Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sweet for Summer by Author Nancy Fraser


Spring cleaning, winterizing in the fall, hibernating in the dead of winter. What does that leave for summer?

Relaxation, reading and reivention, of course. Whether it's a much needed vacation ... away from work, away from isolation, away from the contraints we've all experienced these past two years... we all need some form of relaxation.

What better to way to relax than with a great book... whether you're on the beach (I wish), or just curled up in a chair with the air conditioning blowing around you. A great way to relax, is to read.

Then, there's reinvention. The task I've set myself for the brunt of the summer. Why? Because it keeps me inside and away from the heat and the sun (I'm allergic). But, mostly, because my writer's soul needed it. I've been in a loop --  Write, Edit, Publish, Repeat --- for a few years now, and always in the romance sub-genres I'm accustomed to.

Those of you who know me may not believe this ... but I was burned out on writing steamy lovescenes. 

Don't get me wrong... I'm still planning to finish series I've begun, still intending to write across multiple genres, but I've also added a new sub-genre I never expected to write. Sweet, inspirational (although not necessarily religious), short novella length books.

Enter the world of MAPs (multi-author projects) -- the place where all those Mail-Order Brides, Proxy Brides, Western Historical series were born! Out of curiosity, and the need for a change, I took a look at one, and then another, and then another. And, suddenly, I was hooked. My only concern was that they're all KDP/Kindle Unlimited exclusive. However, I'm always willing to expand my horizons. Plus... a huge bonus ... the readers who follow these MAP books are the most devoted I've ever seen. And that's saying a lot given how long I've been doing this.

My first MAP comes out in mid-August. I really fast turnaround given I only signed up at the beginning of July. However, they had an unexpected opening, so I took it. And, I'm so glad I did. I learned a lot (not easy for an 'old dog') about not only the most efficient writing proccess, but also about myself.

Here's a quick peek at the first product of my writing reinvention ...

Seth's Secretive Bride ~ part of the Matchmaker Mix-Up Series!

When Hannah McGibbon is forced out of her family home, she has nowhere to go. In a moment of desperation, she responds to an advertisement for a matchmaking service.

Widower Seth Temple needs a wife. Not for himself, but as a mother for his 7-year-old, emotionally challenged son. At the urging of his housekeeper, he sends in his application to be matched to a like-minded woman.

Unfortunately, what they both want is not what they get. Due to an unforeseeable mix-up with the usually stellar matchmaking service, Hannah is sent to Colorado rather than California. And, Seth is sent a young, red-headed spitfire, rather than the mature woman with a background in education he’d requested.

What will happen when he explains to Hannah that love and romance are low on his priority list and not part of his plan for a wife? And, once the matching service offers to set things right, will Hannah want to leave?

Available exclusively on Kindle Unlimited

And, of course, there's a trailer...

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  1. This sounds wonderful! I'm so excited for your new...direction? Not sure what term is right. Have fun!

    1. Thank you, Liz. This has definitely been an experience.

  2. This story sounds like another winner. Good for you for trying something new.

  3. I absolutely understand about getting burned out on sex scenes. My last few books I have gone very sweet or with the bedroom door closed. Yet, I have a few series that aren't done yet and I still need to add sex to those since that's how I started. Good luck with this new endeavor!

    1. I'm in the same boat, Kari. Gotta follow the theme for those series I'm going to finish, but hoping this new direction boosts my creativity.

  4. Very fun project, Nancy. I, too, have grown away from really steamy stories. My focus now has become more family oriented books. But I’ll always love writing!

    1. I was just saying to another writer friend today ... there are just so many ways to do the deed, and I'm tired of trying to find new ones.

  5. Man! Sounds like a great premise! A must read for me, for sure! It's admirable that you are always ready to accept challenges and stimulate your mind. Many others prefer to stick in the rut because it's comfortable. I wish you all kinds of success with this project and any others in your future. I will be following you and enjoying the wide range of work you put out.

    1. Thanks, MJ. Not sure why, but this story just came to me. And, once it did, I knew I had to write it. None of us are going anywhere far, so we'll all continue to follow one another, no matter where the heck we wander.


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