I’m back! 😀
The good news is that I got my writing enthusiasm again. I didn’t realize it at the time, but being away from Omaha, Nebraska was slowly ruining my creative spirit. I didn’t think where you live can have an impact on your desire to write. Apparently, it does. Or, at least it does for me. I didn’t mention anything publicly, but I had been planning to make the Marriage by Obligation Series the last books I was going to publish. My desire to write had been slowly declining since I moved to Montana in 2015. Each year was harder than the last. Montana is a great place for some people, but it’s not great for me. I am in the process of moving back to Omaha, and I’ve already felt the desire to write returning. I’m looking forward to correcting the mistake I made in 2015. I hate to say it, but I just wasn’t happy in Montana. To be creative, you need to be in the right mindset. This was a real learning experience for me.
With that aside, here’s what I have going on…
Heiress of Misfortune is due out January 7!
This is the last book in the Marriage by Necessity Series.
I introduced Mr. Byron Tumilson in A Perilous Marriage. Heiress of Misfortune is his romance.
Here’s what it’s about:
When Mr. Byron Tumilson was hired to protect Lady Eleanor from the person who is trying to kill her, the last thing he expected was to play the role of her suitor. But, as it turns out, that’s exactly what her father, the Duke of Dormondton, requires him to do. Her father wants her to have a successful first Season, and no one has shown any interest in her. He is convinced that if Byron pretends to be in love with her, then she’ll attract real suitors.
So Byron is stuck attending boring balls and lavish dinner parties under the guise of being a wealthy gentleman. As if that isn’t painful enough, he needs to find a way to make this wallflower of a lady into someone gentlemen will actually desire. At least, that’s what he most wants until Lady Eleanor pretties herself up and learns how to flirt. Then he starts to realize he’s fallen in love with her, and that’s the worst thing a nobody like him could do with a fine noble lady.
It’s on pre-order. I’ll post the links below. (It’ll be live on January 7.)
I would make a post on the 7th, but I’ll be on the road to Omaha.
Google Play (ebook)
Google Play (AI narrated audiobook)
Radish (serialized episode form)
Secret Admirer starts the Marriage by Obligation Series!
I’m really excited by the books I have in this series. I am already done with Secret Admirer but can’t get to finishing up the edits and such until I settle into Omaha.
I don’t know if any of you have already pre-ordered this. If you haven’t, please don’t. Smashwords and Draft2Digital merged in 2022, and they are still working on the merger. I recently found out that authors are encouraged to go directly to Draft2Digital instead of using Smashwords’ dashboard to publish books. Since I expect Secret Admirer to be Book 1 in a 5 book series, I want to make sure it’s in the right place. I emailed them to ask if I should remove my pre-order of Secret Admirer from the Smashwords dashboard and then republish it over on the Draft2Digital dashboard. I want all of the books in this series to link up properly. I’ll update everyone about this book next month.
I plan to publish this in March.
Midnight Wedding (Marriage by Obligation Series: Book 2) is almost done!
I’m going to miss this book when it’s over. It’s been one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever written. (I enjoy all of my books, but this one has been one of my personal favorites.) It combines humor, gothic elements, and spice. All things I love in a Regency romance. This is Lord Quinton’s story. I introduced his character in The Cursed Earl, though I mentioned him in A Perilous Marriage. I’ll talk more about this in the future.
I plan to publish this in May. *fingers crossed*
I’m at least halfway done with The Earl’s Jilted Bride (Marriage by Obligation Series: Book 3)
This one features two emotionally scarred main characters who need each other. I don’t believe I’ve done a setup quite like this before. The hero is a widower who had a terrible first marriage. His wife was cold in, and out, of bed. Worse, the child she had wasn’t his. He is raising the child as his own to avoid bringing scandal to the girl. He needs to marry again to give the girl a mother. The heroine was betrothed to a gentleman who resented the betrothal–and her. Shortly before she was supposed to marry the duke, she received word he committed suicide. That frees her up to marry the hero of this story.
Worth the Risk (Marriage by Obligation Series: Book 4) is almost done!
This one turned out to be shorter than I expected. Typically, my stories are between 50,000 to 60,000 words, but this is going to be about 30,000 (more or less), but if a story is only meant to be about 30,000 words, I’ll make it 30,000 words. There’s no point in putting in a bunch of filler that ends up drawing a story out longer than it should be. That will make a book boring to read.
This story features Mr. Reuben St. George. I introduced Reuben in If It Takes a Scandal. He’s Lord Durrant’s younger brother. In this book, he is all grown up and ready for a wife.
I’ll end the post here. I hope everyone has a great 2023!