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, December 16, 2010

First Page Woes

I'm posting again before the last post has had time to settle in! This is what happens when on vacation. Fall semester finished and a nice long break until the Spring semester starts January 10. Yay!

I had to post again because of finding two very interesting blogs of note dealing with my Achilles heel -- first pages. First, Writer Unboxed has a great blog about this in a Q & A: First-page problems. Greatest problems cited: back story, info dump, exposition, throat clearing and setup. No big surprises in the culprits, but some good advice that may click when heard a different way.

Second, by the same author, Ray Rhamey, there is a link from this article to the author's information packed blog Flogging the Quill, where he has a Flogometer Challenge: Can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? You can vote yourself on whether you'd read on, see the results to the poll, and read Ray's insightful input. I think it's kind of fun to see how my opinion rates against others.

I'm not so sure I'll take the challenge by submitting, but the examples are interesting to read and learn from. As usual, I can see from the work of others what works and doesn't much more clearly than I can in my own.

Currently, I'm still having a nagging voice in my head say I should revise and rearrange my first chapter(s) -- again. Has anyone ever tried the trick of moving up a later portion of your book (such as the third chapter) for the first and find it works?


  1. I'm glad you get to have a nice long break from school--you certainly deserve it! Hope you get a chance to do what you want to do. :)

    As for first pages, I've found that it can change a LOT as I write the story. Sometimes it takes me a while to fine-tune things so that I start at the right spot. So I don't worry at the outset about making the first pages perfect--I save that for when the story is complete. :) I've actually had to ADD to the beginning for a couple of my stories. LOL

  2. Donna, I think that makes perfect sense to wait until the story is complete. But I still feel compelled to mess with it! LOL

    Yep, I have been getting a chance to do what I want to do on my break...which isn't a lot, but it's what I want to do. :)

    Hope you are enjoying your new job! Is it temporary? I hope you continue to find the time to post your blog, which I enjoy so much! :)


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