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Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

I have sent Surrender to Ruin to the copyeditor.

 

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Update on Surrender to Ruin

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

I have the (3rd Round) edited manuscript back for Surrender to Ruin.

This is wonderful, Carolyn! I already loved this book and now I love it even more!

This means I have some light edits and then the book goes to copy-edits. I’m considering a pre-order for this book. Stand by on that. Either way the book should be ready to go in 3-4 weeks.

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What’s Up? This!

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Here’s What’s Up

Surrender to Ruin is still out for its final final final editorial read. The anthology How to Find a Duke in Ten Days is officially on sale. Readers are really responding to the stories. Mine is The Viscount’s First Kiss. If you haven’t picked up your copy, you should! Click here for my website buy links page.

Other News

I have a reversion for Not Wicked Enough. As soon as I have the reversion letter, my version of the book will be on sale world wide. Until the reversion, Berkley Books had North American rights.

What’s Next

I have several projects in the pipeline, but after a lot of thought I have reordered them. As some of you may know, Hachette Books still has the rights to the first two books in my My Immortals series. They have, to date, stood fast on refusing to revert because of outstanding sublicenses that do not expire until 2021. This severely hampers my ability to properly market the series, and that matters, a lot, to my bottom line. It’s hard to get traction with new readers when I don’t control two of the books, both of which are either no longer in print or very hard to find in print.

Therefore, I have decided to write two “replacement” books that will provide a new series lead-in to books 3-7. They are tentatively titled My Infernal Lover and Blow Back. Once both are done, I’ll have a way to effectively market the series and, hopefully, bring new readers into the series.

That does mean I am pushing back starting the new “Dark Elf” series, which is disappointing, though I am continuing to draft out my vision for for this series. My historical Not Proper Enough will likely revert sometime in the next year. Book 3 in the series remains on my project list.

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Progress Report

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

My story for the anthology How to Find a Duke in Ten Days is back from copyedits and has been updated accordingly. The anthology is now off to be formatted. Our usual partner in crime, Miranda Neville, was unable to join us in this anthology, to the great disappointment of the rest of us.I’m also including story descriptions and pre-order links. The anthology releases October 5, 2017.

Cover of How to Find a Duke in Ten Days. There's a ducal estate in the background and a totally Duke-ish looking fellow in the foreground. He is fiddling with one of his cuffs.

How to Find a Duke in Ten Days

You can pre-order the anthology now. (Links at bottom of the post.)

About How to Find a Duke in Ten Days

For centuries, the volumes of a priceless Renaissance manuscript, The Duke’s Book of Knowledge, have been the subject of legend and rumor. Three members of London’s Bibliomania Club have promised a beloved professor they’ll find the manuscripts before the professor retires. They are determined to vindicate his faith in the Duke’s existence while rescuing a great literary work from obscurity. The problem? The book must be found in ten days. Matters of the heart intrude as each book hunter realizes that locating an ancient manuscript might just lead to happiness ever after.

The Will to Love by Grace Burrowes

His lordship has been looking for a rare manuscript in all the wrong places, but he might just find true love!

The Earl of Ramsdale is convinced that his late uncle’s will holds the key to finding at least one portion of a long-lost Renaissance manuscript. The only person skilled enough to translate the will in ten short days is Miss Philomena Peebles, who has no patience with handsome, presumptuous earls. Will Ramsdale find the fabled literary treasure, or lose his heart to the last woman he should propose to?

How to Steal a Duke (in Ten Days, Give or Take a Few Days, But Definitely in Less than a Fortnight) by Shana Galen

A haughty duke and an impoverished lady turned cat burglar travel to the wilds of Cornwall in search of a castle, a mad earl, and an arcane manuscript.

Dominick Spencer, the Duke of Tremayne, is a powerful man used to having his way. When he and three other members of the Bibliomania Club set out to find the lost volumes of The Duke’s Book of Knowledge to present to their favorite Oxford professor, Dominick takes his task seriously, even hiring a cat burglar to help him gain entry to a remote castle in Cornwall inhabited by a mad earl.

Rosalyn Dashner knows accepting the duke’s assignment is dangerous, but her impoverished family and sick brother need the money. The daughter of a gentleman, Rosalyn is not impressed by titles. She’s not impressed by the haughty duke until she comes to know the kind but lonely man under the gruff exterior. The duke might be looking for a manuscript, but she’s found a man she loves. When Rosalyn must risk her life to obtain the manuscript, will Dominick choose her or his quest for the Duke’s Book?

The Viscount’s First Kiss by Carolyn Jewel

Viscount Daunt and the painfully shy Magdalene Carter turn friendship into love in their search for a legendary medieval manuscript.

For years, the Viscount Daunt has loved Magdalene Carter, the widow of a long-time friend and mentor. She’s a brilliant and original thinker whose shyness often paralyzes her, but no one is more knowledgeable about their shared passion for medieval tomes. When he enlists her aid in the search for the legendary Duke’s Book of Knowledge, a book he must find in just ten short days, he hopes to transform their friendship into love.

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The Fork is Out!

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
Fork against a blue sky with white clouds

The Fork

Ok, so my novella for the How To Find A Duke in 10 Days anthology is done. It’s off to copy-edits and proofreading. The tentative title is The Viscount’s First Kiss.

In the next few days, I will set up my website page for the novella, post an excerpt, and an extended excerpt in the members only section of my website.

And yes. This means I am now full steam ahead on the final read through of Surrender to Ruin.

Did I mention there was a fire on the property behind us? 30 acres burned and I was getting ready to evacuate. Whew.

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A Clearer Explanation

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Yes, just about everything I’m writing or supposed to write is late and delayed. The primary reason is my mother’s health. I have no control over her condition or the toll it takes on the entire family, and specifically on my ability to write as much or as effectively.

At the moment, I am finishing my novella for an upcoming anthology. That novella is also late, but I hope to get it to the copy-editor early next week-ish.

That means that Surrender To Ruin has been waiting for another read-thorough after a recent major revision to the first third of the novel. I am pretty sure it’s close to complete, and that after some tidying up, I will be sending that off to copy-edits.

I’m just slower these days, and it’s even more important that I make sure I am mentally refreshed.

So, there you go. That’s why things are slower than normal.

 

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More writing News etc

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The RWA National Conference was last week. Since I’m currently on the Board of Directors, I was in Florida from Saturday through the following Sunday. Conference was great for all the usual reasons: information, networking, seeing friends in person, celebrating Romance and Romance authors.

So, at the moment, Surrender to Ruin is sitting in a binder waiting for a final read through before it goes off to copy-editing. I had to set it aside because I have a novella in an anthology coming out in October, and even though I started it ages and ages ago, I got more than halfway done and realized I needed to start over . . .

I am nearly done with that. I do not have a title yet for the novella and I really, really hope to be completely done with it by this weekend. It’s for the anthology How to Find a Duke in 10 Days with Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, and Miranda Neville.

A hot duke at the left with a stately ducal manor in the distance to his right. Did I mention Hot Duke

How to Find a Duke in 10 Days

Caring for my mother takes a chunk of time and emotion from the writing side of my life. It’s why everything is taking longer these days. I appreciate everyone’s patience.

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More News on Surrender to Ruin

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

I have the MS for Surrender to Ruin back from the 2nd editorial round and hope to have the adjustments made shortly. I hesitate to give an estimate to done, but I am thinking this weekend to finish the adjustments and 1-2 weeks to check for silly typos etc. Then it goes to copy-edits.

I’ll post an updated Chapter 1 to my website. Newsletter subscribers get access to the members only section of my website where I will post a longer excerpt.

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News! Progress Report

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Today I finished revisions for Surrender to Ruin. It goes to my editor for a final pass edit. Hopefully after that it’s minor issues quickly addressed and then it’s off to copy edits.

 

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WildLife and an Update

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Update first

Am about a quarter of the way through some additional revisions to Surrender to Ruin. It’s going well. I promise you. I did mention over at my Facebook Author Page, that the health of a family member is impacting my writing time. This book will be done soon.

Wildlife!

Not mine. My brother got my dad a wildlife camera which is currently set up in the creek that runs through the back of the property. This time of year there’s no water in the creek. At this location there are many old oak trees that keep the creek bed in shade most of the time. This particular section has a short slope. Here are some pictures of animals in the creek bed:

Fawn coming down the creek. There is a short steep slope so she/he is being adorably careful

Fawn Being Careful. Young enough to have spots still. 5/20/2017 2:34PM

 

Closer picture of fawn after coming down the slope. Still adorably cute. Young enough to still have spots on his coat.

Made it! A second fawn is at the top of the slope. 5/20/2017 2:34PM

 

Owl from the side with his wings spread since he has just landed

Owl Landing 5/21/2017 4:39AM

This is a Western Screech Owl. You can see a color picture at the Audubon link provided.

 

This is the back of the owl in night vision. Looking for gophers I hope.

Night Owl, dude. 5/21/2017 4:40AM

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