What’s on the burner?

Three gas ring burners on a home cooker.Thought I’d give you a preview of what I’m working on this year–book wise. Once this idea popped into my head, I have been busy creating sample covers and blurbs and outlines for stories, and have had a blast doing it. I’m so excited!!!

My next set of books will be stand-alone novels, but part of a themed set called the Ruled Out Romances. The first draft of Book 1 is finished, and outlines for the next two are mapped out. If I can keep to the schedule I made, I plan to release the first three books in September, November and December of this year. Yippeeee!!!

Here are the titles, blurbs, and sample covers I’ve made. These will surely change as I fine-tune the story and obtain professional pictures and help, but it gives you an idea of what to expect.

book-1-playing-for-love3Playing for Love

Meridee Mansley wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player that visits the campus creamery where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwanted attention. 

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheer squad that used to ignore him are now his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet blonde in the student union building and covers her in orange chicken, it changes his offensive game. Will he continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

book-2-package-dealPackage Deal

Single mom Spring is doing her best to raise her two-year-old daughter alone. At the wedding of her best friend, she’s surprised by a handsome man’s flirtatious advances. But when her toddler runs up and calls her Mommy, she can tell by his disgruntled expression that her daughter is a deal-breaker. He can’t seem to escape fast enough. Oh well. Better to know now than too late like with her ex.

Hudson is proud of his bachelor status even as he attends his little brother’s wedding as best man. Too bad the only woman who tempts him has a daughter that rules her out. Instant fatherhood isn’t on his agenda. But when the child throws a tantrum, he swoops into help to keep her from ruining his brother’s wedding. When the weekend ends, he can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous blonde’s expression when he played hero with her child. It made him feel uncomfortably good…and it doesn’t help that he keeps running into the angelic duo around town. Hudson knows Spring and her daughter are a package deal. The question is: Does he want that responsibility, or will he play it safe and check out of their lives?

book-12-betting-on-love-1Betting on Love

Ainsley Howard escapes the stress of caring for her dying mother and keeping grades up for her scholarship by hiding away with a book after her shift ends at the library each day. When a handsome patron surprises her with a kiss and begs her to go out with him, she thinks she’s fallen into the pages of one of her romance novels. Though it seems too good to be true, she throws caution to the wind for once in her life and agrees. She’s tired of living vicariously through her books. It’s time to claim her own happily-ever-after. 

When Ty Kartchner bets his friends he can get the pretty bookworm in the corner to kiss him, big money is laid down on the table. The other guys know there’s no way he’ll succeed with the uptight librarian. But when he not only kisses her, but gets her to agree to go out with him as well, Ty sees an opportunity to solve his financial dilemma. Raising the stakes, he places the bookworm’s heart down as collateral, and determines to win at any cost. But when his heart gets tangled in his web of deceit and wagers, Ty discovers that winning might actually make him lose what he’s come to love most.

There you go. Wish me luck on finishing these babies. I have eight of them marinating in my mind right now, and they are each so different. They’re going to be fun romances to write. I can’t wait. Enjoy your week!


13 thoughts on “What’s on the burner?

    • Wish me luck. I’ve been outlining and have the first two stories fleshed out pretty well. My goal is to write a bit faster this year, and having them outlined chapter by chapter is helping.

  1. These look GREAT, Charissa! I can’t wait to read them! You have been busy. I love every single blurb and each storyline has me hooked!

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