Friday, June 12, 2020

Stepping out of my comfort zone



It's only been 15 years in the making.

Back in the day (which means before I was published in novel-length), I experimented with several different genres. I started out with hard-boiled suspense (the Jeff Resnick series), cozy mystery (the Victoria Square Mysteries) and women's fiction.

Sabina Reigns started out as women's fiction, but then I wrote three chapters as a cozy mystery (for a contest, where it didn't even place), and then went back to women's fiction. But then I got contracts for Booktown and Victoria Square from Berkley Books and the Sabina manuscript went back under the bed. But I never forgot her.

This winter, when I was between projects, Sabina came out from under the bed and I spent two months rewriting the book. I've come a long way in 15 years and so Sabina and her cohorts have a much deeper, more sobering story to tell than they would have more than a decade ago. But there're still some elements of fun as Sabina makes her journey from housewife to successful entrepreneur. And it's more than just that (which means I probably need to work on the description a bit more). It's also a story about mothers and daughters and how those relationships change.

The book will be available in print and ebook on September 4th. (The print edition isn't yet available to pre-order, but if you read ebooks, it can be pre-ordered now.)

Sabina Reigns Miller had it all: a wealthy husband, a beautiful home, a daughter at a great college. Without warning seven words blow the bottom off her world. "I've met someone else-and she's pregnant." Her husband of twenty years wants a divorce so he can move his mistress into their former residence. Although Sabina loses her comfortable life, she refuses to fall on her face. Her ex-husband's girlfriend may be living in their house, but Sabina has interior design skills and a bucket of dreams.

Can she rebound from the unexpected change, stick to her principles, help out a friend, and find someone to love again?

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Will you give Sabina Reigns a chance?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll be delighted to give this a try!
A twist on the "tired of being married to you" trope.

Kathleen Bylsma