Well, its officially gone. The third manuscript in the Red River Series has been handed in to my lovely editor today. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that Evan Manning was the most difficult of the Manning brothers to write. And you know how this was the secret baby book…which also posed major challenges for me. I also had to make sure there were some moments with the other Manning clan…and another happy ending for another deserving couple as well. I can’t say anymore…but well, this picture sums it up nicely
I’ll be back next week with more regular posts, teasers, and all that fun stuff!
OMG, so here it is, The Doctor’s Saving Grace is due this week. The book is done. But I can’t hit send yet. I’ll let scenes and dialogue mull around in my head until Thursday, when I have to send it in.
Of course, this extra little time also means time to doubt myself. I may have mentioned once or twice how difficult this book was to write…Evan Manning has successfully made me ball my eyes out. The things that have happened to Evan and Grace…geez, I didn’t know how I was going to get them to a happy place. I really didn’t. And then I remembered an email from my lovely editor, something about how she’d like to see something light and funny…oh god. It’s a little late for light and funny with these two. There is of course, humour, there always has to be. But this book’s trope-the secret baby was just a tear-jerker of a topic for me. Especially when the baby’s father is dear, Evan Manning. But, I guess Evan wasn’t always a dear…
I know people are divided on this kind of trope and I now know why. I hope I was able to deal with most of the issues that people have with the whole secret baby thing. Grace had her reasons, she was justified…until she discovered the truth…
There’s plenty of the old Red River gang in this book-Quinn, Holly, Jake, Claire, Mrs. Jacobs, all of them, and their kids. If I know anything about the Manning brothers, it’s that a little baby, or a child will melt their hearts and make them into the men they need to be. Something about a father’s love for their child that makes them the ultimate hero…
So this week, I’m handing in the third book in the Red River Series-fingers crossed my lovely editor likes it (I may even ask her when she is planning on reading it so that I know when to start incessantly stalking my inbox). DS’s last t-ball game of the season is this Wednesday night. Family will be attending the big gala game and trophies will be handed out. I believe we’ve promised ice cream after
Hmm…this was supposed to be a motivational Monday post, wasn’t it? How about this? Never give up? Cheesy, okay, but it’s been a rough few weeks!
In my feeble attempt to make amends for being such an absentee blogger, I think I’m going to implement a schedule…yup, I am going to attempt to go back to regular blogging. You’ve all been so great with the emails and the newsletter sign-ups so I need make a better effort at regular blogging! And there is so much happening, so I need to get back to ‘sharing’ mode and connect with all of you…
So here’s what I’m thinking…
Motivational Mondays-I’m a sucker for a good quote…and I’m a sucker for having a sneak peak into someone’s work/family week. So, Mondays are all about what’s on the table for the coming week, and I’ll throw in a fave quote to get us inspired to face the weeks’ daunting to-do list.
Teaser Tuesdays-Every week I’m going to post a few lines from the book I’m currently working on…or perhaps a few lines of the book that I’m not supposed to be writing, but am cheating with
Writer’s Wednesday-This is a general day where I’ll share posts about writing in general-or info about what book I’m working on. I’m also fortunate enough to know some fabulous writers, so maybe I can coerce a few of them to do a guest post
So, since it’s Wednesday, here I go with my first attempt at Writer’s Wednesday…
Things have been pretty hectic since I’m a little behind with everything. I was pretty sick (nothing horrible) a while ago and completely fell behind. I blogged about it on The Hot Pink Typewriter last month. Anyway, I’m doing much better now-only to have summer holidays in full swing over here! It’ll be a bit challenging to try and stay on track this summer, but the non-control-freak part of me (it’s an infinitely small space that comes out for a few weeks at a time) is looking forward to no routine. We’ll be heading down to the beach for a few weeks hopefully (laptop will be joining us, of course) for some family time.
What am I working on now? Well, in less than four weeks the last book in my Red River Series is due! This book is has been very challenging…namely because of the hero, Evan Manning. Definately the darkest of the siblings, a true alpha that has put me through the ringer. The woman who challenges him is, Grace-and she’s about to turn his life upside down in a way he could never imagine. My working title for this book has been “The Doctor’s Saving Grace” (which I thought was kind of clever, hehe) but I know that title will be changed. I am excited to let you know that at the end of The Best Man’s Baby (coming next month!) there will be an exclusive excerpt of Evan and Grace’s story!
In a little over a month, Jake and Claire’s story will be released (The Best Man’s Baby) and I’m so excited-not even nervous yet! Oh, and I’ve seen the cover! Another gorgeous one-as soon as I can share it I will. I think it will be going up for pre-order on Amazon at the end of the month…
Thank you all for being so patient with me! But never think twice about sending me an email-it’s one thrill I will never get tired of. Really, reading and answering your emails are always a special treat
It’s almost Monday-which means only a few days until the release of A RISK WORTH TAKING!!! I can’t wait to share this book with you-and the gorgeous cover. I look at it a few times a day and it’s sooooo hard to keep it to myself! The cover really captures the mood of the book and of Holly & Quinn.
If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, I’ll be sending a new one out with all my new release info next week and some other exciting news. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter, please do-I promise I only send them out for new releases or really big news.
Also, A RISK WORTH TAKING is now up on Goodreads, and I’d be absolutely thrilled and grateful if you added it to your TBR pile.
I’ve added a page to my website, devoted to RED RIVER-the fictional town in A RISK WORTH TAKING and in all my RED RIVER SERIES books-feel free to drop by and visit.
Hot Snippets from A RISK WORTH TAKING:
This is Holly’s first impression of Quinn when she sees him for the first time in years:
He had the walk of a man who knew himself and didn’t give a damn what the world thought of him. -Holly
And this is Quinn, well, being Quinn:
“I never kissed you the way I wanted to because I knew that if I did I wouldn’t be able to stop. I wouldn’t be able to get enough of you. And if I had thought for one second that you meant what you said that night, I would have come after you,” he said. -Quinn
“I have a feeling you’re going to taste better than all the fantasies I’ve had about you,” he murmured in a low, throaty voice that was as much a turn on as the words he spoke. -Quinn
I just love Holly and Quinn-and I hope you will too!
Well, we’re back from our little getaway and as much as it was nice to have a change of scenery, I’m happy to be home.
For some reason, neither of my kids seem to do well with change. Last week, sleep schedules were completely off, DD woke up a minimum of three times a night and skipped her nap at least twice. My attempts at writing in the bakery/coffee shop weren’t as successful as I’d hoped and I spent most of my time watching DS charm the locals. He is so friendly and in typical small-town fashion, everyone stopped to talk to us. DS was delighted by this, and was quick to offer some of his “artwork” to interested patrons. And there is now a delightful picture of “Lightning McQueen” hanging in the bakery-only after DS made the owner of the bakery agree that it had to stay on the wall forever.
Now we’re home and back to a somewhat normal routine, though DS still has this week off school. We have some fun day trips planned and working during the day will be tricky, but I’m counting on my evenings again. Oh, BTW, my morning routine got scrapped once DS got wind of me waking early and repeatedly woke up to keep me company. So back to evenings…
By the end of this week, I need to “commit” to the partial I’ve written, as well as the synopsis, and send it off…