Saying farewell to my first series “Seven Brides Seven Brothers” has been a little bit difficult. There were many tears flowing as I wrote the final scenes and wrapped up a series that has been embraced and beloved by readers. As I tried to assess why I was feeling such sorrow I came to the realization that as an author this series has forever changed me. It made me a stronger writer, and it showed me that taking chances is important in the writing profession. The positive reaction from readers has blown me away and humbled me. I am nothing without my readers.
In June of 2014 when I released the first book “The Way Home,” I had no idea of how much my life would change. I was stepping out on a leap of faith with only two traditionally published books under my belt and little or no “name recognition” as an author. I was hoping and praying, and ultimately, believing in myself and my vision as an author. I wanted to create a family born out of desperate circumstances that led seven boys to the foster care system, and ultimately, to the loving arms of Maggie and Alec Donahue and the lovely shores of Cape Cod. As an author, and as a person, it was important that this family was comprised of diverse backgrounds and colors. I wanted my series to reflect the world that I live in. And I am very proud to say that readers have accepted and embraced my characters and their races have never been front and center. Truly, it has been all about the story, the romance and the content of their characters. Sigh! A dream come true as an author.
In the last year I have written eight books in the Seven Brides, Seven Brothers series. That fact is rather shocking to me since each and every book was challenging. Without my fan base and my wonderful readers I’m not sure I could have pulled it off. Tweets, messages, posts to my Facebook author page….they stirred my heart, fueled my imagination and served as a constant reminder that I couldn’t disappoint my readers. They had invested in the Donahue family and they deserved a fantastic story for each brother. Blue. Ryder. Remy. Nick. Brandon. Wyatt. And Mac. I truly love them all and they are as real to me as real can be. Perhaps that’s the secret to a great series. The characters are so imbedded in the heart and mind of the writer that they jump off the page.
My final book in the series “When A Man Loves A Woman” features Mac Donahue and the lovely Delilah Dalton. I put a lot of my heart and soul into this book, and thankfully, the readers seem to be loving the final installment. Faith. Love. Happily Ever After. Three of my favorite ingredients put in a book. It’s all there. And a resolution that ties up the series with a nice little bow.
Saying goodbye to my first series is softened somewhat by where I’m headed. To the fabulous city of Savannah, Georgia and my lovely heroines who all have secrets in their lives. The first story has a heroine named Callie who might be familiar to readers of Seven Brides Seven Brothers. And my Donahue brothers might just show up in Savannah. There is nothing as exciting for authors as to create new worlds with new characters, new vistas, fresh conflicts and unique love stories. It’s like a wide open road ready for traveling stretched out before us. Although parting my beloved Donahue family has been such sweet sorrow, I am blessed to have experienced this writing adventure and full of anticipation for what comes next. My “Secrets of Savannah” series will debut this Fall and I am hard at work on the stories.