To Update or Not Update & giveaway with Eileen Dreyer

I published my first book in 1986 as Kathleen Korbel for Silhouette. I’m forty something books later now, but I still cherish those Silhouettes. I also thought that they had one chance at reaching an audience, a month on the shelves and a few more in used book stores. It made me sad, because I loved all those characters(an author’s secret. Our characters are very real to us).

Well, a few years ago a wonderful thing happened to everybody who loved Harlequin and Silhouette books. A lot of us got our rights back. I was able to get twenty of mine back, and it’s been like old home’s week. I haven’t reread most of them in years, and it’s great having my friends back. Even better, because of the new technology, we can share them with our readers once more.

My Kathleen Korbel books were written between 1986 and 2009. A Prince of a Guy(and it’s partner, The Princess and the Pea) were published in the early 90s. So here’s the question. None of those books were set in a specific time period. They were just contemporary to the time they were published. Well, I want to publish them again now. Do I update them, or do I leave them in their original time?

You might not agree with my decision, but this is it. They stay true to the time in which they were written, and I’ll tell you why. The world has changed so catachlysmically since then that the entire book would change out of recognition if I updated them. Something as simple as the cell phone would negate the need for a lot of my stalemates, questions and suspenses.

Let me ‘splain. (Sorry. A brief Princess Bride moment). Prince of a Guy is about a secretary from Brooklyn named Casey Phillips, who travels to the tiny country of Moritania to check out the land of her ancestors. Instead, she finds herself impersonating the crown princess who has just been kidnapped (and Casey, of course, falls in love with the handsome prince). Just one of the changes would have to do with their chase after the kidnapped princess. I do admit I now find it amusing. Prince Eric and Casey are scouring the countryside for the princess. They’re hell-bent after the bad guys, when they see a post office…..and stop in to make a phone call. They let the palace know they’re all right, but not where they are so the palace doesn’t come after them. Now there would be a GPS fix and the Moritanian secret police (perhaps played by Hector Alizando) (Princess Bride reference) would stop them before they had their adventure and fel in love.

So no. I am not going to update my Silhouette books. I’m leaving them in their original times(and mentioning that at the front of the books). I hope you enjoy not only them, but a bit of a nostalgic trip back a couple of decades.

So, do you also think that with the leaps in technology updating can ruin the original story? Share your thought so be entered for a digital copy of A PRINCE OF A GUY. Good luck y’all!

A Prince of a Guy

When New Yorker Casey Phillips visits the tiny country of Moritania, she simply wants to see where her ancestors came from. Instead, she’s mistaken for a princess.

The real princess has been kidnapped, and Crown Prince Eric von Lieberhaven insists Casey—a dead ringer for the missing royal—step into the princess’s shoes until she can be freed.

As Casey upends royal tradition, Eric finds himself hoping the cheeky American never returns home. But can a secretary from Brooklyn really find happiness with a prince?



Eileen Dreyer

New York Times Bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer has published 38 novels and 10 short stories under her name and that of her evil twin, Kathleen Korbel in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery and medical forensic suspense. A proud member of RWA’s Hall of FAME, she also has numerous awards from RT BookLovers and an Anthony nomination for mystery. Eileen spent 16 years as a trauma nurse and is educated in trauma, forensics and death investigation. She is now focusing on what she calls historic romantic adventure in her DRAKE’S RAKES series, the latest of which, TWICE TEMPTED, is out now. A native of St. Louis, she still lives there with her family. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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