I'm in the home stretch on Defiant — good news for those of you who’ve been waiting since 2008 for Connor’s story. I need to make myself a bit scarce online so that I can use that time and mental energy to write.
But I did want to share some fun news.
It seems my historicals are become very popular in France. What you see at the top is a bookstore shelf crammed with copies of the French translations of Sweet Release, Carnal Gift and Ride the Fire. Here's the cool news: Those three books have spent a combined 402 days in the top 100 on Amazon.fr.
Ride the Fire was No. 1 on Amazon.fr for romantic fiction for a couple of weeks. It’s now No. 6 and has been in the top 100 for 114 days.
Carnal Gift is No. 26 and has been in the top 100 for 26 days.
Sweet Release is now No. 30 and has been in the top 100 for 163 days.
I asked a French friend why these books might have done so much better in France than in the U.S., and she pointed to the covers. She doesn’t think the original clinch covers would have sold well at all in France. But I wonder if it isn’t a greater interest in history. Or whether French woman, not having gone to grade school in the U.S., aren’t sick of U.S. history like some American readers.
If any of my French readers are reading this, feel free to post your thoughts, even if you have to do it in French.
What’s kind of funny is that the MacKinnon’s Rangers series was published there first. It did very well and so the publisher came back for this series. When Defiant comes out, I’m guessing the French publisher will be very interested.
Have a lovely Monday!
—Baking holiday pies with Natalie Benoit
—More Surrender giveaways
—A look at what’s new in Untamed