’m currently working on are more light and fun, similar to the romances I typically do.

A quick description of The Duke’s Secluded Bride:

Baldwin Darby, the Duke of Edmondstone, was originally introduced in One Enchanted Evening. He was Marcy’s cousin who showed up at the end of that book. I featured him again in Fairest of Them All. At long last, this is his romance.

He agrees to an arranged marriage without meeting the lady he’ll marry first, but he’s been warned that the lady isn’t like other ladies. She’s never been in London. In fact, she refuses to leave her own section of the manor. She won’t even see her mother, aunt, and uncle. But he’s drawn to her and decides to marry her anyway.

This is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale.

If interested, you can find it here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

Google Play

Payhip (Use coupon code 6ZNNQ5T7WP to save 50% off the $3.99 asking price!)

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The Rancher’s Bride will be out in June.

This is Book 2 in the Wyoming Series. (Book 1 is The Outlaw’s Bride. I’m also changing that cover.)

This is a historical western book. I’m currently having a cover artist redo the cover, so I decided not to post a cover this time. This is Abby’s book. I go into what happened with her and Lloyd, and I offer an update on what happened with Wade since he got injured at the end of The Outlaw’s Bride.

My editing team is still working on it. I’m looking at the end of June for its release.

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I’m in Chapter 7 of The Fugitive’s Bride.

This is Book 3 in the Wyoming Series. I’m also changing this cover, so I won’t post it.

I expect this to be the last book in this series. Some people have asked me if I’ll do a book for Jeremiah, but I have no inclination to do that. Jeremiah’s happy ending is not getting married. His happy ending takes a different turn than what typically happens for my characters, and since that is where his character is leading me, I’m going with it. I do have a plan for him, and it will be a happy one.

This book is Wade’s. I decided to use the woman Lillian was with in the stagecoach for the role of the heroine in this book. That was Millie. She has her work cut out for her. Wade is in a pretty foul mood because he feels like he’ll never get his ranch back. Patience isn’t his strong point. (I can relate since it’s not mine, either.) But he’s going to have to wait, and it’s in this time the romance part of this story will take place. I will get to the final place where Wade goes to reclaim the ranch. The entire series has been building up to this moment, so I definitely want to tackle it. The end of this book will neatly wrap up the entire series.

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I’m in Chapter 4 of Nobody’s Fool.

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This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

Here are the books in this series:

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

This one is a good comedy. The characters are interacting in a way that brings me back to the kind of stuff I used to write when I wrote A Most Unsuitable Earl (Lord Edon’s book) and His Reluctant Lady (Mr. Christopher Robinson’s book). So if you like that kind of humor, I think you’ll enjoy this book.

The hero in this book is a geeky and socially awkward gentleman, but he’s also a very sweet person. The lady initially sees the outward surface (the geeky and awkward part of him), so she’s trying to convince him that she’s not desirable so he won’t want to be with her. He’s unwittingly foiling her plans up to this point, and it’s funny to me because she’s thrown off guard and doesn’t know what to do about it.

Ultimately, this is a romance, so we know she’s going to end up falling in love with him. The fun part is finding out how she does that.

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I’m also at Chapter 4 in A Deceptive Wager.

A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Design Series. At this time, I’m planning to finish up this series with this book.

This isn’t a comedy like Nobody’s Fool. At least, right now, it’s not a comedy. I don’t expect it to be, though it’ll probably have some funny moments. I like to interlace some humor here and there within most of my books, and there are a couple of places I can find some comedic moments slipping in.

But overall, this is more like The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and The Earl’s Scandalous Wife in the “tone” of the book. The hero had a mother who never cared about him or his father. She ran off with her lovers and had children with them. His father did everything he could to cover up her indiscretions to protect him and his son. Needless to say, he doesn’t trust ladies. So when he’s tricked into marrying a gentleman’s sister, he isn’t happy about it.

Our heroine doesn’t want to be married, either, but in her case, she doesn’t want someone controlling her like her brother had been doing. She was biding her time until she was able to live off of her dowry. When her brother makes her marry the hero, that dream flies right out the window.

So from the beginning, these two are not happy at all to be married to each other. I haven’t gotten far into the story. There’s more to flesh out with the details as I go forward, but as of right now, the hero has placed a strict older woman to chaperone the heroine at all times. So our heroine’s situation has gotten much more restrictive after marriage. This chaperone is there to make sure the heroine doesn’t take a lover. The hero wants to make sure when the heroine has a child, it’s really his.

It’ll be interesting to see how things progress as the story goes. Right now, I have no idea what the heroine will do in response. I won’t know until I write it.

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That’s it for what I’m working on. I’ll end the post here. I hope everyone has a great May!

 

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April 2020 Newsletter

I just got back into writing this week. I took an extended break to work on a few other side projects, which I’ll mention below. In light of the Covid-19 virus, I’m not sure how many people are in the mood to read anything. If you’re not in the mood for books, feel free to skip this newsletter. If you’d like to know what I’m working on, continue on. 😀

The Duke’s Secluded Bride

(Marriage by Fairytale: Book 5)

Release date is April 26!

The Duke's Secluded Bride ebook cover

This is the last book 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

I’ll go into detail about this book next month right after it comes out, but in a nutshell, this is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale. Baldwin Darby, the Duke of Edmondstone, is the hero, and he is the cousin of the heroine in One Enchanted Evening who has been looking for a wife for quite some time. I showed his pursuit of finding one in Fairest of Them All. I’m happy to say that he finally gets his happy ending in this book.

However, this book, like others in this series, have a more suspenseful take. One of my beta readers likened it to the Twilight Zone because it was hard to know what to expect next. You see, Baldwin agrees to an arranged marriage with a lady who’s confined herself to a section of the manor since she was eight.

If you want to pre-order it, you can find it here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

(It’ll be on Google Play and Payhip as the release date gets closer.)

I’m going to do a cover change to each book in the Wyoming Series.

Quick note: The Rancher’s Bride is set to be out at the end of June. I’ll have a more information about it later. I’m still working through edits in it.

Current  covers:

The Outlaw's Bride ebook cover3  The Rancher's Bride ebook cover3  The Fugitive's Bride ebook cover3

The reason I’m doing this is because the covers I usually do are sending the wrong message to enough people where I have to adjust them. The problem is that some people are shocked when they come across a sex scene in my books. I get it. Those covers (and one’s I’ve been using) don’t scream, “This is a steamy read.” If someone new picks up one of my books, they’ll probably think they’re in for a “clean and wholesome” read. (Personally, I don’t find anything dirty about sex, but some people do. And those are the ones who get angry when they read my books and find out there’s a sex scene in them.) Since most romance authors who don’t put sex in their books use that “look” for covers, I’m going to have to do something different so people know mine are steamy.

So from this point forward, I’ll be doing covers that best convey people can expect steamy content. I am not replacing all of my old covers. For one, I love them as they are (except for the South Dakota Series ones which I plan to update at some point AND the covers I already have set aside for the books in the Marriage by Design Series). Two, I have published 80 romances, and updating all of those would be a nightmare. I did update the covers in the Marriage by Scandal Series and I updated Her Counterfeit Husband to better represent the steamy content, but I had been wanting to update those covers for a couple of years anyway. But I have no desire to go back and update 75 other covers. I’m just going to start with the Wyoming Series and go from there.

I’ve been working on boxed sets.

I don’t know if boxed sets are your thing, but I’ll feature one or two each month in case you are. I had quite a few series to gather together from what I’ve done over the years. The only series I can’t do are the Pioneer Series and the Montana Collection since those are with a publisher. Also, I can’t do the stories that show up in anthologies for the same reason; they’re are also with a publisher. But I can do the others.

Right now I have the Marriage by Scandal Series available.

Marriage by Scandal Series Boxed Set            Marriage by Scandal boxed set flat ebook cover

Amazon and Google Play allow the 3D cover while Smashwords (which I use to upload to B&N, Kobo, and Apple) do not. That’s why there are two different covers for this boxed set.

Smashwords is currently running a special sale until April 20, 2020 so if you go there, you can get this boxed set for $2.00. The regular price is $4.99. It’s on behalf of the Authors Give Back promotion.

Here are the links:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

Smashwords

Books I’m writing:

I’m having a lot of fun with each book, but I’m having to take things slow since all of my kids are home due to the virus. I’ve cut my writing goal to 500 words for each book on each writing day. So the total word count goal is 1500 a day. Usually, I do between 2,000 to 3,000. I don’t think this will affect my estimated publishing goals, but I’ll know as we get closer to summer.

Nobody’s Fool (Marriage by Design: Book 2)

Nobody's Fool ebook cover5

I’m now in Chapter 3 of this one, and so far, it’s turning into a cute romantic comedy, which is my aim. The heroine has married the hero, and she’s now going to work on her first plan in persuading him to NOT fall in love with her. It’ll be interesting to see how her first attempt goes. I don’t know what will happen in any scene until I’m writing. I think I know what will happen, but sometimes, things change during the course of writing that scene.

A Deceptive Wager (Marriage by Design: Book 3)

A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

A good example of not knowing what will happen until I’m writing a scene is what I did today in this book. I’m closing chapter 2, and in the scene, I learned the heroine had hoped to be a spinster. She, like the hero, has no desire to ever get married. I didn’t expect that when I started this book. I thought she wanted to get married but was going to be dismayed about WHO she married. Today I realized both the hero and heroine don’t want to be married to anyone, but the two are going to be forced together because there would be no plot if I let them remain single for the rest of their lives. 😛

The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3) – cover to be updated

The Fugitive's Bride ebook cover3

I’m in Chapter 3 of this one. I expect this book to finish up the series. I know some people want a book featuring Jeremiah (a secondary character through this whole series), but I honestly have no interest in writing one for him. He does not require a wife to have a happy ending. I am giving him something for his happy ending, but this time, I wanted to do something outside the box.

That said, Wade (the hero of The Fugitive’s Bride) does need a wife to have his happy ending, so he’ll be getting one very soon. So far, Wade comes across as cranky, but considering all he’s been through, he’s not going to be all sunshine and rainbows. He has a lot of pain to go through in order to heal, and Millie (whom I introduced in The Outlaw’s Bride when Lillian was in the stagecoach is going to be instrumental in helping him with that process. As they say, a good woman can do wonders for a man.

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I really hope everyone is staying safe during this time, and while I know it’s not easy, I hope you’re able to find some comfort and joy so that this time when most of us are staying home will be easier to deal with.

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March 2020 Newsletter

Breaking the Rules is Now Available!

Before you read Breaking the Rules, you might want to read the backstory for Miss Lilly Lowell and Mr. Roger Morris. They originally show up in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, and the events that happened to them do lead to Breaking the Rules.

Here’s the old cover:

The Earl's Inconvenient Wife

Here’s the new cover:

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I published The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife years ago, and I recently updated the cover so it’s more professional looking. Most of you have probably read it. If you haven’t though, it is free on the retailer of your choice. Here’s the links where I posted it on my other blog. (I’m already putting in a ton of other links in this post. There’s no need to clutter things up.) 😀

Now for the information on Breaking the Rules…

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Design Series.

Here are the books I have planned for this series:

  • Breaking the Rules
  • Nobody’s Fool
  • A Deceptive Wager

Long story short, this is the book where I explain how Lilly and Roger ended up together. At the very end of The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, Claire asks Lilly how she and Roger got married. This book answers that. So the time frame of this book is right before the epilogue in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife.

After Roger had gone through everything he did with Lilly in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, he decided he’d have enough and stopped pursuing her. Once Lilly realized how terrible Lord Hedwrett was in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, she realize Roger would make the perfect husband. So this is where Breaking the Rules begin. I didn’t want to rehash the events of The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife because stuff like that bores me, which is why I suggest reading The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife first.

Here’s where you can find it if you’re interested in Breaking the Rules:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

Payhip

I finally have some release dates for future books established, and I’ll share them below.

The Duke’s Secluded Bride will be out April 26!

The Duke's Secluded Bride ebook cover

You can pre-order this at B&N, Kobo, and Apple right now. Click on the cover for the links.

I decided to put this one before The Rancher’s Bride because there isn’t much interest in the Wyoming Series. There is an interest in this book, and since this wraps up the Marriage by Fairytale Series, it makes the most sense to put this one out first.

The Rancher’s Bride will be out June 27!

The Rancher's Bride ebook cover3

This is also on pre-order at B&N, Kobo, and Apple. Links can be found by clicking on the cover.

I did finish The Rancher’s Bride and have just decided to publish it in late June. I went through my schedule this morning and realized I’ll be busy wrapping things up around the first of June with the homeschooling. I want to make sure I give sufficient time to put everything away where it belongs.

I plan so start The Fugitive’s Bride around the middle of March. At the moment, I’m not planning to add any more books to the Wyoming Series. I’m pretty sure I can wrap the whole series up with The Fugitive’s Bride.

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So that brings me to the books I’ll pick up in the middle of March. I tried just writing two books at a time, but the method ended up in a two-week block where I wasn’t able to write in one book at all. So I’m going back to three at a time. And here they are:

Nobody's Fool ebook cover5   A Deceptive Wager ebook cover  The Fugitive's Bride ebook cover3

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A note about Tom and Jessica Larson’s 2nd daughter’s book since people have asked about it:

I don’t know what to do with Patricia Larson yet, so I’m holding off on writing the second book in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series. I rushed The Perfect Wife even though it wasn’t ready, and I received enough negative feedback to warn me to never rush another book again. It’s best to wait until the book is ready to write it. So whether that book comes out in 2021 or later will depend on when the right plot for this book comes to mind. I made an attempt at getting something started, but the whole thing fell apart on me so I had to put it aside.

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February 2020 Newsletter

I held off on making this post until I had time to upload Breaking the Rules. I also had to make some changes to the book release schedule. Now that I have those two things set aside, I can share what I’m currently up to. 🙂

Breaking the Rules will be out February 27!

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2

At the last minute, I passed this book by my good friend and very talented storyteller Stephannie Beman. There were some concerns about this book from a beta reader, and I wanted to pass this through someone who could give an objective look at the book. I made some light modifications, and now the book is ready.

I now have it on pre-order everywhere except for Google Play and Payhip. I’ll put them over there as we get closer to the release date. The reason I like doing pre-orders is because it gives me time to get everything organized for the book.

If you want to reserve your copy, here are the links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

I finished The Rancher’s Bride and The Duke’s Secluded Bride last month, and now it’s off to others who will help me polish it up.

I have decided to switch the release months for The Duke’s Secluded Bride and The Rancher’s Bride.

The Duke’s Secluded Bride will be out in April.

The Duke's Secluded Bride ebook cover

Currently on pre-order at B&N, Kobo, and Apple

I don’t have the release date yet. I took a look at the pre-orders on Apple (the only pre-order data I have access to through Smashwords) and see that more people are interested in this book than they are in The Rancher’s Bride. So I figured I’m going to make this book available first. Even though I do write books I’m passionate about, I do care about what people are interested in reading.

This is the last book in the Marriage by Fairytale Series. For quick reference, here are all of the books in this 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

The Rancher’s Bride will be out in June.

The Rancher's Bride ebook cover3

Currently on pre-order at B&N, Kobo, and Apple

Again, no set release date. I don’t like to set down the specific date until the final version of the book is done. This is just in case I end up with having to do last minute changes to the book. (Like I did with Breaking the Rules.) So this prevents me from having to bump the date back. But this will be out no later than June.

Now for the books I will be focusing on for my next writing stint. 🙂

I have three books I’ll work on. I was thinking of doing Book 2 for Husbands for the Larson Sisters series, but I have decided to hold off on it for two main reasons. One, it’s not 100% ready to be written. The timing doesn’t feel right in my gut, and I have to go with that instinct. I rushed a book in the past, and half the people who read it hates it. So there is no way I’m going to do that again. The second reason is that I’d like to have the cover done before I start. The cover is one of the biggest motivator when I’m writing a book. I like to look at it from time to time while writing.

Okay, all of that rambling aside, here are the three books I am ready to do.

Nobody’s Fool (Marriage by Design: Book 2)

Nobody's Fool ebook cover5

I already started this, but I’m still in Chapter 1. So there’s a long way to go. The heroine and hero are introduced in Breaking the Rules, and the events started in that book leads directly to this one. I don’t want to spoil Breaking the Rules, but Nobody’s Fool is a romantic comedy that takes a fun look at one wife’s dream of discouraging her husband from falling in love with her.

The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3)

The Fugitive's Bride ebook cover3

This is what I think will wrap up the Wyoming Series. It’s too early to tell, but at this point in time, I don’t see this series going beyond Wade’s story.  Wade’s story is pretty much where I was heading since Book 1. It all comes down to this moment where the family makes their move to take back the ranch.

A Deceptive Wager (Marriage by Design: Book 3)

A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

I tried writing only 1 or 2 books at a time, and it doesn’t work well for me. Writing 4 books at a time is too overwhelming. My sweet spot seems to be writing 3 books at a time. I already knew I’d be writing Nobody’s Fool and The Fugitive’s Bride. Since I know enough about this characters and the plot to get this one going, I decided to put this in the #3 slot.

The main characters in this book were introduced in Breaking the Rules. The heroine’s guardian makes a wager with the hero, and when he loses, he uses her (through the dowry) to pay off his debt. The hero, who has an internal hatred for ladies, isn’t the least big happy by the arrangement. This might have some comical moments. I like to insert those where I can, but this book will have an overall serious tone to it.

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

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January 2020 Newsletter

Wow! Here we are at 2020. 🙂 For everyone who’s stuck with me all of this time, thank you. My goal is to keep writing books that will, hopefully, keep entertaining you.

With that aside, let’s jump into what I’m working on.

The Outlaw’s Bride (Book 1) is set to come out January 25

This is Book 1 in the Wyoming Series.

The Outlaw's Bride ebook cover3

I’ll make the actual post with all the links in the February Newsletter post because the 25th is close to February. If you like to pre-order books, I do have a page with all of the links here. (I don’t want to clutter up this post with a link of the posts.)

I want to quickly talk about Book 2 in this series.

The Rancher’s Bride (Book 2) is 3/4 of the way done!

The Rancher's Bride ebook cover3

This one is pretty much writing itself, and there have been some twists I didn’t expect when I started. I did put the first scene of this book at the very end of The Outlaw’s Bride because there was a little cliffhanger at the end of The Outlaw’s Bride. That sample settles the cliffhanger.

I was originally going to have this book out in June or July, but since I’m farther ahead than I expected to be, I think I’ll have this out in April. As long as progress keeps going nicely, that is a doable goal.

Once I’m done with this book, I will start Book 3.

The Fugitive’s Bride (Book 3) is still in the planning stages.

The Fugitive's Bride ebook cover3

I don’t plot out a book, but I do imagine how I think the story will go before I write it. I expect this book to wrap up the Wyoming Series. My goal is to have this whole series published this year because I know the storylines are interwoven from one book to the other. What happens in one book directly impacts what happens in the next one.

I have no idea what month this will be out. It’s impossible to tell until I get about 3/4 of the way into the book before I can safely set on a specific month.

I am still working on The Duke’s Secluded Bride.

The Duke's Secluded Bride ebook cover

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

I have had a lot of trouble with this particular book, which is why it’s taking me so long to write it. I love the story. The reason why it’s so difficult to write it is because I’m having trouble deciding how to best bridge the events in the beginning to the events that will come at the end. I knew going in how to start things. I currently know how things will end. It’s the middle that is messy.

I’ve moved scenes around. I’ve rewritten a few scenes multiple times. I had to pause and set aside this story a lot. When I started writing The Rancher’s Bride, I was 29,000 words into this book. I am currently 49,000 words into The Rancher’s Bride, but I am only at 46,000 words into this book. So that gives you an idea of how much easier it’s been to write The Rancher’s Bride.

Today while writing, I think I finally got to the pivotal point in the middle that will lead me to the events at the end. So hopefully, the struggle with getting things just right is finally over. 🙂

This book will end the Marriage by Fairytale Series.

Now, I do have a book done. Here it is:

Breaking the Rules (Marriage by Design: Book 1) is in edits!

Breaking The Rules new ebook cover2

At the moment, I’m thinking of having this out at the end of February, but we’ll see how the edits go.

For those who like the kind of humor I do with Regencies involving characters like Lord Edon and Mr. Christopher Robinson, this book is for you. I bring back those two crazy and fun characters. This is a light-hearted romantic comedy.

In the Regency Timeline, this takes places between The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife and A Most Unsuitable Earl, so Lord Edon and Mr. Christopher Robinson are still single. They will be single during this entire series.

Over the years, I’ve had a couple of people ask me to write about how Lilly Lowell managed to win over Mr. Morris. That is how this book was born. Lilly is the sister of Claire (heroine in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife), and Mr. Morris spends quite a bit of this book pursuing Lilly. Lilly accepts the proposal from another gentleman instead, and though Mr. Morris comes to realize Lilly doesn’t want to marry him, he arranges it so that Claire helps Lilly to avoid marriage to that gentleman because the gentleman is a total scumbag. Now, I did put an epilogue in The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife showing that Lilly and Mr. Morris have married and are happy. So we know they end up together. But the question has always been “how”. This is the book that answers that question.

This book did end up giving me ideas to two other books.

Book 2 is this one…

Nobody’s Fool (Book 2)

Nobody's Fool ebook cover5

I just started this today. I was planning to go to writing two books at a time, but since I randomly stall out in writing The Duke’s Secluded Bride, I broke down and pulled this on out to work on.

This is going to be another light-hearted romantic comedy. It features new characters that I introduce in Breaking the Rules.

Breaking the Rules has also given me an idea for Book 3 which is this:

A Deceptive Wager (Book 3)

A Deceptive Wager ebook cover

I don’t know if this will be a comedy or not. The other two books in this series are, but this might be on the serious side. I won’t know for sure until I start writing it.

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As a side note, I have not forgotten the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series. It hasn’t been until recently I knew what the title for the second book would be. It follows Nelly’s Mail Order Husband, and after a lot of debate, I decided on the title “Perfectly Matched”. It will be Patricia Larson’s book, and I am going to match her up with Jim Griffin (who was Valentine’s friend in Nelly’s Mail Order Husband). As it turns out, Jim did not marry Carla. He heeded Val’s warnings and ran off to Omaha. But no one knows this until the very beginning of Perfectly Matched. At the moment, I am planning to start this when I finish The Duke’s Secluded Bride.

I hope everyone has a great New Year!

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