Theo’s Book

Bad Case of Loving You, book #6 in the Flatiron Five series of contemporary romances by Deborah CookeLast night, I changed the publication date for Theo and Lyssa’s book, Bad Case of Loving You. Instead of coming out next week, it’s now scheduled for publication on July 23. If you had a pre-order at Amazon, it’s been cancelled.

This doesn’t make me happy but it was necessary.

This winter in Romancelandia, there’s been a lot of discussion about the depiction of people of color in romance novels. In fact, I think this discussion changed Theo’s story, because I was trying to get it right. To be sure, I asked two writers to do a sensitivity read on the final book. They both said there were issues with the book – and they identified the same issues, which is a good thing. What was interesting to me was that they said I’d made race a bigger issue in the book than it would be in real life, which means that my initial instincts were right.

One Knight's Return, book #2 of the Sayerne series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe book needs to be revised, so it can’t be published next week. There are some other elements of the story that I want to change as well, so I’ll put the book aside while I finish One Knight’s Return, then revise it.

I apologize for the delay and hope you understand. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Theo’s Book

  1. Thank you for taking the time to “get it right”! With so much bigotry and hatred of “others-not-like-me” in our society, at a time when most of us hoped that was put behind us in 2008, it is important that prominent individuals in ALL fields take the responsibility for promoting equality, with sensitivity. I am a loyal reader, and I am pleased you have delayed your project for your stated reasons. Sincerely, JLS

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