Officer Series, The Officer and the Southerner

The Officer and the Southerner–Bob’s thoughts

To any of my new readers, please bear with me, this is a tradition in which I reveal my husband’s thoughts, edits, suggestions, etc about my upcoming release.

This is one of my most looked-forward to posts, so while it might frustrate some, it is usually comical.

Red Beauty

Here we go:

  • No, no, nooooo!!!!!!!
  • Is this right?
  • Delete this.
  • What a deceitful little minx!
  • Too spacey (unfortunately, this in an inside jest that only those who found me “right away” when my books first came out can relate to–to the good fortune of everyone else and their sensibilities, what he’s referring to no longer exists)
  • Soon-to-be, you mean?
  • Confusing
  • Snapping, not sapping, dear
  • And here’s trough, in place of through, again. What is this the third book? (At least! It’s a common typo.)
  • Something, not someone.
  • Helpmate? Isn’t what what the Amish call their spouse? (No, I think that’s helpmeet, dear.)
  • Oooh, that’s deep!
  • “At fault?” We men never really do think this of ourselves.
  • More like mutant than unique…
  • Shot the cat!
  • Mrs. Gordon loves a man who shares his pillows! (Yes, I do!)
  • Sounds like you’re referring to liquor.
  • That’s how a little kid says it.
  • OUCH!!!! DId you have to? (Of course I did!)
  • Big knife! Big, sharp knife!
  • I’m feeling faint…
  • This whole conversation is like a couple of chicks bickering… (And see, THIS is why I have him read it before anyone else does. He helps make the men more manly!)
  • Oh, this has to go. One word for you, actually two: Mrs. Cleansweep.
  • Hmm…
  • Such a comment would warrant a punch in the face. (See, more manly.)
  • Yeah, right. He can still get in trouble.
  •  This could be any number of species. (Thank you for the head’s up, Mr. Banks.)
  • No more rounders I beg you!
  • That’s not all she’s going to– (watch it, Mr. Gordon!)
  • Oh my!
  • Corny, corny, corny…
  • …accidental highlight…
  • Sure to become a Rose Gordon quote for the ages!
  • With his tongue…cleaning out her waxy canal. (Gross, just gross. That’s all I’m going to say about that.)
  • Buttocks, not derrière.
  • Your innuendo is unnecessary and unladylike!
  • Of course.
  • OOOh naughty suggestions, I wish you did such…
  • Instant classic!
  • We were just napping dot, dot, dot…

I hope you enjoyed his comments as much as I did!

In case anyone here is interested, on Friday from 2-6pm CST there will be a Release Party on Facebook for The Officer and the Southerner with games and prizes and all sorts of craziness! You’re all invited to come join. I’d love to see you there!!

This is a come and go event so don’t feel that you have to stay for the whole thing.

Officer Series, The Officer and the Southerner

Excerpt from The Officer and the Southerner

As the days are getting closer, I thought it only prudent, to post an exclusive excerpt of The Officer and the Southerner!

Red Beauty

 

May 1846

 

Jack tossed down his hat and shrugged out of his coatee. He slipped the button at the top of his shirt free and proceeded to unbutton each of his cuffs. It was too hot in here as it was, and he could hardly sit still long enough to finish his report about what he and his men had found when they’d ridden out to the Creek land last week. He scribbled down a few more words so the report looked lengthier and Colonel Lewis didn’t ask for more details Jack couldn’t remember. The men and women he’d visited seemed just fine. They had enough food and water and didn’t seem to give any indication that they had thoughts of attacking the fort and lynching those who lived here.

To his mind, all was fine.

At least where the Creeks lived. For him, personally, all was the furthest thing from fine. Not that it was bad, however. He was just…er…nervous.

Not necessarily a good nervous, but not a bad nervous, either. It was more like a mix of the two, but mainly good.

“Are you feeling well, Jack?”

Jack started. “Yes. Why?”

His friend Wes shrugged and idly scratched the brown hair just above his temple. “You just seem anxious.”

Of course he was anxious. After the better part of a year and a plethora of letters passing between them, Jack had finally convinced one Miss Elinor “Ella” Davis to come here as his mail order bride, and if he’d done his calculations correctly, today was the day she was set to arrive. Of course, nobody else knew of this yet, lest she reach Fort Smith, change her mind and not come. His gut tightened at the thought. “Everything’s fine,” he said as smoothly as he could.

“Hmmm,” Wes said before turning his attention back to the paper in front of him.

“Hmmm, what?” Jack asked, scowling.

“Nothing. I just find it odd that you keep glancing out the window every thirty seconds.”

Jack swallowed. He hadn’t meant to be so obvious. “I asked McCorkle to march my men this afternoon so I could finish this report. I want to make sure, by the time they come back, they still know how to march properly.”

Wes chuckled and Jack relaxed. All of the other officers here knew McCorkle couldn’t think more than half a step ahead of himself. To be quite honest and incredibly blunt, it was a miracle the man was able to dress himself in the morning. It seemed he needed direct orders to do just about anything, and heaven only knew what his men often talked him into letting them do because he was so easy to persuade. “If you wanted to ensure they stayed on task and actually learned something, you should have sent them with Gray, then.”

“I would have, but Gray said no.”

“Do you blame him?”

“If he wanted to eat that pastry, then he shouldn’t have left it unattended,” Jack said in his own defense.

Wes shook his head. “And that is why I am so glad I have a wife who can bake me pies and pastries whenever I ask, and not once every six months.”

A hint of a smile touched Jack’s lips. Ella could cook, too. “Allison wasn’t always so eager if I remember right.”

“No, she wasn’t,” Wes agreed. “She just had to learn. And thank heaven she did or else she’d surely have perished within a month if Mrs. Ridgely hadn’t helped her.”

Jack signed his name to his report and walked it over to Colonel Lewis’ desk so the man could find it easy enough and not come pestering Jack for it later. Because frankly, later, he’d be busy. Tonight would be his wedding night, after all… He cleared his throat and his thoughts simultaneously before he found himself in an awkward situation that he’d have to think of some way to explain his way out of.

“Surely, it wasn’t so bad for Allison when she first came. I seem to remember her being very cheerful.”

Wes snorted. “That’s because you only saw her in brief snatches when she first arrived. Fort Gibson is nothing like where she came from in Boston. She struggled at first.”

“But she did learn,” Jack hedged.

A wide grin split Wes’ face. “Of course she did. It just took some time.”

Jack expected the same from Ella. Although to tell the truth, from Ella’s letters, she seemed to have a better understanding of what was expected of her as a wife. If Jack remembered correctly, not only could Allison not cook, but she couldn’t even sew either, and Wes had to use his clothing allowance to buy her a shirt to wear with the unusual skirt she’d sewn.

“Jack?”

Jack started again. “Yes?”

“You’re not thinking to do something foolish, are you?”

“Foolish?”

“Yes.” Wes’ blue eyes searched Jack’s heated face. “You haven’t taken it into your mind to send off for a mail order bride again, have you?”

“No.” That wasn’t a lie. He’d already sent off for one; he had no need to send off for another. “Why do you ask?”

Wes’ eyes narrowed. “Because every time you start talking about Allison, you get this distant look in your eyes—the very one you had last year right after Allison came and you suggested you could use a wife and were thinking about sending off for a mail order bride.”

“I still don’t see what’s wrong with my logic. A wife out here could make a man’s life far easier.”

“And hers miserable,” Wes countered. He raked a hand through his brown hair. “Jack, please don’t do anything foolish. Besides the fact that she’d be utterly miserable married to you in the first place, the journey here might kill her.”

Silence filled the air. Last year, days after Allison had arrived, Jack, Wes and Gray had found a ransacked carriage and the bodies of Allison’s traveling companions. “Not to worry about that. If I were to seek a wife and have her travel here to meet me, I’d have her come across from Fort Smith. It’s far safer that way than down the Texas Trail.”

“You speak as if you’ve already made plans to do this,” Wes said, steepling his hands in front of his face.

Jack shrugged. “After what happened last year, a man couldn’t be too careful making travel plans for his future wife.”

“You do know that Allison’s arrival here wasn’t planned.”

“I know,” he said thickly. This was a fact he was unaware of when he’d originally placed his ad. When Allison had arrived, Wes had led them all to believe she was a mail order bride. It wasn’t until a man who claimed to be her intended appeared that the truth was exposed. “Because it was just a random occurrence and not your own arrangements for her to be on the Texas Trail, I don’t place any blame on you.”

“Thank you,” Wes said dryly.

Jack frowned at his friend’s sarcasm. “I’m sure that had you actually sent off for a mail order bride, you’d have done whatever necessary to keep her safe.”

“Including arranging an Army escort,” Captain Grayson “Gray” Montgomery said, poking his head in the door of the large room all the officers shared to do their work.

Jack’s heart thudded in his chest. Did that mean… “I should think that would be prudent,” Jack said slowly.

Gray scoffed. “You know darn well that’s exactly what you’d do because that’s what you did do.” He stepped inside the office and closed the door. “I didn’t think you’d truly have the nerve or the stupidity to actually send off for a wife. Nor did I think one would be desperate enough to respond, but I suppose that makes me the biggest fool of all because there’s a beautiful woman who just arrived and is claiming she’s looking for a man named Jack Walker—her intended.”

The Officer and the Southerner, Updates

Release date for The Officer and the Southerner?

I’ve had a few emails asking about a possible release date for The Officer and the Southerner. The simple truth is, I don’t know.

I like to have all the stores to have the book posted for sale before I announce that it’s released.

Last time, I had to break this rule. After waiting nearly two weeks for Apple (iBooks) to make the book available, the day I’d said was to be the release day was upon us and I had no choice but to submit it to the other stores. Then, I had to make an announcement that it was available everywhere except at Apple. I don’t like to do that. I have a good number of readers who get their books from Apple and I don’t think it’s fair to ask them to either get it somewhere else or just to keep waiting.

I submitted it to iBooks (Apple) last week and if history repeats itself it’ll be about another two weeks *fingers crossed*. I’d REALLY like to say it’ll be out and available in August, but it’s just out of my control.

So, until then if you’re just super antsy, you can do one (or more) of the following:

Like ME  ( as in Rose Gordon–historical romance author) or rather my page on Facebook where I’ve been posting 75-125 word excerpts.

Like Parchment & Plume (the publishing company I’ve started) on Facebook where I’ve again been posting a different set of excerpts.

Sign up for my new release mailing list. A note on this, it’ll say the exact same thing that I usually post here when a new book is up. The only difference is that I send these emails out anywhere from 12 to 36 hours before I post here that a new book is up.

And just in case you’ve forgotten what this upcoming book is about, I have written a new (extended!) description for it!

Red Beauty

 

Second Lt. Jack Walker doesn’t always think ahead and when he decides to defy logic and send off for a mail order bride, he might have left out only a few details about his life at the all-but-forgotten Fort Gibson…

Upon arrival at a forsaken military fort in the middle of Indian Territory, Ella Davis learns Jack’s situation isn’t quite what she’s believed from his letters and while hoping to avoid such a fate, she’s been made the fool again. Unfortunately, this time she can’t run and hide from the man who’s done her wrong, but neither is she convinced their marriage will be the same one she’d envisioned for them…

Now it’s up to Jack to find a way to show his always skeptical bride that he is indeed trustworthy and that despite what she might believe she does belong somewhere in the world: right there, with him.

Officer Series, The Officer and the Southerner, The Officer and the Traveler, Updates, Writing

What’s going on?!

July is zipping by! I cannot believe it. I have been so overwhelmed with things I had to force myself to go to B&N yesterday just to breathe.

Today, I’m going to give one of the most disorganized posts EVER so just bear with me.

1. Updates.

The Officer and the Southerner is done and will go to editing next week. I was hoping by now to be a good way into The Officer and the Traveler, but to be blunt, things just aren’t happening. It’s not that Gray is being difficult, but rather my personal life. I blogged a while back about my fall and that took me out of writing for a wee bit while recovering. But since then, I’ve had some other slow downs. My boys are six and seven and they still like to be around their mom so I have to take advantage of that and have put off some of my time writing to take them to a movie every once in a while or hook up the sprinkler and sit outside with them as they run through. So, the book is coming, it’s just slower than I originally planned, but for me, that’s okay.

2. What is Authorgraph?

A few have asked about this. Authorgraph is a FREE website/program that allows you to submit a request to any of your favorite authors who have registered and have them write you back a personal message and “sign” the book. This is all digital so it won’t be their real signature unless they use a stylus, which I don’t because I don’t have the right attachment, but the note is real and the cover and note will be packaged as a PDF and emailed to you for you to save on your computer or upload onto your eReader. Many authors participate and love to get requests.

3. What is the donation number for Sudden up to?

If I knew I’d tell you! I accidentally deleted my thermometer yesterday so I’ll have to reconfigure it today or tomorrow morning and set it back up. I do know that we were not yet halfway to our goal so feel free to share, share, share!

4. Where are your Regencies???

At the end of June I had a VERY humbling experience when I sent out my “new release notification” and had a record number of unsubscribes from “lack of interest”. Why the lack of interest? My guess is due from switching genres. That’s okay. I expected that and I do promise that I am still writing Regencies. I had wanted to do a western, a Regency, a western, a Regency, etc, but I don’t think I will now. The Officer Series books are coming MUCH faster for me than the Regencies at present and since I have the second one finished and a start on the third, I’ll just wait to put out any Regencies until I’m done. At this rate, I should have Southerner out in September some time (I’m hoping the sooner the better) and Traveler before the end of the year (as I mentioned earlier though, things are going slow because I’m trying to spend time with my family at present). So expect Rose’s Regency England back in full swing the early part of 2014.

Have a great Thursday!

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July is here! Updates!

1. The Officer and the Bostoner is NOW available!

Not sure how “new” this is to most of you, but in case you missed it, The Officer and the Bostoner is now available at the following:

   

More coming soon!

2. Her Sudden Groom is now available as an audiobook!

Sudden Audiobook Cover

I can’t get the audio sample to load here, but you can go to my website and scroll down the front page you can listen to it! Or the following retailers should have samples:

   

3. Her Sudden Groom will be discounted 80% for the entire month of July!

Once again, I’ll be discounting Her Sudden Groom for the entire month of July with ALL of the proceeds going to support my biking team that is doing the MS-150 (a bike ride/fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis research). Depending on where you purchase anywhere from 35 to 40 cents will be added with each book sold. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, BUT last year, my goal was to raise $5,000 this way and was stunned that it was more than $8,500! This year, I’d like the goal to be $10,000, which I honestly believe is totally doable! If you already have a copy, you’re welcome to buy one for a friend. Every sale counts whether it’s for you or a friend.

This sale will be going on at the following places:
      

4. I finished The Officer and the Southerner!

Last Wednesday, I got to write those blessed two words: THE END. (I never leave them in though.) This is Jack’s story, which I really became enamored with! Bob read it Thursday and Friday after I did prelim edits and my first round. However, I’m going to let it sit a few days while I work on some other projects while the holidays pass, then will be doing more edits.Expect it September sometime. I can’t say anything more exact…like the first or last part, but September should be a good guess.

5. I have started The Officer and the Traveler.

Late last night, I wrote 225 words on it and this morning, I’ve picked back up and am making wonderful progress on Gray’s story.

6. Sebastian’s heroine got a new name.

His book, however, hasn’t made much progress since he and I last chatted on here. By that I mean, I haven’t written massive amounts of words to the story, but I did “straighten” out the kinks and should be able to start making progress on it again. Because of his being disagreeable, I won’t be able to try to off-set the American books with Regencies like I’d mentioned earlier. If Gray’s book takes off and writes itself then I’ll just do all three of the OK books, then go back to the Regencies after the series is complete. We’ll see. All I really know is that when I force a book I end up with major delays which isn’t anything any of us want. Believe me.

I think that’s all! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a good week this week!