READERS AS PART OF THE WRITING PROCESS
One of the things I love best about the Internet is how easy it makes it for readers to contact me. There have been days that writing felt like chiseling on stone with a rock and petrified stick. When those days come, getting letters from readers that share how my stories have touched them in a postive way keeps me going. Keeps me connected.
But readers can have a much more direct impact on the writing process too. A few years ago, I ran a contest asking readers to help me name the homeland of my royals for a trilogy I was writing for Harlequin Presents. Their suggestions led to me starting a new personal mini-series, The Royal Brides. The book I'm working on right now has a hero-heroine pairing suggested by a reader, and it resonated with me. I realized that was exactly who was supposed to be with whom. She just wanted to know if I was going to write either or both of these minor characters' stories. It surprised both of us that her question was the catalyst for my next book.
My family and yes, my readers...kept me focused, kept me connected, kept me believing in myself and my stories.
It's your turn: tell me the books you are keenly waiting for your favorite authors to write, or wish they would.
Feb 2010 - Berkley Sensation
Children of the Moon Book 2
If it were up to him, Talorc—laird of the Sinclair clan and leader of his werewolf pack— would never marry. But when the king orders that Talorc wed an Englishwoman, the lone wolf is shocked to find his mate in the strong-willed Abigail. And after an intensely climactic wedding night, the two fiercely independent souls sense an unbreakable bond…
Deaf since childhood, Abigail hopes to keep her affliction from Talorc as long as possible. And for his part, he has no intention of telling her about being a werewolf. But when Abigail learns that the husband she’s begun to love has deceived her, it will take all of his warrior’s strength—and his wolf’s cunning—to win his wife back. And Talorc will have to face his biggest challenge yet: the vulnerability of a man in love…
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As a special thank you to readers, Lucy is giving away a prize pack of pamper yourself products and paranormal romance. All you have to do to enter is send an email with Moon Craving Contest in the subject line to moon_craving at yahoo dot com before February 28th, 2010. The drawing will be held March 1st and the winner will be announced on her blog.