I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start of the holiday season. I’ve had many blessings come my way this year, including each and every one of you. I came onto the scene in mid-February a complete unknown with nothing more than an odd book sporting an unusual cover and now not quite ten months later, I find myself blessed beyond comprehension. But it wouldn’t have happened without loyal fans who’ve read (and dare I hope liked) my books, helped with beta reads, commented on my whacky blog posts, and all the like. You all inspire me and keep me on track more than you know!
But enough sentimental froo-froo. Let’s get onto the more interesting part of the newsletter.
What he wanted was a plain and meek wife to take care of his children and stay out of his bedroom. What he got was a fiery temptress who, despite her plain appearance, was far more desirable than he could handle.
Patrick Ramsey, Viscount Drakely, is used to having everything go according to his plans. And usually, it does, except when it comes to his three young daughters who are in desperate need of mother and governess. In an attempt to find a suitable woman, he stumbles upon the perfect woman for the job: Miss Juliet Hughes. Juliet, a local village girl, has been educated at London’s most highly respect school for young ladies, and better yet, her plain features will make it easy for him to keep his hands off of her.
But what Patrick doesn’t realize is this plain young lady from a humble background is anything but the docile, biddable young lady he bargained for, and if he’s not careful, he’ll lose his heavily guarded heart a little more with each encounter they have. With unshakable confidence and a strong determination, Juliet has no intentions of letting this lofty lord run roughshod over her and will stop at nothing to remind him that they may have been born at unequal stations, but where it counts, they’re matched perfectly.
- Sir Wallace from Her Reluctant Groom will be the hero for my next book, Her Imperfect Groom. So where’s the blurb, you might wonder. Uh…for as much as Sir Wallace seemed bent on perfection, he did not read the summary I’d written for his book and has repeatedly decided to change the course of his book. I am nearly done with the first draft, but as the book has gone on, it’s become quite apparent there will be a partial re-write. So no extended blurb until next month when I have enough time to figure out what he’s about and get it right this time.
- Speaking of that. I made it! I made it to my 90,000 word goal in November. Unfortunately, the book wasn’t over at that point, so there is still some more to do then I have to go back and modify some things. Which both of these lead me to…
- Unless a miracle happens (but it is the time of year for miracles, is it not?) January 17th for that book just isn’t going to happen. I’m shooting for February 1st instead. So it won’t be too much later than originally planned.
- Finally, I need some help. I know, I know, some of you have been convinced of that for a while now. But what I’m needing help with is identifying who my target audience is and how to reach them better. Who are YOU, how did you find my books, and what keeps you reading them? I’m putting together a survey of questions—all multiple choice with the option to write in your own answer. In exchange for your anonymous honesty I will give you a copy of one of my current or future books of your choosing. I’m not posting this in the back of any of my books, just my newslettter, blog, Facebook, etc. Places where I know the people who most like my books/writing will be found. So don’t be shy about participating, I want as many participants as I can get who actually like my books. That will help me far more than scores of people who just see the ad at the end of one novel. If you’re interested, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add your name to the list for when I send out more information about this.
That’s it for today. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday coming up. I will be