Reader Questions

Ask Away Thursday???

It’s time for some Reader Questions!

  1. What is the reading order for your books?
    This is somewhat complicated. There is chronological order for all of my Banks Family books, then there is published order. The only difference is if you reader two books (His Contract Bride and His Yankee Bride) first, or in the final series of the Bank Family Saga.

    Here is Chronological Order:
    His Contract Bride–1782*
    His Yankee Bride–1788*
    Intentions of the Earl–1812*
    Liberty for Paul–1813*
    To Win His Wayward Wife–1813*
    Her Sudden Groom–1814*
    Her Reluctant Groom–1815
    Her Secondhand Groom–1815
    Her Imperfect Groom–1818*
    His Jilted Bride–1819*
    His Brother’s Bride–1819*

    Published order

    Scandalous Sisters Series:
    Intentions of the Earl
    Liberty for Paul
    To Win His Wayward Wife

    Groom Series:
    Her Sudden Groom
    Her Reluctant Groom
    Her Secondhand Groom
    Her Imperfect Groom

    Banks Brother’s Brides Series:
    His Contract Bride
    His Yankee Bride
    His Jilted Bride
    His Brother’s Bride

    Due to an increased interest in John and Carolina (the sisters’ parents in the first three books) and Edward (Alex’s off-color father in Her Sudden Groom), I decided to go back in time and write their stories as prequel and publish them in the Banks Brothers’ Brides series.

    The other books I’ve written include

    Fort Gibson Officer’s Series:
    The Officer and the Bostoner
    The Officer and the Southerner
    The Officer and the Traveler

    Gentlemen of Honor Series:
    Secrets of a Viscount
    Desires of a Baron
    Passions of a Gentleman (COMING SOON!!)

    These six can be read before during or after the Banks Family books as they are either not at all related or only related by maybe a mere mention of any of the other characters.

    Then there’s the new family I’ve begun–the Cavanaugh’s–again, these are not related to any other series so start with these or end with them, it doesn’t matter.
    The Perfect Lady Worthe
    Mistletoe & Michaelmas (Currently included in an anthology titled The Duke’s Christmas Greeting but will be averrable as a single title later this year)
    The Wooing Game–Coming MAY 2016 as part of another anthology–Evading the Duke

    Lastly is another single title: Jessie: Bride of South Carolina and can be read as a standalone and has no ties to any other books (currently)

    (Clear as mud?)

  2. Which of your books is your favorite?
    I’m going to give a cop-out answer: The one I’m currently working on. Books become like children and it’s hard to pick a favorite! I like them all for different reasons. I did have more fun writing certain ones so in that respect, To Win His Wayward Wife is a definite favorite! So is, His Yankee Bride. Truly, it’s hard to pick among 20 or so books.
  3. In a one barber town, who cuts the barber’s hair?
    The barber cuts his own! Just shaves his head all nice and smooth. 😀

These questions were asked on Facebook and there were others and I’d be happy to answer YOURS if you’ll post it in the comments section or on Facebook or email me. Have a great Thursday!

Randomness, Reader Questions

Reader Questions Answered

I’ve received a few questions about my last couple of blog posts, so in case you’re wondering the same, here ya go:

Q: (From my mom, no less) “What’s the rest of your crap story?” (In case you missed my post yesterday, follow this link.)

A: Uh, I had to plunge for about thirty minutes to finally get it to go down.

Q: Her initial questions as followed up with: “But did any of it get on the floor?”

A: No! And I cannot be grateful enough about that.

Q: What did you do with the nightgown?

A: Burned it. Okay, not really, but I didn’t keep it. I changed and tossed it in the trash. I know it sounds wasteful, but frankly, I don’t think I’d be able to have the same peace and enjoyment wearing it in the future.

Q: What happened to your son’s wrestling lessons?

A: Well, my friend didn’t get back to me about teaching him how to wrestle, so it’s become a family project with his dad doing conditioning exercises with him and us alternating who has to play his opponent in running drills. He’s improved greatly and now our biggest issue is doing damage control with some of the other parents after he’s made some of the other little trash-talking boys cry. Oops! So, yeah, he’s gotten better. Much better and winning fairly. It all worked out.

Q: How did the Adult Coloring Book work out?

A: Sadly, this will take an entire post to answer properly: in short, it’s not for me.

Q: Where do you find such uncouth commercials?!

A: I found the Quilted Northern commercials by watching the Hallmark Channel of all things and went on YouTube to watch more. I found the Ragu commercials on YouTube a few years go looking up something, there was a headline for “banned commercials”–of course I had to click it and laughed through the entire commercial (it was the one on the boy walking in on his parents).

As a bonus, THIS is my favorite Super Bowl commercial this year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugn_qmQ0NFo

But I also enjoyed this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT6n1HcJOio

Q: This was another one from my mom that was in response to my posting up her texts and using them as fodder for my post last Monday:

  A: You’d owe PayPal money if I tried to send you the two pennies!

In all honesty, there are no royalties earned on blog posts. I have on occasion used Amazon affiliate links when I post links to my Amazon books. Using such links in no way effects your price, it’s just a few extra cents that Amazon pays me for directing people to their site.

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Which Book is WHOSE???

Two years ago, I never really anticipated this, but being emailed every few days to inquire about a reading order, really isn’t a bad thing. However, I wanted to post this here for those who are wondering, so they don’t have to wait on my response.

First, I should mention that The Officer Series isn’t really connected to my other books so they can be read first or last, it doesn’t really matter.

Now, for the others, I’d strongly suggest to read them in the order I wrote and published them. Why? Because though two of them are prequels, I was able to write in events/activities that are described in the earlier books without any sort of explanation other than “that’s just the way it is/was.”

So if you’re new to me, I’d suggest you read them like this:


SCANDALOUS SISTERS SERIES (First)

Intentions of the Earl

Liberty for Paul

To Win His Wayward Wife

 

GROOM SERIES (Second)

Her Sudden Groom

Her Reluctant Groom

Her Secondhand Groom

Her Imperfect Groom

 

BANKS BROTHERS’ BRIDES (Third)

HIs Contract Bride

His Yankee Bride

His Jilted Bride

His Brother’s Bride

 

Now, if you are one who MUST read things in chronological order, I’d say to read them like this:

 

BANKS BROTHERS’ BRIDES

HIs Contract Bride

His Yankee Bride

 

SCANDALOUS SISTERS SERIES

Intentions of the Earl

Liberty for Paul

To Win His Wayward Wife

 

GROOM SERIES (Second)

Her Sudden Groom

Her Reluctant Groom

Her Secondhand Groom

Her Imperfect Groom

 

BANKS BROTHERS’ BRIDES

His Jilted Bride

His Brother’s Bride

 

His Contract Bride and His Yankee Bride are prequels that are about the parents of the siblings/cousins in the other books.

 

I know just listing it out doesn’t really “help” everyone, so if you’re more of a visual person, I’ve attempted to make a family tree as best I could on here.

BANKS FAMILY TREE!

Edward & Regina—His Contract Bride

Alex & Caroline
Her Sudden Groom

Elijah & Amelia
His Jilted Bride

Henry & Laura

His Brother’s Bride

Edwina & Sir Wallace

Her Imperfect Groom

John & Carolina—His Yankee Bride

Brooke & Andrew

Intentions of the Earl

Madison & Benjamin

To Win His Wayward Wife

Liberty & Paul

Liberty for Paul

(Naturally born Banks family members are in bold. Also, I’d strongly suggest NOT reading them in this particular order, I write it out this way so you could see birth order.)

Two books that I’ve written that aren’t part of the Officer Series are NOT listed in this family tree–Her Reluctant Groom, which is about Alex’s friend Marcus. His parents, however, are witnessed in action in His Contract Bride. Also, Her Secondhand Groom is also not a “Banks book”. It’s about Marcus’ other friend–Patrick. When I first got the idea for the Groom Series, Marcus was to be the main “connection” between the heroes. They were both friends with him. But when I got Sudden and fell in love with Edward (and of course John threw a curveball at me when he mentioned that the circumstances surrounding his and Carolina’s marriage were not up for discussion), I decided I needed to write about them. This was also the case with the whacky Sir Wallace in Reluctant. I loved him INSTANTLY and knew almost immediately who would be the perfect heroine for this imperfect groom.

Clear as mud?

 

His Brother's Bride, Reader Questions

Reader Questions RE: His Brother’s Bride

Please be warned, this post is FULL of spoilers so if you haven’t read the book and would like to be surprised, stop reading now.
  1. Was it planned all along to use Laura Swift (the woman who stole Madison’s love interest)?
    No. I was thinking of the irony that Regina and Carolina both ended in A, then as I started thinking about names for Elijah and Henry’s heroines, I saw the name Laura somewhere. At first, I dismissed it as just a name, besides I’d used it before… Then it clicked. In my usual, “work this out in my head while pacing the floor” mode, I walked around the kitchen, working out in my mind if I could or couldn’t use her. I came up with a “theory” and a workable storyline then ran it by a few close friends. So no, this was not a story of redemption that I’d been planning all along like someone else we know…
  2. Did you have any reservations about using her?
    Absolutely. Madison is one of my most loved heroines (probably because of her husband, but still). The idea of another character wanting to hurt her made me a little cautious about using Laura as a heroine. I felt that it might make her hated from the start on principle because of people’s loyalty to Madison. I’ve had two so far tell me that as soon as they realized who she was, they almost gave up reading the book. They later went on to explain that they were glad they didn’t as they ended up liking her just as much (or more) than Madison; but still the initial knee-jerk reaction was there. This was also the reason I was reluctant to put her name into the book description and still haven’t.
  3. Did everything go as planned once you had the plot with how Laura and Henry would fall in love and deal with Madison?
    Yes and no. I knew she’d show up and demand they marry based on a contract she’d had with Elijah. I also knew she’d had an awful marriage to Robbie (this was a no brainer based on how Madison had also been abused at his hands, what makes this lady any different?). I also knew it would be by Henry drawing her out of her shell that the two fall in love. However, I thought everything in the end would come down differently. I didn’t expect Laura to give up her bitter feelings so soon (I even made a Facebook post about how the book just took a turn I didn’t expect). I guess I underestimated Henry’s love and charm because I thought she’d hold onto those bitter feelings to the end and he’d either inadvertently create a situation for Laura to shame Madison OR he’d realize what she was about just before the scene where they meet again. Either way, when I originally thought out the story in my head, I thought it would be THEN, during the confrontation, that Laura realized everything she had with Henry, released her bitter feelings and made amends with Madison. I wasn’t sure exactly how the scene would play out because I knew there was SOME tension between the two that wasn’t going to go away with just one short conversation, but it was a start.
  4. Why wasn’t Madison more “spunky”?
    Madison had a very small role in this book…just a scene really. I know in the past she’s really flip and kind of a smart mouth at times, but that didn’t seem to fit here. When Laura first enters the room, she (Madison) has a lot of emotions going on. She’s shocked to see her, then of course, she’s a little on-edge/wary (hence why she refused to sit down at first). Remember, in Madison’s mind Laura managed to snag Robbie’s heart with no real effort–something she could not do–but also the last time Madison saw this woman words had been spoken and Madison ended up tripping down the stairs and miscarrying. So there are a lot of hard, bruised, tender, and frayed feelings between the two and it’s hard to joke and be clever when you’re hurting or scared. That’s why Madison wasn’t her “normal self” as some might say.
  5. What was Henry’s talent?
    He can play the piano. Elijah blew glass in his book and said he learned to do so because his father had encouraged them each to have a talent. Henry’s was his skill on the piano. It wasn’t played up (no pun intended) as much as Elijah’s hidden talent, but when he encourages Laura to join him at the piano and plays while pretending she’s doing it, that was his talent.
  6. I keep seeing Alex and Caroline, but they never got a story. Why?
    They do have a story. Their story was written a while back in Her Sudden Groom. The first two books in the Brides Series were written as prequels. Alex’s story (and his sister, Edwina) had their story before this series started. It was due to my own interests and the interest of the readers that I went back to write the prequels.
  7. What happened to Henry’s father?
    His fate and all the drama surrounding it can also be found in Her Sudden Groom with just a hint more information about it through a letter he wrote to his daughter in Her Imperfect Groom, both of which books were written before this last series.
  8. I found a certain aspect of the first bedroom scene off-putting. Why was it there?
    Sorry. It actually seemed the best option available to me. She could have attempted another way to “move things along”, if you will, but many times that happens only to have the guy latch onto his fleeting wits and stop her. So for Laura’s purpose, it was the more “surefire” way–no matter how uncomfortable it was for her.
  9. Why did you allow Henry and Laura to have a child but not Marcus and Emma?
    That’s just it. I already had a couple who didn’t have biological children, I didn’t think all of those who struggled needed to be that way. I wrote Marcus and Emma’s fate to be a nod for those who were unable; I wrote Henry and Laura’s as more of a nod to those who it takes a while, even if you’ve given up fate. Some people are capable, it just takes a while. And believe me, it can happen this way–where it takes several years before conception. It just does.

That’s all I’ve received. I don’t think I’ve done a FAQ on a specific book for a while, so if you have any questions about this book or one of the others, let me know and if I haven’t answered it already, I’ll answer it in a future post.

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SWAG Part 2: Bookplates (And a few reader questions)

Yesterday I showed bookmarks, today I have bookplates!

Scandalous sisters PC front 200x300
Scandalous Sisters PC back 200x300

Grooms PC front 200x300

Grooms PC back 200x300

Brothers PC Front 200x300

Brothers PC back 200x300

Officers PC front 200x300

Officers PC back 200x300

For the sake of me not sending out so many emails to clog your inbox, I’m going to answer a few reader questions in this post.

1. What does “swag” stand for?

“Something we all get” If you ever go to a readers’ conference or book fair or even sometimes your own library, there are items that you’ll get in your registration bag or just to pick up. This can be anything from pens to chip clips, lip balm to USB drives, business cards to signed book covers, chewing gum to bandage dispensers. Just a hodgepodge of items that the author has his/her name put on to help you remember their name/books.

2. Who designed the bookmarks and postcards?

Anya Kelleye. I meant to post that yesterday, but I got distracted (sorry, Anya!). Anyway, she has done several projects for me including the bookmarks and bookplates.

3. Is it necessary to read the two previous books in the series to read His Jilted Bride?

Not at all. The two previous books take place nearly 30 years earlier and are the stories of the hero’s mother and father and aunt and uncle, respectively. If you want to see Elijah (or his twin Henry who is the hero in His Brother’s Bride) in previous books, I’d recommend Her Sudden Groom which is about his eldest brother, in which he plays a very minor role toward the end, and in Her Imperfect Groom where they both play another small roll in the first third. Nothing that is crucial to the plot of Jilted takes place in any of the other books.

4. Will you be signing books at RT this year?

Yes. I will be signing during the Indie Expo on May 2, from 4-6pm. I’ll also have two “meet & greets” in Club RT at 1pm on Wednesday and 2pm on Thursday. Come see me and divest me of some swag! In addition to this, I have pressured a good friend of mine Ruth Ann Nordin to come to dinner with me and with us, we’d love to have some readers join us for that dinner! So if you’ll let one of us know that you plan to be there and would like to dine with us, we can get you more details.

5. What is your progress with The Officer and the Bostoner, young lady? (That was EXACTLY how that was written to me and it was not from my mom!)

Very, very good. I am hoping to finish the first draft today, actually. I have one more chapter and the epilogue. It shouldn’t take long, then I have to spend the afternoon and Sunday to sort swag before I can start my prelim edits on Monday morning.

6. When will The Officer and the Bostoner be out?

July. I still have to do several rounds of edits, THEN send it to the professional, then make changes and have it go to proofing. At the same time, I can’t just focus on this book with RT coming, a 70 mile bike ride for diabetes and a ton of end-of-the-year field trips that I have to chaperone. Oh, and for some crazy reason, I agreed to take a group of tweens and teens from my church camping the weekend before RT. So…it’ll be a bit. I want it done right. Also, I’m hoping while this one is being worked on with edits, I can start writing the next. If they can both be done being written before July, and I can work on the final installment, then I’ll be able to put them out closer together. (Keep in mind, this its just all in theory, I’ve learned never to make promises!)

And for our last question…

7.  At the end of Liberty for Paul it’s mentioned that Sam (Paul’s brother) will no longer be able to sire children, what exactly happened to his parts?

Uh…well, I really left this open to the reader’s interpretation and what they wanted to happen to him. How much do they hate him and what do they think he deserves. In my mind, I imagined the privilege was gone. As in, he wasn’t like Marcus where he’d had an accident and could still perform but not sire children; but rather his ability to even have any type of sexual activity was squished right along with his…er…wedding tackle. Realistically, back then, I don’t think he’d have survived if the accident had been so bad it had actually divested him of his lust musket (yes, I put lust on purpose–that man doesn’t know the meaning of love) or if not immediately, but later. They have the means such a misfortune now, but not back then. But that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t hurt in such a way that destroyed the nerves underneath that allow him to rise to the occasion and that perhaps his whirligigs didn’t get damaged to a point that it was necessary for them to be removed. Really though, it’s up to you. How badly do you want to imagine he got injured?

Books, Happenings, Randomness, Reader Questions, Updates

In case you missed it…

A few of my updates and a few reader questions/concerns:

1. Live Chat is a go!

WHEN: March 5, 2013 @ 8-9pm EST (This is a come and go, so come late, leave early, it’s up to you!)

WHERE: On my website. Follow this link.

TOPIC: Open! Bring any questions you might have–I’ll answer what I can!

A huge thanks to those who helped me text this yesterday, it worked great. There was one minor issue, but we got it worked out. So…now I’ll just have to wait and see how it goes on Monday night and pray I don’t hear the crickets chirp while I’m in there alone. Also, if this is a success, I’ll make this a regular thing (once a month?), which means I’ll probably need to come up with some sort of graphic for it!

2. There are 10 copies of His Yankee Bride up to win.

One of the ladies over at Romancing the Book has agreed to take ten printer-tainted copies of my book to give away. If you’d like to find out how to enter to win, please visit their site. I think one way is to leave a comment, which is easy. And since there are very few who’ve entered yet anyway, your chances are great!

Here’s the link:

http://romancing-the-book.com/2013/02/contest-rose-gordon.html

3. Still accepting requests to send books to libraries.

I can also send books and swag to blogs as giveaways or book clubs. Just let me know.

4. Are your ebooks lendable?

Absolutely. All of my books are lending enabled in the bookstores that allow for lending such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They are of course subject to the “rules” that those bookstores put on books such as how many “loans” can be made of the same book and the duration. But ALL of my books are lending enabled so feel free to share them with a friend.

5. Where else will you be signing books this year, I can’t make it to Kansas City.

This is hard because I don’t know. I will try to update here when new dates come up, but frankly, book signings are hard. They’re hard to schedule and they’re hard to convince people to host. I mainly rely on them at conferences that I attend as they already have everything set up for it all I have to do is sign my name to the list and order books. Right now, I know I am going to RT in May (Kansas City), and there are a few other conferences that I’m considering, but I haven’t registered yet.

Contests, Happenings, My own craziness, Reader Questions, Updates

Something Not-So-New Sunday

My Something New Sunday post today has been moved to next week due to technical difficulties, or in other words, I was going to present something myself, but my husband didn’t realize I was saving a  particular item and tossed it in the trash, so now I have to wait until my kids go through another jar of jelly.

So…instead I’m going to do some updates (those are new, aren’t they), answer a few reader questions (hopefully one or two will be new), and announce winners (and this WILL be new). So it all works out:

Updates:

  • Exciting news! I have found another narrator for two of my audiobooks. The one doing Her Sudden Groom cannot start until later this month, and the one one who is doing the audio for His Contract Bride has already begun, and we should have a book the first half of March!
  • More exciting news: His Brother’s Bride is coming along very, very well. I’ll have no difficulty, barring any sort of extreme, having it out in April.
  • I am still accepting donations for libraries. In fact, I have now made a page for it on my blog where I’ve listed all 50 states and have put a link to every library that I have sent books to. (Note: the link went up the day the books were mailed, if the library chooses not to accept the books or they have not been processed yet, they will not show up in the catalog, so give them a few weeks.) If you’d like your library to be included, even if I’ve already sent books to your state, please email me with the name of the library system and I’ll see what I can do.
  • Even more exciting news (but probably only for me)! While putting up the links to where my books are available in libraries, I got snoopy. I’ll admit it, I snoop around on things and already two library systems have my books available for checkout: Bartlesville Public Library in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Tulsa City County Library in Tulsa, Oklahoma. And it gets even better, one of the books was already checked out from the Tulsa library! Sounds silly, but for me it was totally cool! Thanks, Tulsa. In all fairness, I did send both of these libraries in December so they had a head start.
  • Still taking submissions for guest posts. If you have something interesting you’d like to talk about, a craft to share, or just want to be a star for a day, I’d love to have you on. I’m trying not to make it so inane on here, so since variety is the spice of life, I’d love to feature something unusual or fascinating on here.  Just email me or use the form on the page dedicated to this and we’ll schedule you a day!

Reader Questions:

  • Does His Jilted Bride pick up where Her Imperfect Groom ended? Yes and no. It’s a year later, and nothing crucial has happened in between the times. So in other words, no it is not necessary to have read His Contract Bride or His Yankee Bride first.
  • Will Henry get a story, if so, when? Henry will be the hero in His Brother’s Bride due out in April, 2013.
  • Can Jack, Emma and Marcus’ adopted son, inherit his title, he technically is a male. No. Jack was the son of a daughter of the title, heirs have to be sons of heirs. If Marcus had had a brother, then his brother would have inherited first upon Marcus’ death, then his brother’s son after Marcus’ brother died. Or if Marcus’ brother died before Marcus, it would go straight to Marcus’ nephew at his passing. The title cannot pass to a female, so her children out out. I suppose Marcus and Emma could have tried to lie about the parentage, and being recluses it might have worked except for two things: 1. Emma was seen for a few weeks in London during the Season–this wouldn’t have happened if she were pregnant. 2. While both a bit scandalous and ready to bend rules, neither of them were just outright liars or deceitful. Could they have pulled something like that off? Possibly, if they had the help of friends, but this never entreated the equation. They were flawed characters, to be sure, just not THAT flawed.
  • Why did X happen or X not happen in His Jilted Bride? I’ll be glad to answer all questions about this title privately now and will post any questions (with answers) publicly a month after the book has been available. I try not to give out too many spoilers as I realize there are still some people who have not read any of my books and would like to be surprised, but I also realize there are some with questions and it’s easier to answer them publicly so if anyone else has the question, they don’t have to wonder forever or email me if they don’t wish. I prefer to wait to answer publicly to give everyone who might happen by a fair chance to read the book first.
  • When will X book be out? Frankly, your guess is often as good as mine. I don’t have any control over that, other than how fast I type–and even that can be a challenge with kids and a family. I can only give estimates, and even those aren’t always guaranteed. I, do, however, have a mailing list you can sign up for that will email you automatically when a new book is available. It also provides direct links to many of the eBookstores for a convenient way to find the book. A sign up form is located at the top right corner of my blog and I have two on my website–on the home page and on the “Book” page. If you cannot get the form to work, email me personally. Believe it or not, I do respond (unless it goes to the Junk folder, then I might miss it…) and I can manually add your name to the list.
  • Will you autograph a book for me? Absolutely. The easiest way to do this is to order a book from me here at my website. All books come from me personally and will be signed/personalized. The second best way is to meet me in person! Unfortunately, that’s not a very likely possibility as I am more socially awkward than Alex and Wallace combined and hate going out in public. You can also mail me a copy of your already purchased book and I’d be happy to sign and return it.

That’s all–I think. If you have a question, please feel free to ask. There are NO stupid questions. None.

And now for the giveaway winners from the Sober Stupidity post…

1. Linda S. Merrill

2. Lauralynn Elliott

3. Moonprincess 111

Congrats, ladies, I’ll be emailing you shortly!