Teaser Tuesday: Coming Next

Here’s the publication schedule for the next year or so….

April 18, 2017: That Summer (paperback reissue).

July 4, 2017: A Paris All Your Own: Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light, a series of personal essays about Paris by assorted authors (trade paperback).

January 9, 2018: The English Wife, aka Stand Alone #4, aka the Gilded Age Book (hardcover).

Autumn 2018 (date and title TBA): the three Ws’ latest collaboration, a novel set around the final voyage of the Lusitania, with Karen White and Beatriz Williams (hardcover).

(I am very happy to announce that the three of us finished a draft of the Lusitania novel last week! We will shortly be retreating to our top secret bat cave to polish up the Lusitania book and plot the next Three W adventure. And possibly finally come up with a title for the Lusitania book other than Lusitania book.)

That Summer discount edition paris-anthology The English Wife

I can’t wait to share all of these with you!

I’m working on my 2019 book (aka Stand Alone #5) right now. I’ll have more to tell you about that once The English Wife is safely out in the world….


  1. Sarah WJ on May 23, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Absolutely cannot WAIT for these new releases. Guess I will have to anticipate Beatriz William’s new one this summer to tide me over.

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      As fallback plans go, that sounds like a pretty good one, to me. : )

  2. Molly Laird on May 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I can’t wait for these books to release.

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks, Molly!

  3. Jennrenee on May 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    This makes me so happy! Can’t wait!

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks, Jennrenee!

  4. LynnS on May 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I’ll just add them to my towering TBR stack(s). On the other hand, I only have one (!) book currently checked out from the library. I have no idea how that happened, but I feel bereft. 🙂

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      : ) I know the feeling….

  5. Carla on May 23, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about stand alone #5!

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks, Carla! Unless something drastic changes, this one is set in 19th century Barbados.

  6. Dianna on May 24, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Why does it take over 6 months to publish it…would be great if they could release it in December to give for Christmas gifts!!!

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      I like the way you think. 🙂 I may partner with a bookstore so that you can give the book for Christmas and the bookstore will send a card to the recipient in December, and then ship a signed copy of the actual book in January, once it’s out.

    • Lauren on May 24, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      The “why does it take so long” is a much longer and more complicated question. And it’s even longer than six months in this case! Edits of this book were finished by October ’16, so it will be well over a year from edited manuscript to publication. And this isn’t at all unique. To name just a couple of other examples, “Ashford Affair” was all done and edited by January 2012, but published in April 2013, and “Garden Intrigue”, which was ready to go by early autumn of 2010, was slated for publication in January of 2012. Or for an even more dramatic example, Simone St. James took pity on my St. James withdrawal and let me read the finished manuscript of her upcoming book, “The Broken Girls”, last October (2016). The book will be coming out in spring 2018.

      There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that there’s a lot of behind the scenes publicity and marketing stuff that goes on after the book is complete. The more time there is for that, the happier everyone tends to be. This could be anywhere from six months to over a year. (Under six months from manuscript to publication and people start getting panicky.)

      The other reason is that publishers plan their calendars way in advance– sometimes years in advance– and slot in books to particular times of year based on a variety of factors, including the type of story (certain books sell better in certain seasons), other books coming out at the same time, etc. “The English Wife”, for example, was originally supposed to be summer ’17, but my editor took a look at the manuscript last spring and said, “Whoa, this is a winter book” (or words to that effect). So even though it could have been published sooner, it was pushed back for strategic reasons.

      So I hope that helps explain it…. Aren’t you sorry you asked? : )

      (And I’m always happy to share more of the behind the scenes nuts and bolts stuff if anyone is curious!)

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