It’s Friday and I promised everyone an update on the new release for The Marriage Trap, and the reason we needed to change the issue date.
First off, I want to thank my readers and fans for their patience. I have been truly awed by the wonderful and supportive comments, even those who were frustrated by the wait.
A bit of history is needed to round out the announcement. When The Marriage Bargain first hit, it was primarily made exclusively for e-book. As I’ve told everyone before, this book had gone through several years of re-writes and several heartbreaking rejections before finding a forever home at Entangled. When the success of the book grew and landed The Marriage Bargain on the New York Times list and USA Today, we knew we had a winner.
With success, comes hard choices. The series was originally slotted specifically for e-book, with release dates of June 15th and October 15th for the second and third book. The Marriage Trap was completed, edited, and ready to be released for June.
Then opportunity came knocking. As most things in life, it appeared in rare form so close to the issue date, we had no choice but to stop the release of the book. This included having to pull The Marriage Bargain from print in July also.
The series had a shot at becoming larger, with less restrictions on word count, and finally a chance to be issued in both mass market and trade paperback.
In order to greet this new opportunity, we needed to adhere to some guidelines, and both my publisher and I decided it was the right decision.
On September 4th, The Marriage Bargain will be released in stores including Barnes and Noble, Target, grocery stores, airports, and independent bookstores in both mass market and trade paperback. It will also include a brand new prologue and epilogue to round out the book and lead neatly into the second one.
On October 4th, The Marriage Trap will be released in both e-book AND paperback.
On November 4th, The Marriage Mistake will be released in both e-book AND paperback.
I cannot tell you what a rare and wonderful opportunity this is. I know many of you will be upset that The Marriage Trap will not be available this summer – but I used this time to expand the word count and write additional scenes to deepen the story.
A writer needs to look deep in her gut and truly know she has done everything possible to make each new story the very best it can be. I can now honestly say I adored writing Michael and Maggie’s story just as much as Alexa and Nick.
Over the summer, I will be tempting readers with lots of SWAG, interviews, book club chats, speaking engagements and a variety of public opportunities. I will do my best to provide you with some new material this summer while you wait. Maybe a short story. Maybe a novella. Maybe even a whole new book.
Maybe an additional book in the Marriage Series?
And there may be something even bigger on the horizon to announce soon…fingers crossed…
Thanks for being with me through this fantastic, crazy, wonderful journey.
It’s time to start the next chapter. Sit down and read with me.