Here are all of the books in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:
I finally came up with the book description. 🙂
Erin Larson has a problem that’s been following her since she was a child: Alex Matthews. For a reason she can’t explain, Alex has convinced himself that they will end up getting married. But she’d rather go through town in nothing but her chemise and petticoats before that happens.
With her two older sisters married, it’s her turn to find a husband. As long as Alex is lingering around, she’s not going to find the man of her dreams. What she needs is to find another young lady for Alex to turn his attention to. Then, and only then, will she be free.
Alex goes along with this little matchmaking scheme, knowing full well that if he plays his cards right, he’ll finally succeed in convincing Erin that they’re a perfect match.
I expect this out in July, but it’s still too early to tell. I have to give this to my editor who will work over it. Then I can format it up and upload it for pre-order. At that time, I’ll have a release date.
This is the last book in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.
I’m pushing this book’s release month back.
This book is turning out longer than I expected. I thought I was going to wrap this up at 60,000 words, but I’m almost there, and I have more to write. I don’t want to rush finishing it. If I rush it, it’ll feel forced, and the story will suffer for it. I decided to swap this book’s release month with Daisy’s Prince Charming since that book is almost done.
I’m not exactly sure when I’ll ready to publish this. Things are so hectic around my house that it’s hard to pin down any set dates. I should have a better idea of what the release month will be when I post my July newsletter.
At the moment, this is still set for a September release.
I have this set for a September release at the moment, but that could change. I’ll see how this story progresses. Like Heiress of Misfortune, I should have a better idea of when this will be out when I write my July newsletter.
Because my eyes are giving me problems, I’m going to wrap this post up. I hope everyone is going to have a good beginning of the summer!
As I was linking to all of those books I spent putting up on Radish last month, I realized why I wasn’t able to get much written in March. I had assumed all of the errands I’d been stuck with were to blame, but now I’m thinking it was uploading all of those stories. It takes a lot more time to get books uploaded (esp. when you have to break them into episodes) than I thought. If nothing else, writing this blog post was an eye-opening experience. 🙂
Now to other things….
The Loner’s Bride is out
(This is Book 4 in the Wyoming Series)
I was supposed to announce it over here when it released, but due to being swamped with the Radish thing, I forgot to do it. I don’t know who has gotten this book or yet (or even if anyone reading this is interested), so I’ll give the description and links below.
Katie Jackson is all grown up, and it’s time for her to find a husband. Though the young men have been coming by the orphanage where she is working, none of them catches her fancy. They all seem like they need to do a lot more growing up before they’re ready for the responsibilities of a wife and children. They’re all more like little brothers than serious prospects for marriage.
If only they were more like Jeremiah Barlow who happens to be running the orphanage. He’s perfect. Mature, kind, and gentle. Best of all, she’s attracted to him in a way she’s never been attracted to anyone before.
It’s not long before Jeremiah becomes aware of Katie’s interest in him. And worse, he’s just as interested in her. But it would never work. He’s twice her age. His best days are behind him.
Katie, however, is not one to give up. When she wants something badly enough, she’ll move heaven and earth to get it. And Jeremiah is on her list.
I’m done uploading the pre-order. It’s due out May 15. I’ll talk more about this next month. I already used up a lot of space in this blog with those Radish links.
A note to those of you who pre-order books on Amazon: there is currently a glitch in the Amazon system where Amazon is removing pre-ordered books. I don’t know why it’s happening, but I’ve come across a few authors who have been affected by this. Basically, Amazon is removing the books that they have up on pre-order. Not all authors are hit with this glitch, but some are. My recommendation is to hold off on pre-ordering Suitable for Marriage. If you want to pre-order it on Amazon, that’s fine. I just want you to be aware that the glitch might cause some issues. And these issues are outside of my control.
Books I’m currently writing:
I made very little progress in these due to uploading books to Radish. This month, I’m going to just work on getting 1-2 books a week up on Radish. That way I should have time to write. As it was, I was uploading 1-2 books a day over there, and that’s how I spent so much time over there.
But here we are with my current works-in-progress and where things stand right now:
I am about halfway into this one. (I hit the 30,000 word mark yesterday.) It looks like this book will be over the 60,000-word mark. I’m not sure how long it’ll be. I have figured out who the villain is. I wasn’t sure at first, but now I know. However, the original idea I had on how the hero and heroine end up getting married has changed, and since that has changed, the villain’s actions will end up changing as a result. So the villain will be targeting someone else instead of the person I originally slotted to be the target. I like it when things change on me like that. It makes the story more interesting. 😉
I’m at the 20,000 mark on this, which puts me probably in the 1/3 range, depending on how long this turns out to be. I suspect this will end up at about 50,000 words given how things are progressing so far. Daisy has been talked into marrying someone she deems “frog”, but in the end, she’ll realize he’s a “prince”. This story is cute and funny. I expect things to get even funnier once her sisters find out about the marriage.
I think I’m around the 1/3 part of this one, too. I’m currently at 17,500 words, which is basically where the stage is “set” to get ready for some really interesting stuff. The heroine doesn’t know her admirer is the butler yet. I’m not sure when she’ll find out, but I expect it to happen within the next couple of chapters.
I hope everyone is able to have an enjoyable April!
I was accepted to be a writer on the serialized fiction app called Radish. Here is my page: https://radish.app.link/IjkVqGci3nb I think this link will allow you to follow me to get notifications when I have new episodes of my books out. I’m still learning how this thing works.
I’m in the process of posting my stories over there. As of today (March 1), I have a few romances already uploaded and queued to be released. Each episode (which is roughly 1 chapter) is set to be released every day.
I had a hard time deciding how to handle the Story and Season part of this, but after some debate, I decided to make an entire Regency series a “story” and then break up the books into seasons. I did this because the Regency series are pretty much intertwined together. So this is how things will look on Radish for the Marriage by Scandal series.
Story: Marriage by Scandal
Season 1: The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife
Season 2: A Most Unsuitable Earl
Season 3: His Reluctant Lady
Season 4: The Earl’s Scandalous Wife
A new “episode” in the Marriage by Scandal story is set to publish every day. Right now there are two episodes of The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife up. Then when The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife is done, the next day will start with A Most Unsuitable Earl. And on it goes until the Marriage by Scandal is completed.
Additional note: All of my Regencies that are in a series will be handled this way. My two standalone Regencies (Her Counterfeit Husband and An Earl In Time) will be their own stories.
The historical westerns:
The Larson books (my main family that I love to spend time with) are spread out across multiple series, so I’m going to do these as standalone stories that will only have 1 Season. That is the best way I can think of to handle those since they aren’t a neat and tidy “fit” for multiple seasons.
Wagon Trail Bride is Richard Larson’s romance. I posted this as a free story, so you shouldn’t need any coins for this one. I scheduled a new episode to come out every day. Here’s the link: https://radish.app.link/dauJ1Z1g3nb
Episodes for Wagon Trail Bride and The Mail Order Bride’s Deception will start coming out either later today or tomorrow.
Additional note: I am in the process of putting up more books. I have to break everything into episodes, so it takes some time. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
The Loner’s Bride is due out March 13
Since I rambled on so much about Radish, I’ll do a special post when this book is out. 🙂 So I’ll be doing another post around the middle of this month. Note: if anyone wants a discount, I’ll be adding a link to Payhip in that post.
I’m still waiting to get these two books from the editor:
So there’s nothing to report here.
I’m 25,000 words into this one
The heroins in this one isn’t clumsy like I originally planned. I tried fitting that angle in somewhere into the book, but it’s not working out. So I had to go in another direction to explain why her father hired a Runner to see if someone is trying to kill her. I still have some things to work out, but I think it’s coming together as it’s supposed to.
The fun part was having the Duchess of Ashbourne (from Love Lessons with the Duke) changing her from a shy wallflower into an enticing lady. The hero is going to start to having trouble keeping things platonic. 😉 At the moment, she doesn’t like him all that much, so it’s easy for her to resist him.
I’m 17,000 words into Daisy’s book
This is turning into a really cute comedy. Otis (our hero) has arrived, unannounced, to Omaha with the intention of marrying Daisy. He sincerely assumes Daisy wants to marry him, so he left Montana to be with her. Daisy had NO idea that a simple compliment she made while visiting Eva Conneally (from Boaz’s Wager) led Otis to believe she was in love with him. So she is all flustered and doesn’t know what to do. Otis has already convinced her parents (Tom and Jessica Larson) that he would make Daisy a good husband, and they’re currently getting her ready for the wedding. This one has me chuckling while I’m writing.
I have a feeling Daisy’s three sisters (Nelly, Patricia, and Erin) will turn Otis from a scruffy rancher into the kind of prince Daisy can’t help but fall in love with. This is a makeover romance where the man (instead of the woman) needs to be more attractive in order to win the heart of the love interest.
I’m about 12,000 words in Secret Admirer
This one is a little slow going. I’m having to research the tasks a butler performs while writing this because the hero is a butler. This is a servant and noble lady romance. Lady Rachel has received a missive from a secret admirer (she doesn’t know it’s the butler) and has enlisted his help to find the admirer. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to finding out how events will unfold. At the moment, the butler is on “lookout” for this admirer at the ball her brother’s hosting. I have no idea what will happen, but I’m thinking he’ll need to come up with a potential gentleman to tell her is the admirer.
First, I have these three books in the finishing stages.
Making a Realistic Publishing Schedule is for writers. I don’t know if I mentioned if before on this blog or not, but if you’re a writer who has trouble with creating a publishing schedule, I hope this will help you. It’s about 7,000 words long. I’m not sure when this will be out. Maybe this month or the next.
The Loner’s Bride has just finished through the editing process. All I have to do now is format it and upload it. It’ll be out March 13.
Suitable for Marriage still needs the final edits. It’ll be out May 15.
The Meant to Be Audiobook is Slowly Going Up on You Tube, Rumble, and Bitchute
I narrated this one. This has been slow going in uploading each chapter because it takes a few hours to get one chapter up on You Tube, another few hours to get one chapter up on Rumble, and so on. That’s why I can’t do the whole entire book quickly. I am going to post all 18 chapters. I modified it to fit a PG 13 rating.
Making audio files takes a lot of time and work, so I can’t do this kind of thing often. I need to make sure I have time to write new books. But since I have this done, I decided to get it on social media.
I have put up a couple of ARCs there in the past, but I never really did much with it. They are making some exciting changes over there, so I’m going to be more engaged there.
For anyone who hasn’t gotten The Cursed Earl yet, I did recently post the ARC for it over there. You have to leave an honest review on one of these sites: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play/Books, Apple, Smashwords, Bookbub, OR Goodreads.
I already have 20 takers on the ARC, so I paid for a plan that will allow me to give 30 more ARCs. This is a “first come first serve” kind of thing.
I plan to put The Loner’s Bride and Suitable for Marriage up when it becomes available.
I’m working on a PDF of my entire book list.
I have been getting questions about which character shows up in which book. I have series that overlap, and I like bringing in past characters. During the course of this month, I plan to work on this list. I am hoping to have it ready in March. I’ll try to remember to post that here in this blog. If I forget, please remind me. I try to keep up with things, but with so much going on, I do forget stuff from time to time. 🙂
I’m still working on these three books:
Daisy Larson finally has a cover for her romance. That book will wrap up the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series. I’m going to miss spending time with Tom and Jessica Larson’s four daughters. Each of their books have been so funny. I love the romantic comedies.
I’m not sure if Heiress of Misfortune will be funny or not. There is a potential for it to be funny, but only time will tell how things will play out. Secret Admirer is probably going to be more serious, but it will be fun to bring in a butler as the hero.
This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.
To save on space, I’m giving the short description of this book:
Algernon Wright (friend of the hero in A Perilous Marriage) believes he’s under a family curse and that he’ll die on his 25th birthday. With the clock ticking against him, he must marry so he can have an heir before that fateful day arrives.
It’s not exactly a comedy, though it does have some cute moments. It’s a blend of sweetness and humor, and when I say sweetness, I don’t mean “no sex”. I simply mean heartfelt. If this sounds like your kind of story, here is where you can find it:
I am happy to say I finally finished this book. Last year was so slow with writing that I wasn’t sure if I was going to pull it off, but, thankfully, I did. Whew! 😀
I also got Suitable for Marriage done!
This is Book 3 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:
Daisy’s book to go here
Once the editor is done with The Loner’s Bride, she’ll look at this one. This is set for May. I don’t foresee any problems getting it out on that month.
While I’m talking about a Larson book, I am happy to say I finally got an idea for Daisy’s book!
Daisy’s book has no title yet
It also has no cover right now. But I did start it. I had to think outside the box on this one. Instead of starting her book in Nebraska, I had to start it in Lewistown, Montana. If you’ve been following all of my books, then you’re familiar with the Montana Series:
If you’ll recall, in Boaz’s Wager, Eva Connealy and Rachel Larson were heading to different places in Montana when crooks overtook their stagecoach and auctioned them off in Lewistown. Eva and Daisy were good friends because their mothers (Jessica from A Bride for Tom and Margaret from A Husband for Margaret) were friends. Daisy and Eva grew up together.
I thought it might be fun if Daisy went to visit Eva with Jessica, Margaret, and Mary Larson. (Mary is Rachel’s mother, so I couldn’t leave her out.) This is where Daisy will finally meet her prince charming. Except, she won’t think he’s a prince. She’ll think he’s a frog. This is for humor’s sake. Anyway, the hero I picked is Otis Mills. Who is Otis Mills? He was the man who lost the race to Boaz when he and Boaz were both trying to win Eva. I thought the least I could do was give this poor guy a wife since he wanted one so much in the other book. All I know right now is that Daisy won’t be interested in him, but he’ll follow her to Nebraska. So some of the book will be in Montana, and the other half will be in Nebraska. I want to show the other Larson sisters with their husbands and children since this is the last book in the series.
I’m in Chapter 3 of Heiress of Misfortune
This is the last book in the Marriage by Necessity Series.
I introduced Mr. Byron Tumilson (the Runner) in A Perilous Marriage and had him make a key appearance in The Cursed Earl. I thought he’d make a good hero in a romance, so here he is. 😀 At the moment, he’s at a ball where he’s keeping an eye on the daughter of a wealthy duke who is certain that someone is trying to kill her. Byron works from paycheck to paycheck, so he’s not comfortable. It’s fun comparing social classes this way. Somehow, Byron and the duke’s daughter will end up together. Considering how much her father wants her to marry a wealthy gentleman, this will be interesting.
I’m in Chapter 2 of Secret Admirer
This is the beginning of a new series:
I am currently having the heroine and her friends talking about how she’s having trouble finding a suitor and how she doesn’t feel like she can attract anyone. The butler (who is the hero of this book) happens to be in the room pouring their tea for them, but they’re pretty much oblivious to him. Anyway, our hero will get the idea of sending her missives under anonymity to let her know she is appealing. He’s secretly attracted to her but won’t come out and say anything directly due to the fact that he’s a butler. It’ll be fun to see how this evolves.
I put Midnight Wedding on hold
Mainly, I did this because I need more time in Secret Admirer to get to know the heroine in Midnight Wedding. I want to right by this one.
I didn’t have much to report on November 1, so I figured I’d wait until this month to do a post. Fortunately, I got some actual news this time. 😀
A quick note to Kobo readers:
I have moved all of my romances into Kobo Plus. If you pre-ordered The Cursed Earl, The Loner’s Bride, Suitable for Marriage, or Heiress of Misfortune on Kobo, that pre-order has been cancelled out. In order to be in Kobo Plus, I have to publish a book directly on Kobo. I was using Smashwords to publish my books to Kobo. These pre-orders will go back up, but I need to have the final version of the book ready to go before putting it on Kobo. So from now on, I won’t put pre-orders on Kobo until we are close to the release dates of the books.
The release date is set for January 9. I don’t have it up on Amazon, Kobo, or Google Play yet. I still need to finalize the edits and format it so it’s ready. I suspect this book will be ready for me to put up on Amazon, Kobo, and Google Play next week.
I just finished the first draft of Suitable for Marriage!
Books in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:
Book 4 to go here
I just wrapped this up today. This one is due out in May, so I have plenty of time to work on edits. I did add an epilogue that I hope you’ll enjoy. I bring Mary Larson in and bring in a few things here and there that happened in Eye of the Beholder that I think people who read that book will enjoy. The perk of working within the Larson family is being able to reference things that happened in earlier Larson stories. 😉
Unfortunately, I don’t know what to do for Daisy’s story, which is Book 4, so I’ll be working on only Regencies when I finish The Loner’s Bride.
I am getting close to the end of The Loner’s Bride
Books in the Wyoming Series:
I should be able to finish this book this month. I’m just trying to figure out how Abby and Thayne will find out the news. It won’t upset them, but Jeremiah and Katie are afraid it will. So far I’ve moved a couple of scenes around and revised a couple. I’m already at 64,000 words. It’s looking like this one will be about 70,000 when all is said and done. The expected release date on this is March 13.
I’m in Chapter 3 of Heiress of Misfortune
This book will wrap up the Marriage by Necessity Series. The hero has been officially hired to see who, if anyone, is trying to harm the heroine. The heroine is a mousy type character who will benefit from a make over, which I’m looking forward to writing when the time comes. I never did a “ugly duckling turning into a swan” romance before, so this will be a lot of fun!
I’ve started Secret Admirer
Books in the Marriage by Obligation Series:
At the moment, I’m in the opening scene and setting the stage for the cast of characters who will be dominant in this series. The beginning of a new series is pretty much when I learn the characters’ personalities, so it’s like opening a present to see who I get to work with for the next year.
I’ll start Midnight Wedding later this month
I want to get the edits done for Suitable for Marriage and The Loner’s Bride before diving into this one. If I suddenly come up with an idea for Daisy Larson’s book, I’ll put this on hold, but for now, this is the next scheduled book on my to-write list.
A note about the audiobooks:
I lost confidence in putting Meant To Be so didn’t upload it to You Tube, Rumble, and Bitchute like I originally planned. I was comparing my ability to narrate to the professionals. I am not at all professional in audio. I have fun with it, but it’s apparent I don’t measure up to what people expect. I’m currently on the fence about just doing it anyway. We’ll see how things progress.
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I’m a bit behind, but it’s for a good reason. I’m getting back into audiobooks, but I’ll be making them myself. Some will be done with my college-aged son who, as it turns out, loves narrating and is good at editing audio files. I made a long post about it on my other blog, so I won’t repeat all of it here.
What I will say is that this is a labor of love, and I’m doing it primarily for enjoyment. In addition to uploading it on places like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Google Play, Scribd, and other places Findaway Voices sends audiobooks to, I’ll be posting the books (a chapter at a time) on Rumble, Bitchute, and You Tube. I’ll keep you posted over here on my progress.
If anyone enjoys spooky short stories like the kind told around the campfire, every Friday during October, I’m posting a new story I did with my son. You can find them Rumble, Bitchute, and You Tube. In November, I start posting romances. Meant To Be will go first.
Interview for a Wife came out September 25
This one finishes the Nebraska Prairie Series.
(The Purchased Bride used to be in the Bride by Arrangement anthology, and The Bride’s Choice used to be in the A Groom’s Promise anthology. Both of these anthologies were with Janet Syas Nitsick. If you already got these anthologies but would like the individual books to put together as a “set”, please comment below, and I’ll post the coupons to get The Purchased Bride and The Bride’s Choice free on Smashwords or Payhip.)
I’m sure most of you have already gotten this if interested, but just in case, I’ll post the links below.
I’m finally on the last chapter of The Cursed Earl!
Marriage by Necessity Series:
It feels like I was never going to finish this book, but I’m finally at the end. To be honest, I’m relieved. I was beginning to worry I’d lost all momentum due to the hectic summer and then not feeling well for a month. God is good. 🙂
The hero no longer believes he is cursed, so he can embrace hope and fully enjoy being with the heroine. I’m currently hinting at a couple of books I want to write in the future sometime. One is the hero’s friend who is even more superstitious than he is. I plan to write his book in the next Regency series. I also thought it’d be fun to hint that Lord Roderick’s oldest son (who is 12 at this time in the Regency timeline) and Mr. Christopher Robinson’s oldest daughter (who is 9 at this time in the Regency timeline) will one day fall in love and get married. This terrifies both Lord Roderick and Christopher Robinson. (If you remember way back in the Marriage by Scandal Series, these two don’t care for each other, so the thought they might one day be connected through their kids marrying is something I find hilarious. I have a weird sense of humor.)
Jeremiah is now committed to marrying Katie
I won’t spoil how this came about, but now that he’s committed to it, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I’m hoping the sparks will finally fly. 😀
I’m currently at 47,000 words. I’m not sure how much longer this will be, but my estimate is that it will be between 55,000 to 60,000 words. The end shouldn’t be too far off now.
Daisy trapped Alex and Erin into marriage
Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:
one more to come
Neither Alex nor Erin expected Daisy to do it, but Daisy did it for the cause of true love. I was wondering how I was going to get these two together, so it was good Daisy was around to use. 😉 Now things are finally good. I’m not exactly sure how things will play out, but it’ll be exciting to find out.
I’m also at 47,000 words in this one, and I also think this will be between 55,000 to 60,000 words when all is said and done.
I was able to get this on pre-order before everything went south in my neck of the woods. Unfortunately, I’m unable to keep the original release dates for the other books I’m currently working on.
Pushing back release months on the rest of my books
August hit me hard, and I was unable to write for most of the month. Through all of July, I was already struggling to finish The Cursed Earl so it would be ready for November. When August came, I got sick, and it took me three weeks to get to the point where I could write again. Right now, I am unable to write as much as I did before because writing about 500 words in a book a day tires me out. (I usually do 1,000 words in a book a day.) Things are getting better, but it’s taking time to bounce back.
Instead of stressing myself out by rushing The Cursed Earl, I decided to delay it’s release to January. Because of this, I moved the other books back, too.
This is now set for January 9
This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.
This week, I was finally able to pick up on writing again, and I reached the 60,000-word mark. I still have longer to go before this book is finished. I don’t plot books out ahead of time, so I have no idea how much longer this will be. I’ve figured out who the villain is, but I’m not sure how the villain is going to make his final move. Once I get that piece of the puzzle, the book will practically write itself.
This is now set for March 13
This will finish up the Wyoming Series.
I’m almost at 33,000 words in this one. That puts me at the halfway point. Jeremiah is reluctant to do anything about his feelings for Katie. Katie isn’t fighting her feelings, but she’s being very smart in how she’s handling the situation. I think she learned a thing or two from watching Thayne and Abby drag their feet on admitting they wanted to be together. 😉
I’m currently at the scene where Jeremiah is going to give Katie a book. That will send Katie over the moon. She loves books. If all goes well, she’ll be able to sneak in a kiss.
This is set for May 15
This is Book 3 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.
Book 4 to be added
I am at 36,000 words in this one, and I suspect I already passed the halfway point. It’s hard to know for sure until Daisy (the youngest of Tom and Jessica Larson’s daughters) is successful in pulling off a scheme to get Erin to marry Alex. Daisy is sure that Erin has grown rather fond of Alex during the time they’ve been trying to match him up with someone, and she sees no reason to let Erin miss a good thing. After all, everything worked out perfectly when she had a hand in getting Nelly married. So why wouldn’t she be successful at making Erin happy?
Julian Azazel, the Earl of Blackwell, has spent the past two centuries under a curse that’s trapped him in his estate. Willow Knudson has just inherited the estate and has gone to sell it. Upon arriving there, she finds she is trapped, too. This fairytale Regency romance takes a look at two fated lovers being united through time.
This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.
(A Perilous Marriage is Book 1. Heiress of Misfortune is going to be Book 3.)
Well, despite my best efforts, I was not able to write enough in July to bump this book up to a release date in October. It will remain November 7. I’m hoping to finish up the first draft this month. Then September will be edits. In October, I should be able to put it on pre-order so that I have time to get things in place for the release date.
On a positive note, I was working on a subplot that had to do with Lord Edon and Mr. Christopher Robinson that turned out much better than I originally expected. One of my readers suggested the idea, and I liked it so I figured I’d slip it in. Basically, the idea is what would happen if everyone found out Lord Edon was never a rake. I hadn’t considered that possibility, but it’s been a lot of fun to work with. I love Lord Edon. He’ll pull it off. The fun part is figuring out “how”. This is the kind of thing that keeps me on my toes. So many thanks to that reader in case she happens to be reading this post.
As for the book in general, I am getting close to the 50,000-word mark. This is usually where I start looking at how things are going to be resolved. I’m not sure how much more I have to go. My average word count is 60,000. But I think this book is going to be a bit longer than that. An idea for a twist in the plot came to mind, and I’m not ready to use it yet. My guess is that this book will be over 70,000 words by the time I finish the first draft. Hopefully in the next newsletter, I can say I’m done. That will put me on course for getting this out in November without rushing anything.
I’m 1/3 of the way through The Loner’s Bride.
This is Book 4 in the Wyoming Series.
(The Outlaw’s Bride is Book 1. The Rancher’s Bride is Book 2. The Fugitive’s Bride is Book 3.)
Jeremiah is still fighting his feelings for Katie, but she has no intention of fighting her feelings from him, though she’s not going to throw herself at him. She’s going to let him take the lead. It’ll be interesting to see how she finally gets him to earnestly pursue her.
Suitable for Marriage is at the halfway point.
This is Book 3 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series.
(Nelly’s Mail Order Husband is Book 1. Perfectly Matched is Book 2.)
Erin is close to admitting she wants to be with Alex, but she’s not quite there yet. I’m wondering what event will put her over the edge. Alex is such a sweet guy. You can’t help but root for him. Even Erin’s sister, Daisy, came out and admitted Alex is much better than she originally thought. I thought Daisy might work with Alex to convince Erin she wants to be with him, but as it turns out, it won’t be necessary. Erin’s coming to this conclusion on her own, albeit slowly.
A look ahead on what I plan to write:
This will be Book 3 in the Marriage by Necessity Series. It will wrap up the series, too. I was originally going to make a Book 4, but it turns out one of the characters in this series will be better off in a book that will be in my next Regency series.
This is going to be Byron’s romance. Byron is Eris’ brother who is the Runner. He’s going to be hired to figure out why a certain heiress seems to have a constant stream of bad luck following her. I don’t know if this will be a comedy or not.
This will be Book 1 in the Marriage by Obligation Series, which is the next Regency series I’m working on. I came up with the name for the series because of where I plan to go with Book 3. Before I can write Book 3, I need to build up to it through Books 1 and 2. I have characters I need to introduce in Book 1 as secondary characters. I plan to pretty much make them both miserable by the end of Book 1, do something “over time” in Book 2, and then reconcile things in Book 3 where they will finally be the main characters. Yeah, I know it’s mean for an author to make the characters miserable, but there will be a happy ending by the time the series ends. So…I’m not 100% evil. 😉
Secret Admirer is about a romance where the daughter of a Duke is going to fall in love with a servant. I’m looking forward to going with something I haven’t tackled directly before. I went around this in Fairest of Them All when the hero’s daughter ended up with the butler, but I never had it as the main focus of a plot. I expect this to be fun.
I would like to put in a historical western here, but right now, I have no plot ideas that intrigue me enough to write. I know the logical choice is Daisy’s romance since that will be Book 4 in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series, but I have no idea what to do with her. So I’ll just brainstorm until something comes to mind.
That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a great August!
Willow Knudson just inherited an English estate that she intends to sell. There are two problems. One, she’s unable to sign the contract, and two, she can’t even leave the property. She’s not superstitious by nature, but common sense tells her something strange is going on.
In 1817, Julian Azazel, the Earl of Blackwell, went to his country estate to tend to his father’s funeral. That evening a missive came from a stranger warning him that when the clock struck midnight, he was going to be cursed to relive the same day. He laughed it off and threw the missive in the fire. Two centuries later, he’s no longer laughing. The curse is real.
From before they were born, Willow and Julian were destined to meet on June 17, 1817.
Willow had assumed wealthy and titled gentlemen would be snobs, but Julian turns out to be the kindest person she’s ever met. And even better, he’s more attractive in person than he was in his portrait. It’s enough of a temptation to convince her to stay in the past forever.
At long last, the aching loneliness that has plagued Julian’s life for centuries is at an end. Not only is there someone who understands what he has been going through, but she’s far lovelier than he recalls any of the ladies in London being. But isn’t it selfish to ask a lady from another time to give up everything to live under a curse with him?
The path to happy endings can get complicated, especially when magic is involved.
This fairytale romance features a dark villain, a curse, fairies, a hero who is an earl from the Regency era, and a heroine from modern times. People who enjoy Grimm’s fairy tales and romance will enjoy this tale of true love conquering the darkest of curses.
If this sounds like your kind of story and you want to pre-order it, you can find it at these links:
(This is currently on all retailers except for Google Play and Payhip.)
Interview for a Wife (Nebraska Prairie Series: Book 3) is with the editor
Right now, I have this set for September. I’d love to get it out a month early, but that all depends on how soon I can get The Cursed Earl done.
I’m in Chapter 9 of The Cursed Earl (Marriage by Necessity: Book 2)
I figure this puts me 1/4 of the way through the story. I don’t know if I can get this out in October. I’d love to, but I might have to keep the November slot. This week, we’ve been without internet in the house, and while writing a book is not reliant on the internet, I have four kids who keep coming up to me almost on an hourly basis to ask me when the internet will be restored. The kid part is what has made it difficult to get writing done.
I got to the wedding day between the hero and heroine today. I’m hoping things will really pick up at this point. There is something going on with the “curse”, but I haven’t narrowed it down yet. The person I thought was guilty is turning out to be innocent. So I’m still navigating my way around this angle. The hero is not really cursed. That would make the book supernatural, and it’s not meant to be a supernatural story. It’s a Regency set in the normal world. For that to work, the curse needs to have a reasonable answer.
Also, this book isn’t the comedy I was anticipating. I have a subplot that might or might not work. I have to keep writing to figure it out. So at the moment, it’s a bit of a mess, but I’ll get through it. 😀
I’m at Chapter 5 in The Loner’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 4)
This is Jeremiah’s romance. If anyone remembers, Jeremiah was adamantly opposed to weddings and marriage in the first three books of this series (The Outlaw’s Bride, The Rancher’s Bride, and The Fugitive’s Bride). So it was to my great surprise when Jeremiah took one look at Katie (our heroine) and became this awkward and shy hero. I thought he wasn’t going to be attracted to her until about halfway into the story. I knew she would be attracted to him right away, so that part came as no surprise.
But Jeremiah has thrown me for a loop. This is going to change the course of the story. I still need to get some young men to come by in hopes of courting Katie. Jeremiah isn’t going to make his feelings known right away. He will at some point, but at least he’s willing to let Katie meet some of these other men and find out how much she really wants to be with him instead. Katie’s the type to go after what she wants, and I’m thinking it’ll be fun to watch her go after Jeremiah (while making Jeremiah think he’s the one pursuing her). Fun times. 😉
I’m at Chapter 8 in Suitable for Marriage (Husbands for the Larson Sisters: Book 3)
This is turning into a cute story. Alex (our hero) is going along just fine with letting Erin (our heroine) pair him up with someone else. I didn’t expect it, but it turns out that Daisy is starting to sympathize with Alex. I suspect Daisy is going to secretly help Alex.
I really love Tom and Jessica Larson’s four daughters. They are such a hoot when they’re together.
My kid who is with me at the coffee shop (for the Wifi) is bored and talking to me, so I’m going to wrap up this blog post. If this blog post seems clunky, it’s because I don’t have time to edit it. If the links don’t work, I apologize. I’m on a laptop with a keyboard I’m not used to since I couldn’t haul my desktop computer here, and it’s been throwing me off on the copy and paste function. Hopefully, next month, I’ll be able to make the blog post on my regular computer so the post will be cleaner.