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Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Shiny Idea Must Wait by Paty Jager

There is no better feeling for a writer than to come up with an exciting premise or idea for a book. It swirls in your mind constantly and makes your fingers itch to start scoping out the main characters. I'm at that spot right now.

After sending a survey to my western romance readers and receiving their feedback, the Letters of Fate book coming out next month will be my last book in that series. My readers told me in the survey they prefer series with family or community as the connecting series factor. Which saddened me a bit because I had three more Letters of Fate books planned, but I can use the heroes in the new series that will come out late summer.

That is one of the best parts of writing. Keeping track of hero and heroine and story ideas. You can always incorporate them into another series or book if something doesn't pan out.

Aside from being excited about the new historical western romance series, which I've already started fleshing out characters and story ideas, I'm excited about the next two Shandra Higheagle mysteries I'll be writing. Another fun thing happening with the mystery series are the audio books coming out. You can get the first book Double Duplicity, in audio at Audible, Amazon or iTunes.  The second book, Tarnished Remains, is in production and will be available next month.

While I spent the end of last year and first of this year actively building my newsletter list, the rest of this year will be spent on keeping them and making my newsletters something they look forward to receiving. I'm not a person who likes to flood inboxes with constant newsletters, but I want my newsletters opened so my fans read the content. I'm borrowing an idea from another author, whose fan told me about this author's method of getting his fans excited about his newsletters. He writes short stories that are on his website but hidden and only accessible by his newsletter peeps. As soon as I get caught up from my travels, I'm implementing this in my newsletters.

Right now, I'm excited because I'm just about to write "The End" on the latest and last Letters of Fate book. I know this sounds weird, but I'm itching to write the next mystery and get on to the new historical western series. AND I'm excited to see how my readers respond to HenrĂ­: Letters of Fate. This book has required intense research and bringing in an expert. That may sound unusual but I was dealing with a religion I didn't know, which as I look back was not a good idea. However, being a stickler for historical accuracy, once I discovered the mission, it fit all my criteria for the book I wanted to write. I'll have more about this next month on  my post here. So stay tuned!

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 30+ novels, novellas, and short stories of murder mystery, western romance, and action adventure. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

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  1. Good luck with the new books. As a reader and writer, it is exciting to hear a writer has something going that they are excited about

    1. Thanks Rain! If I'm not excited about a book it is hard for me to sit down and write it.

  2. Wow. Your excitement shows through in your post. I need to borrow a little of it. I'm clawing my way through a Christmas story. But to be honest, I'm also doing a multitude of other things, so I'm cutting myself a tiny break. Best of luck in all your endeavors!

  3. Hi Judy Ann, Thanks! If I'm not excited about the book I'm writing, I shouldn't write it. Because my heart isn't in it. But I do understand being busy. That's why I'm behind. We traveled with my SIL and her husband the end of the year, and then January, I was in Alaska with my daughter awaiting a grandchild. Then it seemed we were traveling every other week for some reason or another. I'm finally home for weeks at a time and can write!! That is part of the excitement! ;) Thank you for commenting.

  4. The Shandra Higheagle Mysteries are on Audible? Off to find Double Duplicity now.

  5. Stephanie, Let me know if you enjoy the audio book. And thank you!

  6. Paty, I love your books and now you've ignited my curiosity about your next series. I know you do a lot of research for each book but that makes me enjoy them even more. I know historical details are accurate in your work.

  7. Hi Carolyn! Thank you! I do try my best to be as accurate or if I take a sideline from the truth, I let the reader know in a foreword. I am pumped about the new series! I think readers will like it.

  8. I envy you your energy! You have so many projects working. Congratulations on the new release.


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