New and Improved and Oh, So Fun!
Just a few of the reviews so far:
I enjoyed the first version of this story but this remake is even better. Stetson and Jennifer come alive as characters and really draw you in. You can feel their emotions and really understand them.
Updated, revised and expanded which results in additional humor, deeper plot development, expanded scenes, change in pace, etc., all of which takes the best aspects of the original story and makes it just that much better!
This book is a rewrite of Erin Wright's original Accounting For Love. I love her books and her writing skills have grown since she wrote the original version of this book. Doing this rewrite was a great opportunity to make Accounting For Love even better.
Will the ranch be saved? Will Stetson and Jennifer have a happily ever after? Can Carmelita be an even more awesome character?
Okay, so I included that last one only because it made me laugh. Carmelita is, by far, everyone's favorite character (me included in that! 😀) She's a feisty spitball, and that only becomes more prevalent, not less, in the new version of Accounting.
I've had a few people ask me how Reagan (aka Handsome Hubby) was doing with me choosing to throw the original version out and rewrite it from scratch, since the original version was written by him (with some heavy-duty modifications from me). I was reading those comments out loud to him when he asked me, "Would you mind if I popped into your newsletter again?"
So, here's Reagan's letter to y'all on this topic; I haven't changed a word of it. 😀 (I'm throwing in a cute pic of Handsome Hubby and Jasmine the Writing Cat together because #whynot?)
Thank you for all of your well-wishes for a speedy recovery. I have to apologize, it looks like it is going to just be an average recovery. It is coming along, though – I am able to climb and descend stairs in a somewhat normal manner, which is always helpful.
The second topic I am going to touch on is Erin’s current project, the rewrite of Accounting for Love.
Most of you know that I actually worked with Erin to co-write the original book and some of you have asked why she chose to remake a book that a lot of people enjoyed. Many of you have also asked how I feel about this because she wrote the new book by herself.
The story of Accounting for Love starts, like these stories often do, with a nearly empty bank account. Erin was working diligently as a proofreader and editor for other authors and I was pounding out words as a ghostwriter. Then Amazon got bit by the Better Idea Fairy and changed everything. Her clientele put on the brakes as they tried to figure out what the latest round of restrictions would do to their respective genres. My clients basically did the same, and that meant that the money stopped as well.
We had been kicking around the idea of writing romance novels for ourselves rather than secretly for other people, and had been taking our time looking for a genre that appealed to both of us. We had been debating between small-town romance and western romance, since it's a world both of us know in real life.
When the money started to dry up, I pitched an idea based on some of the farming families in the area from the late 80s and early 90s. We both had experience living in small towns but I had mostly grown up on my grandparent’s farm, ran a dairy farm for five years, and had been an agricultural news reporter, so I thought I could write accurately about the farming/ranching aspects.
So I went to work writing away. This was the first time I had written romance (I had been working in the political thrillers genre), and it was the first time I tried to complete a project of that size in a month.
It was, in many ways, a total failure, but that is how most first drafts go. One of the major critiques that Erin had of my first attempt was that there were too many technical details about farming. I had Stetson explaining the intricacies of crop rotations and nutritional programs for properly feeding cattle.
She was right, of course. If you are not actively involved in farming, this information only produces yawns.
Her second point was that we shouldn’t get too deep into dark subjects. It becomes very easy to make a character unredeemable if the background is too dark.
This was tough because I wanted Stetson to be having a harder time with his father’s death than what appears in the original book you have read. As you have read through the rest of her books, you've learned for yourselves that she doesn’t shy away from complicated, real-life situations in her books and you guys seem to appreciate that as well, but it takes true skill to pull this off – skill that I simply didn't have. So we toned down this aspect of the storyline to suit the writing skills I was in possession of at the time.
The other major issue is that since Accounting for Love, Erin has written the Long Valley books all by her little lonesome, so my voice and writing style only appear in that first book, which made it a bumpy transition from it to the rest of the series.
Since then, we have learned a lot and felt like there was better story to tell with Stetson, Jennifer, and them together as a couple. It is a story that we have wanted to tell since the very beginning, and the only things that got in our way was our ignorance and fear.
Thank you so much for loving Jenifer, Stetson, and Carmelita. I really hope that you will love them even more when you read the full story, the way it should've been from the beginning.
To which I want to say, “Awwww…” Such a great husband. ❤ It isn’t easy to admit when your hard work isn’t up to par; ego tends to get in the way real quick. So I’m stupidly proud of my husband for cheering me on every step of the way in this rewrite process. Love ya, babe.
So, here’s the links to Accounting for Love, but before you run off to enjoy your new book, can I ask a favor of you? Can you help me spread the word on social media? I’d love to find new readers who will love the Long Valley world as much as you guys guys do, and after all, who doesn’t love a fun cowboy love story, right? So below is the link to all storefronts, plus a link to a very short video on FB and also some pretty graphics. Hitting like and share would mean a lot to me.
Okay, that's it for me this week, but next week, I have some pretty awesome news that y'all will want to stay tuned for. Until then, go have yourself some Stetson time!