September 2021 Newsletter

Interview for a Wife will be out September 25

This finishes up the Nebraska Prairie Series.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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

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I hope everyone has a great September!

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August 2021 Newsletter

An Earl In Time is now out!

This is a standalone novel.

Here’s a quick description of it:

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.

If interested, here is where you can find it:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

Smashwords

Interview for a Wife will be out September 25!

This is Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series.

(The Purchased Bride is Book 1, and The Bride’s Choice is Book 2.) I tried to put in the covers so they were neatly side by side, but WordPress’ classic editor is acting wonky today.

I just uploaded this to the retailers, so you can pre-order it. I’ll put in the links below if you prefer to do that instead of waiting until the book is out to get it.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

Smashwords

The Cursed Earl will be out in November.

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.

Next Book

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.

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

😀

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July 2021 Newsletter

An Earl In Time is due out July 17!

This is a standalone fairytale Regency romance.

I finally got a description for this done. 🙂

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:

Amazon US

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

(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.

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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.

Hope everyone has a great July!

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June 2021 Newsletter

A Perilous Marriage is Now Out!

Quick reference for all the books in the Marriage by Necessity Series:

APM ebook cover  The Cursed Earl MBN Book 2  Heiress of Misfortune MBN 3 maybe Book 4

What A Perilous Marriage is about (in a nutshell):

Eris, a wallflower and spinster, finally gets her chance to marry someone. On her wedding night, it turns out her new husband dies, but no one (including her) finds out about it until the next day. So poor Eris is left widowed and without even the possibility of having children all in one night.

Charles, known for jumping to conclusions in Kidnapping the Viscount, has once again jumped to conclusions. He is convinced that Eris murdered her husband. Her husband, by the way, happens to have been his best friend. Since he can’t convince the law that his friend was murdered, he sets out to prove it himself.

This is a story where the hero doesn’t trust the heroine right away, but he needs to play the role of the doting suitor. So he’s going to pretend to be in love with her. This is a romance, so there will be a happy ending.

If this setup sounds like the kind of book you’d like to read, here is where you can find it:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Google Play

Smashwords

Payhip

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I had to shuffle around some of my anticipated release dates on the books in order to free up some room in my day-to-day schedule. Long story short, we have a family member who will soon be joining the Lord, and my oldest just graduated high school. Things have been a bit hectic. To make sure my books are the best quality they can be, I had to pull back and take extra time away from the computer.

Below is the new publishing schedule:

An Earl In Time will be out July 17

This is with an editor, but it’s the final editing stages at this point. So there’s no reason why I can’t get this out next month. Despite starting this later than Interview for a Wife and Suitable for Marriage, the words just flowed so fast on this story that it was done sooner than the other books.

I bumped this up because I’m only on the second editing stage with Interview for a Wife.

Interview for a Wife will be out September 25

Here are the books in the Nebraska Prairie Series:

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I’m still going through the second edits, and then I’ll hand it off to my editor. Interview for a Wife will conclude the series.

The Cursed Earl is set for November 7

I haven’t gotten far in this one, so I had to push it back from September when I had hoped to publish it. I think I’m only on Chapter 4.

The Loner’s Bride has been set for January 23.

Here are the books in the Wyoming Series:

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I haven’t started it yet, but since I’m itching to write this, I thought I’d bump it ahead of Suitable for Marriage. For those who wanted Jeremiah to get his story, this one will go to him. 😀

Suitable for Marriage is set for March 27

Here are the books in the Husbands for the Larson Sisters Series:

Nelly's Mail Order Husband for website Perfectly Matched Ebook smaller Suitable for Marriage Book 3 Ebook-smaller Book 4 to come

I only pushed this back because The Loner’s Bride is pushing me harder to get started on it.

Heiress of Misfortune is set for May 15

I haven’t forgotten this one, but I did push it to May because I want to get Suitable for Marriage done and out.

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I am making myself focus on writing The Cursed Earl, The Loner’s Bride, Suitable for Marriage, and Heiress of Misfortune so I don’t have to readjust this new publishing schedule. Since we’re in June, there should be sufficient time to get these done by the release dates.

I hope everyone has a great June!

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May 2021 Newsletter

A Perilous Marriage is due out May 27!

This is Chales Duff’s book. I originally introduced Charles in Kidnapping the Viscount (Marriage by Fate Series: Book 5).

He was Heather’s brother, and he was the one who kept interrupting the plans Gill (the hero) carefully laid out in order to convince Heather to “trap” him into marriage. To be fair to Charles, Charles did really think Gill didn’t want to be with her. It’s not like Charles was all bad. 😀

But Charles does jump to conclusions a lot, and it’s no different in A Perilous Marriage. When his best friend dies on his wedding night, Charles doesn’t believe his friend died of “heart problems” like the doctor and constable have said. He suspects murder. And he’s sure that his best friend’s widow is the culprit. So he goes about pretending to be in love with her in order to get close enough to find the evidence he needs to convict her of the crime and to bring justice for his friend.

Of course, he’s wrong (like he was in Kidnapping the Viscount). Eris is our heroine, so she is innocent. I write romances (not thriller or horror novels). The fun is seeing how Eris (who has no idea he suspects her of murder) is able to get him to fall in love with her despite his determination to keep her at a distance.

I have this up on pre-order if you’re interested on these retailers:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

I finished An Earl In Time!

I didn’t expect to finish it last month, but after speaking to a good author friend about it when I hit a “wall”, everything fell into place, and the book pretty much wrote itself. I don’t have an official release date on this yet, but I’m planning for a summer release.

I’m almost done with Interview for a Wife

This is Book 3 in the Nebraska Prairie Series.

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This book will finally wrap up this series. I was itching to officially finish it, and I’m happy I can get around to it.

I’m hoping to finish this book this month. I’m getting close to the end. There’s only a little more to go. I’ve been wondering this entire time how I’ll be wrapping this one up, and I think I have the last piece of the puzzle falling into place.

At the moment, this is planned for a July release. I plan to put An Earl In Time out before this book, so I might bump this one to August. I’d like to get Interview for a Wife out in July, but we’ll see how things play out. It depends on how much longer it’ll be to finish this book.

I’m in Chapter 3 of The Cursed Earl

This is Book 2 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.

APM ebook cover  The Cursed Earl MBN Book 2  Heiress of Misfortune MBN 3 This might include Book 4

This is going to be a fun comedy. The hero truly believes he is cursed to die on his 25th birthday, and he’s desperate to get an heir within the year. The heroine is in love with the hero and is more than willing to help him with his goal. I only just started laying the ground work on this one. It’ll be fun to see where it goes. I expect a lot of laughter.

I Can Finally Pick Up on Suitable for Marriage This Month

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

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I actually got to 11,000 words in this one last week but then got sidetracked with other things, such as wrapping up the second draft of An Earl In Time and working on book descriptions for the stuff I’m working on.

Erin Larson is eager to get rid of Alex who has been after her to marry him ever since they were kids. So she comes up with a goal to match him up with someone else. Alex is aware of her plan, and he’s hoping he can use the time she needs to take in her matchmaking to convince her that he’s perfect for her. She has no idea he knows this. What I haven’t decided yet is how he’ll go about turning things around in order to get her to admit she wants to be with him.

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

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April 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched is Now Available!

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

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

Here’s the official description of this book:

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Apple

Smashwords

Google Play

A Perilous Marriage will be out in late May

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

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

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

Been Doing Serious Rewrites on An Earl In Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I started The Cursed Earl

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

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

I’m hoping to get this out in September.

I still have Suitable for Marriage scheduled for November

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

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

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I hope everyone has a great April!

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March 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched will be out March 27!

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

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

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

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

Amazon

Amazon UK

B&N

Kobo

Apple

A Perilous Marriage is almost done

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

I’m hoping to have this out on May 7.

This is Book 1 in the Marriage by Necessity Series.

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

Here is the new order of this series:

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

An Earl In Time is almost at 70,000 words

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

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

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

Interview for a Wife is almost at 30,000 words

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

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

I’m 10,000 words into Suitable for Marriage

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

I’m hoping to get this out in November.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful March!

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February 2021 Newsletter

Perfectly Matched is still in edits

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

Here is what I have so far:

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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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