Thursday, November 01, 2018

Happy November!

Welcome from Ireland and happy November!
And welcome to all my new readers from the latest Royal Wedding hop! That was huge fun, and it was lovely to see happy news on the TV for a change! Congratulations to the happy couple.

No, I’ve not moved house, I’m  here in Eire visiting friends. And getting a tour around one of the biggest online games companies in the world! I’m in Cork, which is a beautfiful city in the middle of stunning countryside.

Tonight, Hallowe’en, we saw the Shandon Dragon Parade, with floats, music and totally amateur participants. Many of the floats were made of Sellotape, to make them glow in the dark. I had such fun! Aqnd I would love to write more paranormal romance, but the pundits are saying there is no call for it, Nobody wants it. For now I have to bow to convention and get on with the other genres, but I can’t believe the market is so low. But we haven’t had a blockbuster since Twilight, and that was Young Adult, which I don’t write.
However, my historicals are idoing well, and I have a new series starting next year. Boundless will be out in December, the last book in the Shaws series. I really loved the opportunity to tell the stories of the members of the notorious Shaw family who didn’t get a story in the Emperors of London. But with Livia’s story, they all have their tales. Thank you so much for buying me and making it possible for me to tell more stories.

My next series is underway, the first book in the Society for Single Ladies will be out next year. It’s a new series about new people set in the luscious surroundings of mid-Georgian times. Detectives abound in a crime-ridden landscape that is very different to our own. I’ve always been fascinated by the history of crime and criminal justice, and now I get to indulge my love.
I’m working on a new proposal, too, for a different kind of story, but it’s a bit of a risk. Historical  detective with less romance, more ‘orrible murders? What do you think?
The historical romance market is “soft,” but I’m not going to abandon it. But neither do I really want to go completely indie. Honestly, my promotion skills aren’t good. I can’t do the “buy my book” thing, but I’ve found my niche, and I’m happy here. More or less, although recently, like a lot of authors, I’m getting a lot of self doubt. I will always write, but whether I’ll do it for publication, or carry on reaching for the big prizes isn’t so certain. I get a feeling that if I do my own thing and tell the stories I really feel I want to, that would be more fulfilling for me and for my readers.
I flail at life, at everything except writing, really. And my doll’s houses. But I have a wonderful family who keep me on the straight and narrow, and thank heaven for them!
I’ve also got a contemporary romance trilogy going at Tule, but as yet, no release dates. It was so nice to write about the world we live in, and it’s a good contrast with the historicals. I’ll let you know the dates as soon as I know.