This is more of an update on what I’m writing. Due to having to take so much time off to move (twice and yes, it’s a long and confusing story) and taking care of sick kids, it’s just been slow going. It doesn’t help that I’ve also been sick and am now sick again. But I keep reminding myself that the turtle won the race, not the rabbit. So I am going to work on pacing myself so I avoid burn-out while trying to get back into a writing routine.
I probably won’t have anything new published until May. If you want to skip my monthly newsletters until then, I understand.
Okay, with that disclaimer aside, here are the updates on what I’m doing:
Today, I will get into chapter 11. I’m not sure if this is the point where Lexie runs off with Mark, but she’s getting close to it. 😀 The current estimated publishing month is mid-May. I’ll have a better idea next month of what’s going on. I could rush the story to get it out sooner, but the quality of the story would suffer. If I’ve learned nothing else over the past five years of writing romances, it’s the importance of getting the story right the first time.
I’m at chapter 14, but this has been a harder book to write, and I’ve been having to go slower than what I normally write in my books. The reason it’s been harder to write is that even though I know the major plot points, I don’t always know how to get from one major plot point to the next. It’s been a challenge to say the least. Some books practically write themselves. Others seem need a good shove to keep going.
His Abducted Bride
Since I’ve put so much focus in Runaway Bride, this one lacks the word count I was hoping to have by now. I’m in the middle of chapter 7 where the hero uses magic to force the heroine to marry him. Needless to say, she’s not too happy. 😀 What I need to do is figure out how to proceed from here. That’s why it’s slowed down.
His Reluctant Lady
I have worked on this from time to time. I know a lot of people want to see Perry (Lord Clement) be the hero of his romance. I was hoping to establish another intrigue for him before I write his book, but this book might fizzle out. There are times when it interests me and other times when I think my time could be better spent writing something else. I’m not sure what to do. I know I set the foundation for this book in A Most Unsuitable Earl, but honestly, no one really seems to care if Christopher and Agatha work things out or not, which makes it harder to “care” about this book. I love the cover, though, and am thinking of giving the cover to another book.
Just Good Friends
I’m going back to this idea. I’ve had it for two years, but I had trouble getting motivated to do a contemporary. Now that I am writing two contemporaries (Runaway Bride and His Abducted Bride), I am back into the “writing a contemporary” mindset that I need to do this book. I think I better write it before I slip back out of it. So I’m going for it.
Slow Going on Future Books
I don’t know when I’ll get around to The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife (which is the most frequently asked question I get) or Forever Yours (the second most frequently asked question). I am writing as fast as I can given the circumstances in my life. I had planned to be further along than I am. I wanted to publish Runaway Bride in March and have His Abducted Bride out in April. Well, that’s not going to happen, and it does bum me out. I hate not being able to get more books out, but this just might be a slow year for me. 😦
Since I don’t to end this newsletter on a sad note, I’ll end with this quote from Jack Nicklaus: Resolve never to quit, never to give up, no matter what the situation. 😀