Hi all! 😊
How’s your 2020 going? Good, I hope. For me the year’s been… a lot. LOL. And it’s only February. But it seems like January went on forever. 🙄
Maybe it’s the winter. Less light, shorter days, feeling rushed all the time to fit in everything that I need or want to do. My creativity doesn’t flow as well when everything around seems frozen. Plus, between the entire world burning–literally and figuratively–yeah. Bring on Spring. Please!!! 🌸🌼🌺
Anyway, in the midst of all this, there have been some bright spots, including the upcoming March 9th release of my second sweet romance with Entangled Bliss. This book is one that has been with me a LONG time. And by long, I mean like seven years. I first conceived the idea for this book way back in 2013. It was my first try at a contemporary romance and I wanted a challenge. So, I wondered what type of hero would be a tough sell to readers. Not the Alpha-hole. That’s been done. But maybe one with an odd occupation. A job you don’t normally read about in romance.
How about a tax man? Yep. You heard that right. The IRS. LOL.
Sounds challenging enough, right?
Once I locked that in I went to my heroine. What kind of woman would drive this man to distraction and also make him stand up and take notice (pun intended)? 😉
How about a flighty actress who gets hives if she settles in one spot too long? (Opposites attract trope anyone?)
Next, I needed to figure out a way to bring these two people together. I tried all sorts of things that ended up not working at all. Art thefts, bungled finances, cons of every variety. But nothing felt right. Nothing stuck.
Then real life got in the way, as it so often does, and this manuscript went on hold. When I got back to it, my heart and brain were in different places. I was busy getting my MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and decided to use this story as my thesis novel to see if I could make it work . I tried again to make the pieces fit and became even more discouraged when they didn’t. Everyone loved the beginning–the “Meet Cute” where my heroine is dressed like a giant germ. (Yes, you read that correctly, LOL 🦠). Different versions of the story were requested by editors and it even placed in the Top 50 of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest one year. But after the first chapter, things fell apart. Ugh. So frustrating. So confidence crushing. (I did pass my MFA though. Whew. 😉)
Fast forward to 2017. After lots of struggle, I was publishing again. Yay! I had a new paranormal series out with Tule Publishing. I was working with editors at Harlequin/Mills & Boon, going back and forth with revisions on a story that would eventually become my debut book with the Medicals line in August of 2018, One Night With the Army Doc. And I was contracted by Entangled Bliss to write a new sweet contemporary romance for them called How to Seduce A Bad Boy.
Things were looking up so I decided to pull this story out again. I dusted it off, for the bazillionth time, and made a few tweaks. With fresh eyes, I saw where the problems were, even if I still wasn’t sure how to fix them. I had my agent send it over to my editor at Entangled to see she was interested. Thankfully, she was. We signed a contract and got started. Then she left Entangled in 2018. Uh oh. I feared this book was doomed again, but I was determined to see it through because I loved it . Luckily, my new editor felt the same way.
We worked on revisions, making changes and adding in higher stakes. My dashing tax man became a wounded warrior, injured in the line of duty and dealing with major anxiety issues. My flighty actress returned to her hometown to settle her beloved mother’s estate and discovers her mother left her half a house, which sets off her commitment phobia. Plus, her new co-owner? None other than my sexy tax man. Did I mention they’re also ex-step-siblings? Uh huh. She wants to sell the house and get to Hollywood. He wants to keep it and restore it to its former glory to prove he’s still capable. Not to mention her old crush on him and his determination to stay alone.
Talk about tension. Yes! At last my book baby had a revving engine with two characters I loved. This story is funny and sweet and emotional. It deals with issues that are real and true and not always easy. But finally, this story will be out in the world and honestly, the title does say it all: The best things in life are Worth the Wait. ❤️❤️❤️
Here’s the blurb and cover. I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! 🤓 📚 The Pre-order link is below, as well as a Goodreads link, if you’d like to add it to your TBR pile.
Mandy Reynolds needs a reset on life in so many ways. Her acting career isn’t exactly where she’d hoped it to be. She can’t even get a job as a germ for a commercial. When she inherits half a house she sees it as a sign and heads home to Heavenly Falls, Illinois. She’ll sell the house, and use the money to take her career to the next level in Los Angeles. That is if she can convince her hard-headed––and stupidly gorgeous–– ex-stepbrother, Alex Noonan, to sell fast.
The last time Alex saw Mandy, she was a gangly teen, who followed him around like a sad puppy. But she’s grown into a smart and funny woman, who is as frustrating as she is beautiful. The fact that they have to live in the house––together––while they fix it up, is one temptation he doesn’t need. And while he’s having fun spending time with her, she’s moving on soon, and he needs time to heal.
Plus, she has no idea he’s got a secret that could put a monkey wrench in all of her plans…
Is there something wonderful in your own life you worked for and waited on for a long time before finally having it happen? Tell me in the comments and I’ll select two lucky winners to receive a digital copy of Worth the Wait! (Open internationally. Winners will be selected on 2/24/20 and notified by email) Good Luck! 🍀
Until next time, Happy Reading!