Friday, February 20, 2015

Writing Update: In Which I Discuss Sequels, Themes, Pugs, and Regency Books :-)


Well, I promised you all a writing update this Friday -- particularly one about The Sequel to The Fragrance of Geraniums! :-) {Just typing that makes me smile... :-)}

I'm loving returning to these characters - Yes, even though The Sequel is {planned to be} a stand-alone {i.e. you shouldn't have to read The Fragrance of Geraniums before reading this one to understand what is going on in the story}, there are several returning characters whose stories are not quite finished yet. :-) Thus far, Sarah, Grace, Sam, and Paulie are all "making the cut" - These four are the main focus of The Sequel.

The story begins shortly after the funeral described near the end of The Fragrance. Earlier this week, I began writing, intent on packing away a goodly number of words by Friday.

That did not happen. About 1600 words in, I realized that one of two things was going to happen:

  1. I would write more slowly and "figure things out" as I went along -- and probably publish this one in the mid-to-late summer or fall.
  2. I would stop now and plot/outline deeply and thoroughly -- and probably publish this in late spring/early summer.
I chose the second option. Which means that you won't be seeing that "word count meter" on the sidebar of this blog moving much - if at all - for a week or so as I complete my outlining process. :-)

But I would like to let you in on a key theme for The Sequel. It comes from one of my favorite devotional authors, and I felt that the Lord really pressed it on my heart as I've been praying and thinking about this sequel:


I said it would be out in January...

That changed to February...

And now I'm thinking March might be the month of publication for Mr. Portly the Pug Finds His Purpose

But I'm not promising anything! ;-) The formatting for this one has been a steeeeep learning curve for me, and it's still not finished. {I thought that I had it "right" a few weeks back - and then I found that, quite simply, it won't work the way I thought it would.} So, I'm persevering and will alert you when the book is ready to go. Everyone who is waiting for this one, thanks for being so patient with me! :-)


The second book will probably be out this summer. :-) I'm very enthused about getting back into the Sudbury family's home!

Grace and peace,


  1. Loved reading this update, and am excited for each project! Continue to good work :)

    1. Thanks, Raechel! You are always such an encouragement to me! :-)

  2. You are such a busy lady! I look forward to your new releases but don't forget to take time to rest. :) God bless!

    1. It makes me glad for Sundays! ;-) Thanks for the encouragement, A.M.!

  3. Aw, those sequels. I'm writing one right now, and it's kind of hard, trying to make it equal up to the first one! Best of luck with yours!

    By the way, lovely blog. And I love the music!! :)

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Shantelle. :-) Yes, I love this music, too - It's called "Snow and Roses." Keep going with the sequel - Sometimes it will all of a sudden "kick in" and you understand where the next turn in the path is. :-)

  4. Wow amazing how much you have going on concerning the book front! Will be praying for you Alicia! :D

    1. Thanks for your prayers, Laura! I am so grateful for them. :-)


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