Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Last week I said goodbye to October. Now, I'll welcome November! Today is the second day of that month, the penultimate month of 2016.
What have I been up to? For one thing, I've been working on the first book in my new Harlequin Romantic Suspense miniseries about a K-9 ranch. There, some dogs are trained to become police K-9s, and others are just taught the skills of being good pets. Same goes for some of the people--police officers are taught to be K-9 handlers, and other people are taught how to work best with their pets. Eventually, service and therapy dogs might be included. And of course each romantic suspense story will contain not only dogs, but suspense or a mystery, too--and a romance!
It's been fun starting to research these stories. I've had to learn a lot since my dogs have always trained me and not so much vice versa. I've therefore visited some training sessions that a wonderful local dog obedience club conducts and observed and gotten lots of questions answered. I've gone to demonstrations of various police K-9 units, asked questions there, too, and obtained a wonderful local contact.
Not sure when the first book in that series will be published or what its title will be, but I'm certainly having fun with it!
And yes, it now ensures that all the books I'm currently writing have dogs in them. I'd been writing for Harlequin Romantic Suspense previously about my fictional Identity Division, which provides new identities and other help for endangered people who don't qualify for witness protection programs. The two books in that miniseries are COVERT ATTRACTION and COVERT ALLIANCE. Yes, they contained romance and suspense. But no dogs in them, though.
I've got at least two more paranormal romances coming out in my Alpha Force miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne--involving shapeshifters, mostly werewolves who also have cover dogs. The next one, PROTECTOR WOLF, is now scheduled for June 2017.
And my Barkery & Biscuits cozy mystery series continues, too. The next one, BAD TO THE BONE, will be a May 2017 release. Of course there are dogs present, too.
Anyway, like most months for me these days November will be busy. And fun. And I hope the same for you.