Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Switch-hitting Genres!

Abby Gaines
Hi and thanks for having me visit here at Seekerville!

I’m very excited at the release of my first book for Love Inspired Historical, THE EARL’S MISTAKEN BRIDE, which is the first book in a series called The Parson’s Daughters. You’ve heard of those Pride and Prejudice spin-offs with titles like “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” right? Well, The Parson’s Daughters series is more “Pride and Prejudice and Christians.” Which is nothing like zombies...well, not last time I looked around my church on a Sunday morning!

Of course, this isn’t actually a P&P spin-off – the similarity is that I have five sisters in the Regency period whose father – a parson, as the series name suggests! – is facing the loss of his livelihood but has faith in God to provide for all his needs. Although he’s never been desperate for any of his daughters to marry, he’s aware God’s provision might include the odd husband. (Hopefully, not too odd! In fact, since I get to write them, they definitely won’t be odd. They’ll be smart, humorous with varying degrees of good looks and Christian faith. The Christian faith can be improved upon, the looks probably not...)

Abby's book is IN STORES NOW...
So, why did I make the switch to inspirational and historical? Inspirational was my first genre when I started writing romance, but I couldn’t seem to make it work. I moved on to sweet, secular romances, but have always had inspy in mind as a possible direction. As you may know, I ended up writing for Harlequin’s NASCAR series, which was a lot of fun, partly because of the opportunity to tap into a specific world – NASCAR – with its customs and traditions. When the NASCAR series finished, I really missed writing that kind of world-based story. I started toying with the idea of an inspirational Regency series (Regency being another world with a set of customs and traditions that lend themselves to great stories). Partly because Tina James had taken over as senior editor at Love Inspired Historical – I worked with Tina before, on the NASCAR books, and loved it!

So, in November last year I went on a brainstorming weekend with my critique partners and best buds Karina Bliss and Sandra Hyatt. I took along a series idea called “The Parson’s Daughters” and a few story hooks, and asked them to help me flesh it out. Which they did, wonderfully. Some of you will have heard that Sandra Hyatt died suddenly in August this year (actually when we were attending a writing conference together), so to have my first LIH book come out a year after we did that brainstorm together is very poignant for me. I miss Sandra every day.

Okay...am  I talking too much? THE EARL’S MISTAKEN BRIDE is inspired by the Bible story of Rachel and Leah – you know, Jacob falls for gorgeous Rachel, works for 7 years to marry her, then his father-in-law swaps the girls on the wedding night and Jacob’s stuck with not-pretty Leah. Here’s the blurb for my book – spot the similarity!

“The wrong sister! As soon as Marcus Brookstone lifts his bride's veil, he sees he's been tricked. He made a bargain with God—to marry a good, Christian girl if his mother recovered from illness. But Marcus intended to marry pretty Amanda, not stubborn Constance. His next plan, to ignore his new wife, fails as well when Constance makes it clear that she wants a true union.
Constance Somerton doesn't dare reveal that she's been enamored of Marcus for years. The man believes love is for weaklings. Someone needs to teach him about marriage's blessings. Someone who sees beyond his arrogance to the tender heart beneath. Someone exactly like Constance….”

I had so much fun writing this book! I actually just turned the second book in the series THE GOVERNESS AND MR GRANVILLE (think, the Regency meets The Sound of Music!) into my editor last week, so this series is very much on my mind at the moment.

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and blessed New Year to you and your families.

Ruthy here! Besides loving Abby Gaines to death because she's a powerhouse author despite her small size, I love that she has never been 'boxed' and we know that means a lot to you guys in Seekerville! Not everyone is meant to be branded... Right?  So if you're done browsing the village and having coffee with Ruthy, Missy and the gang at the Yankee Belle Cafe, come on in and chat about Abby's book, books, or the 'genre' switch. We'd love to hear what you have to say and we've got two copies of The Earl's Mistaken Bride to give away, either e-format or hard copy, your pick. And Abby, waving a Merry Christmas to you on the other side of the planet! You rock!


  1. This is so great! I love the whole premise of the book and the series. Too awesome!

    And yeah, branding... Now that i've had a final or a win in contests with a contemporary, an historical, and a YA fantasy, I'm getting the question of 'which one are you going to focus on' from more and more people, including editors.

    I like them all!!! And I'm not much for Regency romance (who can improve on Austen??) but I'm definitely checking out this series. I love the Biblical theme with Regency era. Win-win!

  2. And I'm so sorry to hear about Sandra Hyatt passing away. Praying for peace that surpasses understanding for you and all her loved ones.

  3. HI Abbey, from our side of the world.
    looking forward to this book (hey I may even get to really like regencies!)
    Dont enter me I have already won it.

    more sugar cookies here to share infact Im up to my eyeball in cookies.

  4. I love Regency Romance, and am always looking for some good Christian authors in this space. Yes, no one can compete with Jane Austen, but I do have to read something else too! Please enter me for a copy of the ebook version (or a hard copy if you post to New Zealand).

  5. I love me some Land Down Under friends, LOL!

    Abby, good whatever-time-of-day-it-is where you are when you see this! And good morning Seekerville!

    Isn't this so cool, and don't you love that premise? And that Abby had the chutzpah to follow up on it? You rock, woman!

    I was so sorry to hear about Sandra. I didn't know her personally, but sudden loss is so hard on those left behind. I'll add her family to my prayer list because this is a tough time of year for them, no doubt. And bless you for reminding us, Abby.

    So, is this a three-book contract or did you secure a five-book for all five daughters?

    Either way, I'm psyched to have you on board at LIH. Your work ethic is wonderful and working with Tina is great.

    Okay, we've got Jenny's cookies and I'm leaving custard kuchen which is YUMMY. Try it and see.

  6. What a fun book. I'm interested in how you can turn Leah's story into a love story.
    Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas!

  7. Hi Abby,
    Congratulations on being able to write for the NASCAR series and now for LIH! Your Regency sounds really intriguing and I'll definitely have to pick them up. Love your twist on the Rachel/Lea/Jacob story. Very clever.

    I noticed you gave us a story or movie in your "pitch" when you described your books. Do you have that idea in mind when you start the book? Also, do you find you have a more salable book when you offer up the similarity to a popular story from the Bible or movie?

    I never can find that similarity in my WIP, to "match" it to a movie or even a Biblical theme. Any pointers ;)

  8. Hi. NASCAR and Regency---two of my favorite things! How awesome, Abbey. I really like the blurb for The Mistaken Bride. The series sounds great, too.
    Merry Christmas to all!

  9. Hi Abbey,

    Your book sounds great and love your cover. LI does a great job on their cover art!

    I'm glad to see a post about writing in multiple genres. I think branding really limits a writer.

  10. Abby, welcome to Seekerville!

    What a marvelous adventure you're on. From NASCAR to Regency...wow what a ride!

    Your series sounds wonderful. I'll add it to my list of holiday reading...after the holidays of course.

    Christmas time is crazy around here!

    It's cold here in Colorado this morning. I'm sipping a tasty blend of hot chocolate with a splash of Southern Pecan coffee. Mmmm. There's an extra pot on the buffet.

  11. Abby's across the Earth, so she'll stop by when it's not middle-of-the-night... in fact we offered to put her up in the Seekerville Village Inn but she had cookies to make.


    Audra, I'm lovin' on the hot chocolate pot. Thank you, my Rocky-Mountain-Friend!

  12. I really enjoyed reading the blurb for your book. It sounds like lots of fun.
    As a new writer I am walking the line of which genre to write in. Mostly for the exact reason I didn't want to become a branded "romance" writer. I have more stories than just those ones roaming in my head.
    I would sure like to chat over chai tea with you Abby about your comment "but I couldn’t seem to make it work. I moved on to sweet, secular romances".
    Love to hear more and be entered in your draw.

  13. Abby,
    NASCAR isn't my thing (sorry fans) but I enjoyed The Mistaken Bride and I can't wait to read the complete series.

    I notice that you are switching genres, not bouncing back and forth. Not that I'm choosing sides, but I'm curious as to how much initial research was required before your first NASCAR (racing jargon, car specs, race schedules, etc.) and again how much research for the regency time period. (clothing, mannerisms, etiquettes, etc.)

    It appears to me that if a writer stays within a genre, the research time for the second book will be shortened drastically even if the books are not in a series.

    Do you find this to be true?

    Again, I'm not casting stones at those who genre hop. I'm merely curious for my own writing sake.

    As we are in different time zones, I'll pop back in for your answer later. Thanks for your insight.

  14. ABBY!!! OH MY, LOVE the premise for this new series!!! LOVE P&P to begin with, and LOVE the Rachel and Leah story as well (Liz Curtis Higgs did a stellar rendition of it with her Highland series that begins with Thorn in my Heart!!), so your book sounds like a must read to me!!

    How fun to have written in both the secular market and Inspy!! Is there a very big market for sweet romance in the ABA, do you know? And if so, what percentage would you say it is? Just curious because I initially had wanted my agent to pitch me to the ABA, but she said I was too spiritual for them.

    I wish you the very best in this fabulous new series!!


  15. I love the Regency genre, but (and I'm ducking as I say this...) Austen is not my favorite Regency author. I like the Austen-based movies better than her books.

    I know. I know. It's shocking that a book lover should like the movies better than the books. It's almost sacriligious!

    My absolutely, all-time-favorite author of that style is Georgette Heyer. She's the author who actually hooked me on the genre, and now I am constantly on the lookout for new authors.

    So, when I saw on LI's website that "The Earl's Mistaken Bride" was coming, I put it on my to-get list, and grabbed it up as soon as it hit Walmart's shelves.

    It was a great read, and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I dearly hope LIH publishes all of them!

    "The Earl's Mistaken Bride" has a story within a story, concerning the main characters' valet and lady's maid, that is quite fun, as well.

    Don't enter me into the drawing since I already have my copy. In fact I reviewed it on my blog already. (cdeesbookshelf.blogspot.com)

  16. I love the cover of your new book and it sounds like a great series. One that I would enjoy reading.

    I was never much of a Regency reader until reading LIH's regency and now I'am hooked.

  17. Hi Abby!

    Your new series sounds so intriguing, I'll have to check it out. I love the biblical theme!

    I've seen other authors switch genres without too much difficulty - it seems like an advantage would be the opportunity to reach a whole new demographic of readers. Do you know if you've had loyal readers from your Nascar books that followed you to LIH?

    Thanks for stopping by!

    And since most of us are up to our eyeballs in cookies, I'm adding a selection of fresh fruit to the buffet. Try the Clementines - they're super good!

  18. Abby! Thank you so much for the wonderful post! I can’t wait to read your book, as the Regency era is one of my favorites (at least hopefully it is because I’ve written 2 novels set in that era. LOL) Sounds like a wonderful story!!! Love the way you’ve combined Pride and Prejudice and the Rachel and Leah story. The cover is also gorgeous!!

    And I just gotta say that I love your heroine name choices. Constance and Amanda! :)

    Would love to win the hard copy version of your book!

    -Amanda Barratt

  19. I read this book and absolutely adored it. Abby, I have read your other books and was looking forward to seeing how your trademark humor and emotion would translate in the genre. It was just such a marvelous read. Got me reading regency when I tend to shy away! In fact, I kept reading favorite parts over and over.

    No need to put me in the drawing. Let some who hasn't read it be just as entertained.

    Peace, Julie

  20. Welcome to Seekerville, Abby!! Congratulations on this new series!!!

    It's so wonderful and strange to me to write in two genre's. I am in awe.

  21. Hi Abby:

    All I know about NASCAR I learned from the Harlequin series! My brother, a NASCAR fanatic, is scandalized. I was telling him all about the pit crews, sleeping arrangements, beer brought by the campers and all kinds of insider stuff. He couldn’t believe how I knew all these things and not know any of the drives!

    NASCAR was a great series and it had many fine authors who wanted to give it a try. It should get five stars as a series or line.

    In a way, the move from NASCAR to Regency is very logical. Both have fanatical fans. Regency is an acquired taste. It’s like classical music. If you make a mistake, you’re going to hear about it. : ) I hope you are very good at describing the women’s gowns. My problem with Regency is that in too many of the books it takes so long for the hero and heroine to meet.

    One of my favorite romance writers, (I’ve read over sixty of her books), wrote two Regencies (under a pen name) that I couldn’t even finish. In one of the books I was halfway into the story and the heroine had still not met the hero!

    I just love Marion Chesney -- especially her, “Daughters of Mannerling,” series (She writes a 300 page book in 160 pages). Her plotting is so good she switched over to mystery (where plotting really counts big) and became the best selling M.C. Beaton.

    I hope it is clear on the covers of your book that it is a Regency. I’ve never read an Inspirational Regency so I’m really looking forward to reading your book. I hope you get to do a Christmas story in your series. Regency does Christmas very well.


    I’d enjoy a chance to win an eBook version of your book. vmres (at) swbell (dot) net

    P.S. A little trivia: Even philosophers like Jane Austen. The philosopher, J. L. Austin titled one of his best books on philosophy “Sense and Sensibilia”. I was very impressed with this work.

  22. Okay, Abby. I'm hooked! I'd LOVE to read these books! Please include me in the drawing!

    I think branding can be a good thing, but it can also be very limiting. It's always refreshing to see a writer who can just write and make it work. I wanta be like that with I grow up. :D

  23. Sandra is greatly missed. How fortunate you were to work with such a brilliant and kind person.

    Your book sounds awesome. I've always been a huge fan of Regencies.

    Sherri Shackelford

  24. Oh, Abby, love your blurb. The story sounds delightful...the perfect book for the New Year. So glad more in the series will follow, as well!

    I still remember the day we met. Abby and I were pre-pubbed and taking part in the Mystery and Suspense Writers' all-day tour/workshop prior to the RWA Conference. We chatted about contest finals and where we had submitted. Soon thereafter, we both sold, and I always look forward to seeing Abby at RWA Nationals each year.

    Wishing you a joyous Christmas, Abby! Thanks for being with us on Seekerville today.

  25. Hi Abbey, Thanks for visiting with us in Seekerville and giving us insights into the genre changes. I've done them myself so know how both exciting and traumatic it can be.

    Your series sounds like fun. Have a great day with us.

  26. Oh my. The Earl's Mistaken Bride sounds wonderful!

    Welcome to Seekerville, Abby!

  27. Abby, I so enjoyed your post today. I, too, think your cover is beautiful! As a newer writer, I'm still learning lots. It's pretty wonderful that you were able to "hop" genres. Kudos to you!

    So many of the questions on here are ones on my mind, so I'll come back to see answers later.

    I haven't read a lot of regency romance, but your series sounds like a great read! I'm going to be on the look out for it.

    I don't know if I need to say this, but please enter me in the drawing. :)

  28. Um yeah . . . I don't think I can come up with two genre subjects that sound further apart than NASCAR and Regency! How cool to change so drastically. I don't have the desire to play in more than one genre, but I feel for those that do and are told they have to pick.

  29. What Abby didn't mention is that she had several Superromance books out for Harlequin, too. So three genres with varied and specific needs.

    And she's cute. ;)

    Hey, we're doing panini's here because that's pretty much what I'm offering until this weekend. Making a quick panini keeps me ON PACE...

    And I'm pretending not to notice the bread. Surely there are fewer carbs if you SQUISH THE BREAD.


  30. Sorry to hear of Sandra's passing. I enjoyed the NASCAR books I read, and I read a couple of Abby's Superromances too. The Parson's Daughters sounds interesting. Best wishes, Abby.

    Wonder what the next world that intrigues you will be?

  31. Hey Abby! Your book looks fun and I'd love to read it, so please include me in the drawing.

    I'm with Virginia, I have several genres I'd like to write in. My current is a YA, but I have ideas for murder mysteries, a WWII romance, a Tudor-era story, and many more. I supposed I'll just be blessed to get one published :)

  32. Vince! I had NO idea M.C. Beaton was Marion Chesney! I always look for M.C. Beaton books because they're plain fun to read. And her plotting is serious business. Not a plot twist wasted anywhere.

  33. Virginia, thanks for your condolences. I agree, Austen is hard to beat (impossible, in fact), but since she didn't write that many books, we need a few more writers who can produce those elegant comedies of manners combined with complex romance...I'm always on the lookout for a good Regency. Thanks for your condolences, too.

  34. Ausjenny and lola, nice to see some Down-underers here. Sugar cookies, yum.

    Ruth, this is actually a 2-book contract for the first two stories, so now I have to do a proposal for the next three. Luckily they're all in my head, it's "just" a matter of putting them on paper.

    Re the custard kuchen... I have to admit custard is one of the few things I don't like! I especially have a problem with things that combine custardy stuff with spongey stuff - those technical terms encompass trifle, tiramisu, etc!

  35. Thanks, Jackie!

    Christy, I wish I did have a movie-style idea for each of my books, but sadly, I don't. With these two stories though, I felt the concept would be instantly recognizable in the reader's mind if I say "Rachel and Leah" or "Regency meets the Sound of Music". That's the key to any description like that - that it should be create an instant and fairly identical image in the eyes/ears of all who hear it.

    So, it's no good saying "It's an Ehud and Eglon story" - because fascinating thought that particular Bible story is, no one's going to have that instant recognition / picture in their mind's eye. Ditto with saying "It's Home Alone meets The Hurt Locker" - you'll just leave everyone scratching their heads.

    So, if it comes naturally and instantly, then great! Otherwise, concentrate on building a 1-2 sentence description that encapsulates your story.

  36. Thanks Lindi!

    Rose, I don't actually think branding / limiting yourself to one genre is a bad thing at all. But in this business, you don't always have a choice as lines change and editor preferences change.

    Audra, that chocolate sounds good!

  37. Hi Abby,
    So glad to see Christian Regency Romance! I will be watching closely for the whole series.
    Genre jumping. I think it might be easier to go from NASCAR to Regency to even Mystery or any other genre than from Christian to secular. I don't really know because even when I was a girl the stories I thought about were always Christian based. I have jumped around in my reading though because for many years Christian novels were few ad far between. These are just thoughts not passing judgement AT ALL! Just sort of thinking on key board. I mean, there are so many secular things and especially novels that have shown and taught me so much.
    Still, very glad to look forward to Abbey's book!

  38. I should have said, I'm bringing Christmas mince pies to the table today. Not sure how common they are in the USA, but I love these little fruit mincemeat pies, made to my mom's recipe.

    when I started writing inspirational, I think I was getting too hung up on turning it into a story with a Christian lesson in it - ie I was preaching, as my kids would probably say I do all the time! I just love telling people what to do :)

    I've learned to be more relaxed about the Christian thread and say, "these are people who happen to be (or become) Christians, and that has an impact on their decisions and thus on the plot, but the story isn't *about* their faith."

  39. Hi Bridgett, it's probably too soon to say whether I'm switching genres or hopping back and forth! I still have a couple of Superromances to write, and as I said earlier, I now need to do another LIH proposal. In the end it comes down to which editors like my writing and buy my books :)

    Yes, after the first book, the setting detail etc does get easier. With the NASCAR books, I was working as editor of a speedway magazine, and although it was a different kind of racing, the attitudes and pressures were the same. I watched a lot of NASCAR, read NASCAR for Dummies, etc etc, but I didn't find that too difficult.

    With the Regency setting... I've read Austen, Heyer and some more contemp writers, which does give the basics. But after that, every little detail needs to be checked. I leave a lot of that until after I've written the first draft.
    The one or two things I researched along the way added to the story quite a bit. E.g. I had a stethoscope in the story, so I thought I'd better check out when that was invented. Turns out it was invented by a French doctor a couple of months before my story started! I had 2-3 cool discoveries like that...

  40. Hi Julie, thanks for your comments. I'm not sure that sweet romance does well in the ABA, but as always it comes down to the story and how well it's written. I'd love to write that brilliant sweet romance that takes the world by storm!
    Speaking of storms, I recommend Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm to anyone who hasn't read it. Not exactly sweet, but the heroine is a Quaker who stays true to her faith, and it's an amazing book.
    Thank for the Curtis Higgs, recommendation, I'll definitely check it out.

    CDeesBooks, glad you liked the book! I adore Heyer and read them over and over again. My fav at the moment is Sylvester.

  41. Jamie, buyessay and Eva Maria, thanks for posting.

    Jan, it's too soon to say if any NASCAR readers will follow me to LIH, but here's hoping...

    Amanda, I have to warn you that Amanda is the "villain" in my book! :) But she's also the heroine of book three, so now I'm trying to figure out how I redeem her!

    Julie, thanks so much!

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  43. Thanks, Tina!

    Vince, I agree, you can learn an immense amount from reading the NASCAR books!

    I haven't read Marion Chesney, but someone else recommended her to me, too, so I will definitely pick some up.

    Sherry and Linnette, thanks for stopping by!

    Debby, I'm always on the lookout for you at RWA - I remember that first time we met very well...

  44. By the way, I love that photo Ruthy posted of you today. Beautiful!!

  45. Sandra, Pam, Jeanne and Melissa, thanks for stopping by.

    Ruth, paninis sound good!

    PatriciaW and Stephanie, I'm having some fun with a YA story at the moment - sometimes immersing yourself in something completely different inspires you for your wip.

    Mary, I hope you continue to find lots of great fiction to read.

  46. Hi Abby,
    I love the premise for this book. Congrats on moving from NASCAR to Regency, and with a Biblical theme. Terrific concept.

    I am curious as to how you became interested in NASCAR. Is NASCAR down-under? My son-in-law is from Canberra, and he watches formula racing during the wee hours around here...and footy, lol.


  47. Sounds like such an awesome book! I'm really glad you made the switch, as I don't care for Nascar romances and love the Regency era!

  48. Lyndee, I believe they did once run a NASCAR race in Australia, but generally, no it doesn't run DownUnder. It's on TV, though! And you can actually watch the races on the internet, too.

    Katie, thanks for stopping by.

  49. Hey, Abby!! I'm so glad you're with us today!! I just LOVE the sound of this series!! I'm heading to Target in a few minutes and will look for your book. If I don't find it, I'll order asap.

    I'm so sorry about the loss of your brainstorming buddy. I pray that seeing the book on the shelf will be a comfort to you, knowing she's up there happy for you.

  50. Great post, Abby! I always love to read about an author who publishes in more than one genre. It gives me hope that I won't get pigeon hold. Of course, at this point I'd take being pigeon hold if it meant publication. :o)

    But thanks for sharing your story. And your upcoming series sounds wonderful. I can't wait to read it.


  51. Hi Abby,

    I can't believe how funny it is that you and your book are here. I just received your book in the mail last week - having no idea who the author was, but loving the cover and the story premise! Can't wait to read it.

    I'm really enjoying hearing about authors who write for multiple genres, because I just wrote my first historical and was wondering if I could do contemporary AND historical. I decided, why not!!?

    Have to say that I just finished Susan May Warren's "My Foolish Heart" and my, oh my, what a book! Her characters live in my mind days after I finished it. If you get a chance, get a copy! The hero, Caleb, is scarred and is missing a leg - and is one of the BEST heroes I've read in a long time!

    Happy last days before Christmas!


  52. I love Biblical story spin-offs, so the idea of a Jane Austen-era story with a Rachel and Leah twist definitely appeals to me :)

  53. Oooh...a Rachel and Leah type set in Regency...I like it! Honestly, the idea of writing anything but inspirational or historical scares me, but I suppose that if I find another open door, I'll take it. ;-)

    Thanks for the wonderful post, Abbey!

  54. Sue, thanks for buying my book! And thanks for the recommendation re Susan May Warren - I will check this out!

    Kirsten, I know what you mean...really you just want to write something that you love and an editor loves... pigeon-holing isn't the worst thing that could happen...

    Marcy and Gwendolyn, thanks for stopping by...

  55. Your series sounds great. This is one I would like to read.

    Jan K.

  56. This book sounds really good! And side note I like that fact that we have the same first name even though it is spelled differently. I used to spell it that way but changed it because the i seemed to fit me better!

  57. Welcome to Seekerville, Abby! Your new book sounds wonderful. I love Regency. It's interesting to hear about another author's career develops. It's good to not be 'stuck' in one niche!

  58. Oooo - I saw this one today! Didn't pick it up but LOVE the premise!

    I read one NASCAR book - the free one I downloaded, but love the premises. Love watching NASCAR!

    So sorry to hear about Sandra's passing :(. That's always hard.

    I think I've fairly well got a pretty good idea where I'm at and where I'm figuring to stay - contemporary romantic dramedy.

    And as the cookie diva. I've got oodles baking right now. Setting some out for the late night crowd ;).

    I'd love to win!

    carolmoncado at gmail dot com

  59. Abby,

    I'm a huge fan of your Super Romances and NASCAR and won your basket of books and a critique at an auction some time ago. :)

    I'm sure I'll like your inspirational stories as well.

    I'd love to win the book.

    cathy underscore shouse at yahoo dot com

  60. I KNEW I'd seen your name somewhere!!!!

    Married by Mistake :D

    Loved it!!!


  61. Once again I'm late, but hey, I've been taking care of a sick hubby and catching up on all my critiques, which I can say hubs is on the mend (the syrup peaches come in works wonders on nausea) and I'm completely caught up on critiques. Whoot!

    Now, for this LIH Regency series . . . SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE I had a hard time containing myself in WallyWorld the other day when I saw Abby's book!!! I absolutely love reading Regency (won't write them, too many rules if you ask me) but I don't like reading the mainstream too often especially since I've heard editors say "the hotter the better".

    Thank you, Abby Gaines, for stepping up to the Inspirational Regency task.

  62. I found Abby's book tonight at Wal-Mart on my way to choir. Grabbed it, it was the last copy so I'm totally psyched to say the woman is a TOP SELLER.


    Good job, my friend!

  63. Abby,
    Your series sounds exciting! I'm a huge fan of regencies and of course series. :) Congrats on your first LIH. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  64. I'm late, but I loved the post AND the cover of that book!! So very beautiful. :D

  65. Janet, Abbi and Cara, thanks for commenting.

    Carol, romantic dramedy sounds fun...

    Cathy, thanks for your kind comments. Glad you liked Married by Mistake - if anyone would like to read that book it's available as a free download from www.tryharlequin.com

    Christina, hope your hubby continues to do better (interesting tip re peach syrup!)

    Ruthy, thanks for buying the book!!

    Karen and Casey, thanks for stopping by

  66. I am sorry that I couldn't make it until today. I love the story about Jacob and I know Leah persevered through, despite the fact that she knew Jacob didn't want to be with her. It's a tough story to understand at times, but I'm definitely wondering how much Constance aligns with Leah.