Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
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!
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
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.
Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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?
Friday, December 17th, 2010
The draft is done and by the end of the weekend, Max, first of the Ransleigh Rogue cousins, should see the draft of his book winging its digital way to my editor. As always when finishing a book, there’s a sense of wonder in how the story and the character migrated from its first glimmerings in my mind, with Max and Caro ending up together (as always envisioned) but after traveling down ways NOT envisioned. In fact, Max wandered so far that one of his Rogue cousins not only got his name changed (from Rex to Will) but also has a new heroine…the woman who betrayed Max at the Congress of Vienna.
Although I want to move immediately into writing the Undone that should accompany Max’s book (featuring Caro’s cousin Elizabeth, a disillusioned widow who married the rake with whom she fell madly in love and came to bitterly regret it) there will still be time for holiday rejoicing. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas in Mississippi at the the new home of my oldest son and his bride, then returning home where ALL my children and their significant others will join us for New Years. Hmm…should have built a bigger house!
Then there’s the great holiday giveaway ongoing with the Harlequin Historical Authors Advent Calendar contest. The event will visit here on Sunday, December 19. All you must do to be entered for my individual prize of a $50 Amazon gift certificate and the grand prize of a Kindle 3G is to post a comment here, on the news/blog page.
Happy Holidays to all!
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Julia is thrilled with the cover of her upcoming August book, THE SMUGGLER AND THE SOCIETY BRIDE! (check the Bookshelf page for a peek!) Although Honoria appears a bit too demure to be in character, Gabe is displayed in all his roguish charm. So far, all the covers we’ve seen for the Regency Silk & Scandal continuity series have been beautiful; check the RS&S page on the Bookshelf tab to view the covers for THE LORD AND THE WAYWARD LADY and PAYING THE VIRGIN’S PRICE.
All the continuistas are excited as the June debut of this series approaches. In addition to an ad in Romance Sells, the RWA publication sent to librarians and booksellers displaying upcoming titles in romance fiction (if your library or bookstore doesn’t receive this, they can sign up on the booksellers & librarians page at www.rwanational.org for this FREE booklet) there will be lots of blogs, contests and giveaways. In addition, Christine Merrill, author of Books 2 and 8, has written an Undone featuring some of the characters, which will appear in May as “Taming her Gypsy Lover.” All six authors just completed an on-line read introducing the series that will run at eharlequin.com sometime in May, tentatively entitled “The Lady’s Scandalous Escapade.” So check back often for updates!
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
I’ve just turned in the rewrites for Ned’s still-untitled book, due out in late 2009. The editors are hinting it might not debut until December, alas—not a good month for a book with a Luddite rebellion rather than a Christmas theme! (for more info on Ned’s story, check here.) Please cross fingers and hope for an earlier release date. Also for a good title! It was submitted under “A Gentleman’s Wife.”
BTW, there will be an “Undone” historical e-book short released in conjunction with it, featuring two secondary characters who will play a major role in Ned and Joanna’s story. More details here as I get them…