So what’s next for 2017?

So as the year wraps up, I find myself pondering the long list of mistakes I made this year and planning how to do better next year.

First of all, Dark Bargains has been kind of a disaster. I deviated from my original outline and lost all of my momentum. The story is still there, but it has changed so much that it’s just not coming together. I’m still slogging away at it, but it’s really not working well in the serial format with the changes and I’m strongly considering scrapping that and just releasing it as a novel. Either way, it *will* be finished in 2017. I apologize for the delay, but sometimes this just doesn’t work like paint-by-numbers the way I’d like it to.

I really should have started on the Andrew story from The Winter Billionaires series already.  Honestly, I never expected the Winter’s Heat story to take off the way it did, so you guys caught me off guard without a follow-up ready. Billionaires haven’t really been my thing as a reader or a writer, so I’m still figuring that out as I go. It’s taken six months, but I’ve finally got some good ideas coming together and you can look forward to that in 2017. I’m thinking it’s probably going to be a bit shorter (Winter’s Heat was 120,000 words, about 500 pages in print which is *long*), and I’m still on the fence about whether I want to write and release it in the same serial format or whether to just publish it as a novel when the story is done. Given the number of one-star reviews I’ve gotten on Winter’s Heat for being a serial with cliffhangers, I’m strongly leaning towards doing the novel, though.

With One Word has been a quiet success. It’s not a huge seller, but the people who do read it seem to like it. That makes me happy, because it’s the kind of story that I really wanted to tell and why I started this pen name in the first place. I want to do more books like that. Innocence Whispers, Willow’s story, is 1/3 of the way done and as my Christmas present to me I’m dropping everything else for the rest of the year in a push to get it finished and published in January. The cover is ready, so I just need to finish the book. If I’m happy with it (and if my readers like it) I’ve got stories lined up for Willow’s friends Tegan and Lauren as well.

I’ve also got ideas for a couple of other series (novel-length series, not serial installments) sitting on the back burner. One is a set of military romances based around a team of former special forces hotties who provide international security in the nastier parts of the world as well as doing hostage rescues and anti-terrorism ops.  Another is a set of contemporaries about three brothers living in a small town in Texas who each desperately needs the right woman to come along and heal his mangled heart. I’d like to get to those sooner rather than later, but we’ll see how things turn out.

So while 2016 was kind of a mess, overall it was positive. In 2017 I’ll work to stay on point instead of being scattershot about publishing in different genres,  and I’ll be publishing more. I published over 300,000 words in 2016, and I fully expect to publish twice that much in 2017 as I’ve got close to 100k words of it already written. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for it, anyway.


14 thoughts on “So what’s next for 2017?

  1. I just read With One Word today & immediately looked for Willow’s story on Amazon. I will order it as soon as you release it. Loved the fight with Grant & Ray btw. Loved Holly & Trish & Willow each strong in their own way. I enjoyed Aiden’s bit of remorse too. All gratifying. Good read! Would love to see Grant & Holly appear even briefly in future books, maybe celebrating life events like college graduation or pregnancy/birth. Thanks!


    • I spent the morning trying to figure out a publishing schedule for the year. Innocence Whispers, Dark Bargains, and Andrew’s sequel to Winter’s Heat are currently in progress to one degree or another and I’ve been juggling them around to decide which projects need to be prioritized.

      I have tentatively put Innocence Whispers into the schedule as the main project for February to be completed in March. It’s currently sitting at about 30,000 out of 75,000 words completed. I really need to bump up the next couple of installments of Dark Bargains, though, because I’ve left my readers hanging on those way too long. I think if I push I can get two Dark Bargains installments and Innocence Whispers out the door by the end of March. That’s the plan, anyway. I’d like to get the Dark Bargains series wrapped up for my poor, neglected readers before summer (I really am sorry, guys!!!). Then if things go the way they’re supposed to, I should have my plate cleared off to start the Winter’s Heat sequel in May or June and have it complete by the end of the year.


  2. I have not read your work yet, but I wanted to say I really prefer a Novel over a serial hands down.. I hate cliffhangers with a passion. I do look forward to the release of “Bargain”, the Novel. 😉


    • Whenever I write something as a serial, I will always release it in a novelized format when it’s completed. Different people consume their reading material in different ways, though.

      I know some writers who put up a chapter at a time on their blog and their readers follow along that way until it’s finished and published. Personally that would drive me crazy because of the way that I write, but it works for them.

      I’ve had a number of people email me and tell me that they enjoy getting stories in this format because they can read an installment on the way to work and the cliffhanger keeps them interested until the next part becomes available. And despite the novelized versions of my serials being available (and prominently advertised at the end of the freebie first serial installment as a cheaper way to get the whole thing at once) I still sell as many or more copies of the serialized versions every month as I do of the novelized versions.

      I’m kind of reluctant to argue with them when they’re paying me. 🙂

      I doubt I’m going much further with the serial thing, though. It was a mistake with Dark Bargains. I’m going to do the next Winter Billionaires run (Andrew’s Story) as a serial, but I think that after that I’m going to stick to novels.


  3. I love your books!!! I love full length novels, but serials keep me engaged and dying to know what happens. I read With One Word and fell in love with it!! Now I can’t wait for Willows story!!! Any word on its release date?


    • I don’t have a release date, yet. It’s in progress and I do intend to complete it, but I’ve been dealing with personal issues that have made it difficult to get much – if any – writing done.


      • I understand completely. You take as much time as you need. I was just curious because I loved the first one so much. I love everything I’ve read of yours so far. Thank You for replying!!


      • Thank *you* for enjoying my books. 🙂

        Most likely when I get back to writing again I’ll be completing Dark Bargains, since I’ve kept those poor readers at a standstill for so long. But I really do want to finish Willow’s story. With One Word is still one of the books I’m the most proud of writing, even though a lot of people didn’t care for it much. I’m hoping that I’ll be as happy with Innocence Whispers when it’s finished.


  4. Every time I read With One Word I always go online and check to see if Willows Story has been finished yet. I’m so looking forward to reading it when it’s done. I have theories and am curious to see if I am right. It is my most anticipated upcoming reading.


    • Hi, Tiffany. It’s on my To Do list for 2018, along with finishing up Dark Bargains and the new Winter’s Fall series. It’s taken me a while to get back in the saddle, but I’m finally making some progress on writing again. Not as fast as I’d like, but I’m getting there. And Willow’s story will get done, I promise.


  5. Omg let me just tell you I love your books. I live in NYC. I usually don’t do this but on my way to boxing class I couldn’t stop walking while reading With One Word. I was so close to the end I needed to finish it. I can’t wait to hear Willows story. I keep checking B&N website so I can add it to my nook collection. Now I only see 2 Daek Bargains so can you walk me through the process. Thank you how did you come up with Holly story? When I read it. It seems so real what Holly & Willow went through. How’d you get so deep into the character?


    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I promise you that I haven’t forgotten about Willow. I have almost half of that book already written, and I’m hoping when I get back to it that it won’t take long to finish. The hardest part has been keeping the timeline straight because the time periods of the books overlap.

      There are only two installments of Dark Bargains available now. I’m working on #3. I’m *hoping* to do one a month and get it completed sometime in June, but I’ve got a lot going on and I’m just now getting caught up and back to writing at anything like my former pace. Everything out there that I’ve started will get completed this year, though. I’m so sorry it has taken so long, but sometimes life just gets in the way.

      Holly’s story didn’t start out nearly as dark when I originally envisioned it. I’d planned it to be more along the lines of a novel-length story like my Lessons in Love novellas. But it didn’t have nearly enough punch to it to carry it for that kind of length, so I combined it with a second idea I had for a new adult story about a girl escaping a borderline abusive family life and starting over and finding true love when she never expected it. It just kind of grew from there, with Willow and Ray popping up along the way. A lot of people think it’s over the top, but unfortunately Holly’s mother and Ray are out there in real life. It wasn’t until I finished it that I realized just how dark it had become, but I wasn’t about to change anything. I love that book. It’s my favorite out of everything that I’ve written over the last 7 years. Others have sold more and gotten better reviews, but I’m still more proud of it.


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