M. A. Lee shares her struggles ~ 

I’m running far behind deadline on the Hearts in Hazard series.

Last year, I should have put out three HnH books:  The Key to Secrets and The Key for Spies made it to press.

The Key with Hearts is my current struggle.  Too many commitments that drag me away from the story.  Too many distractions that make it too easy to walk away when I do have time.

The story’s coming, though, and I love how it’s developing.

I plan my novels.  Then, when I write, I usually wind up gutting most of the plan and just following where the story leads.  That’s happening now.  It’s a joy–but also a struggle.

I could fall back on the plan, but I don’t think that would develop into the best book.

And we want the best book possible, don’t we?

For now, here’s the cover image.  It’s Grenville brooding in the maze of his great house.  My guiding mantra for this book:  A convenient marriage inconveniently causes murder.

The cover is by the wonderful people at Deranged Doctor Design.  I said “maze” and “big house” and “murder” and picked a cover model, and they delivered, as always, a fantastic cover design.

I have four more books for this year:  the last three in the Hearts in Hazard series, 12 full novels, all loosely connected to each other–after all, it’s a small world that we live in.  And the third Into Death mystery with Isabella Newcombe Tarrant, Portrait into Death.

I’ll have to wait and see how successful I am at putting out four more books in a year–five total.