An Unexamined Wife is finished and available on Amazon.com! It’s also FREE ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND BOXING DAY, so I hope you’ll take advantage of this holiday present. It’s also a good way to get a review copy that is also an Authorized Purchase, and I’d be tickled pink if you left a review.
What a ride it’s been to write this book. An Uncollected Death took me sixteen months to write, as I learned the craft. This new book took just over eight months. I’m hoping the next one will take just six months, so that I can have a publishing rate of two novels per year. My books are considerably longer than most contemporary mysteries, so turning out three or more per year is not going to happen, or at least not in the Charlotte Anthony series. I’m being encouraged to shorten the books to save myself a lot of grief, but I’m balking. This may be my inner prima donna at work.
That being said, I did manage to knock of 16,000 words between the version that my Reader Team read and the version that has been published. This makes it a little shorter than the first book, at just over 103,000 words. I’m willing to make the next one just under 100,000. Word count shouldn’t have to be such a consideration–after all, a book should be a long as it needs to be to tell the story, but I know there’s a point past which it gets ridiculous.
Anyway, Charlotte is about to spend the holidays in Aspen with her daughter, but manages to first stumble across the body of Dr. Garibaldi. She gets caught up in another murder investigation, and along the way she manages to fall in love with one of the least likely guys in Elm Grove, a character who played a big role in An Uncollected Death. He’s going to play a big role in future books, too, and will hopefully bring another element to Charlotte’s particular way of sleuthing.
Now, off to get ready to turn my office into a guest room and get ready to make Christmas dinner!