Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Let Me Count the Ways


It's good news time!

Luckily I've been busy with Whispers from the Shadows and then Christmas, otherwise it would have driven me nuts to have known this for a month and a half but been unable to share. ;-) But either way, the wait is over!

I'm thrilled to announce that Harvest House has bought another 3-book series from me! Let Me Count the Ways will launch six months after the Culper Ring Series finishes up and will take the reader to England during the life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Each book in the series will be titled after a line from her famous poem and will span the years of her life, incorporating EBB as a secondary character and common thread, but focusing otherwise on fictional hero/heroine in each book.

How fun is that? =)

Book 1, which I believe shall be called How Do I Love Thee? will be set in the Regency, when EBB was a precocious child of 6, already translating Latin and Greek and writing her first poetry. My hero's family estate will neighbor the Barretts', and my heroine will be enamored with the little girl.

Here's a quick blurb on the story:
Lily Collins as Arabelle Denler

Arabelle Denler thinks life is perfect once Edmund Braxton proposes. He is all she could hope for in a match, and surely love will come. In spite of niggling doubts, she is determined that she is doing the right thing...at least until a roguish Naval captain comes on the scene who has decided she will pay the price for Brax’s sins.

The notorious Captain Phillip Camden, nicknamed Le Cœur Noir by the French during the war, is none too pleased to learn that his sister has been compromised by Braxton, who now intends to wed another. But the solution is obvious—he will simply kidnap and thereby ruin the reputation of the rake’s lady so that Brax sees Cam’s sister as the better option. And with his noble little brother willing to clean up the mess, what possible drawback could there be?

A fine plan, until the too-alluring Miss Denler and her talk of faith do the unthinkable—stir his blackened heart and make him wish it clean.
Eduardo Verastegui as Phillip Camden
Now, I can't take all the credit for this idea. =) My editor has had it brewing for a decade. At conference in September, we had lunch and she pitched the idea of a series based on EBB's poem to me, leaving the particular plots and settings up to me. I actually got to take a couple of my previous ideas I'd had lying around and work Elizabeth into them, which is going to be so much fun!

I'm very excited to be working more with Harvest House and am still unbelievably amazed that we already have our next series planned out before Ring of Secrets even releases. (And some good news on that too! I learned last week that RoS will be a Recommended Read [or whatever the technical name for it is] in all Lifeway stores from mid-February through May! Very exciting!!) Goes to show what a wonderful relationship I have with the folks there and the awesomeness of my agent, methinks. ;-)

So while I still have book 3 in the Culper Series to write before I think much more about Let Me Count the Ways, it'll be brewing in the back of my mind amid much anticipation in the meantime. Hence why I've started my Pinterest page for the series. ;-)

http://pinterest.com/roseannamwhite/let-me-count-the-ways-series/

17 comments:

  1. So excited for you Rosesanna! This is such fantastic news. So many blessings coming your way! Both series sound amazing, and I know they will be as you are such a skilled writer. Hugs and Huzzahs, Carla

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    1. Thanks so much, Carla! Definitely a blessing for which I'm praising the Lord.

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  2. Congratulations, Roseanna!!! The series sounds marvelous!!! Love EBB!!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! It should be a ton of fun. First, though, Culper Book 3. =)

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  3. Wow! That's super exciting! I cannot wait!

    Of course you were able to sell the books without all of it being written. You are the amazing Roseanna White, after all. They probably talked about your ideas and such and then were like, "This Roseanna White is so amazing!! We must have her do more books here!" Which I totally agree with, of course.

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    1. LOL. Their was apparently a conversation about how much I write and how many ideas I have and how they should keep me busy. =) Made my day--month--year! ;-)

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  4. Awesome news, Roseanna. And that pic of your hero makes me want to drool!

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    1. Funny there, Naomi--I found him by searching "tall, dark, and handsome actors" LOL, but the forum that had posted the pic had no name for him. I pinned it anyway, and then someone on Pinterest saw the picture and told me his name--apparently she knows him! Gave me a giggle. Amazing how this Pinterest thing works...

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    2. *Heart* Eduardo. He's a good man, too - a faithful, practicing Catholic, fights for good causes, and all that.

      Congratulations, Roseanna!

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    3. Thanks, Rhonda! I'd never heard of Eduardo, but he sure looks like my Phillip. ;-) Always good to know my actor-picks are good people too though!

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  5. Yay!! Congratulations, Roseanna!! :D

    The blurb for How Do I Love Thee? sounds absolutely awesome!!

    ~Amber

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I came up with that idea before I even started writing Ring of Secrets, so it's fun to find a way to use it. =)

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  6. Oh, Roseanna - this sounds SO VERY cool! And I don't have to wait forever for another Roseanna White book (for me, that's the BEST news!)

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    1. LOL. If this rate keeps up, you'll never have to wait more than 6 months from here on out. =) (At least for the next few years!)

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  7. How exciting! Congratulations!

    And, hey, maybe you'll get to come to England to research! :)

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    1. That would be totally awesome, Elisabeth. =)

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  8. Hi Roseanna--

    Congratulations on your new series! I applaud your choices for your characters....when I try to pick someone to match with characters I'm writing about, I can only think of stars from the 70's & 80's (my time frame) LOL!

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