May 2017 Newsletter

The Reclusive Earl is due out May 7!

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Fate Series.  This is Opal Beaufort’s story.  Opal was Warren’s sister in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.  She was the one who pretended to be crazy in order to avoid her mother’s wrath.  I wanted to pair her up with a hero who was insecure because she (better than anyone) would understand him.

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I don’t like to clutter up the blog if I don’t have to, and since May 7 is only a week away, I figure I’ll just give the description and post the links for your convenience.  So if you want, you can get it now.

Here’s a brief description:

It’s far easier to hide in the shadows than risk being hurt. When a very imperfect earl happens to be caught up in a scandal that forces him to marry the perfect lady, he can’t help but worry all his fears have just come true.

(I go into a longer description at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Smashwords.)

Here are the links:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iBooks

Smashwords

The first draft of Taming The Viscountess is now done!

This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.  Book 1 is The Viscount’s Runaway Bride.  Book 2 is The Rake’s Vow.  Book 4 is If It Takes A Scandal.

I’m on track to publish this book in June instead of August.

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This is Miss Celia Barlow’s book, and the chemistry between Celia and Lord Erandon (who was Captain Sebastian Egan in the earlier books) was dynamic.  I really enjoyed these two.  Celia, if you’ll recall, wasn’t all that likable in the earlier books. Sebastian was perfect for her.  He was kind but firm.  The kinds of things her brother used to let her get away with were not tolerated with him.  This book had a surprising amount of humor in it, and because of that, this is now my favorite Regency (of all I’ve done).  A Most Unsuitable Earl is my second favorite.

I’m halfway into Forced Into Marriage

This is the last book in the Pioneer Series.  Here are the other books: Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1), The Marriage Agreement (Book 2), and Groom For Hire (Book 3).

I am hoping to have this out in July, but it might not be until August.  We’ll see how things go.

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I do plan to bring Joe and Michelle (from Groom For Hire) back into this book at the end, but I’m not able to bring in the other characters from this series.  Brandon and Lokni (the hero and heroine of this book) are heading for California, and the other characters are in Nebraska.

I’m about 1/4 of the way into If It Takes A Scandal

This is the last book in the Marriage by Bargain series.  Book 1 is The Viscount’s Runaway Bride, Book 2 is The Rake’s Vow, and Book 3 is Taming The Viscountess.

I have this down for December, but I will have it out before then.  I just don’t know when yet, though.

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Celia (from Taming The Viscountess) will actually have a hand in matchmaking with the hero and heroine in this book.  Since she had a part (though not intentional) of getting Lord Durrant and Lady Hedwrett into a marriage neither of them wanted, she is going to manipulate things so that they will have to spend three months stuck together at his country estate.  (Celia might be nice by this point, but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped making up her schemes.  She’s just doing it for good instead of her own selfish purposes.)

Lord Durrant has a meddling mother and a younger brother who will be more than happy to play along.  I’m hoping there will be some humor in this one, but so far, the two main characters are pretty serious.  It might take the others to lighten things up.

I have started The Bride Price

This is Book 1 in the Misled Mail Order Brides series.

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This is Sep’s story.  Sep was Joel Larson’s younger brother-in-law in Shotgun Groom.  At the time Sep was 14.  In this book he’ll be 23, and he’ll be friends with Anthony and Mark Larson who are the twin sons born to Richard and Amanda Larson.  I do plan to have Anthony and Mark featured for books 2 and 3 in this series.

My aim is to have this out around October or November of this year.

I’m on Chapter 3 in The Outlaw’s Bride

This is going to be at least a three book series.  Book 1 is this book (The Outlaw’s Bride), Book 2 is The Rancher’s Bride, and I don’t have a title for Book 3 yet.  I also don’t know if there will be a Book 4.

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I’m going to be making slow progress on this one because it’s not due out until June-August 2018.  (Remember, this is the rewrite to The Stagecoach Bride.)  I want to have this one out at the same time Book 2 is ready.

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I’ll stop here since I’m late in getting this out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful May!

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The Stagecoach Bride is only going to be available until April 24

Ever since I announced doing a complete rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride, I’ve had people ask for the original version.  It seems that people want to compare the original to the rewrite.  That’s fine with me, but it can’t stay up there forever.

It is now permanently removed from sale.  But don’t worry.  I am doing a rewrite, and that one will be out around June-August 2018.  More information is below.

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I am going to do a massive rewrite of this book.  It’s going to change about 50-75% of this book.  I have Stephannie’s permission to do this.  I am also going to finish the rest of the series.  Since Stephannie created this world and the characters with me and will be adding historic flavor to the books, her name will be with mine on the author line.

Since I’m changing so much, I am going to give the book a brand new title, a new cover, and a new series name.

The new title will be The Outlaw’s Bride.  

The new series will be the Wyoming Series.

The new cover will be featured here when Stephannie’s done making it.

I will add in the description that it’s a rewrite of The Stagecoach Bride to help offset any confusion.

I expect to publish the new version June-August of 2018.  I will also be changing The Rancher’s Wife to The Rancher’s Bride, and yes, I will change that cover, too.

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April 2018 Newsletter

Hi, everyone!  I have a lot of exciting projects coming up.  At this point, we’re looking into what will be coming out from May through September.  The longer I’ve been at this writing and publishing thing, the easier it is to start planning out the schedule.  (It’s taken some time to learn how fast I write, how much time I need for edits, etc.  This year, I feel like I have a better handle on it.) 🙂

All that aside, let’s take a look at what’s coming…

The Reclusive Earl (Marriage by Fate: Book 1) is due out May 7

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Right now the book is with my editing team.  And just a heads up, this book starts a brand new Regency series.  It does take place in the same world all of the other Regencies do.  But this book will launch a new cast of main characters within the Regency world.   I am bringing back familiar faces, but instead of being secondary characters, they will be the focus.  For example, in this book (The Reclusive Earl), the heroine is Miss Opal Beaufort who is Lord Steinbeck’s sister.  (Lord Steinbeck was the hero in The Earl’s Wallflower Bride, and Opal was a secondary character.)

For quick reference, here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series:

  • The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Book 1) – Anthony and Damara’s romance (already out)
  • The Rake’s Vow (Book 2) – Loretta and Tad’s romance (already out)
  • Taming The Viscountess (Book 3) – Celia and Sebastian’s romance (due out in May or June)
  • If It Takes A Scandal – Corin and Candace’s romance (due out in August or September)

Now, Opal’s book will begin a new Regency series called Marriage by Fate.  Here’s what I’m planning at the moment in this series:

  • The Reclusive Earl (Book 1) – Opal and Landon’s romance (coming out May 7)
  • The Earl’s Hasty Marriage (Book 2) – Brad and Ava’s romance (no date set for this yet)
  • Book 3 has no title yet, but I plan to make it Miss Tumilson’s romance (you’ll meet her in The Reclusive Earl)
  • I’m not sure if there will be a Book 4 (We’ll see what happens in this series)

Hopefully, that all makes sense.  I don’t usually write two separate Regency series at a time, but I was afraid I’d lose the “flavor” of Opal’s character if I didn’t write her book as soon as I finished The Earl’s Wallflower Bride.

Taming The Viscountess (Marriage by Bargain: Book 3) is over halfway done

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I have this down for release on August 26, but I expect to finish it up in April, so it should be out in May or June.

I’m really enjoying this book.  I know Celia is one of the most unpopular characters I’ve ever done, but it’s just so much fun to watch the battle of wills playing out between her and the hero (Captain Sebastian Egan, the Earl of Erandon).  This is the captain who lost part of his leg in The Rake’s Vow.  There’s a lot of humor in this book.  Some people don’t like my humor.  They find it immature, but I love Mel Brooks’ movies and satire.  So take that into consideration when it comes to how I handle comedy.

This is definitely lighthearted, and while Sebastian does put her in her place, he does it while also being a beta hero.  (If you’ve read my books, you know that I don’t do alpha heroes.  My heroes tend to be sweethearts.  So yes, he is a sweetheart, but he is not a pushover, which is where Celia’s brother differed.)  So for me, this book has been one of the funnest projects I’ve done in a long time.  I laugh most of the time while I’m writing it.

Forced Into Marriage (Pioneer Series: Book 4) is about 1/4 of the way done

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I have this set for release on October 7, but I expect to have it out in June or July.  Maybe August at the latest.

This is the final book in the Pioneer Series.

Here are the books in all:

  • Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)
  • The Marriage Agreement (Book 2)
  • Groom For Hire (Book 3)
  • Forced Into Marriage (Book 4)

In Groom For Hire, Joe Otto dropped Brandon off in the Wyoming Territory because Brandon was drinking too much.  Brandon will have to face this problem during the course of this book (and he will quit drinking), but that’s more of the side plot.  The main plot is the marriage he’s forced into with a Native American woman who’s about to give birth to a child.  Neither one want to be in the marriage, but since they’re afraid the men who had raped and mistreated her will be coming for her, they head on southwest to California.

I will be bringing Joe and Michelle from Groom For Hire toward the end of this book because the Brandon and Lokni do end up making it to California.  This is one of those books with some tearful moments, but it does have a happiness underlying everything.  (I promise there’s a happy ending.  I hate sad ones.)

I have started If It Takes A Scandal (Marriage by Bargain: Book 4)

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I want to get this out in August or September, so I decided to start this before finishing up Taming The Viscountess.  Remember Candace Daniel, Lady Hedwrett, from Her Counterfeit Husband?  She was the friend of the heroine who was in a miserable marriage, and at the end of the book, her husband died (much to her relief).  Candace will be paired up with Corin St. George, the Earl of Durrant.  Neither are happy with the scandal that led them into marriage at the moment, but since this is a romance, that will change before the end of the book. 🙂

The Stagecoach Bride (Wild Hearts Series: Book 1) is getting a complete makeover

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Stephannie Beman and I have worked out an arrangement that allows me to take over the entire Wild Hearts Series.  From time to time, I get questions about this series.  Now I can say with 100% certainty that it has been picked up again.  So I am going to completely rewrite this.  I’m only on chapter 2 right now, so I’m not sure how much of this will change.  I still plan to have the heroine running from her fiancé, and Charles Gray will still be the problem for the hero’s family.  But elements about their relationship and his family will be modified.

Because I am completely rewriting this book, I plan to make it free when I finally publish it.  And because this one will be free, it will not be on pre-order.  Also, I’m waiting until I’m done with The Rancher’s Wife (Book 2) in this series before publishing this one.  Stephannie’s name will still be on the cover.  I will control the storyline, and she’ll add some details to make the historical flavor of this book “pop” out more as a historical western.

I expect there to be four books total in this series, but we’ll see how things play out.

I hope everyone has a great April!

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The Rake’s Vow (Marriage by Bargain: Book 2) is now available!

Here are the books in the Marriage by Bargain Series:

Book 1: The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Anthony and Damara’s story)
Book 2: The Rake’s Vow (Loretta and Tad’s story)
Book 3: Taming The Viscountess (Celia and Sebastian’s story)
Book 4: If It Takes A Scandal (Corin and Candace’s story)
Please Note: Loretta’s brother (Brad) will get his book in the Marriage by Fate Series. I will have The Reclusive Earl (Book 1) out in May. Brad’s book will be #2. So I hope to have his book out later this year. *fingers crossed*

That aside, here is where you can find The Rake’s Vow.

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Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iBooks

Smashwords

Here’s the description:

Thaddeus (Tad) Darkin, the Duke of Lambeth, used to be a rake. In fact, before Lord Edon was scandalizing the Ton, Tad was the one everyone was talking about. Many gentlemen secretly wished they had his charm with the ladies. All reputable ladies were warned to stay as far from him as possible, which only made him all the more attractive. Then, after a tragic event, he took a vow of celibacy, promising he would never be intimate with another lady again. Over the years, this caused him to be the most sought-after single gentleman in all of London. And even though he doesn’t want to marry, his steward left him in financial ruin, so whether he likes it or not, he must take a wife.

After being rejected by the gentleman she was hoping to marry, Miss Loretta Bachman is on a mission to save her reputation. She needs to marry someone who will impress the prestigious ladies in her social circle. So when she catches the leader of the group talking about the very handsome and hard-to-get Duke of Lambeth, she’s determined to get him to marry her. All she needs is a little bargaining power, and fortunately for her, she happens to have the money he needs to save his estate.

When she learns of his vow to remain celibate, she agrees to keep away from his bed. After all, her only reason for marrying him is to secure her social standing in London, not to have a love match. All she asks is that he pretends to be deeply in love with her when they’re in public. That way she will succeed in impressing the Ton. But before long, the lines between what is pretend and what is real starts to blur, and it’s hard to decide how far to push the limits of their agreement.

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March 2017 Newsletter

At the moment, I’m dealing with a house full of sick kids, so I’m going to make this shorter than usual.  I don’t want to get behind in these posts. 🙂

The Rake’s Vow is due out March 18!

This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.

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I now have this up on Amazon and Kobo.  It’s also up on Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Smashwords.  If you click on the cover above, then you can find the links.

I had to move The Reclusive Earl to May 8 for a release date.

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Fate Series.

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Not only are the kids sick, but I might have jury duty in the middle of this month.  This has put me behind my writing schedule.  I only have two chapters left to write in this book, so I’m almost there.  It’s just that everything is at a snail crawl for writing right now.  I would rather have the book to end correctly than rush through it.  I’m sorry for the delay, but I do hope the quality of the story will make the wait worth it.

Taming The Viscountess is about halfway done.

This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Bargain Series.

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Up until the time the kids got sick, I was making great progress in this one.  We’ll get there, and I’m hoping to have this out around June-August.

Forced Into Marriage is still in the early stages of writing.

This is Book 4 in the Pioneer Series.

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It features Brandon (the man Joe Otto left in a small town on his way to California in Groom For Hire).  I plan to have this out later this year.

I changed the title of His Abducted Bride to The Bride Price.

I also changed the cover.  I’ll show the two side by side.  If you pre-ordered this on iBooks, then know that I didn’t “drop” His Abducted Bride.  I just changed the title and the cover.

I changed the title because the new title (The Bride Price) fits the storyline much better than the old one.  But I wanted a different couple on the new cover because I used them on the Forced Into Marriage cover.

This is Sep’s story.  Sep was Joel’s younger brother-in-law in Shotgun Groom.  This will be Book 1 of a new historical western romance series.  I plan to bring in Amanda and Richard Larson’s twin boys, Mark and Anthony, since they will be around the same age as Sep.

I plan to have this out around November.

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I am really hoping to get a couple more books out this year.  I just haven’t had time to sort through and plan them out yet.

I hope everyone’s March is better than mine!

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Groom For Hire is Now Available!

Since this is coming out around the middle of the month, I thought I’d make a special post for it.  That way, you don’t have to wait until March 1 to hear about it. 🙂

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This is Book 3 in the Pioneer Series.

(Wagon Trail Bride is Book 1, The Marriage Agreement is Book 2, and Forced Into Marriage is Book 4)

Remember Joe Otto from Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)?  This is his story, and unlike the other books in the series, this one turned into a comedy.

Here’s the description: 

When Joe Otto accepted the job to lead a wagon train to California, the last thing he expected was to be asked to marry Mr. Heller’s daughter. Still pining over the one that got away, he’s not sure he has it in him to open his heart to another woman. Mr. Heller assures him the arrangement will only be temporary. Once Joe delivers her to her aunt and uncle in California, he can annul the marriage. Joe can use the money, and besides, it’s only a temporary arrangement. She won’t be his wife for the rest of his life. Reassured by this logic, he agrees to the marriage contract.

Michelle Heller knows the only way she’s going on the wagon train is if she has a husband, so she readily accepts the deal her father makes with Joe. What she doesn’t expect, however, is that her new husband is the most attractive young man she’s ever seen. Over and over, she has to remind herself their marriage isn’t real. It’s only borne of necessity. But as the days pass on the trail, it’s harder to remember their marriage is only on paper, and it seems the two are at odds as to what they want this marriage to be.

After Joe watched the woman of his dreams start a life with someone else, he vowed he would never open himself up to being hurt again. Can Michelle break through his wall, or will she have to annul the marriage once she reaches California?

If interested, you can find it at the retailers below.  

It is on iBooks, but I don’t know that particular link.  But it is over there in the iBookstore.  My publisher did this one, and the publisher goes directly to the iBookstore to publish books there.  I go through Smashwords to publish on iBooks.  I know how to get the link when use Smashwords.  I’m sorry if this inconveniences anyone.

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A quick note about Book 4: Forced Into Marriage

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Forced Into Marriage popped up on me while I was halfway into Groom For Hire.  In Groom For Hire, I introduce Brandon who helps Joe lead the wagon train.  I was interested enough in his backstory (his wife divorced him to be with another man) that I decided to do a book for him.  I’m a sucker for seeing people find their happily ever afters, and he definitely needs one.

I’m not sure if there will be any more books in this series.  I’ll have to write this one to find out.

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February 2017 Newsletter

I Have a Short Story in a Free Anthology on Smashwords

From time to time, I like to experiment with a genre outside of romance, and since my very sweet author friend, Joleene Naylor, was putting together an anthology that only required a short story, I figured I’d submit something.

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My story is a young adult thriller called “Body Swap” where a teenage boy makes a trade with a man who was thought to be dead.  If you enjoy shows like The Twilight Zone, I think you’ll like this.

I haven’t read the other stories in the anthology yet, so I can’t tell you about those.  But the description to each story is given in the book description, which I’ll post below.

The book is only on Amazon and Smashwords

Amazon* ($0.99)

Smashwords (FREE)

*We are trying to get it free on Amazon by reporting a lower price elsewhere on the book.  Sometimes Amazon will adjust the price and sometimes it won’t.  So my recommendation is to get it from Smashwords.

Now for the description to all of the stories:

Ol’ Man Wickleberry is a man of legend – or is he a legend of a man? With a scruffy beard and a dislike for humanity, how long has it been since he met his demise, and what is he doing in his ghostly afterlife? The stories may differ, but all of them are true. We swear. So if you’re ever wandering alone in the woods at night, and find you’re not really alone, it just might be Ol’ Man Wickleberry.

Enjoy eight tales by seven talented authors including:

Vendetta by Chris Harris: Mr. Baker is on his way to steal a deal when he’s snowed in. Stuck waiting at a rustic tavern, he’s ambushed by an old man with a strange story – a story that’s beyond belief. Or is it?

Evil Animals and Automobiles by Mark R Hunter : Ol’ Man Wickleberry hates so much he sometimes prompts them to an untimely end, with the help of those newfangled automobiles. But the next victim might be Ol’ Man Wickleberry, himself.

The True Story of Ol’ Man Wickleberry by Jonathan Harvey: Jonathan Harvey puts the Terrible Turtle spin on the Wickleberry legend. He names himself Papa Harvey and weaves a tale that is strange and bizarre, but still interesting. If only he wasn’t constantly being interrupted.

Out Walking by Joleene Naylor: The mysterious carnivorous white rabbits sound too strange to be true, but Ol’ Man Wickleberry can’t stand the thought of missing some rare game. It seems a walk is in order…

Body Swap by Ruth Nordin: A teenage boy makes a trade with a man who was thought to be dead.

Weirdly Normal – The Hike by Simon Goodson: Vincent hates hiking. But more than anything else, he hates their guide’s endless wittering about the horribly scary myth of Ol’ Man Wickleberry. Just when Vincent is certain the night can’t get any worse… Ol’ Man Wickleberry himself makes an appearance!

Wickleberry Elixir by Terry Compton: Rick and his two fellow college students just wanted a few extra college credits and the money from the work study. Then the professor demanded more details. But details sometimes lead to answers no one really wants or believes.

Ol’ Man Wickleberry (The Other True Story) by Jonathan Harvey: Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O, and next to this farm lived Ol’ Man Wickleberry, E-I-E-I – Oh. It seems Ol’ Man Wickleberry doesn’t like these kind of goings ons. A short story that’s rhyming good fun.

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Groom For Hire (Pioneer Series: Book 3)

Comes Out February 12

Books in the Pioneer Series:

  • Wagon Trail Bride (Book 1)
  • The Marriage Agreement (Book 2)
  • Groom For Hire (Book 3)
  • Forced Into Marriage (Book 4)

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I’ll make a post when this book is released since it’s coming in the middle of the month.   I’ll also add more information about the book then, but this is the book where Joe Otto (from Wagon Trail Bride) finally gets his happy ending.

It’s on pre-order right now if you’d like to reserve your copy today.

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Google Play

Smashwords

(I don’t know the iBooks link since this one is with my publisher and she uploads directly there.  I have a terrible time getting iBook links unless I use Smashwords to upload to the iBookstore.)

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The Rake’s Vow (Marriage by Bargain Series: Book 2) is Almost Finished

Marriage by Bargain Series:

  • The Viscount’s Runaway Bride (Book 1)
  • The Rake’s Vow (Book 2)
  • Taming The Viscountess (Book 3)
  • If It Takes a Scandal (Book 4)
  • Book 5: Loretta’s brother will be the hero (I have no title or plot yet)
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I’m hoping to have this out by the end of March.  *fingers crossed*

This is Loretta’s story, and I’m currently in the last two chapters of the book.  I see no reason why it shouldn’t be out by the end of March, but I’m still keeping May 6 until I upload the book to all the retailers.

I will give a warning, and I really hope it doesn’t stop people from reading Celia’s story, but Celia is going to seem especially awful in this story.  She has to in order for things to fall into place for her book, and for all the gentlemen to want to stay clear of her.  Her book is Taming The Viscountess, and I’ll discuss more of it below.

Taming The Viscountess is about 1/4 of the way completed

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Only one gentleman in all of London will be brave enough to take on the task of marrying Celia, and that is going to be Captain Egan (whom I introduced in The Viscount’s Runaway Bride).  Trust me Captain Egan is not one who will let her get by with being a spoiled brat. He will turn her into a sweet and lovable lady.  Part of this is encouraged by the bet the gentlemen at White’s are making in the book.  They are all going to bet he can’t make her a sweet and lovable person.   He is more than willing to prove them wrong and take their money in the process.

Already, there are some humorous moments that have me chuckling as I’m writing it.  So think more of comedy and light with this book.  And I promise, she will be likable by the end of the story.

I currently have this set for an August release, but I’m going to have it out at the beginning of June to mid-July.

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I do have other books I’m working on, but this post has gotten long enough so  I’m going to end the post here.

Hope everyone has a great February!

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