The Price of Innocence was written in 2009. It is my debut novel. I researched my fingers to the bone on that book, studying legalized prostitution in France, the infamous Chabanais brothel, and the challenges of the poor in 1870s Paris.
The Price of Deception came about a few years later. After release, I was hounded by readers to write the third installment. Many fell in love with the book, which frightened me that I would not be able to live up to the expectations for a third one. Interestingly enough, I wrote it during a six-month period when I had huge challenges in my life. I was caring for my eighteen-month-old granddaughter and working full time. During those six months, I had pneumonia and then fell a few months later breaking my shoulder. It made the best-selling paid list on Amazon a few times and the Movers & Shakers list, too, in 2012. It's times like these you take screenshots to keep the memories!
As much as my fans wanted The Price of Love, I frankly felt stumped trying to figure out where to take the story. I made premature promises on its release and let people down, for which I'm very sorry. However, if the inspiration isn't there for an author, writing a story is torture. It took me longer than I anticipated to decide what to do with Jolene and Robert, plus the remainder of the dysfunctional family.
Now that is past, the emails continue from fans to keep the story going. The Price of Passion has begun, but I'm off right now working on a new release under a different pen name. I will return to it shortly and am shooting for the end of the year. However, I make no promises.
As the series continues to either enthrall or enrage readers, it has sold over 18,000 paid eBook copies, plus many print copies, since the first book was released. In addition, over 22,000 free copies of The Price of Innocence have been downloaded. What is even more amazing, is that my sales on Apple and Nook have skyrocketed in the last six months regarding the series since The Price of Innocence went perma free. I have only 48 reviews on Amazon and 222 ratings on Apple. That is astounding. I'm hopeful that the series will continue to do well in the years ahead.
All my best,