Just this past Saturday, June 1st, I had the pleasure of releasing a new book. TRACE is Book 1 in the Bachelors and Babies series, and I threw a baby shower in our readers group to celebrate. It was fun, a little different, and the whole event was very celebratory.
But to get to that point–a finished book–is not nearly as much fun and much more stressful. Since I was the launch book, the pressure doubled. I had to have a book as good as I could possibly make it to build the buzz and give my sister-authors a boost.
One of the ways to make a book GOOD is to make it REAL. To do that, I relied on pictures to help my writing about Trace and Morgana (the hero and heroine) be more vivid and to immerse the reader in the time period.
TRACE is set in Wallace, Kansas, which was an authentic cow town in 1881. Today, it’s a shadow of its former self. Here’s a few of my pictures.
I based Morgana’s home on this photo, and a large portion of the book is set here. It really was a house in Wallace and still stands today.
One of Morgana’s dresses.
After a terrible tragedy, Morgana immerses herself in music. The harp is her favorite.
Another picture crucial to the story. Baby’s carriage. (You’ll just have to read the book to figure out why a baby carriage is crucial. Ha!)
Any idea what this is? It’s a vaporizer! They were new to the medical community at the time, and I was thrilled to find that they were just beginning to use them in 1881. This vaporizer is extra, extra crucial to the story. Yep! Read the book to find out how.
These are the books in the series. They’ll come out the first of every month. You’ll see some familiar names, including my sister-filly, WINNIE GRIGGS, and former filly, CHERYL ST.JOHN.
And the most important picture of all!
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TRACE is Book 1 of the Bachelors and Babies series. The books are not connected (except for the sudden arrival of a baby!) and stand on their own.
Do you like to read series books, connected or not? What is their appeal to you? Do you prefer a sweeter romance or something a little more gritty?
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