Last summer, I found myself in an odd gap between books. I had handed in The Garden Intrigue freakishly early. While waiting to hear about more Pink books, I’d started writing a rather different novel, set in Kenya in the 1920s, but was waiting for publisher feedback before continuing with it, unsure whether anyone would want it. (They did– but I wouldn’t know that until August.) I started work on Pink X, but Miss Gwen was being uncooperative and it wasn’t entirely clear that more Pink books were in the cards.

So I decided to write something just for fun.

I wanted to write something out of my ordinary orbit, something light, something different. So I decided to try my hand at a contemporary romance. It would involve a down and out heroine inheriting a house, because, as you all know, I have a thing for house inheritance novels, and a small town in upstate New York, because I’ve spent some of my happiest times in a small town in upstate New York. (Cold Spring, I’m looking at you!) Over the course of last July, I happily dug into writing it. I called the town Phillips Falls, as a nod to Susan Elizabeth Philips, queen of the genre (and to Philipstown, the larger entity that includes my own beloved Cold Spring). As for title… well, I had to throw in a Jennifer Crusie homage. My heroine’s name was Kristy Dare, so what more logical than to call it Dare Me?

As you can see, I was amusing myself mightily.

I had about a hundred pages done when I got a call telling me that it was time to go full steam ahead on the Kenya book– and then another call telling me that my old publisher wanted two more Pink books. Suddenly, I found myself booked up with deadlines and my contemporary romance (known to me as the RCR, for Random Contemporary Romance), had to be filed away for later.

I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to finish writing it, but, just for fun, just because it’s summer, I’ve decided to dust it off and share it with you. Starting June 23rd, I’ll be posting a chapter here on the News page every Saturday, straight through July and into August.

I hope it proves as much of a summer escape for you as it did for me last July!

14 Comments

  1. Courtney F. on May 29, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Sounds like fun! Though, as a girl who grew up in Rochester, NY, I always chuckle when NYC natives talk about “upstate.” I guess that makes my hometown “way-the-heck-upstate.” 😉

  2. Céline on May 29, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I would read anything by you, Lauren! I’m curious to read your contemporary romance!! Really curious!

  3. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on May 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Yeah!

  4. Sheila on May 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Can’t wait

  5. Susan on May 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Looking forward to it! Sounds a bit like the Rather series by CA Belmond. I like those. So glad you decided to share with us!

  6. Ellen S on May 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I was born in Cold Spring! When I went to college in Buffalo I was quickly disabused of the idea that Cold Spring was “upstate”!

  7. Rebecca P on May 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Like the poster from Rochester, I’m amused that Cold Spring is upstate…. where I live, there’s only one highway exit between me and Canada. 🙂 However, I can’t wait to see the new work!

  8. Julie H on May 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Ooh, exciting! It will be a nice summer treat.

    Was it strange writing without all the historical information/background, or was it sort of liberating?

  9. Jessica C on May 30, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Awesome! It may not be summer here in Australia, but I look forward to reading it on cold rainy days!

  10. Jeffrey on May 30, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Burning with curiosity I am. Long short story? Novella? Full-length work? I can hardly wait to begin reading!

  11. Chanpreet on May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    i’m eagerly looking forward to this new story, and I’m hoping it’ll be picked up and turned into a published book!

  12. Sheila on May 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    PS-Born and raised very near to Cold Spring…will see if I recognize any familiar places.

  13. carrie on May 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Since you, Jennifer Crusie and SEP are my favorite authors this should be great!

  14. Ginger on June 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thank you for your generosity Lauren, it always seems like such a long dry spell between publishings. This will be a wonderful weekly visit!

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