THE WESTCOTT FAMILY SERIES
With six of the Westcott books now out, I have been asked numerous times if the series is complete. Several people have asked why there is no story for Harry. All the questions have led me to realize that nowhere on my web site is there any explanation of how many books there will be altogether in the series and whose stories, if any, are left. Well, I aim to set that straight right now. There is one story–a novella rather than a full-length novel–coming out in November of 2019. You can read about it, sample an excerpt, and preorder a copy (or ten) on Home Page. There are two more full-length books to come after that….and maybe two additional ones. Possibly three…
The original plan was to write an eight-part series. Six of those are published: SOMEONE TO…LOVE, HOLD, WED, CARE, TRUST, and HONO(U)R. According to the plan, the remaining two books are SOMEONE TO ROMANCE, Jessica’s story, already written and due out in November of 2020. Soon I’ll be starting to write SOMEONE TO CHERISH, Harry’s story, which will probably be out in 2021. However, last year I was going on a writing retreat with some writer friends but had nothing to write since I was not planning to start Jessica’s story until spring of this year. What a ghastly fate! I decided that I would start a novella for Matilda Westcott, whose story definitely needed to be told though she was not part of the original plan. I would get it published privately as an ebook, I thought. However, since it was a Westcott story, I decided I had better let my agent know. She thought we had better let my editor know! My editor wanted the novella, which she planned to publish as an ebook. After she had read it, however, she liked it so much that she decided to give it the full treatment and publish it in hardcover and paperback format as well as ebook. It is due out in November, 2019, as SOMEONE TO REMEMBER. Do be aware, however, that it is a novella, considerably shorter than the other books in the series. It has a lower price to reflect that fact, and an excerpt from each of the other six books at the back!
The series should be over after Harry’s story. However, inevitably some minor characters have grabbed my attention and are stepping up to have their stories told too. In particular, there are the twins, Estelle and Bertrand Lamarr, children of Marcel Lamarr, Marquess of Dorchester, Viola’s husband. And there is Winifred Cunningham, adopted daughter of Camille and Joel. I have no definite plans yet to write any of these three stories, but they are knocking on the door of my imagination. So stay tuned.
I do hope you will enjoy the upcoming novella for 56-year-old Matilda. I have an extra advance copy of SOMEONE TO REMEMBER that I will give away on Tuesday, September 24, to someone who leaves a comment below.[Sept. 24th: The winner is JULIE SCHROEDET. Congratulations to her. I will send her signed book as soon as I have her postal address.]