Hi GLIAS friends!
Thanks for stopping by today to start a two-day extension of my birthday weekend. I want to share some of the fun writing things I’m working on, but I especially want to give away a bunch of cool presents to celebrate. After all, once you hit a certain age, it’s way more fun to give than to receive—and part of what made this birthday so much fun for me was knowing how many awesome friends I’ve made because of my journey as an author and a GLIAS contributor.
So today and tomorrow—let’s have a PARTY!!
Here’s the first COOL THING I want to tell you about and the first present I have under my birthday tree (I just made that up, because I’m a writer) to give away:
A New Series Name
My very first series is still near and dear to my heart. The first book, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released nearly five years ago and it remains one of my favorites. It was followed with Rescued by a Stranger (nominated for a RITA award—a huge honor), Beauty and the Brit (I love this book!!, and Good Guys Wear Black (Dewey’s story—Dewey is a character that appeared in every book and was one of my best heroes even though he had a rough start).
The problem is that Rancher was originally sold as a single book. By the time it became a series, there was no series branding from my publisher, Avon. Long after the fact, someone (neither I nor my editor knows who) gave the series a truly AWFUL name on Goodreads and Amazon. It’s called “Rural Gentleman.” How’s that for a serious YIKES? After a chat with my editor, we decided that name definitely needs changing. So—within the next couple of weeks you should see a new series title: “Love From Kennison Falls.”
If you haven’t visited my wonderful little Minnesota town and met the fun people there—I’d love you to check them out. You’ll not only meet the heroes (a famous rock star, a giving doctor, a handsome British equestrian, and a small town hero hiding his lonliness) but you’ll meet Lester and Cotton—two birds who live at the local restaurant and always have something new to say; crotchety, loveable local farmer Robert McCormick who’s always a firecracker; the Loon Feather—a fantastic place to eat and meet; tons of horses and other special animals, and all the great folks of Kennison Falls.
To give you an introduction to the series—I have e-books from the Love From Kennison Falls series to give away. TWO commenters from today and tomorrow will each get a set of two of the books!
Which leads me the second COOL THING: my second series, which does have a super cool title: “Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys.”
Next Brides Book
I’ve loved this series from the start—six sisters and a long lost cousin who find they’ve inherited their family’s 50,000 acre Paradise Ranch in western Wyoming. Getting to know the Crockett girls: Mia, Harper, Joely, Grace, Kelly, Raquel and Cami—has been amazing. They’re now like real people to me. They’re almost like the sisters I never had (thanks to my three brothers). Many of you know the first three books in the series: The Bride Wore Denim, The Bride Wore Red Boots, and The Bride Wore Starlight. They’ve all done well and you, my friends and readers, have given them great reviews, too!
But I have a little bit of a different vision for the last four books in the series than my publisher had—so I’m going to indie publish them and do something new with Avon. Hence the cool thing! Bride Book Number Four (still to be named) will come out in January (if not before), and while it will have the same great characters and the same special themes, I think it will be even more beautifully branded and draw in even more fans!
PREVIEW NOTE: Come back here tomorrow for a sneak peek excerpt from Grace’s story and a little more about the new book!!
I have one e-book set of all three Brides stories for one commenter today and tomorrow!
Let’s talk birthdays! Tell me what your favorite birthday present has been or what your favorite birthday party was (as a kid or an adult). And come back tomorrow when I'll have some more presents under the birthday tree!!