Every time I sit down to blog, I’m filled with panic. Seriously. I would be more comfortable facing a dental appointment. (No offense to the fine dentists, their assistants and everyone else in their office who do a bang-up job every day of the week!) Nevertheless, some bit of insanity hits me now and then when guest blogging on a great site like Jaunty Quills sounds like a really fun idea. Fortunately and to my great relief, I really do have something fun to talk about—The Fortunes of Texas-Southern Invasion—to ease the panic.
What else can I say about the series, but WOW. I was thrilled with the opportunity to write the lead book, Her New Year’s Fortune. Let me tell you, though, that any one of the guys you’re going to be meeting in the series could have stolen my heart. Of course, I will admit to some prejudice where my guy, Wyatt Fortune, is concerned. He just kept showing a particularly sweet side as he wooed Sarah-Jane Early. She’s a young woman with a decided lack of self-confidence, which is something a lot of us can identify with. It’s one of the things I particularly love about a plain-Jane story. And it isn’t just the fact that Sarah-Jane gets the oh-so-handsome guy. It’s the fact that Wyatt gets her to recognize and appreciate the Sarah-Jane that HE sees. And that, in the end, they learn they are both fuller, more complete people as a result of loving one another. I’ve written a few books now, yet I’m continually amazed at the life these characters take on, and if Wyatt and Sarah-Jane walked in my front door today, I’m not sure I’d be surprised. (My husband, on the other hand, might offer another take on my sanity….) But yes, I loved Wyatt and Sarah-Jane. They were a joy to live with. Then to put icing on that cake, I also had the fun of working again with the Fortunes—some from last year’s series (Fortunes of Texas-Whirlwind Romance) and some from Southern Invasion—in a free online read that will be available starting later this month on Harlequin.com. Talk about a year of “Fortune!”
Also a joy is the actual process of participating in a continuity series like this. Not just seeing the characters grow, marry, have families, etc., but having the opportunity to work with our editor Susan Litman who manages to keep it all straight (a staggering feat), and the other authors in the series. There were days when I think I talked more with Susan Crosby, whose delightful heroine, Felicity, is Sarah-Jane’s best friend and roommate, than I did with any other live person! There’s something exciting about brainstorming with such fine writers, forming those relationships and friendships, and I think in the case of this Southern Invasion, the result was magic. I’m hoping the readers agree.
So now we know that the plain-Jane theme is one of my personal faves. What are some of yours?
If you share your favorite theme, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the book. Check back on Sunday to see if you’re the winner!