September 2010

Hello Readers,

I didn’t make it to write a letter every month, but then I’ve been too busy working on my new books.

The book I was working on, Silver Roses, had to be postponed because I saw that I needed to tell another story first. Right now I’m working on Heartwishes, which has a bit of magic in it — maybe. No one has yet decided if it’s coincidence or actual magic that’s causing the things to happen.

My heroine is Gemma Ranford, and she landed a job on the Frazier estate to go through hundreds of documents that Mrs. Frazier bought at an auction in England. In Days of Gold, Prudence, who married Shamus, had to sell her family’s estate in England, but Shamus made so much money in America that he was able to buy it back. Their eldest son, Ewan, took the title of earl from his mother and lived in England.

Nearly 200 years later, the English branch of the family has died out, the estate was sold, and Mrs. Frazier bought all the documents that had been stored in the attic. She hired Gemma, who is about to finish her Ph.D., to go through all the papers and write a detailed history of the family.

On the first day, Gemma finds part of a letter that mentions Heartwishes. The premise is that anyone of Frazier blood gets a wish to come true if it comes from his or her heart. It’s been interesting to think about wishes that come from the very heart of a person.

The hero of the book is Colin Frazier, who is the sheriff of Edilean. Everyone likes Colin; adores him, really. But Gemma has a reason to be quite angry at him — and he can’t understand it. I’ve enjoyed his bewilderment.

What I really like about this book is that I get to see all the people in Edilean together. Yesterday I finished a scene of a barbeque which had many of my past characters there. I had to be careful not to go on and on with them because that could be boring to a person who hasn’t read my other books set in Edilean. I just like to go back and see them and reassure myself that they’re doing well.

I want a scene with Mr. Lang because I want to see what he’s up to now. I think Gemma will like him as she tends to like quirky people.

In each book, I try to introduce more descendants of the seven founding families, and in Heartwishes I brought in Dr. Tristan Aldredge. My last letter spoke of the DVDs that I spent a year searching for. They are Bramford, an English series about a female doctor in 1893. It was the perfect time period for what I plan to do in Silver Roses. In fact, I’ve written quite a bit of that book already. I needed to do that to see what Tristan was like before I put him in Heartwishes. He’s a beautiful man, but there’s something missing in his life. He and Gemma become friends, and he talks about what’s inside him some.

That’s all for now. See you next month,
Jude Deveraux