I just got back into writing this week. I took an extended break to work on a few other side projects, which I’ll mention below. In light of the Covid-19 virus, I’m not sure how many people are in the mood to read anything. If you’re not in the mood for books, feel free to skip this newsletter. If you’d like to know what I’m working on, continue on. 😀
The Duke’s Secluded Bride
(Marriage by Fairytale: Book 5)
Release date is April 26!
This is the last book in the Marriage by Fairytale Series.
I’ll go into detail about this book next month right after it comes out, but in a nutshell, this is loosely based off the Rapunzel fairy tale. Baldwin Darby, the Duke of Edmondstone, is the hero, and he is the cousin of the heroine in One Enchanted Evening who has been looking for a wife for quite some time. I showed his pursuit of finding one in Fairest of Them All. I’m happy to say that he finally gets his happy ending in this book.
However, this book, like others in this series, have a more suspenseful take. One of my beta readers likened it to the Twilight Zone because it was hard to know what to expect next. You see, Baldwin agrees to an arranged marriage with a lady who’s confined herself to a section of the manor since she was eight.
If you want to pre-order it, you can find it here:
(It’ll be on Google Play and Payhip as the release date gets closer.)
I’m going to do a cover change to each book in the Wyoming Series.
Quick note: The Rancher’s Bride is set to be out at the end of June. I’ll have a more information about it later. I’m still working through edits in it.
The reason I’m doing this is because the covers I usually do are sending the wrong message to enough people where I have to adjust them. The problem is that some people are shocked when they come across a sex scene in my books. I get it. Those covers (and one’s I’ve been using) don’t scream, “This is a steamy read.” If someone new picks up one of my books, they’ll probably think they’re in for a “clean and wholesome” read. (Personally, I don’t find anything dirty about sex, but some people do. And those are the ones who get angry when they read my books and find out there’s a sex scene in them.) Since most romance authors who don’t put sex in their books use that “look” for covers, I’m going to have to do something different so people know mine are steamy.
So from this point forward, I’ll be doing covers that best convey people can expect steamy content. I am not replacing all of my old covers. For one, I love them as they are (except for the South Dakota Series ones which I plan to update at some point AND the covers I already have set aside for the books in the Marriage by Design Series). Two, I have published 80 romances, and updating all of those would be a nightmare. I did update the covers in the Marriage by Scandal Series and I updated Her Counterfeit Husband to better represent the steamy content, but I had been wanting to update those covers for a couple of years anyway. But I have no desire to go back and update 75 other covers. I’m just going to start with the Wyoming Series and go from there.
I’ve been working on boxed sets.
I don’t know if boxed sets are your thing, but I’ll feature one or two each month in case you are. I had quite a few series to gather together from what I’ve done over the years. The only series I can’t do are the Pioneer Series and the Montana Collection since those are with a publisher. Also, I can’t do the stories that show up in anthologies for the same reason; they’re are also with a publisher. But I can do the others.
Right now I have the Marriage by Scandal Series available.
Amazon and Google Play allow the 3D cover while Smashwords (which I use to upload to B&N, Kobo, and Apple) do not. That’s why there are two different covers for this boxed set.
Smashwords is currently running a special sale until April 20, 2020 so if you go there, you can get this boxed set for $2.00. The regular price is $4.99. It’s on behalf of the Authors Give Back promotion.
Here are the links:
Books I’m writing:
I’m having a lot of fun with each book, but I’m having to take things slow since all of my kids are home due to the virus. I’ve cut my writing goal to 500 words for each book on each writing day. So the total word count goal is 1500 a day. Usually, I do between 2,000 to 3,000. I don’t think this will affect my estimated publishing goals, but I’ll know as we get closer to summer.
Nobody’s Fool (Marriage by Design: Book 2)
I’m now in Chapter 3 of this one, and so far, it’s turning into a cute romantic comedy, which is my aim. The heroine has married the hero, and she’s now going to work on her first plan in persuading him to NOT fall in love with her. It’ll be interesting to see how her first attempt goes. I don’t know what will happen in any scene until I’m writing. I think I know what will happen, but sometimes, things change during the course of writing that scene.
A Deceptive Wager (Marriage by Design: Book 3)
A good example of not knowing what will happen until I’m writing a scene is what I did today in this book. I’m closing chapter 2, and in the scene, I learned the heroine had hoped to be a spinster. She, like the hero, has no desire to ever get married. I didn’t expect that when I started this book. I thought she wanted to get married but was going to be dismayed about WHO she married. Today I realized both the hero and heroine don’t want to be married to anyone, but the two are going to be forced together because there would be no plot if I let them remain single for the rest of their lives. 😛
The Fugitive’s Bride (Wyoming Series: Book 3) – cover to be updated
I’m in Chapter 3 of this one. I expect this book to finish up the series. I know some people want a book featuring Jeremiah (a secondary character through this whole series), but I honestly have no interest in writing one for him. He does not require a wife to have a happy ending. I am giving him something for his happy ending, but this time, I wanted to do something outside the box.
That said, Wade (the hero of The Fugitive’s Bride) does need a wife to have his happy ending, so he’ll be getting one very soon. So far, Wade comes across as cranky, but considering all he’s been through, he’s not going to be all sunshine and rainbows. He has a lot of pain to go through in order to heal, and Millie (whom I introduced in The Outlaw’s Bride when Lillian was in the stagecoach is going to be instrumental in helping him with that process. As they say, a good woman can do wonders for a man.
I really hope everyone is staying safe during this time, and while I know it’s not easy, I hope you’re able to find some comfort and joy so that this time when most of us are staying home will be easier to deal with.