February 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched is still in edits

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

Here is what I have so far:

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

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

A Perilous Marriage is over halfway done

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

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

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

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

An Earl In Time is over halfway done

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

Interview for a Wife is probably nearing the halfway point

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

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

I am going into Chapter Three for Suitable for Marriage

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

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

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

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

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

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A Deceptive Wager is Now Available!

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

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Here is the description:

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

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

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

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January 2021 Newsletter

This month is when A Deceptive Wager comes out!

It’s coming out on January 17!

Click here for the links to pre-order it!

This book completes the Marriage by Design Series:

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

I just finished Perfectly Matched!

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

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

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

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

I’m making awesome progress in An Earl In Time

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

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

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

This is also 1/4 of the way done

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Necessity Series:

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

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

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

Progress is slower in this one

This is Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series:

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

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

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

I started Suitable For Marriage

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

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

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December 2020 Newsletter

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

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

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Now to get to what I’m working on!

A Deceptive Wager will be out January 17!

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

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

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

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

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

Perfectly Matched is a Romantic Comedy

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

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

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

I’m 10,000 words into A Perilous Marriage

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

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

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

Interview For A Wife is about 8,000 words in

This is Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series:

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

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

Something Different Than What I Usually Do

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

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

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

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

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

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

Perfectly Matched – YELLOW PRELUDE DESIGN

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

An Earl In Time – Locus Solus Cover Designs

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October 2020 Newsletter

Nobody’s Fool is due out October 17!

This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon US

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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:

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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

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Kobo

Apple

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I’m Close to the End of Nobody’s Fool

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

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Here are the books in the Marriage by Design Series:

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

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

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

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

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A Deceptive Wager should be out in January.

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

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

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

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I started Perfectly Matched!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hope everyone has a good August!

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July 2020 Newsletter

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

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This is Book 2 in the Wyoming Series.

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Giving credit where credit is due

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

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

Now for the description of The Rancher’s Bride

Sometimes the right person comes at the worst possible time…

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

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

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

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

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

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

The Fugitive’s Bride will be out August 29!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Design Series.

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

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

I’m also about halfway into A Deceptive Wager!

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This is Book 3 in the Marriage by Design Series.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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:

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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.

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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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