No title or release date, but Will & Elodie’s book, second in the Ransleigh Rogue series after Max & Caro, has been approved. With revisions out of the way, Julia looks to her next project, probably a short story or novella featuring characters from FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, tentatively entitled “The Soldier’s Sweetheart.” She’s also participating with several other authors in a round-robin short story Regency “spoof” that will be posted on the Harlequin Historical Authors blog and released as a free Kindle short story. More information later on when Derek Deverill, the Duke of Dashing will make his appearance!
For a visual person, Pinterest is fascinating! Rather than just talk about what interests you, you can show it – or rather, pin it! Look for more Julia boards to come, including one that displays places and things of interest in her work-in-progress, Will & Elodie’s story, second book in the upcoming Ransleigh Rogues series.
Most of my contests run monthly, but Fresh Fiction, which hosts the contests, likes to do “themed” contests that don’t follow monthly rules. And when it’s Valentines Day, and the prize is chocolate, why wait for February? For a chance to heat up your Valentine thoughts with a trio of Godiva hot chocolate selections, visit http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=4055 to enter my Velvet Hot Chocolate contest! YUM…
It’s the time of year to count blessings, and the joy of being able to craft stories is certainly one. That joy I owe to my readers, whose purchases of my books allow me to continue making a career of talking back to the voices in my head. As a thank-you, I’m participating again in the Harlequin Historical Authors Holiday Advent calendar giveaway. Grand prize is the new Kindle Fire, and my daily prize (see the contest page for details on entering) is a $50 Amazon gift certificate to help the winner fill that new Kindle.
Thanks again for your enthusiasm and loyalty. I wish you and yours the blessings of family, faith and fellowship this holiday season!
Some people remember having a younger sibling who trailed after them everywhere. Or a task that, for some reason, just can’t get completed and stay DONE. So it has been for me with Elizabeth’s Undone, which was begun back in February, put aside for revisions on Max’s book, finished in May, received substantial revision request in June and now has been totally reworked. This time, I hope it stays “done” with few additional revisions and actually debuts with Max, whenever the scheduling for simultaneous releases gets worked out next year.
On to Will–at last!
It’s been a long wait, but the official news is finally in: UK and NA historicals will merge next year and be simultaneously released on both sides of the pond. So no more will you see a book on one side of the Atlantic have a cover which then appears on a completely different book on the other side. Not sure whether the UK or NA “style” will be used, but as of May 2012, only one cover per book and the English-language paper and digital editions will appear simultaneously in the UK and NA markets.
The first part of the year will be taken up with “evening out” books that have been released on one side or the other but not both; then in May, all new releases will make their appearance in both locales at the same time. Because of the shift-over, Max’s book, completed and approved this spring, won’t come out until after May and still doesn’t have an official release date. Probably it will be released soon before Will’s book, on which I’m working now. Historicals Senior editor Linda Fildew said final details on the 2012 schedule are now being sorted out, so I’m hoping to know something by summer’s end.
One of my favorite things when I stop to catch my breath is to browse through overseas websites to check if any of my books have been released in foreign editions. I indulged myself a few days ago and discovered that one of my favorite books, A PROPER WIFE, came out in Italy in February with my favorite cover, a full-length portrait of the hero Sinjin in uniform (which was the inside cover of the North America release.) Then I found out that my October 2009 release, FROM WAIF TO GENTLEMAN’S WIFE, will be out in the UK in July, and a large-print edition of THE COURTESAN will be out there in August.
There’s also a new release in Norway of ROGUE’S LADY. When this volume was released in the UK, they changed the heroine’s dress from blue to green; the Norwegians changed it back to blue. I have to admit I’m partial to the blue. Also, the NA cover showed the heroine’s figure up to just above her lips; the UK and Norwegian covers both show her full face.
Aren’t covers fascinating?
BTW, why, do you ask, must I search to see what books I have out? All the Harlequin international offices are independent, so there isn’t a central coordinating spot that notifies authors when one of their books is going to be released in a different country. We don’t find out unless/until a fan in the issuing country lets us know, or we get a box of author copies in the mail, or the book shows up on a royalty statement. One would think in this era of computers that some such central notification forum could be set up. But then I wouldn’t discover Christmas in April.
I’m happy and relieved to receive word from my editor that Max and Caroline’s book has been accepted and put into the system for release. No date for that, or hint of a title for the book (or, for that matter, for the series itself; it may end up eventually being called something other than “Ransleigh Rogues.”) Now on to finishing the Undone that will accompany Max’s book, the story of Caroline’s cousin Elizabeth. After that, I’ll start work on Book 2 of the Rogues, which will feature Max’s black sheep cousin Will, illegitimate son of Max’s uncle, the earl’s brother. Returning after serving with the occupation forces in Paris following Waterloo, he’s outraged that Max’s brilliant diplomatic career was destroyed at the Congress of Vienna. Vowing to find the woman responsible and drag her back to testify and exonerate Max, Will sets off for Vienna. But Elodie Lefevre turns out to be not at all like the callous femme fatale he was anticipating.
Thanks to a series of snowstorms unusual in this area of Texas, I’ve had a few non-scheduled days off to finish up the revisions on Max and Caroline’s book, (first of my new Ransleigh Rogue series.) Magnificent Max’s book has just been mailed back to my editor with fervent hopes that she will like the changes made. While she’s pondering the latest draft, I’m looking ahead to the next project, an Undone to accompany Max’s book that will feature heroine Caroline Denby’s cousin Elizabeth.
Beautiful, wealthy, impetuous Elizabeth fell deeply in love with a rake. Blinded by love and passion, she married him…and lived to bitterly regret it as Russell went through her money, her love, and most of the scandalous women in London. She’s a wiser, poorer, hurting and bitter widow when childhood friend Nathan returns to London. Nathan has always liked Elizabeth–and during her tempestuous marriage, often offered to help distract her from the pain of Russell’s infidelity by having an affair with him. When he repeats his offer, angry with men, fed up with being the Good Girl and the Good Wife, she agrees–but only if he is prepared to meet every extravagant whim of the woman who intends to become The Most Expensive Courtesan in London. I think it’s going to be lots of fun to write, as Elizabeth and Nathan engage in a battle of wits, with passion as their weapons and love the unintended result.
After that, it’s on to the second Rogue story. I had intended to do Alastair next: the poet and intellectual of the Rogues, when the woman he loves jilts him in the most public and humiliating way possible, he throws away his pen, joins the army, and vows never to love again. Selling out after Waterloo, he thinks he’s finally over Diana, until a chance meeting in Bath revives all his anger, pain and passion. Thinking to purge himself of her forever, he challenges her to become his mistress…
But now I’m torn. After Max’s book came to a resolution I hadn’t expected (those sneaky characters surprise you like that sometimes) I discovered that one of the other Rogues not only had a different name, but a different heroine. Rex became Will, and his heroine will be the woman who betrays Max at the Congress of Vienna, destroying Max’s chances of a diplomatic career. Will is horrified when he discovers Max has settled for life on a horse farm, far from the councils of government in which Will knows he would shine. Certain that Max cannot really want that life, and fiercely devoted to the man who saved him from the streets as a child, Will sets out for Vienna to find the mysterious Madame Lefevre and bring her back to England to testify to Alastair’s innocence–even if it means the gallows for her. But the complex, wounded woman he finds in Vienna isn’t anything like the heartless adventuress he expected…
So now I have until after I finish the Undone to dither over what next: Alastair or Will?