I have been in contact with my publisher at Harlequin Historical about having the rights to my first three books revert back to me. The titles are:
The Angel and the Outlaw
The Rebel and the Lady
Texas Wedding for their Baby’s Sake
They are currently considering it! These earlier stories are very special to me. I look forward to going through and editing them — making them shine again. I feel I have grown as a writer since they were originally written. Check back for updates!
Publishing has always been a fluid enterprise. With the advent of ebooks that fluidity has increased dramatically as publishers sought to stay ahead of the curve and tried to figure out the next trend in books that would capture the reading public’s interest. That said, I recently received a letter from a reader who had just learned that the historical western line at Harlequin Historical had closed as of January 2019. I thought I’d share it here, along with my answer for those of you wondering what’s next…
A belated Happy New Year to you! What can your readers expect from you now that Harlequin Historical is not publishing western romances? A reader (She gave me her name, but I am withholding it here.)
Thank you for asking! Although I hated to see Harlequin’s Historical Western line close, I personally was ready to move in a different direction than historical westerns. Harlequin asked me to write Medieval or Regency stories, and although I enjoy reading them, I do not have the enthusiasm to dive into all that research and actually write one. Currently, I am taking a sabbatical from writing to figure out my next step.
I will admit…It is hard to stay away from writing. I enjoy stories so much — watching them at the movies, reading them, and writing them.
I will let my readers know when the next book is well underway, but be prepared to see something different.
Until then, thank you so much for reaching out to me with your question. I hope your 2019 is a great year for you as well!
I have loved fairy tales since I was small. It’s probably why, after reading all the ones in the Red Fairy Tale Book and the Blue Fairy Tale Book, I graduated to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and then on to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. Lately though, I’ve been reading a lot of very heavy non-fiction and biographies. So, in recently discovering Jenni James and her individually unique take on classic fairy tales has been a ray of whimsy in an otherwise serious and practical stack of books. Even her book cover is enchanting!
Sometimes I just enjoy pure fantasy and fun in the midst of all the strife and seriousness of the world today. This take on the Frog Prince fairy tale by Jenni James was a pure delight to read. Fast-paced, unique in its twists, and sparkling dialogue–I enjoyed it so much! Escape-reading to be sure. Recommended for anyone in need of a break from reality!
One nice thing about finishing a contract with my publisher, is that it allows me time to read a few books on my TBR (To Be Read) shelf. I first heard of the man Dietrich Bonhoeffer a year ago, and from then on his name seemed to come up frequently. Everything about him fascinated me and so I knew I had to read Eric Metaxas biography on this man as soon as I was done writing my last book. I just finished and here is my take on this book…
Powerful biography of a fascinating man and his life. The methodical illumination by the author of Bonhoeffer’s love for Germany and for God and the conflict brought about by Hitler’s regime that threatened everyone until he felt he had to make a stand, gave me new insight into the harrowing times and also into this intelligent, thoughtful, insightful man. His life was an example and challenge to move beyond complacency in one’s faith walk and strive for a deeper relationship with God and then put faith into action.
I wish I’d had the chance to meet him in person. What a humble hero! I highly recommend this biography.
“If it is I who determines where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature. But if God determines where he is to be found, then it will be in a place which is not immediately pleasing to my nature and which is not all congenial to me. This place is the Cross of Christ. And whosever would find him must go to the foot of the Cross, as the Sermon on the Mount commands. This is not according to our nature at all, it is entirely contrary to it. But this is the message of the Bible, not only in the New but also in the Old Testament.” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]
I know it is not even Autumn yet, but I wanted to share my newest release with you!
Harlequin has released it on its own site on September 1st (for a nice discount!) and then
Amazon and Barnes and Noble released the print copy on September 18th
and will release the ebook on October 1st.