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!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Reader's Gamble: A Test Run

Ah, the excitement of a new beginning. New jobs, first days of school, or moving into a new home. It's a fresh start. It's all about possibilities and anticipating what comes next. It's also the beginning of a journey we hope we will want to stay and enjoy for a considerable time to come. We might even say to ourselves, please don't let this be a mistake! Don't let me invest in big dreams only to find out later my classmates or co-workers will make my life miserable, or the new house will be a money pit.

It's a gamble. We don't know what the new beginning will hold and likely will get burned a time or two.

As readers, we take the gamble willingly with the beginning of every book we read. Hoping to live vicariously through interesting characters, we also say to ourselves, don't let this be a mistake! Of course, reading mistakes are a lot easier to get out of than other mistakes, but you still hope the bells and whistles in a beginning aren't deceptive.

Trying for that balance, here is my current beginning for my WIP:

I couldn’t say we hadn’t been warned. No, I couldn’t say there hadn’t been a sign with the words “Keep Out” written in big block letters bolted to a chain link fence. There had been. In fact, the warning posted by the New Zealand Park Authorities had been so obvious that there hadn’t been a chance of resisting temptation. Ben Riley was an adventurer on the trail of unknown treasure, and because I loved him, so was I.

Is this paragraph hook enough for a reader's gamble? I have no idea, but I'm curious for any impressions. From only this paragraph, what kind of story do you expect to come next? Really...tell me. LOL

What kind of story would your reader expect from your beginning?


  1. Yikes! Looks like your blog is getting revenge on me because MY blog eats up your comments! LOL

    So let me give it another try! I like the opening. I can tell we've got two adventurers here, although one is a little more reluctant (or less experienced?) than the other. I am expecting more of an action/adventure type story rather than a straight romance, since the narrator has already admitted loving this man. :)

    I definitely want to know what kind of treasure it is, since they're willing to break the rules. :)

  2. Sorry about the lost comment! Bad blog! Quit trying to get revenge. LOL

    I'm so glad you tried again. :) I'm shamelessly begging for feedback here. LOL Great! Your assessment (see how sneaky I was trying to be to get it, rather than just saying how do you like it? LOL) works for me. That's about what I was looking for - - just a hint of the characters' personalities and the adventure set up. I know it seems non-traditional to have her admit to loving him already, but it seemed like one of those things first person POV "told" me to do, if that makes sense. LOL This is a love story, but the loved-lost-loved again kind, with seemingly mismatched hero and heroine. This first chapter is the "happy" time but the heroine feels like she's out of her league to keep up with her adventurer. The second chapter starts three years later in third person in the hero's POV with no return to the heroine's POV for a long time. (The description is in the sidebar for River of Tears.) Thanks a bunch for the feedback! :)


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