My next novel is coming soon! My goal is October of 2018, but I’m still learning my way through efficient indie-publishing, so I’m holding that lightly.
What is it about? Well, for those of you who haven’t heard me moaning and hand-wringing my way through this, it is a modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice! Unlike my Jane Eyre retelling, this one is straight-up contemporary–no paranormal or alien characters in sight. It’s the very first time I’ve written something like this, so it was definitely a challenge!
In the summer of 2016, in drought-ridden Southern California, Elena Benitez heads home to help her parents handle cabin rentals while her dad recuperates.
When one of the elite guests falls hard for her older sister, Elena is uneasy. Charles seems like a great guy – despite being a Republican state representative – but he’ll never be interested in Elena’s sister when he realizes she’s an undocumented immigrant, a ‘dreamer’ brought to the US as a child by her own undocumented parents.
Elena can’t wait until Charles is gone, along with his opinionated and arrogant friend Darcy. And if Elena’s sisters are right that Darcy is hitting on her, well, that just makes it worse.
In a national election season of unfettered passion and prejudice, Elena has nothing to guide her but her instincts, and she’d sooner believe Trump could win than she could ever fall in love with a man like Darcy.
I always mess around with covers for a new book, trying to decide what I want to emphasize. Here are some of my mock-ups. Feel free to let me know what you do or don’t like!