First, Second and Third of all…

First of all, congratulations to my friend JP McLean on her newest book, Ghost Mark! I read it before it was published, and I loved it! Stay tuned for my review, and in the meantime, if you like well-written, clever thrillers with a touch of romance and paranormal, I highly recommend her novels, including Ghost Mark.

Second of all, I’m about to publish my fourth book. That could mean this month, the next month or in the spring. I’m not in a hurry. I have a cover image (included below), the manuscript has been sent to my proofreader, I did a mock formatting so that my designer, the same gal who did such an awesome job with the cover for my previous book, knows the page number for the paperback edition.

It has a long, romantic title that no publisher would ever accept: I Will Be Waiting for You at the End of the Story. One of the perks of being a self-publish author is that you don’t need to worry about it. You can call your book however you like.

The main characters, Harper McCain and Jamie Breckenridge had supporting roles in my previous novella, Best Friends and Other Lovers.

Here is the blurb:

Love, then marriage, then a baby in a carriage? Not always in this order. For Harper and Jamie, the baby came first, love was there all the time, just tangled up with heartache and despair. And their happily ever after? It just might be waiting for them at the end of the story.

Trivia: Some plot details are based on real events related to my short but exciting career in police force.

Back to the novella: the heroes and heroines of my contemporary romances are often related through family ties or through the setting, and Jamie and Harper are not exceptions.

I also established another connection within my books: every now and then, the inhabitants of my love stories and novellas jump into the fantasy realm of my paranormal romances or vice versa, intertwining the two worlds.

And of course, the trademark character of all my books, Dr. Gerd Falkenstein, the very fictional descendent of the Holy Roman Emperor Josef II, is here again.

A decade ago, when I started my writing journey, I believed I would have the time and energy to spin many other love and fantasy stories. Alas, I didn’t take into account getting older and having much less time and energy for writing than before.

Just in case I might not be able to touch on all I’d once planned, I’ve hinted in this book how some of those untold tales should unfold. Christin Enescu, a mighty Tel-Urugh from my Red Cliffs Chronicles books and one of my most beloved secondary characters, did manage to swipe the young human girl, Lucy Daville, from her feet. That’s the only reason Lucy is mentioned in this story—so that we know they ended up together and very much in love. Between the events of Best Friends and Other Lovers and this novella, the gorgeous, self-confident, Arless Dexter married Jamie’s father, David.

The story of Jamie’s sister, Daria, and Harper’s cousin, Simon, is still in the making. I hope I’ll finish it one day. If I give up on them for whatever reason, I want my readers to know, from this story, that they’ve also had their happily ever after.

Third of all… Wait a second. Do I have it? Yes, I do! I’ve been commissioned to write another article for my former magazine and its famous column, and I expect to appear there one of these weeks, with my melancholic memories of snow.

I’ll make an effort to change into my other linguistic self, translate it in English and post it here.


About jfkaufmann

Not unlike my characters, I lead a double life: by day I'm a mother, a friend, a colleague, and the queen of my kitchen. When the moon rises, however, I shift into my other self and, as Queen of the Night, I reign the magical world of my imagination.
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6 Responses to First, Second and Third of all…

  1. I think your practice of making your characters related or otherwise connected over several books enhances them for readers.
    And it’s good to hear you’re soon to publish another book. Also congratulations on the commissioned article!

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  2. JP McLean says:

    Thanks for the mention, Jasna! I look forward to your new release (and the intertwined characters) no matter when it arrives…

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  3. Yes, congrats to McLean! OMGosh, I love the title of your upcoming romance! Sexy cover, too.:-)

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