I love hearing from my readers and fans. Your emails can help brighten the darkest day, bring a smile to my face, and feed my soul. Seriously. Even if I’m in crazy deadline mode and it takes me a while to respond to you, please know that I appreciate each and every message I receive.

Since I get plenty of emails, I thought I’d share some of the most common questions I’ve been answering lately: 

Why does Seducing the Wolf take place before Recipe for Temptation and Tempt Me at Midnight?

The reason I did this is because I didn’t want to keep Manning and Taylor apart any longer than I already had. Almost four years passed between Taming the Wolf and Recipe for Temptation. That’s four more years that Manning and Taylor would have been separated. I think 20-plus years was torturous enough. At the end of Taming the Wolf, Manning was saying how he might never get married. I thought this would provide good foreshadowing for his upcoming story.

I certainly wasn’t trying to confuse anyone or deprive anyone of the opportunity to see Michael and Reese and Quentin and Lexi in their current marriages. There are four more Wolf Pack books and seven Morehouse Nine books to come. So there will be plenty of opportunities for everyone to get caught up on all future couples (including Sterling and Asha).

I love to read and hold print books in my hand. When will Seducing the Wolf be available in paperback?

Unfortunately, it may be a while. I’m currently exploring other options for printing Seducing the Wolf. Most of my self-published books are currently available in paperback through Amazon’s CreateSpace program. And I have to admit that the sales have been rather disappointing, to be perfectly honest. I don’t know whether people aren’t aware that these books are in print, or if there’s a problem with the price. But I’ll tell you that my ebooks consistently outsell my paperbacks by a ratio of 50 to 1 (if not more). Converting books to print takes time and money. And the longer the book, the more expensive it will be. It’s very important to me to meet the needs of all of my readers. At the same time, I also want to ensure that I will receive a return on my investment.

When is the Morehouse Nine series coming?

I’m so glad you’re looking forward to the Morehouse Nine! I’ve been teasing the fellas for a while through other books, so I promise you that their stories are definitely coming (starting with Percy Sheldon and Summer Austin). But I won’t promise a release date at this time (I’ve learned my lesson).

When is Betrayal coming out?

My third Naomi Chase novel, Betrayal, will be released in April. You can read more about it here, and I will be posting an excerpt very soon. If you’re on Facebook, you can also read excerpts on my Naomi Chase Fan Page. Betrayal is a juicy roller-coaster ride, so buckle up and get ready!

When is the Brand Clan series continuing?

The next book, Whatever You Need, will be released by Harlequin in December. This smokin’ hot love story features River Brand and Morgan Morrison (Lena’s younger sister).

When is the Mayne Attraction series continuing?

I haven’t forgotten about the Maynes of Houston. I hope to resume working on Yasmin Mayne’s book in the near future. But once again, I won’t promise any release dates.

I enjoy all of your books, but my favorites are your romantic suspense novels. When will you release The Good Citizen?

Believe me, I absolutely love writing romantic suspense. My first three novels were romantic suspenses, and I definitely plan to return to that subgenre at some point. When I first announced The Good Citizen, I had every intention of writing and publishing that book as soon as possible. Unfortunately, other projects became a priority, so I had to put the Wade brothers on the backburner. When I’m ready to release The Good Citizen, I will make an announcement through my website, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter. So please stay tuned!

I loved Caleb and Daniela from A Legal Affair. Will you continue their story?

Caleb and Daniela will always be pretty special to me. Unfortunately, I don’t plan to continue their story because I have too many other new books to write. But I’m so glad you enjoyed them that much.

What do you most enjoy about writing romance novels?

Growing up, I used to devour my mother’s collection of Harlequin novels. I loved those heartwarming stories of couples overcoming adversity to reach their happily-ever-after ending. I never dreamed that I would grow up to become a Harlequin author. And I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to write romance novels featuring women who look like me.

I always strive to write stories that have universal appeal, because I believe that the language of love is universal. My heroines are smart, beautiful, talented, kickass chicks who just happen to be black. They share the same experiences in life and love as everyone else. That said, I truly love celebrating these women who look like me. Whenever I have an opportunity to feature these women in romantic, loving relationships with heroic men—be they black, white, Latino or Asian heartthrobs—that’s the story I’m going to tell (unless my heart leads me in a different direction).

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m hard at work on Whatever You Need (River and Morgan’s story). After that I will begin working on Percy’s book, which will officially kick off the Morehouse Nine series. I’m hoping to launch the new year (2015) with Percy’s book. But I’m not going to make any promises this time, so please stay tuned.

I was never good at math, but I’ve always understood the concept of supply and demand. The projects that are most in demand dictate the order of my priorities. If I could clone myself to increase my production levels, I would in a heartbeat. But, alas, there’s only one of me. So my top writing priorities for the foreseeable future are the Wolf Pack, Brand Clan, Morehouse Nine, Naomi Chase and Mayne Attraction, followed by any romantic suspense novels.

Well, that’s my long update for now. Thanks for your continued love and support, everyone!

Love always,
Maureen