If you've ever been to New Orleans, you'll know Jackson Square is one of the best places to visit. It's full of history, museums, shops, and the sidewalks often have vendors and artists. So, it was a no-brainer to have my characters exploring the area in Destination: Romance.
Of course, as an author, I get to play a little loose with reality as I describe things that happen there. When I visited New Orleans as a teen, I don't remember seeing a caricature artist there. But let's be honest, it fits. So, when my characters find one, it feels right even if it never happened to me in real life.
Of course, a book needs more than just two characters. Today, we're going to chat about a few of the other characters in my book that releases NEXT WEEK, Destination: Romance.
Are you wondering if the idea behind a Roadtrip Romance came from well ... a roadtrip, you're right. And not, at the same time. Want me to explain?
Once upon a time, a long time ago (at least it feels that way with every passing year), I took a trip with two college friends over Spring Break. Good start? It only has a little bit to do with the book I wrote.
Anyway, that trip wasn't planned the best. We traveled from TN to FL and then back up to AR for a few days before back to TN and school. But what do college freshmen know about planning trips? We had fun anyway, and were young enough that the hours in the car didn't bother us. We rocked out to music, flirted with the cute guys in the car next to ours, and laughed together.
Are you ready to finally see the cover for my June release?
This series (my first) has been several years in the making, and I'm thrilled to be able to see it coming true. This first book is called Destination: Romance, and includes cities like New Orleans, Gulf Shores, Atlanta, and Memphis. That's right. It's a roadtrip romance. And I think it's a lot of fun. Not that I'm biased or anything. ;-)
Because this series is a little different, we went with a different style cover from some of my others. This one has more cartoonish figures with one of the city scapes in the background. Are you ready to see what you think? See below!
A writer's brain never stops. At least, mine doesn't.
I'm constantly coming up with new ideas for stories and blogs. And this is a good thing, most of the time.
Last year, I started out with a plan to write two stories and get at least one more contract. Instead, I wrote three novels, most of a novella, a couple proposals, and got contracts for a three-book series and two more novellas. Needless to say, I'm not upping my goals this year.
That being said, want to know what I plan to work on writing-wise in 2022?
This month, I put my characters through the big D. And I do mean Dallas.
While I thought I had written my second roadtrip romance last November, my publisher didn't love the way I had gone about it. So, in order to get the contracts, I needed to rewrite it.
I don't know about you, but once I get my head wrapped around something one way, it's hard for me to picture it any other. Especially after pounding out about 60,000 words about it that way.
But, onward and upward. This month, I finally got to tackle it. And, I have to admit, I like this version better.
Remember the Roadtrip Romances I've been talking about for almost two years now?
Last week, I signed a contract for all three of my Roadtrip Romances. The first, Destination: Fun (Romance) will release June 2022. Roadtrip for One (Two) will release December 2022. And Operation: Find a Job (Guy) will release June 2023. I'm so excited to share these stories of the various trips Katie, Bree, and Skye take and how they don't turn out quite like expected. Tons of fun locations, friendships, and of course, romance, is on its way.
But that's not all!
I also got a contract for another novella. This will release in a collection called Love in Any Season. My story will be called The Missing Piece, about Beth and Tommy and a quilt shop their moms run. It's going to be a fun collection with authors Regina Merrick, Sarah Crouch, and Heather Greer, and I know you're going to love them all. Look for that collection to come out September 2022.
In case you don't know what this all means, it means I better get busy and quit letting my muse take a vacation! Ha! I have some rewrites and first writes to do as well as polishing a few other things, but I'm thrilled to continue releasing stories to share with you.
And now I want to know. Are you as excited as I am? Which story intrigues you most?
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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