Kelsey Browning – What I’m Working On

It seems very, very strange to chat about what I’m working on NOW when my first book hit the “shelves” on Monday. Lately, it’s been all Personal Assets all the time! :-)

But…since you’re twisting my arm, I suppose I can change gears a bit.Personal Assets Cover

This month, in addition to by Personal Assets blog tour, I’m editing on Problems in Paradise, the third book in my Texas Nights series. I love, love, love the drafting stage, but editing and revision is always a tad more challenging for me. I’m learning to enjoy it though, because with every book, my editor pushes me to be a better writer.

I used to hear published authors tell unpubbed writers that they should appreciate their ability to concentrate on one project at a time. And man, they weren’t lying! Lucky for me, I’ve always juggled my projects. So while I’m editing Paradise, I’m also writing the fourth and final book in the Texas Nights series, Designs to Die For. Although I’m sad to see this series come to an end, I’m soooo excited to get these books out to readers. Running the Red Light will release in January 2014, and the other two books are tentatively scheduled for June and December 2014. So in less than 18 months, I’ll have an entire contemporary series out in the world.

But if that’s not enough, I’m also co-writing a series with Nancy Naigle, author of the Adams Grove series. It’s called The Granny Series and what I like to call a cozy caper. These gals are just like Dirty Harry…only over 50, female and from the South!  Nan and I initially brainstormed this series at the Romantic Times conference in 2012, and the first book will be out on November 5, 2013. We’ve had such fun collaborating and plan to run this series until we run out of capers for the Grannies. And we think that could be a while ;-).

In For a Penny:

Honey, these are not your momma’s grannies…

When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot mess. While Lil was busy being a proper Southern lady, Harlan squandered dang near the whole family fortune on lottery tickets. To keep her financial skeletons in the closet and give him a decent burial, Lil made a deal that has now landed her in prison.

Desperate to keep her troubles a secret and the family estate from falling down while she pays her debt to society, Lil entrusts Summer Haven’s care to her best friend, Maggie, who recruits two more over-fifty ladies to live at Summer Haven and help keep it afloat.

But when Maggie discovers that Lil’s restitution is ten times the amount she “borrowed” from the federal government, she’s convinced Lil has taken the fall for someone else’s crime. And these gals will use every trick in their little-old-lady bags to prove it.

So there you have it. During August, I’ve done nothing but lounge by the pool, sip festive beverages and ogle the towel boys. The glamorous life of a now published writer, huh? 😀

As readers, do you like that your favorite authors work on multiple projects at a time and sometimes write very different books? Or do you prefer they stay in their “wheelhouse” and write only the same type of books?

Personal Assets Summary

Sex therapist Allie Shelby has the professional credentials, but she could use a bit more practical experience. Finding the right man to bring out her inner bad girl is tough in a population-challenged Texas town. So when sinfully sexy Cameron Wright rolls back into Shelbyville, Allie wastes no time inviting him to join her in some hands-on research.

Cameron has come home to fulfill his dream of restoring classic cars. Back in high school, he knew the town princess, Allie Shelby, was way out of his league. Today he has even less in common with Allie, so he’s shocked as hell when she propositions him. Still, he’s only human, so he accepts her offer—and with each encounter, she shows him another, wilder side. Before long, he’s thinking about more than just sex.

But while her personal life heats up, Allie’s business is about to crash and burn. And she has to convince Cameron that she’s one princess who’s not looking for a prince to ride to her rescue.

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Kelsey Browning - HeadshotKelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the next book in her Texas Nights series and The Granny Series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com. For info on her upcoming releases, subscribe to her Sass Kickin’ News.
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Kelsey Browning – What I’m Working On — 6 Comments

  1. Hmmm…as a reader (hard to separate that out), I’m happy when my favorite authors stretch themselves out to other times and places. I don’t always follow, it’s true, but it’s hard to quarrel with that kind of growth.

    • Liz –

      I get what you’re saying. Not everyone who likes one genre or sub-genre loves another. People who love my love scenes will find those missing in the Grannies’ books (although I’m contemplating some novellas for the hottie sheriff :-) ). But I think they’ll find a similar voice and humor.

      As authors, we’re told to stay in our wheelhouse, and I know that’s best for marketing purposes, but darnit, sometimes you just want to do a project! That being said, I’m still hard at work on my contemporary ST books and have another series already started that hopefully will come on the heels of the Texas Nights books!

      Kelsey

  2. Hi Kelsey – I like that my fave authors can mix it up and work on multiple projects – that means more reading for me. The only “problem” with that is when many of my fave authors do that and then I can’t keep up with my books! A nice problem to have, right? It was Misty Evans that hooked me on paranormal because she wrote in different romance genres. I really like romantic suspense and when I was done reading all she had out of that I figured what the heck? I like her writing, maybe I’ll try her non romantic suspense books and I ended up loving her paranormal and urban fantasy, so now I have a more open mind about reading other romance genres. I am a reader that can’t read just one genre of romance. If I am reading only contemporary they do all start to sound the same, so in order to give each book a fair shot, I mix it up between all sorts of romance genres!

    • Amy –

      I love hearing that, especially since I write outside contemporary romance. Eventually, my paranormals will make it out into the world too :-). As a writer, working on different projects keeps me from getting bored and stale. Then I’m able to come back to my original genre (probably will always be contemporary romance for me) with new enthusiasm. Nora Roberts has done an amazing job with this over the years, and I don’t even think her readers truly realized it until she started writing under the JD Robb pen name.

      As always, thanks for stopping by!
      Kelsey

      PS, y’all – stop by to see Amy’s interview with Cameron Wright, the hero from Personal Assets – http://www.somanyreads.com/2013/08/character-interview-giveaway-personal-assets-by-kelsey-browning

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