Today I celebrate a birthday exactly two years to the day I wrote “The End” on The Thief’s Countess. It’s hard to believe two years have gone by already. My publishing journey has led from retirement after twenty years in education to a full-time historical romance writing career, and I could not be more excited. Writing in a genre I love, researching medieval England and spending my days with Scottish romance heroes, like Toren in this current release, hardly feels like work. Instead, I’m writing on Sunday (and my birthday) not because I have to, but because it brings me joy to make the stories in my head come alive.
I’m often asked if it’s difficult to think of new stories. Just the opposite. The hard part is making my fingers move fast enough across the keyboard in order to tell the next tell. In this current book release, the Border Series finally has a Scottish hero, Toren Kerr, chief of Clan Kerr. When he’s sent to the Tournament of the North in England to kill the English warden who upsets the tenuous peace along the border, he falls in love with none other than the warden’s daughter.
Fight for your king or the woman you love?
He faces a difficult decision, but you can find out what Toren chooses by reading The Chief’s Maiden, a brand new historical romance for medieval romance fans, for free in Amazon Kindle or grabbing at its special $2.99 launch price (expires soon!) If you do read and enjoy the book, I’d love to know what you think. Leave a comment below, and I’ll be sure to comment back. Now it’s off to find that chocolate and peanut butter cake my mother orders every year which will be desert today and breakfast for at least two days to come. That’s totally legitimate, right?
With just over one week to the release of The Chief’s Maiden: Border Series Book 3, a release day giveaway was launched today, and it’s a good one! Participants can enter to win all four paperbacks in the series, signed, along with some surprise swag the author brought back from a visit to the British Isles this summer.
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From Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey to A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, I’ve always loved a good enemies-to- lovers historical romance. When Bryce made an appearance in The Thief’s Countess, I knew immediately his story would be told next. And who better to help melt his icy demeanor than the sister of his greatest enemy?
Part of the appeal of this series to me as an author is exploring divided loyalties of real people in two soon to be warring nations. And while the 13th century was a relative time of peace between England and Scotland, along the border, peace was always tenuous. The idea of an English hero and Scottish heroine will be exactly reversed in the next book, but for the time being, I hope readers enjoy Bryce and Catrina’s story in The Lord’s Captive.
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Just a few updates over here. I’ve discovered a new Game of Thrones trailer that was sneakily released in December. I have a new favorite TV show. And it feels like I’m missing something.
Oh yes. I’m officially a published romance author!!
The Ward’s Bride, a prequel Border Series novella, was released and the early reviews are making me gitty. This might be my favorite:
To be honest, the whole thing it a bit surreal. CM Insiders have already received their free copy. I launched a Medieval Monday Q&A Giveaway which was a ton of fun. (Every Monday I will plan to answer questions on Facebook Live submitted from various channels and give away a fun prize to one medieval fact finder.) It’s been a bit of a whirlwind.
About The Ward’s Bride
The special edition prequel novella set along the 13th century Anglo-Scottish border includes “chapter upgrades,” a concept I’ve been asked about quite a bit this week. Similar to DVD extras, these upgrades can be found throughout the book at the end of some chapters offering additional inspiration and history about events, people and places in the book. If readers prefer not to interrupt their reading, they can also grab all upgrades at the end.
The upgrades are available for the first three weeks of the book launch. And then they go bye-bye. Grab your copy on Amazon or other retailers before February 27th for .99 to get the special edition novella.
Although I plan lots of signed paperback giveaways including a mega-giveaway at my book launch event at Library Express in Scranton, PA on March 3, 2017 as well as to CM Insiders and Border Ambassadors, I’m also running one on Goodreads now so feel free to enter.
Whew! So much more to tell as I gear up for the debut novel release March 1st. The Thief’s Countess is a true labor of love which I started more than twenty years ago. And it’s almost here!! I am truly living a life-long dream.
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