Welp! Some of you may have caught the drift if you follow me on Facebook. I am knee deep in a new novella project titled, "Gold Haven Heiress" and guess what? It IS contracted! Which means, in August 2016, you'll be able to read it as a part of Barbour's "California Gold Rush Brides" collection!
Now, because it's a pleasant romance novella collection, I refrained from killing off any of my characters by a murderous suspect wearing suspenders. (Gawsh I love historical suspense!). BUT, it's full of the cheeky wit that you'll find in my upcoming novella in March, "The Cowgirl's Lasso".
I'm excited about Gold Haven Heiress for several reasons:
1. It's going to stretch my writing skills as my heroine is a broken soul, so her wit and sass will not be as evident. (That's going to come in from a different special lady in the novella).
2. My Coffee Clutchers have been helping me research! This is a group of special readers who have committed to walk with me on this journey and man, are they the best. I have pages upon pages of helpful research to wade through to make this story accurate. Sort of spoon feeding me the history. I'm so spoiled. The Clutch is totally making this novella a team effort.
3. I already have the cover!!!!!!!!! :) So I get to reveal it to you, with a little disclaimer that it's going back to redesign so my first name is spelled correctly -- Jaime Jo instead of Jamie Jo. ;)
Wanna see??? Do ya, huh? :) Me too. I want to share. I'm slightly berserk with excitement.
Here it is! (I had to take a screen shot on my phone 'cause it came as a pdf, not a graphic file).
What's it about? Here's some of the copy I sent my publisher to introduce them to the idea of "Gold Haven Heiress":
When a soiled dove settles in a gold mining ghost town, her private world is threatened by a wealthy miner whose intent to rebuild the town might also save her heart.
Although THALIA SIMMONS might face starvation by staying in the washed-up gold mining town, the memories hiding in its abandoned buildings are her motivation to begin again. When she was tossed aside from her life as a soiled dove, after being disfigured by a drunken client, she found hope as the miners moved on to newer earth and left behind a place she could call her own.
JACK TAYLOR meant to become wealthy, and he did. But with his newfound riches came the stark awareness of the deadness of his faith and the emptiness in his soul. With his lust for riches evolving into distaste for material things, Jack scouts out new territory in which he can invest his money and bring life to those who have suffered in the quest for gold.
When he discovers the abandoned town of Gold Haven, more than the name draws him to its empty buildings. The land surrounding it shows promise for the growth of barley, and if he can spend his wealth on reviving the town and bringing in commerce, he prays it will also bring the disheartened to Gold Haven to find a peaceful, new beginning.
But one person challenges his conviction to embrace all the disillusioned and lost. Thalia wasn’t supposed to be hiding in the tiny little garden behind the ghostly saloon. He wasn’t expecting her to douse him with a bucket of water and demand he leave her “property”, but most of all, he wasn’t intending to fall hard for a used-up prostitute.
Is it possible there's an inheritance far greater than gold, or is Thalia destined to remain empty, like the ghost town she inhabits?
So that's it! In a nutshell! It's what I'm working on and having a blast doing!
So today, enter to win a drawing for a copy of "Gold Haven Heiress" when it releases! (You're just gonna have to wait until August)! :) Help me celebrate, and while you wait, I'll send the winner a super cute, vintage bookmark handmade by my mother-in-law, and some coffee (or tea - your choice).
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author of spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense
March 2016, "The Cowgirl's Lasso", The Cowboy Bride's Novella Collection, from Barbour Publishing
August, 2016,"Gold Haven Heiress", The California Gold Rush Brides Collection, from Barbour Publishing
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