He frowned. "We don't have time to write this," he said, which was true. We're past the halfway point in our follow-up to Runaway Mail Order Bride and it's going nicely; and we've FINALLY done a full outline for the sequel to One Bride for Seven Brothers -- and we'd both like The 6th Brother to appear in the next month or so. (Not the greatest title, I know. We'll think of something.)
But now that I'd thought of this really silly title, I wanted to use it. And I wanted to use it as soon as possible because...well, because. The Good Witch says "because" is all the explanation a person needs when there's no other explanation to offer. She says her kids understand this, so why shouldn't Glynn?
But I had a plan, see, to pull BB&K together rather quickly. A couple of years ago, when Glynn and I first started writing romances, we did a little novella called Carole's Christmas. Another take-off on A Christmas Carol wasn't the freshest idea, even if our tale had lots of sexiness and a surprisingly well-built Tiny Tim at the finish. Our version was probably the 400th sexy romance based on the Dickens' classic (check it out, you'll be surprised), but it sold a few copies at Christmas and, then, like the Ghost of Christmas Past, sales and reader interest vanished for the rest of the year. I thought the novella was pretty good, and a couple of reviewers agreed with me, but I was never completely happy with the piece.
Here's why: (*spoiler*) Carole ended up with the charming, sensitive guy at the end of the novella. I really wanted her to end up with Dell, the Irish bad boy who was totally wrong for her. Except when they were in bed.
With a rewrite, I could change the ending, so I rolled up my sleeves to see if I could make sense of such a thing. In a tip o' the hat to Bell, Book and Candle, I set the story in the past (BB&C took place in the late 1950s; BB&K takes place in the early 1960s), I moved the location closer to Greenwich Village, I added a publisher to the mix of boyfriends, and sprinkled the whole thing with a touch of magic as well as a couple of thousand new words.
Did I succeed in making the bad boy a good guy? If you're a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can find out for free. Belle, Book & Kendell appeared on Amazon just a couple of days ago.
Now, back to the brides I go....