I finally got my official contract from Kensington. It takes what feels like a long time between receiving a 3-book deal to getting the official 20+ page tome of subject heading after subject heading that I mostly have no clue about. That’s when I’m grateful I have my agent, Lauren Abramo, from Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret. I think most of what Kensington offers is set in stone–like the Ten Commandments–but what I concentrate on are my writing deadlines. And when do my books come out? I know my deadlines–and I’ve given myself more time between books now that I’m writing mysteries, but I still don’t know when my books will come out. Kensington won’t decide that until 2018.
My 6th and last romance, SPECIAL DELIVERY, is due out Nov. 7th, and I wanted to give it a fair shot, so I paid for a blog tour. In truth, I thought Kensington would promote my romances, but not so much. MOST writers have to promote themselves these days. That was a learning experience for me, so I’m promoting this one a little myself. Of course, BookBub is the BEST, but I can’t afford it, and it’s harder to get accepted by BookBub than to pass through the eye of the needle these days. The price for my tour isn’t terrible–$60. But it takes a day or two to decide which tour you want and to get everything ready for it if you want each blog stop to be unique with a different excerpt or blog at each spot. And, yes, this is time well-spent. You want to start a good two months before your book comes out. I’m using Goddess Fish Promotions again, and they’re great to work with.
Now, with the business stuff behind me, I can concentrate on my favorite thing–writing. The first mystery is done and sent. And this time, probably because I just finished writing them–I’ve added a romance subplot to the clues and red herrings. This is where it got a little bit tricky. I’ve been reading (okay, I’m a little obsessed with) Jenna Bennett’s Savannah Martin series. She mixes mystery and romance into almost a fusion. There’s lots of TALK about sex (nothing graphic, though), lots of steam, and gritty murders. It makes for an intoxicating cocktail.
This is the thing, though. I’m finishing book #10, and Rafe and Savannah still aren’t married. It almost feels like the TV show Castle. The chemistry is intoxicating, and they keep growing closer, but how long can you flirt with HEA and not deliver? I’m thinking they get married in the next book. Thank God. But this prolonged tease let me know that even though in romances, the HEA comes at the end of the book, that’s not the way it works in other genres.
I make no secret that I’m an Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs fan–from the days I wrote urban fantasy. And werewolves and werelions don’t just walk in and sweep the heroines off their feet either. It took a few books before the hot guys won the hotter women. So, I didn’t let my characters–Jazzi and Ansel–walk down the aisle in book one and have their HEA. I don’t think I can come up with one diversion after another for 10 books, but I know that stalling is a good thing. And dead bodies are great distractions to keep heroines and heroes too busy to plan ahead. But what happens after the “death do us part” clicks in? Do things get (yawn) boring? I’m thinking of Castle and other TV shows. Can you keep them interesting after marriage? What do you think? I was a sucker for Tommy and Tuppence, Nick and Nora, and marriage didn’t hurt them. Any opinions?
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