Friday, August 19, 2016

Starting Over by Jenny Gardiner

I decided it was time to spin off my It's Reigning Men series, which coincided with an extra book deadline (I'd added another book with one of my editors, which I thought I had time for but then realized I was going to have to really bust my butt to get done in time). I'd set up the spin-off in A Court Gesture, so I thought it would be totally easy to just go from there. Ha! I clearly had forgotten how long it took me to get into the groove with the It's Reigning Men series. As a reader I am sometimes dismayed when I start a book in the series, love it  madly, then read subsequent books in the series and am frustrated by how awful they are. But I was really glad with this series that I think the books improved as I continued the story, got deeper into the world and the people in the world.

So with a new series, well, guess what? That's a whole new world, and all new people, even if they are linked somewhat. So Red Hot Romeo, book one of The Royal Romeo series (set at a magnificent vineyard in Tuscany) did not come easy. Aside from just trying to encourage that story to come out of my imagination, there was the huge amount of research I had to undertake as well. It was the first book I was a week late getting to my editor, but hey, I got it there! Finally! And I love the story. It was a good lesson in hunkering down, staying up late, and just getting it done. I hope you'll have a chance to check it out and if you do please let me know what you think!

Have a great rest of the summer!

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