After spending several hours doing yard work (out at 7 A.M. before the heat advisory set in once again in Charlotte), I have been working on a new novella (tentative title “His American Lovesong”). I conceived this piece taking a totally different direction from what it has. Originally, the girl was to be a bit “bungling” – you know, falling in the pond, etc., but it has not come together that way. It probably comes from the fact that I thought it would be funny if the main female character got sprayed by a skunk. The only problem is there are no skunks in England. As this is a Regency romance, my concept changed, and the work has taken on a life of its own. Unfortunately, that happens to me often. I plan one path for the characters, and another one “magically appears.”
It seems that Ulysses Press is considering my “Touch” series. I have finished the first two and am working on the third. The new mystery “The Phantom of Pemberley” should be out within three weeks. I am anxious for its release. Supposedly, several large orders are expected if we can get it out by that time.