A New Look For Reginald And Less… Reginald?

There’s nothing more fulfilling for a writer than seeing your characters embraced by your readers. I adore my readers and I’m always looking for new ways to connect with them and I love the nearly instant feedback I get. Sometimes, it becomes clear that a mark may have been missed. I’m beginning to suspect that Mr. Harcourt And The Hurricane will be hit or miss with most readers.

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Reginald isn’t like other boys. When I decided to give him his own book, I knew he’d need more than just the one. A simple Happily Ever After wouldn’t do for him. Originally, I imagined a series featuring our favorite hacker and troublemaker. Because he’s very British and I’m a fan of Agatha Christie, I wanted to give him his own fabulous Poirot type series. I love taking things we love and retelling them with gorgeous gay leading men. Imagine a modern rake bouncing from mystery to mystery, flirting and fucking his way around the world. Sometimes, we’re not looking for Happily Ever After. Sometimes, we want to be Reginald. He will eventually fall in love. I expect it will be a complete shock, when it does finally happen. Meanwhile, I wanted him to have fun. I wanted him to have his own stable of Bond girls.

What about the SPARK!? I knew this would be a hard sell for readers of traditional romance and erotica. The game HAS to end with both characters falling in love and living happily ever after! Or does it? What if Reginald is like a lot of men and wants to play the field? I think it would have been a little disappointing if he suddenly behaved like the typical hero and skipped happily into domestic bliss. Where in any of his previous appearances did he tell us he’d want that? I felt like it was time to write a different book with a different sort of hero.

Reginald is a bit of an enigma. He’s a bigger mystery than the murder of Bernard Mauroy or the other mysteries I planned for him to tackle. I imagined letting him unravel seductively over four or five books, teasing the reader with bits of his identity. Eventually, he’d have to confront his past and learn how to cope with finally falling in love. Meanwhile, I wanted to make him the focus of his adventures. Instead of switching perspectives and giving the reader lots of feelings, I made it all about Reginald. Hayes is what I’d imagine a Bond boy would look like- hot, easy and constantly on his toes as he keeps Reginald out of trouble. Unfortunately, I’m not sure some of my readers were ready for that, or even got it.

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And it’s perfectly cool. I’m never going to make everyone happy all the time. And my readers aren’t going to love everything I love. This is where I look at my plans and consider changing course. It’s still very early and my readers might fall in love Reginald the way I did. Or, Reginald might just get one more book. A second mystery to give him closure and find his Happily Ever After.

Covers are also very hit or miss. And not just with readers. I decided the more understated Art Deco theme was a little Meh among the other covers. I think this new cover is still a nod to Agatha Christie and Poirot but a little more me.

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Look for the new cover soon and if you haven’t read Mr. Harcourt And The Hurricane, you should: http://amzn.to/2kqroHa

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A New Look For Reginald And Less… Reginald?

8 thoughts on “A New Look For Reginald And Less… Reginald?

  1. Judi says:

    Oh my naughty girl! I have a few comments. Reginald was just what I imagined him to be I think the word cheeky is what I’m looking for. I am so looking for his next book to be just as sexy. I LOVE he’s chasing after Mr. Lavender. Please please bring The Lavenders together or not the back and forth of Lavender and Reginald is hella fun. Just saying. The cover I’m glad your changing Reginald is single but he did have a sexy guy. Your covers are fantastic. So now I’m going to let the hubby know I wrote my naughty girl

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  2. Jen says:

    I have read all of your books. I usually purchase as soon as I receive your notification email. Your stories have never let me down. And while I may have more affinity for some than others, I always love the ride! Count me as a fan of Reginald and I look forward to his adventures! Nothing wrong with a merry chase to his HEA (wouldn’t want anything less for him).

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    1. I’m so happy to hear that! I’ve got a serious sweet spot for Reginald and lots of plans for him. Thanks for being so amazing and supportive. I truly write for my readers, you all keep me motivated and give me so much joy.

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      1. Jen says:

        Awww, I love being amazing!! 😉 Anytime you need motivation, I will be more than happy to gush about how much I love your stories! Nothing wrong with pampering a fine writer’s mind!

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  3. Francine says:

    I hope you don’t cut your plans for Reginald short because of reader feedback. As you said, not everyone will love everything you write. I think he deserves his time in the sun. He was exactly how I expected him to be. I was a little disappointed he and Hays didn’t become permanent. However, I probably would have been more disappointed if they had since that is so contrary to what we know about Reginald.

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    1. I’m sure we’ll see more of Reginald in the future. He’s such a fun character to write and I love the story I have planned for him. Thank you so much for your kindness and support! You keep me writing.
      Love,
      K.

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