Today marks the start of the KDP Select Kindle exclusive release for SECONDHAND ROMANCE! This seems to be the week of specials gifts in my life. Yesterday I celebrated my daughter’s birthday, and today a birthday of a different sort with the release of this book.
- The first draft was written in its entirety during the NaNoWriMo writing challenge. The challenge is to reach the goal of 50K words in the month of the November. I wrote 57K words in the month during that challenge. I took December off for the holidays and completed the draft in January.
- This was the FIRST book to be contracted by my publisher which started a rather comical trend of SECONDHAND ROMANCE being determined to be first in all things, paying no mind to its own title.
- When submitting information to the marketing department regarding the book cover, I sent a picture of Joe Manganiello. Hey…why take a chance?
- Of the three books in the Brothers of Audubon Springs series, the town of Audubon Springs figures most prominently in SECONDHAND ROMANCE. Mainly because Annie owns a secondhand bookstore in the center of town and Tony, born and bred in Audubon Springs, is considered one of the town’s most eligible bachelors.
- While I have agonized over titles of other books, SECONDHAND ROMANCE started as the working title chosen in about 30 seconds because I needed to save the file. It fits the story so perfectly I never felt the need to change it.
- The spark of the idea for this story came from a “blink and you’ll miss it” moment in Return to Audubon Springs when Annie ponders the question…is Tony a Mr. Knightley or a Mr. Darcy? As a huge Jane Austen fan, it was a fun question to tackle in this manuscript. Personally, I’d take any of Austen’s heroes!
- Tony is a man’s man who doesn’t understand the power of a good book. It’s fun to watch him fall for a woman who loves books and gets him to agree to read Jane Austen’s Emma.
- Annie was only ever meant to be a secondary character in Return to Audubon Springs. I modeled her after my beta reader, Lori, who is the ULTIMATE fan-girl. I gave Annie a fan-girl moment with Emma, a popular children’s fantasy book author in Return to Audubon Springs. I found Annie so fun and interesting, she got her own story.
I hope you enjoy reading Annie and Tony’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it!