We were planning to set up the preorder for Prayer on Wednesday, but we couldn’t figure out why we were waiting. So we’re not.
Susan uploaded it to Amazon and Smashwords this afternoon. The preorder is already active on Smashwords. It’ll probably be tomorrow for Amazon, and then a few days from now on iBooks, B&N, and Kobo.
I’ll update this post with links as the preorder goes live at various sites. The release date is Saturday, 30 January 2016
And here’s the Goodreads page.
We’ve got a paperback version cooking, too, of course.
The Pagano Family Series, with the exception of Nick’s story (because Nick is Nick), is a considerably gentler series than the Night Horde books. Word on the street is that Prayer is our first “sweet” romance.
We never set out to write anything in a particular style. We don’t try for “gritty” or “sweet” or anything in between—we just follow the characters, and they tell us their story. John is a good guy. Katrynn is a good person, too. They have their problems, but they don’t have a lot of darkness in them. Thus, neither does their story.
Katrynn is very close to Bev Pagano, and Nick and Bev are substantial secondary characters in Prayer. There’s stuff going on in their lives, too. And there is some intersection with Nick’s business. But most of the related violence happens off the page here.
Although it’s been well established that my sensibilities, as Susan’s muse, run deep into the dark side, even I recognized that dark wasn’t right for John’s story.
Besides, I have bikers and Vikings to satisfy my bloodlust. Heh.
So, the synopsis follows. We hope you enjoy Prayer.
John Pagano is the “good son” of his family, the one among his brothers who has always done what was expected of him, who was never a disappointment or a trouble. He’s built a good life in that quiet space. But he’s not happy. Despite the strong foundation of his family, his work, and his town, John is missing what he really wants: something—someone—of his own. A family and home that’s his. As he’s gotten older, that need for what’s missing has begun to make cracks in the foundation of his good life.
Katrynn Page has had no such strong foundation of family. The product of an unconventional upbringing, she has learned that love is a wavering, unreliable thing. Working with Bev Pagano at Cover to Cover Books, becoming close friends, Katrynn has spent her years in Quiet Cove as an honorary member of the Pagano family—just close enough to really see all she does not have, has never had. Everything she most wants.
John comes to see that Katrynn is what he’s been missing. Katrynn comes to see that John is exactly what she wants. But a drunken encounter gets them off to a disastrous start, and Katrynn must first find it in herself to forgive John and then learn to trust him, and herself, enough to believe that love can be steadfast. She will have to take a leap of faith.
Note: explicit sex