What Should I Tackle Next?

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here. Today’s post is a bit different than my usual post. Instead of sharing information I came across in my research I’m going to ask you to help me with a bit of research of the reader variety.

I have three older releases that I’ve received the rights back for and I’d like to reissue them as self-published editions. However, they all need to be gone through and updated and right now I’m working on a contracted book that has a firm deadline. That means I have limited time to focus on them and will need to do them as low-priority side projects. So I’d be interested in learning which of the books intrigues you the most. So please rank the following in the order in which they interest you – and there are no wrong answers.  I’ll select at least one person to receive their choice of any book from my backlist (and I still have several copies of the below out of print books I’ll throw in the mix as well)

Book 1 – this was first published in 2002 under the title Whatever It Takes. Here’s the original blurb:

Flirting With Perfection…

To adopt the little girl she’s come to love, widow Maddy Potter needs a fiancé, not another husband. Luckily, she’s found the ideal beau for her purpose:

Clayton Kinkaid agrees to court her, propose marriage, and then leave her at the altar as she requested. But when he arrives on her doorstep she knows their charade will never work. Clay is too handsome, too smooth… too potent. Who would believe such a charming, good-looking man wants to woo her?

Clay accepted Maddy’s proposal in order to repay a family debt of honor. He traveled to Missouri expecting to find a reserved widow, not a beautiful young woman—a woman who has the temerity to suggest he comb his hair differently, mess up his clothes a little, maybe even walk with a limp. She even has the audacity to instruct him on how to court her!  Clay knows he could be the perfect suitor. What he didn’t realize was that he’d soon long to be the perfect husband.

Book 2 – this was originally published in 2004 under the title A Will of Her Own. Here’s the 2004 blurb:

Will Trevaron’s grandfather demands that he leave America and return home to England to claim his title of Marquess. Will is expected to put himself on the marriage market but balks at the idea. He hits on the perfect solution: a marriage of convenience to Maggie Carter. A union with a “nobody from the colonies” would shock and horrify his stuffy family and rescue from poverty the woman who had once saved his life. Will didn’t count on getting three spirited children in the bargain though. And he didn’t expect to fall for his wife.

But as Maggie sets his household straight about what an independent lady from an ‘unsophisticated country’ would and would not accept, the new marquess begins to discover that his marchioness has a will of her own.

Book 3 – this one was originally published in 2010 under the title The Heart’s Song. The 2010 blurb reads:

Widower Graham Lockwood hasn’t stepped foot in church since he lost his family. So he can’t possibly say yes to his new neighbor’s request that he lead the hand bell choir. But widowed mother Reeny Landry is so hopeful—and her fatherless children so in need—that Graham agrees to help.

Suddenly, the man who closed himself off is coming out of his shell. And he finds himself acting the father figure to Reeny’s sweet, mute daughter and her loner son. But going from neighbor to husband is another matter altogether. Until a loving family teaches Graham to hear the heart’s song.


So there you have it, the three projects I’m itching to get to work on. Let me know which order you think I should tackle them in and why, and I’ll throw your name in the hat for the drawing!


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Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
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54 thoughts on “What Should I Tackle Next?”

  1. I agree with Denise,
    A Will of Her Own
    Whatever it Takes
    The Heart’s Song.
    I know whatever you decide, the books will be great. Can’t wait to see what you are currently working on.

  2. What a hard question. They all sound good.
    1. A Will Of Her Own
    2. Whatever It Takes
    3. The Heart’s Song
    Any order would be fine. I changed my choices several times.

  3. The Hearts Song
    A Will of Her Own
    Whatever it Takes
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    Thanks for coming today.

  4. A Will of her Own, Whatever It Takes, The Heart’s Song. They all sound good. Good luck in finding the time to updating them!

  5. Oh my gosh, Winnie. Those all look great. I wouldn’t know which one to pick and if I were you, having written them all, it would be even harder! LOL What a wonderful problem to have, though! I really don’t know how you could go wrong, no matter what you do! Congratulations!

  6. I have read all three & all are excellent! I am choosing either A WILL OF HER OWN or WHATEVER IT TAKES then….THE HEARTS SONG …….only because I love the setting/time period of the first two books! 🙂

    • Oh wow Teresa, THANK YOU. One of those books is 20 years old, I can’t believe you not only read it but you remember it too! I appreciate your kind words and your support

  7. Oh wow! Since they all sound great, I would go with
    A Will Of Her Own, Whatever It Takes and Hearts Song.

  8. Whatever it takes
    A Will of Her Own
    Heart’s Song

    I want to read all of those. But ESPECIALLY Whatever It Takes, that one sounds like too much fun!

  9. Winnie, Such a fun dilemma to have! My suggestion is begin with A Will of Her Own. The Heart’s Song and Whatever It Takes next.

  10. I like it just the way you have them: 1. Whatever It Take 2. A Will of Her Own 3. The Heart’s Song they all sound like Great reads and that’s the order on how I would read them.

  11. The Heart’s Song ~~ I like stories that deal with characters’ physical or emotional afflictions and how they cope — H coming out of his shell and h caring for her fatherless children.
    A Will Of Her Own ~~ H thought he found the perfect solution for his dilemma — marry a “nobody from the Colonies.” Then he starts to take notice of the lady from the “unsophisticated country.” I think H is really a romantic!
    Whatever It Takes ~~ H and h agree on a marriage proposal for different reasons. Then they realize how much they’re meant for each other.

    Looking forward to reading all three!

    Good luck with your projects, Winnie!

  12. Whatever It Takes is the one that interests me. I’m not really into Contemporary or aristocracy. But I’d gladly read each and every Western or Pioneer Historical you wrote!

  13. 1, 2, 3 – whatever it takes, will of her own, heart song

    Good luck! I can’t wait to read them. ?

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