A Prior Engagement is a finalist in the reader-judged Romance Writers of Australia 'Romantic Book of the Year' contest, better known as the Ruby. The winner will be announced in August. The fourth and final of my SAS heroes series for SuperRomance, this 'back from the dead' book came about through my fascination with Lee Davis, a character I'd killed off in Here Comes The Groom.
By the time I started writing Stand-In Wife I was playing with bringing him back and by book three - Bring Him Home - I'd evolved the set-up that allowed me to resurrect him. And I'd also fleshed out his fiancée Juliet Browne, whose story I always meant to tell. She was originally going to find a new guy through his army buddies' matchmaking but Lee proved impossible to replace. So I thought, why replace him? And I loved the concept of a man coming home to discover the woman who'd rejected his proposal wearing his ring and ensconced in the bosom of his family. What fun. Of course once I started thinking and reading about the effects of captivity I realized that the guy who returned wouldn't be the same man who'd left and the story became less comic and more complex...
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And speaking of Aussies, a new project!
I'm thrilled to be developing a a self-published anthology with Sarah Mayberry and Joan Kilby. I'll be writing one of three novellas with an Outback theme, based around three good friends - each of our heroines. I love the writing of these wonderful writers, if you haven't discovered them yet, go visit their sites immediately - Sarah Mayberry and Joan Kilby. We're working toward publishing this year.
100,000 words and editing - Zander's book
It's coming! I know you've heard that for a while now but it's got to be good, really good before I publish. The eternal optimist, I keep thinking it's nearly done. Right now I'm fleshing out subplots and then I'll do a third edit to remove what my former editor Victoria Curran calls RUE's (resist urge to explain). Just let the story unfold, Karina. So it's unfolding people...(and unfolding, and unfolding). I promise it'll be worth the wait.
For those new to my books, rocker Zander Freedman is the reprobate brother of Devin Freedman who was the hero of What The Librarian Did? Zander also has cameos in Bring Him Home and my May 2013 release, A Prior Engagement. He's selfish, talented, vain, charismatic, brutally frank and a master of self-deception. Yet some readers actually like this alphahole which forced me to ask myself the fatal question. 'Can he be redeemed?'
'Absolutely not,' was my immediate reply.
'Great!' said my muse, 'let's do it!'
'Wait, just a sec," I said, because my Muse likes to make me suffer. 'Let's bring Zander into A Prior Engagement and see if I can actually spend nine months with this alphahole.' And Zander came in, blustering and arrogant, with a smidgeon of humility and made me laugh. So I'm working on a Zander book.
Faced with losing his golden voice, rock star Zander Freedman intends consolidating his musical legacy with an autobiography. For this master of hype, hiring a respected literary biographer is simply about creating more buzz.
All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her to. Not make him think. Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out. And certainly not fall in love for the first time in his life. Read a first draft of their meet here.
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He's back from the dead, on a new mission... because two can play her game!
After two years as a POW presumed dead, SAS soldier Lee Davis is finally going home. Back to his family, friends and...fiancée? He doesn't have a fiancée...the night before his last deployment, Juliet Browne rejected his proposal. That makes the sight of her playing the grieving almost-wife beyond infuriating. Feigning amnesia, Lee decides to put Juliet's "commitment" to the test.