One of my CPs, Loni Townsend, tagged me in the Pay It Forward Bloghop. Now I’ve seen this doing the rounds and love these things, so of course I said yes. I’m not yet certain who I’ll tag and that’s been holding me back from posting this, but let us continue anyway…
Heh, almost revealed the ending. Nope. Not yet.
It’s been five months since Clarabelle Weaver agreed to marry the infamous Dark Lord. Now, after spending her time in the mighty citadel with only the soulless men for company, she has at last arrived at Endlight where all of the kingdom’s nobility have turned up to be part of this historic occasion.
Thrown into the unfamiliar world beyond her village and the quiet citadel, she finds that the man who would become her husband still harbours secrets. And those parts of his past he had no intention of revealing to her are looking to haunt them.
When one of the noblewomen goes into labour, it grants Clara an insight to her future and she finds herself questioning whether she’s at all prepared for motherhood. She has only a short time to come to turns with this newfound anxiety, for if she decides she cannot give Lucias the heir he needs, it will mean giving up the man she has come to love.
But in all honesty, I wrote Dark One’s Mistress with the intention of sticking to some of the major tropes in the romance genre. It may sound defeatist to say “it doesn’t differ”, but that’s kind of how I feel (the doesn’t differ part, not the defeatist bit). To my eyes, it conforms rather than sticks out (well … maybe not the soul-stealing guy actually being the good one) and I doubt its sequels will veer much off that path.
Maybe I really want to know if I can weigh a whole trilogy on her shoulders.
I’ve tried to work chronologically, but more often than not, I’ll have bits (sometimes whole chapters) that I write towards. In fact, of the 19 chapters I’ve plotted, the ones at the latter end are completely filled out (definitely the wedding scene and the last chapter). It probably helps that I am essentially rewriting to stretch the original timeline and just adding earlier chapters rather than the whole story.
3 thoughts on “Paying It Forward”
Woot! How far along are you on DOB? Is the same publisher going to publish this and DOW?
Looking at it critically … I'm about two thirds of the way through the draft (minus the missing chapter that will be her turning point). But I'm rewriting, so … in those terms, I've a long way to go.
In all honesty, I've no idea if Astraea Press will take it. I guess you can say they have first right of refusal. It all depends on how they view the intimate scenes.
Might be a bit too racy for them? You certainly know how to write the heat. 😀