The Officer and the Bostoner

Taking a chance and embracing the unknown.

It was almost two years ago now (which doesn’t seem that long ago) that I was getting ready to release Her Reluctant Groom. About a month before it came out, maybe two, I gave copies for a little pool of readers to read an early copy and give me feedback.

One of the biggest complaints: There wasn’t enough Benjamin (Gateway) and Andrew in the book. Huh?? It wasn’t a Banks book. Nonetheless, the previous four books had included these two and their verbal sparring in a large way. I remember being at a total loss regarding this. As the days got closer, I began to panic that everyone would hate the book not because they didn’t like Marcus and Emma, but because there wasn’t enough of Benjamin and Andrew, two characters who really don’t even know Marcus and Emma that well!

So I wrote a blog post about it, asking people to be understanding.

Fast forward to now. I’ve had a copy of The Officer and the Bostoner written and edited for almost a month now, waiting to go out to the world, and frankly I have a lot of uncertainty. I explained this the other day to a group of my friends that I feel like a parent who took a chance and bought her son a Stretch Armstrong when he’d asked for a GI Joe for Christmas. It’s still a gift, but not the one he’s expecting…

Is the genre different? Yes.

Is the language going to be a little different? Yes.

The setting will be vastly different and none of the characters are anyone we’ve met before. It’s a huge switch. I know this. I also know this: the author is the same. The writing and humor and romance will all be similar. 

So I’m asking for a little indulgence here and if you need any more convincing, here’s MY story of stepping out of my comfort zone and breaking one of my “what I’ll read” rules:

I have very few hard and fast rules for an “automatic no” for when I read a book. One of these rules is I’ll never read a romance with my one of my boys’ names as the hero. Why? I don’t think I could picture anyone BUT my son and that’s just creepy. Especially when intimacies are involved.

Fortunately, I’ve given my boys names that aren’t often used in books. Thank goodness. But I have ran across a few and always put them down. I know, I know, it’s just a name, but to me it wasn’t. I just couldn’t separate my personal life from the book.

Or so I thought.

A few weeks ago, I read a book by a new-to-me author and LOVED the book. Absolutely loved it. I was so in awe and in love and excited about the book that literally as soon as I finished, I went to Amazon and bought the next book WITHOUT READING THE DESCRIPTION. Yes, I was that excited. 

I then waited impatiently for the next fifteen seconds while the book downloaded on my Kindle, and then, it was time to enjoy!

I opened it and started reading. Then I stopped, frozen. I blinked. It was still there. Those handful of letters in that particular order. My heart sank and I literally groaned. No, no, no, this cannot be! But no matter how much I groaned and blinked and wished it was different. Nothing changed. The name was still there.

I contemplated closing the book. I know it’s money that I just spent, but how on earth could I possibly enjoy it? I sighed and made a deal with myself, I’d read the first two chapters and if I couldn’t think of anyone but my son, I’d put it away. 

I finished the book.

Not only have I finished it, I loved it and I’ve actually recommended it to people I know who’d probably like it. I’ve now read about half a dozen books by this lady, and it’s still my favorite.

So once again, I’m asking for a chance. I know westerns aren’t for everyone. But, the author is the same and you never know, you might actually like it! (And if you don’t, you can always re-read all of my old books and reacquaint yourself with the Banks family and Lad O, of course!)

24 thoughts on “Taking a chance and embracing the unknown.”

  1. Well, I’ll vouch for the book, Rose. I am a true Regency fan through and through and would tell you that my least favorite genre is “Western”. But I have read the early copy of Bostoner… And, not only did I truly enjoy it, I am eagerly awaiting the next two stories. I’m not a convert, by any means, and I’ll not be rushing out to snap up any Louis Lamour paperbacks. But, I am loving your Officer series. 🙂 Ps: Who is this fantastic new author you’ve discovered? We all need something to read while we wait for your new releases.

    1. Thanks, Darah! I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I’ll have to do a post about the author I found, but I have a feeling most of you have already read her because well, you all read far more than I do.

  2. My reading taste is SO eclectic, that I’ll read almost any genre, especially if it has at least a hint of romance. I think it’s good when authors stretch their writing muscles and cross genres. Remember, I wrote a horror book in the midst of all my paranormal romance. LOL

    Okay, I’ve actually USED my sons’ names in my books. One of them in The Gnome, which is a horror. But I don’t think of my sons. Weird, huh?

    1. I agree, it’s good to switch it up sometimes and write something different.

      I’ve used a form of my boys’ names in my books, but never actually their name. Although, I didn’t think about them when I wrote it. But when I read and I picture a person, it’s just weird. Or it was, I can do it now with no issues.

  3. Doing something new is always a bit scary. This is why I think we stay with the familiar, even if the familiar is boring us or maybe not even healthy. But at least in this case, it’s a book, not something like stepping out and changing the course of your life. 😀

    BTW, I didn’t like Regencies until I read Liberty for Paul, so you opened the door to that genre for me. Now I read other authors who write them.

    I read a wide variety of genres, and like Lauralynn, I prefer some romance in it, except in horror. For horror, I don’t need that romantic element. I just want to have an awesome twist somewhere. LOL

    Enough rambling. I hope your westerns take off. Having read The Officer and the Bostoner, it’s an excellent read.

    1. I’ve enjoyed YOUR books as well :-)…unless that’s not you, in which case you should know that there’s another author with the same name as you and I’ve read all HER regencies…looking forward to the next two. I was hoping those two would have their own stories 😉

      1. sorry, I shpuld have been more specific…I’ve reald and loved ALL the Rose Gordons, but I’ve only read The Regency Ruth Nordins, and can’t wait for the Christopher and Clement stories…

    2. Thank you sooo much! On all scores. Especially for reading an early copy and giving me such great advice.

      I think it’s hilarious that Liberty for Paul was your first Regency and you liked it! That book has the ability to drive some people absolutely batty.

  4. Take a deep breath. It will be fine. In also read across a variety of genre as long as they have romance in them. And I’m with Darah in wondering who this new author is.

  5. Do you know how many romantic heroes are named after one of your boys (4 for one, and a bajillion for the other — I’m trying to figure out the author, the book, and the character…

    The two writers that got me started on historical romance some 25+ years ago — JG and JL — also write of other periods and genres…I’ve loved them all! I’ve realized that when I trust the author, I trust the ending, no matter what genre 😉

    Can’t wait until the next Officer comes out, because I REFUSE to wait too long between series, there has to be at least ONE available ‘next’ book…

    1. Thank you, Jo.

      I saw the bajillion and nearly fainted. I had NO idea that was such a popular name. It’s an old name. Obviously. But I’d only ever picked up maybe three or four books with that as the hero’s name. I’ve heard of two with my other son’s name.

      Ironically, I looked for a few of MY heroes on that list and neither Andrew nor Alex were listed and I didn’t want to go through the entire alphabet, so I imagine there are more than 4 for one and a bajillion for the other (more like a gazillion) when you take all the books not represented into account.

      Oh, I’m writing as fast as I can! I just finished Southerner on Wednesday and Bob’s reading the first part of it right now while I finish my initial read through.

  6. I can only imagine your anxiety over the new book, but know since you are the author it will hold the essence of you! That is what we as your fans are looking for. I am not sure I could read a horror book…have a hard time separating them from life in my dreams and sleep is a precious commodity to me. I am almost down to counting minutes until the book hits Amazon! Christmas in July…COME ON DOWN! 8)

  7. Rose always remember….”nothing ventured, nothing gained!” Although I will miss your regency period novels I also look forward to the new era as well. I believe that once we get past the “I miss the old characters” mentality we will learn to love and embrace the new set of characters you have in store for us. We love you for the author and the person that you are and the talent you bring to the written word and to our lives……and if any one doesn’t like it, there is an old New Jersey saying…”shove it up your *#+@ (use your imagination on that one!)

  8. I have always read different genres throughout the romance heading. While I am not a big contemporary fan I do read most any historical period, except maybe WWII, but I have a read a few from that time period and liked them well enough. Just sitting her next to my bookshelf of “favorites” and the era goes as far back as William the Conqueror and the building of Westminster Abbey all the way to a story about a present day prince finding his princess. As for locations they also very from the US, England, India, Germany, South Africa, France, Russia, Jamaica, etc. So I am pretty much up for anything.

    As for the boys names in books, I am the complete opposite. I love having the lead characters have my boys names and before I had children I used one of their names as the hero of a story I was writing and if I ever decide to write more of that story I will still use his name. Of course my boys have very traditional, easy to find in a story names. Even Seth shows up quite a bit. I know you said it was tough to find your boys names on items that have names on them and that you use “fake” names for your boys on here so it must have been quite the surprise for you to find it in the book you read.

    1. Rose, as much as I love the Banks’ books, I’ve read the excerpt for this book and love it, too. I am sure I will love this series as much as the books about the Banks family. It’s funny you should ask people to take a chance–I ask people to take another chance on Scotty and Lorrie (“Mr. Tall, Tan…& Tasteless h & h) because they got some bad press from some people who didn’t like the first book. So I wrote my holiday novella (almost done) with the readers’ comments in mind and I ask them to give Lorrie and Scotty another chance.

      1. I think readers can give great advice. On so many of my books I’ve found myself asking a reader or ten to read an early copy and tell me if something jibes or not. But, I can’t always accommodate their idea if the characters don’t want to go that way!

    2. My oldest son’s name “sounds” traditional and has increased in popularity over the past few years, but not enough to warrant it on those personalized items. My youngest son’s name is old. Like Biblical old, but despite that, it’s just not a popular name. Not like John or Michael, so it’s often left off because there are tons of names that start with this letter and they probably only want to use the most popular.

      I’ve noticed my reading interests have spread out considerably in the last year or so. Never read a book set in Jamaica though!

  9. I do love a good weastern romance, nothing like a sexy cowboy or 2. But you are so right someyime you have to take a chance. I had never read shifter, or paranormal romance before, but came across a free one took a chance and i loved it. I recommend stepping outside the box every once in a while.

    1. LOL Cheryl. Your cowboy comment cracked me up.

      I recently took a step in the opposite direction of the one you stepped in. I was at a conference this year and received an Amish romance novel. I’d never had any desire to read one before, but I read it and loved it. Since then, I’ve bought probably a dozen more. It’s crazy what you’ll like that you don’t know that you’ll like it until you read it.

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