Worth the Risk Release Date Update

The release date for Worth the Risk has been moved forward to June 13, 2018. This time travel romance with an immortal hero and a modern, sometimes psychic heroine, is shaping up to be my longest novel to date, so it has taken longer than I anticipated to complete. In the meantime, the good news is the pre-order period available in most markets has been extended with the price set to $2.99. Pre-order on Amazon at this price will be made available for a short time before release. I am also considering a box set of the previous books, but until then, the single titles available to catch you up to Worth the Risk are, in order:

The Castle - This novella length story is set in the fantasy world of time travelers and introduces Heather and her ill-fated love with the immortal Eric.

If I Stay - A full length novel, this story is set mostly in Regency England and also the fantasy world of the time travelers. The heroine, Ariana (Heather and Eric's daughter), is a time traveler with amnesia, and her hero is Justin, a Regency duke.

An Unsuitable Entanglement - This novella length story is set mostly in the fantasy world of the time travelers, with time traveling stops along the way! The heroine is Alison, a time traveler who begins her adventures with a hero far less serious than she, the outrageous Lord Percy from Regency England (the best friend of Justin).

Ghost of a Promise - this full length novel is a departure from the world of time travelers, but here, in this romantic suspense story set in a contemporary setting, is where you'll meet Carrie, the future heroine in Worth the Risk. But if you want to jump in here, to this first of the two stories featuring the Riley siblings, feel free to do so! Ben Riley, Carrie's brother, must work out the mystery of his death (yep, it's a ghost story) and save his wife Beth, who is the troubled heroine at the mercy of the worst in-laws a husband could ever imagine.


Carrie and Eric (aka Nick until she learns his secret) have an epic adventure coming to you soon, I promise!

Monday, October 26, 2009

How visual are you?

Lately, I've been hearing - - or I should say, seeing a lot of writers use visual aids in their writing process. Some go full out with an elaborate collage. It might be made up of pictures of characters, scenery and locations, or even objects. The idea is it's whatever is personally inspiring to the author. And I keep saying I will do a full collage, but considering how much time I spend just selecting one picture, I probably won't. The close as I usually come to a visual aid is downloading a screen saver. (And it also explains why I rarely have a picture with my blog post!)

But on my WIP, River of Tears, I wanted to get a visual of a scene in New Zealand. Being as I had never been there, I thought it would help. So off I went, looking for the "perfect" scenery pictures. Oh, boy.

My hero and heroine are at a lookout point overlooking a river with a waterfall and a rope bridge. I needed the waterfall in the distance. Not too close. They aren't getting sprayed by water or else I'd have to have them decked out in ponchos. The same went for the river. It has to be rushing fast enough to be loud enough to cover the noise of an approaching helicoptor. (I won't get into that.) And the rope bridge is old. Most I found were too modern or "safe" with touristy guard rails and such . Finally I found just the right one. I'd show you, but it wound up being one that cost something like $400 for the rights. No kidding! So, ah, no. Use your imagination!
I think I found the process something like Goldilocks may have felt. Not too hot, not too cold, etc. So, perfection was my downfall, but I still got an idea of what I was looking for. The images are in my head, but I'll probably not be making a collage any time soon.
How visual are you? Do you write while having pictures posted around you for inspiration? If so, how much time do you spend looking for those pictures and is it, in your opinion, time well spent?


  1. Wow, what a great question, but it's one with a varied answer. Obviously you know that I'm a picture person. I do love my pictures. For my latest wip, Yours for Eternity, I knew exactly who would play my hero. But I was unsure of my heroine. I had an idea of what I wanted her to look like, but it took me close to two hours to look through pictures and decide. As far as the setting, again I knew what I wanted so it didn't take long.

    To me, I think pictures are worth a thousand words. And when you get several together they are worth a lot more. I've never been to the Middle East, so I feel the best way for me to capture the culture with words is to experience that culture as best I can.

    When I wrote BtH, I originally had a scene depicting the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle. Again, I had never been there so I did the best I could with what resources were available (mostly online pictures). When a critique partner read it she was amazed that I had never been there. So yes, to me, getting pictures are worth the time.

  2. Yes, you are a picture person, but from what I see on your blog, it is definitely time well spent. :) The pictures are an integral part of your plotting.

    I've never really plotted extensively in the very beginning. And yes, it does come back to bite me. But I do want a few pictures for the scenes as I'm working on them. And I realized from a comment on the Revenge blog that it's not just inspirational, but sometimes essential to have pictures. An interior shot helps me to remember where the windows and furniture are!


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