I just returned from Lake Tahoe, only to find that autumn has most definitely arrived. Sometimes I feel like I go, go, go and changes happen so subtely that I never really absorb it until the change is so complete, I have no choice but to notice.
This whole year has been like that for me. Sometimes it takes a vacation just to rest, settle and put things into perspective properly. Then pieces start to fall into place and make sense.
As far as writing goes, I’ve had a tumultuous, rewarding year…one of those kind of years where you cultivate a ton and await the publishing rewards the following year. I found out from agent this week that THE HOMETOWN HERO RETURNS, my first Harlequin Silhouette Special Edition book in the Harbor Town series comes out in April vs. May, and the second in August. I cannot wait to see the cover for THHR. My editor was very pleased with the manuscript–even said it took a lot for her to tear up when reading, but she did with the THHR not once, but several times.
I hope readers will venture into the contemporary category genre with me. For me, the change isn’t all that great as far as writing, but I’m sure it will displease some. Good thing I’m continuing to write erotics, both for Berkley and Samhain.:) I’ve always said my first priority is romance, and the only difference between a straight contemp and an erotic is how that growing sense of love, wonder and attachment is communicated between the hero and heroine. Sex can be a wonderful means for communicating that connection, at times raw, intimidating, and primal, and others gentle, cherishing and sweet. In the contemporary category romance, sexual tension plays just as prime of a role, but the sense of growing connection comes from other things, such as plot, characterization and dialogue. All of this is true for the erotic romance, as well, but the primary language for h/h communication is what differs.
It’s fall versus summer, so I’m really starting to look forward to the release of EXPLOSIVE, the contemporary erotic suspense I have coming out December 7 from Berkley Heat. Lea from the Closetreader blog has been working overtime on my video for EXPLOSIVE. I love what she did with RELEASE’s video, and I think I’m going to love this one as much. I had so many requests for the EXPLOSIVE bookmark, by the way, that I’m having trouble keeping up. Thanks for the interest, and I’ll do my best to get out each and every one.
Autumn also means that my new, re-vamped Beth Kery/Bethany Kane website is just around the corner in December. Frauke, the genius behind CrocoDesigns, has been working on it for month, so I’m so excited for its debut.
As the trees start to turn and the air turns brisk, I hope you’re awaiting a bountiful harvest in some aspect of your world this year.