(WAIT!!! Before any of you regular readers start forming a lynch mob, I am merely posting this so I have a “landing page” of where I can direct readers who e-mail me inquiring as to the whereabouts of this book.)
Please note that while I’d love to divulge more details, I just can’t. I’ve always tried to be very honest and open with my readers and I’ll try to be both of those with this post, however, some details are not mine to share.
Originally, I’d planned to put out Passions of a Gentleman in August-October 2014. But as we all can see, that didn’t happen.
Leading up to the release of Desires of a Baron (and even while writing it), I faced some unforeseen life challenges. After I finished Desires but before it released, I started headstrong in Passions and came to a screeching halt at the end of April when I realized that because I’d finished Edwina’s book (Her Imperfect Groom) with Edwina being at the same ball as Lord Belgrave (Sebastian from Secrets of a Viscount) and his wife (Isabelle) commenting on Sebastian’s flirty nature, I had a problem. All of these books take place at the same time which meant that Juliet couldn’t be Henrietta’s chaperone.
This sent me back to the drawing board and I had to find a new game plan.
A few days later I went to RT in New Orleans and while traveling to and from RT I came up with a new idea and wrote a loose outline. But when I came home and started going again, crazy, hurtful, overwhelming personal events befell me right and left and soon I had no desire to write the book. Sorry, but there it is.
Every time I’d start on it, it was like something awful seemed to happen until eventually working on it seemed like I was inviting chaos to ensue and I didn’t want to think about it. I’m not superstitious and I know in my heart that the two are not connected, but the bitter feelings I had over some of the things clouded my ability to enjoy the story.
I did write a book (The Perfect Lady Worthe) as a means to be a fun, light project to refocus. And it worked and I was able to go back and re-start Passions. I didn’t get far, however, because there were several group projects I had agreed to participate in (Jessie: Bride of South Carolina and Mistletoe & Michaelmas) and needed to focus my attention there, with writing Passions on and off in the meantime–and when I say meantime, I mean as time allots around my other projects and my literally full-time job. In the past few weeks, Passions has been my sole focus (and yes, I’m enjoying it–I could have forced myself to write it before now, but I’ve noticed books where I’m not enjoying them and I force them, readers aren’t as crazy about..and frankly, neither am I).
As my sole focus, I’d *like* to be finished in early March. But…again, I have two contracted projects coming up so if I don’t get it done before I need to start on the next book, it’ll be delayed again.
GOOD NEWS: I have a plot/plan, that works and that I LOVE and I’ve learned the word “no” when it comes to committing to other things. If I can get it done by early March, this will be an April release. If I can’t and have to work on something else for a few weeks it’ll be a June release. If, heaven forbid, that doesn’t work out, I’ll be pulling out my own hair in frustration. I don’t anticipate that, though! Things are going good.
Thank you again for all of your continued support. I appreciate it greatly!