It’s always a little sad to complete a series. You have “lived” with these characters for months, and leaving their world is like saying “good-bye forever” to a dear friend. So it helps if the new story you move on to write to involves characters from the previous work. Which is the case here!
As I was writing Temper’s story, the unconventional woman who befriended her in the face of all the gossip and innuendo swirling about her was plain, no-nonsense Emma Henley. She was such a vibrant character, she kept trying to take over scenes! So although I had been planning to write the story of Christopher and the twins’ older brother Gregory next, I found I was going to have to do her story instead.
Often told by her beautiful mother that she is “not pretty enough to attract a rake and not rich enough to attract a fortune-hunter,” Emma is not at all concerned that she’s survived several seasons without a suitable offer of marriage. In fact, having grown up viewing the often-loveless or tepid marriages common among the ton, she determined before ever making her debut that she would have none of it. Along with two other school friends of similar average looks and dowries, she’s decided she will live independently and devote herself to good works.
The last person Emma needs to be attracted to is handsome, beguiling Lord Theo Collington, a rich younger son with neither a need nor an inclination to marry. Though she expects her plain-speaking and refusal to adhere to the conventional politenesses will soon have him avoiding her, he seems paradoxically intrigued by a woman who refuses to accept empty compliments and makes no attempt to attract him. How is she to get over her illogical and annoying tendre for him when this far-too-charming rogue keeps seeking out her company?
I’ll keep you updated here as the writing progresses!
With the draft and rewrites of Pru’s book in to her editor (and a tentative title, A MOST UNSUITABLE MATCH) Julia is now working on Temper’s story. Unlike Prudence, who suppresses her feelings and attempts to be the “model” young lady to overcome the infamy of association with their scandalous mother,Temperance is defiant, ready to launch herself into the teeth of Society’s disapproval. Until her brother’s long-time family friend, Gifford Newell, finds her an unlikely champion in Lady Sayleford, his godmother and great-aunt of Maggie (heroine of FORBIDDEN NIGHTS WITH THE VISCOUNT.) Temper wants to get a (failing) presentation out of the way so she can persuade her father to give her the money to travel the world. But intrigue, the jealousy of a rival–and love–have other plans for her!
Julia is delighted to kick off Christmas in the Texas Hill Country and the Whiskey River Christmas series with her new release, set just after WWI. Wounded soldier Drew Harwood returns home to his fiancee Felicity–only to lose her in the world-wide Spanish flu epidemic. Setting his face against joy and love, he hires an army friend to manage the ranch his bad leg prevents him from running and turns his Victorian home into an inn. But determined that her cherished fiance will have the happiness denied them, the spirit of Felicity lingers.
When Red Cross nurse Audra Donaldson comes to spend Christmas at the Harwood House Inn to visit her brother, Drew’s manager, Felicity thinks this widowed battlefield nurse might be just the person to heal Drew’s heart–and Audra’s own. It won’t be easy for this lonely, bitter man and this woman who doesn’t want to risk loving again to open themselves to each other…but who can resist a love that lasts beyond time?
Julia just received word from her editor that her proposed two-book series, THE SCANDAL SISTERS, featuring the twin sisters of Hadley’s Hellion Christopher Lattimar, has been approved! First up will be Prudence’s story, due to her editor by the end of November and set to appear the latter part of 2018. Then will come Temperance’s story, due the end of April 2018 and probably releasing in early 2019. Let the writing continue!
With posting on social media, I’ve been neglecting my poor news/blog updates! Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to. First, lots of traveling–five weeks in Australia, a week-long cruise to Alaska, a week at the Atlantic shore of Florida, several visits to children/grandchildren in the Austin-Houston-San Antonio areas, and one spectacular wedding! Along with that, Christopher’s book, last of the Hadley’s Hellions, was completed and will be out soon! (Review copies are going out now.) I’ve acquired yet another new editor, who has the proposal for my next series, The Scandal Sisters, which features Christopher’s twin sisters. In a little over a week, I head to Orlando for this year’s Romance Writers of America conference, where about 2000 writers gather to do workshops, seminars, meet with agents and editors, and basically hobnob with our fellow wizards. I’ll try to be better about keeping this space updated!
A new release is always a sweet event, and for the Valentine Month, Julia is offering a copy of her upcoming release, third in her Hadley’s Hellions series, CONVENIENT PROPOSAL TO THE LADY. For a chance to win, visit here:
In honor of the release of the first two Hadley’s Hellions stories, Julia is offering two lucky readers a set of both stories, FORBIDDEN NIGHTS WITH THE VISCOUNT and STOLEN ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DUCHESS. Click here to enter! http://freshfiction.com/contest.php?id=8629
This month, Julia’s History Refreshed column takes a peek behind the veil with a discussion of life in the seraglio. After inhaling the flavor of these vanished worlds in four novels, check out how much is fact, how much is invention, in a classic non-fiction account of the harem. Read about it here: http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=8648
For the month that means “romance,” what could be more romantic than an armchair voyage to Italy, courtesy of a quartet of historical novels set in that enchanting country? From the magic of a Venetian gondola, to the excitement of Siena’s paleo, to the walled charm of San Gimignano, to a thrilling chase through the city-states of Pisa, Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples, find a new trove of reading treasures here: http://freshfiction.com/page.php?id=8135
If you are dejected by the approaching end of the beloved Downton Abbey series, here are some fiction choices to console you that segue into the periods before and after the world of Downton. Plus, get a glimpse of what series creator Julian Fellowes is offering next! Find it at: