Today I’m announcing THE PLUS ONE CHRONICLES that I plan to begin self publishing at the end of February 2013. It’s a “serial” project, and will be released in installments. The first one, as I said, will be released at the end of February, and the second one-to-two months after that, and the ones after that will be as quickly as I can write them, and get then professionally and brutally edited. To write WELL takes time.
My plan is to release them in electronic format at first. Then for each two serials I release, I plan to package them together into a trade-sized paperback, if I can do it cost effectively. That is the part I’m still not completely sure of yet, but very much want to do.
Here’s the thing, I love this project, I believe it in and so I am investing in it, including hiring a very experienced editor (she works for a well-know publisher, and I am thrilled to work with her on this!), and various other professionals that will help me make this Plus One Chronicles as strong as I can.
This project is a labor of love. Many years ago I pitched a story to my then-editor, but she had a problem with the heroine. You see, the heroine had a physical disability and my editor kept calling her crippled due to her slight limp. I want to clarify, this was a great editor, whom I both liked and respected immensely. But I loved that heroine and knew that the editor and I simply didn’t have the same vision for her, so I pulled the project and turned down the contract offer.
It simply wasn’t the right time for that heroine’s book. I knew it in my gut, and I am so very glad now that I listened to my gut.
Then a few years later, BLB (nickname for my son) had his accident. At first I didn’t see the similarity between that heroine and what my son was enduring, probably because I was so focused on BLB’s recovery. But as time went on, that heroine came back to me and this time, she wasn’t leaving. In the years she has grown and changed (in my head) and now it is time for her story.
And she has a hero that is worthy of her, I think
Now, here is the cover, designed by Patricia Schmitt
Here is the blurb:
Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he’ll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he’d see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.
Kat Thayne has been in survival mode for six years, hiding behind the sweet creations for her bakery. But when a random carjacking brings her face-to-face with her darkest fears and hottest fantasy, Kat is forced out of hiding and offered a dangerously passionate proposition. One she knows she isn’t strong enough to refuse.
These stories will be a very sexy, no-holds-barred rendition of Kat and Sloane’s journey. I hope you all will come along for the ride.
November 7th, 2012 at 7:21 am · Link
Congratulations!!! Way to stand up for an unconventional heroine. I think in this day and age anything can work.
November 7th, 2012 at 7:53 am · Link
Screaming in exctiment…………………………………
So Cool. I work with disabled/ challenged heroes every day. People so don’t get it. It use to be in romance writing that you could not have a red haired or black haired heroine they were always the bad girls that lost the guy to the blondes. Thank God their were writers like you back then that bucked convention. The more imperfect the character in all aspects the more real they are.
Ok off soap box and on to more cheering……………
November 7th, 2012 at 8:23 am · Link
I can’t wait for this project to take off and fly! I love Kat, swoon for Sloane, and am going to devour their journey one installment at a time! Doin’ the happy dance over here, Jen! And I love the cover.
November 7th, 2012 at 11:27 am · Link
What a beautiful cover! This sounds like a wonderful series, I can’t wait to read it!
Listening to your gut is always a good thing.
November 7th, 2012 at 11:46 am · Link
Labrat11, I so agree! Thank you!
November 7th, 2012 at 11:50 am · Link
Kat, you bring such a valuable perspective to this blog and my life Thank you for that!
I think most, or at least many, people WANT to be more accepting/understanding but often just don’t know how. And another point, for me personally, I’d rather have people with physical “flaws” in my life than deep character flaws. We all know that physical is short term and character is long term.
November 7th, 2012 at 11:50 am · Link
Silver, thank you for that, along with all your support and friendship
November 7th, 2012 at 11:51 am · Link
Toni, thank you! You’re so right on our gut. I’m sure we can all remember times when we failed to listen and regretted it.
November 7th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link
I think I need some cheese cake now ;).
What a wonderful heroine you have in that she’s not “perfect.” I get a bit sick of the heroines that appear to be infallible. It’s easy to see how she has a deeply personal tie.
Have a great day.
November 7th, 2012 at 1:06 pm · Link
Viki, I know, doesn’t that cheesecake look good?
I hope Kat (the heroine) comes across on paper as I see her in my head
November 7th, 2012 at 3:36 pm · Link
Oh yayayayayay! I can’t wait I sounds like an amazing story, with amazing characters. And that cover looks great. Good thing I just went out to lunch or I’d be craving cheesecake, too!
November 7th, 2012 at 6:01 pm · Link
Dawn, thank you! Doesn’t that cheesecake on the cover look good?
November 19th, 2012 at 5:43 pm · Link
Jen, I am SUPER EXCITED for you! This sounds awesome. I’m so happy that you’re finally getting to fulfill writing for this heroine.
I can’t wait to read it.