This month is when A Deceptive Wager comes out!
It’s coming out on January 17!
This book completes the Marriage by Design Series:
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:
(Book 4 to go here)
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:
Possible Book 4
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:
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.
That’s it for now! I hope everyone has a great New Year!