Wow! It’s been a busy summer, especially this past month. I loved celebrating my new website with all of you– thanks again to everyone who entered– and also presented to the Indiana Romance Writers on goal setting. That motivated me to push for some goals of my own.
I’m happy to report that I completed all five, though it took until 3:30 p.m. on the last day of the month to do it. But I’m especially excited about completing Goal #2: “Read Thief.”
“Thief” refers The Thief of Hearts, a Victorian-set historical romance I wrote before my Red Hot Russians series sold. At the time, my agent advised me to focus on contemporary romance for the foreseeable future. But now that Red Hot Russians is complete, and I’m self-publishing, the time feels right to take another look at Thief.
After reading it, I’m happy to say that I love the book as much as I did when I set it aside in 2014. It still needs some work, (and possibly a new title), but the story of an earl’s daughter who flees an arranged betrothal only to fall for a Cockney street thief with a heart of gold, still captivated me. It’s a mash-up of Oliver Twist, Downton Abbey, with a dash of two of my all-time favorite historical romances: Lisa Kleypas’ “Dreaming of You,” and “The Proposition” by Judith Ivory.
I hope to share Constance and Alex’s story with you someday soon.
I’ll be working on edits this fall as well as reading the sequel, which I expect is in much rougher shape. Ideally, I’d like to publish them close together, but no decision or timeline yet. Right now, it’s a fond farewell to August, and summertime, as I head out with my husband to see our favorite Beatles tribute band.
In the immortal words of John Lennon, “All You Need Is Love.”
Happy Labor Day, everyone!