I am so, so, so thrilled that our long-time MSW gal Roxanne St. Claire is back as a special guest! Please welcome her back and read on … because she’s giving away books, too! ~Allison
Hello old friends and new ones! So great to be back at Murder She Writes, but I admit I barely recognize the place. What an incredible transformation this blog has experienced!! Congrats to the new team who’ve continued a long tradition of keeping a group blog lively and informative. And special thanks to Allison for inviting me back to my old stomping grounds.
Speaking of changes, it’s been well over a year since I was a regular at MSW and much has changed for me, too. For one thing, no one dies in my books anymore. (Well, not by anyone else’s hand, at least.) Writing contemporary romance has been a terrific move for me professionally (the first one hit the New York Times list!) and has been a lovely palate cleanser for me creatively.
Change is a funny thing, isn’t it? There are changes we love, changes we dread, changes we want to make but can’t, and those we will never ever make. Sometimes, I feel like a bit of a “change addict” — longing to move furniture, paint rooms, start the next book, flip the calendar, and switch to a different handbag. Certain changes make me absolutely joyous (all new makeup! better neighbors next door! fresh plants on the patio!) but many changes can be downright intimidating (a new editor for my books, a new girlfriend for my son, a new genre of writing).
Switching from romantic suspense to contemporary romance was all both terrifying and thrilling. Now that my third book is out in the Barefoot Bay series, I’m comfortable saying it was a smart move — but I’ll be honest, not all my readers loved the change. Although I ’ve met a whole new world of fans who like their books emotional and romantic, with no dead bodies or surprise villains, I’m still fending the same question on a daily basis: When is your next romantic suspense?
The short answer is “sometime in the near future.” The long answer is…too long for a blog. I’m not entirely finished with romantic suspense, but I’m devoted to the series I’m writing for now. And I’d love to share those books with someone who has yet to discover the heart-wrenching love stories that take place in Barefoot Bay.
So let’s talk about change and I’ll give away all three books in the series so far — Barefoot in the Sand (A RITA nominee!), Barefoot in the Rain (a National Reader’s Choice nominee!) and Barefoot in the Sun (just released this week!) to one commenter. Three books, three questions:
– What is one thing you wish you could change in the next year?
– What is one thing you’ll NEVER change?
I’ll start. My answers are: 1) I started attending a new church; 2) I’d like to redecorate my office; 3) I’ll never cut my hair!
How about you? I’ll come back and comment all day — that much certainly hasn’t changed!