Over 50s Romance Fiction, Second Chance Romance, Women's Contemporary Romance

"Dinny's Challenge": a Fresh Start

It’s been interesting to discover that an author friend of mine, who is way more successful than me, is having the same trouble with her current novel as I am. We both suffer from a difficulty to move on from the hero in our previous book to the next one.

Grant didn’t own a horse in the first version. He’s quite a bit older than Fulton in ‘Saving Prophecy’ and his only sport was golf. I hadn’t realized how boring he was until I decided to make him the owner of a beautiful grey gelding. After all, the horses make the book, don’t they?

Dinny’s Challenge is proving a real challenge!

That immediately gave him a snazzier car, an interesting extra hobby, and he is also a member of the volunteer emergency services on the island. I shan’t say which one, but no, he’s not a fireman.

Which brought me to Dinny, who needed spicing up, too. She was under her husband’s thumb for many years, but broke out of her shell after his death. I wasn’t conveying that, apart from having her fulfill her lifelong dream of buying a horse. Now she’s up to all sorts of things, and I’m having a hard time keeping up with her!

Wish me luck as I follow the tricky romance between the two of them.

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Saving Prophecy

Over the past few weeks I’ve been busy writing a romance novel inspired by a recent trip to Daufuskie Island with a friend who was giving a riding clinic at Haig Point Stables.

Two things struck me during my visit.

One was the peaceful atmosphere: the only permissible vehicles on the plantation are golf carts.

The other was that two ladies at the barn had met their Mr. Right on the small island. What were the odds? I wondered.

My writer’s brain shot into overdrive and on my return to the mainland – read Hilton Head Island ๐Ÿ˜‰ – I began scribbling down a story woven around events on fictitious Sinclair Island.

My little isle has cars on it – I couldn’t quite wrap my head around a romance conducted in golf carts! Maybe in a later book.

The result is ‘Saving Prophecy,’ and the novel is going through its final edits before I announce a publishing date. I thought it was going to be a standalone book, but the plots for a second and third one wouldn’t leave me alone so I’ve already outlined them both.

‘Saving Prophecy’ will now be the first of the Sinclair Island Romance Series.

The first draft of Laura Harper’s first trilogy book is complete, and I shall resume edits as soon as I am certain of where the next two novels in the series are headed. Writing romance has been a fun interlude which is helping to keep things fresh when I go back to the Harper family.

Today I am revealing the cover, and as the launch date draws closer, I shall disclose a few details about the plot!