After three and a half years, my book has undergone its final title change! It began life as The Three Loves of Miss Beatrice Sutherland. When my heroine was no longer called Beatrice, and she most definitely didn’t fall in love three times, it changed to My Lady Untamed. For various reasons it has now become, simply, Untamed. I love it. There’s something powerful about that single, volatile word – and as my editor Carol pointed out, it means it can also apply to my hero, which it certainly does.
So if my book was a ship, this is where I would break a bottle of champaign against the hull, over the painted words.
Untamed will be available internationally on May 15th, which will have real-life champagne and possibly confetti. This means I have done my last round of copyedits and the manuscript’s off in the hands of a proofreader, never to be fiddled with by me again. (That sounds dirty. Writing is pretty intimate, though, after all.) We’re still waiting on the final cover design, but I just know it’s going to be so, so pretty and I can’t wait till we can all see it!
What I do have is the official blurb. Many of you witnessed my first and second attempts at writing a blurb for this book, and gave me huge amounts of help with it. The truth is, even after days spent on three small paragraphs, I never came up with anything good. My editor Sarah sent me this blurb yesterday, and it made me go, I wanna read that book!
Outspoken and opinionated, Katherine Sutherland is ill at ease amongst the fine ladies of Regency London. More familiar with farmers, her blunt opinions and rough manners offend polite society. Yet when she hears the scandalous rumours involving her sister and the seductive Duke of Darlington, the fiercely loyal Katherine vows to save her sister’s marriage – whatever the cost.
Intrigued by Katherine’s interference in his affairs, the manipulative Duke is soon fascinated. He engages in a daring deception and follows her back to her country home. Here, their intense connection shocks them both. But the Duke’s games have dangerous consequences, and the potential to throw both their lives into chaos…
Wildly romantic, Untamed is a passionate and beautifully written debut novel. This decadent historical romance defies convention and will shock and delight in equal measure.
Congratulations on your debut! Love the title, and the blurb seems so effortless – how do they do it.
I’m absolutely ready to be shocked and delighted, can’t wait until May 15.
Thanks Raewyn! Only a month to do before all the shock and delight begins LOL.
I will so be reading that.
How excellent. I hope you enjoy it!
Just over a month to go! So exciting. It’s really happening now! 🙂
I know! It’s really just happened all in a rush. (Even though actually it’s taken, like almost four years.)
Sounds really good! Congratulations. Let us know when the pre-order links are up, please.
Thanks Brie :-). I’ll be sure to let you know when links etc. are up.
Forgive me for being obnoxious, but the second sentence has a misplaced modifier.
As written, it’s saying that Katherine’s rough manners and blunt opinions are more familiar with farmers, rather than that Katherine herself is more familiar with farmers. For a certain percentage of the reading public, this is a nails-on-the-chalkboard grammatical error. You don’t want those people to dismiss your book because of this! (Especially because, if memory serves me correctly, the grammar in the book is pretty much flawless.)
I really can’t wait for this book to come out. I expect it to be polarizing in the most excellent way.
Ack! Thank you so much for pointing this out. Not obnoxious at all. I think Liz Mc2 was bemoaning exactly this grammatical error recently – and you’re absolutely right, it would stop some people from even opening the book. I’ll let my editor know right away!
I can’t even predict how this book’s going to be received – but I’m pretty sure “polarising” will be in there somewhere.
I WAS, but I wasn’t going to point it out here. I saw it, though. 😉
Also, in your case it would not stop me from reading the book.
“…but I wasn’t going to point it out here.”
Unlike SOME people 🙂
Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it.
Thank you! Can’t wait to hear what you think. *fully engages for any and all reactions*
Untamed’s release day is now written in red letters on my calendar. I am really looking forward to reading about a manipulative cross dressing Duke
How exciting! I should put it in red letter in my calendar too :-).
Congratulations!! Can’t wait to read it. 🙂
Thanks Jen! I hope you enjoy it.
Woohoo! Can’t wait to get my hands on the published product!
Woohoo! (Also, keep your eyes peeled for the acknowledgements page…)
Ooh, now I’m excited *all over again*!!!
OMG, Anna! Great news!
I love the new blurb, so deep and mysterious.
I want to read it too!
Looking forward to 15 May. Lots of cyber-champagne sent your way.
Thank you Michelle :-). It’s pretty amazing now that the big day is drawing ever closer…
Congrats! Looking forward to May 15th!
Thank you Cate 🙂
Thank you! Almost at the one-month-to-go mark… *hyperventilates with happiness*
Super Dooper excited for you, marked in the calendar. We’ll have a wee toast that day for you xxxx
Thank you!! 🙂
Exciting days! Looking forward to it. And you and your editor is right, Untamed is the best choice!
Thanks Alex – so nice to see you pop up again 🙂
That blurb certainly made me want to read the book as well! (Hi there! I am an occasional lurker)
Hi Juhi! I hope you enjoy the book 🙂