Marsha Canham's Blog

March 10, 2017

The Far Horizon is finally here!

Filed under: Caesars Through the Fence,Uncategorized — marshacanham @ 4:34 pm

What better way to revive a blog than to shamelessly promote a new book? Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted, I admit it. And I’ve thought about reviving the blog many times over the past stagnant months to update readers on the progress of Jonas Dante’s story, but in truth, I’m sure everyone was tired of hearing that The Far Horizon was coming…coming…coming…but not quite yet.

The first problem was Jonas himself. I had deliberately written about him in earlier books, The Iron Rose and The Following Sea, as the gruff older brother with the devil’s own red hair and a temper to match. He wore common leathers and a battered hat and roared rather than talked. A true pirate in the movie sense.

So who could I find to match him? Who could I find to create a romance around? I’ve done strong heroines before, but this one would prove to be a real challenge. No refined miss like Evangeline in The Following Sea. No female pirate in trousers like Juliet in The Iron Rose. No simpering miss. No stranded damsel in distress.

I toyed for a while with a Spanish hostage, captured during a battle on the Main, but then you run into the ubiquitous plotline: “I will win her over with my charm” of which Jonas had very little. Boom. Worked on that one for about 150 pages before scrapping it altogether. I tried making her a captive heading for the slave market, who impresses Jonas by kicking the slave master in the bollocks…but that seemed too contrived and again, about 100 pages and a lot of pulled hair went into the reject bin. Kidnapping? Nope.

I tried combining the best possibilities from both scenarios…nada. Brain freeze.

I had to find a strong enough woman to win Jonas over, reluctant beast that he was to fall in love or even think of falling in love. And a strong enough woman to fall in love with a blustering, domineering pirate who was not exactly pretty through all his scars, and not the least receptive to any of her feminine wiles.

I came up with BellannaΒ  Harper. A beautiful, cold, calculating jewel thief who first catches Jonas’s roving eye in a dazzling ballroom in London.

The second major problem that caused delay after delay and more hair pulling, was the Pirate Wolf series itself. When I wrote Across A Moonlit Sea, I had Beau and Simon Dante joining up with Sir Francis Drake to raid the Spanish port of Cadiz. I had sea battles and double crosses and body parts getting blown to bits, cannons blasting, sails booming…everything I could think to put into an adventure at sea. I was still with a print publisher at the time and with the modest success of AAMS, I was asked if I was interested in writing a sequel. Out of that request came The Iron Rose where I reversed the roles of the hero and heroine, making Juliet Dante the pirate and Varian St. Clare her captive and sort-of hostage. Again, more sea battles, more devilish conspiracies by the Spanish, more cannons blasting, body parts flying, sails booming….anything I hadn’t thought to include in Across A Moonlit Sea. The result was gratifying. Publishers Weekly declared The Iron Rose to be one of the seven best mass market fiction books released that year.

Then, of course, the bottom fell out of print publishing. Authors were let go by the hundreds, if not thousands, and I was insulted enough by the contract negotiations for a new book that I decided to go into semi-retirement and enjoy my munchkin grandkids until the bloodbath in all the publishing houses subsided.

I wasn’t expecting a bloodbath in my own private life, which resulted in an ugly horrible divorce…not exactly the basis for someone thinking of resuming a career and not exactly in any mood to write romance.

But I digress. People divorce, they survive the shock, they move on.

I moved on and entered the world of ebooks. I was lucky enough to get back all the rights on my print books before the doors slammed shut and the publishers realized they were losing their golden geese.

But then I had the problem of writing something new, and the first one who tapped on my shoulder was Gabriel Dante. I had introduced him and Jonas in the Iron Rose, and readers had asked for more, for stories about the Hell Twins…so out of that came the idea to write ONE more book in the Pirate Wolf series. The Following Sea was Gabriel’s story and again I was faced with coming up with more sea-faring adventure. How many ways could I write a sea battle that I hadn’t already written in AAMS and TIR? Or even further back, in The Wind and the Sea and Bound by the Heart?

I happened across an article, casually read in some online mag, about a treasure ship being discovered a few hundred years after she sank in a storm. Little brain synapses started to spark and twinkle and while I did have to strain my brain and pull out even more hairs over plotting and battling at sea…I think I did justice to Gabriel’s adventure but again, I threw in every last possible scenario at sea that I could think of, and even some that verged on legend and illusion.

Silly me, I thought I was finished with pirates and sea-faring adventures.Β  But even more emails started coming in. Where is Jonas’s story? When is Jonas’s story coming out? You can’t just leave Jonas standing on the beach, he needs a story of his own.

But…but…but…

Refer to my dilemma above on how to make Jonas into a romantic hero. *sigh*

So…three years later and serious depletion of hair follicles and brain cells…The Far Horizon emerges. I hope I have done Jonas justice because honestly, there are no more sea battles in me. No more pirates. The series has sailed off into the sunset toward the far horizon, and left me happy, satisfied, and content that I have done the best with the Pirate Wolf dynasty that I could do.

My next project? I’m open for suggestions as long as they do not include pirates or ships or oceans.

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged, I’ve forgotten how to include stuff, so you’ll just have to check out my website http://www.marshacanham.com for the links.

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20 Comments »

  1. As I have just finished “The Far Horizon last night,” I was delighted to find your blog update in my email inbox today (I subscribe). Great blog and description of your journey with the Wolf Pirate series. I’m not a “pirate” gal, but if your name is on it, I’m buying and reading it. And, I’m so happy that I did. I loved the entire series. Each book was a page turning, edge-of-your seat read. “The Far Horizon” was the perfect way to end what turned out to be a favored series of mine. I’m still reeling and thinking about some of the events that occurred in that book.

    It is rare when picking up a new book in a series, with a long time span in between each book, that I can recall specific details and characters from previous stories and place them in context with the current book. Not so with this series and definitely not so with “The Far Horizon.” ALL of the stories and characters immediately came to mind when reading it. That is how fabulous the previous books, including the newest one, are. They made a definite impact on me at the time of reading them because the characters and the story lines were so memorable. THAT is a sign of superior writing skills when an author creates so many unforgettable characters and scenarios. And, as with all really great series, I’m sad to see it end. However, I have that wonderful luxury of going back to the beginning and re-reading each book in this series, which I fully intend to do.

    After reading your blog post, I get why it has been so long between books. But, please, please, please, don’t make us wait so long again to read another new book of yours! I love your books. I will eagerly be waiting for your next new adventure and series. I can’t wait to see what it will be.

    Comment by caseykelly3 — March 10, 2017 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

  2. Casey, thank you so much. With such a gap between books, it’s always terrifying to think I’ve been forgotten. So your comment has made my day!

    Comment by marshacanham — March 10, 2017 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

    • Not forgotten, but GREATLY missed! And, I really have to change my name on here. I’m Carolyn Hughes and follow you faithfully on Facebook. Off to post my review on Amazon. Already posted on Goodreads. Have to let your legion of fans know you are back and they had better pick up “The Far Horizon.” πŸ˜‰

      Comment by caseykelly3 — March 10, 2017 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

      • Well LOL should I ask where the Caseykelly came from? Nah. I’m guessing grandkids*s* . Anyway, now that I know….thank you Carolyn!

        Comment by marshacanham — March 10, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

  3. Loved it– perfect ending to the Pirate Wolf series! Well done and thanks for the blog post πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

    Comment by Amy — March 11, 2017 @ 12:33 am | Reply

  4. I love the book! But then again I love everything you write. If you want suggestions for the next book, I’d love to read William and Rhiannon’s story.

    Comment by Doreen Alsen — March 11, 2017 @ 4:07 am | Reply

    • I enjoyed the whole pirate wolf series along with all of Ms Canhams books but I have to confess I don’t remember a William and Rhianna . Can you remind me which book they were in. I would love another medieval story regardless. Thank you.

      Comment by marcia — March 11, 2017 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

      • From The Last Arrow. Will was Alaric and Gillian’s son, Rhiannon was Lucien and Servanne’s daughter.

        Comment by Doreen Alsen — March 11, 2017 @ 10:57 pm

      • Thank you Marcia! I confess it took me a few minutes to remember William and Rhiannon. Guess I better read my own series again! LOL

        Comment by marshacanham — March 14, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

    • Thank you Doreen! I’m actually leaning toward another medieval. Time to get out of the pirate mien and put on some armor!

      Comment by marshacanham — March 14, 2017 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

      • πŸ™‚

        Comment by Doreen Alsen — March 14, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

      • OH! Medieval!!!!! My favorite time! Yes, please!!!!!! That encompasses a lot. Any hints? England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales? πŸ˜‰

        Comment by Carolyn Hughes — March 14, 2017 @ 8:57 pm

  5. Just read your blog post on Goodreads and immediately bought the book! Great to have a new pirate story of yours to read.

    Comment by Esther — March 12, 2017 @ 4:06 am | Reply

  6. Absolutely loved this book. Couldn’t put it down. It is right up there with Iron Rose.

    Comment by Sandra Thomsen — March 14, 2017 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Sandra! Jonas was a tough cookie to crack, I just hope I did him justice.

      Comment by marshacanham — March 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  7. Kia Ora marsha (Hi from a maori living in Aus)
    I carry a marsha canham collection in my kindle app so I’m always able to read and refer between books. Delighted to be advised on facebook re The Far Horizion. Worth the wait.
    Like all yr fans i cant say enough about the depth of your books. Just keep them coming. Particulary enjoy trilogy collections possibly because they always expand the characters of previously book
    AS FOR ideas , i still havent recovered from the loss of John MacGillivray in Midnight Honor so perhaps a prequel about him and Annie. Or same with Pride of Lions and what Alexander did in Europe for 10 yrs.
    Kindest kindest regards
    Ps enjoying the blog

    Comment by Annette Meichtry — March 14, 2017 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

  8. Oh, I am so glad you are writing again. I can’t wait to read it. Going to get it tonight. You; ve always been one of my favorite authors, and I have all of your books on my keeper shelf, yes, the original books. My favorites were always the Pride of Lions and the Blood of Roses, and of course, Across the Moonlit Sea. Please keep writing. So many of my favorite authors quit writing years ago, and even though there are wonderful new writers out there, I don’t buy many romances anymore. Scottish historicals are still popular, so maybe you can write one of those. Take care.

    Comment by Tricia Lynne — March 23, 2017 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  9. A brand new book! hoo-ray! This as a beautiful day!
    Thank you, Marsha, thank you, thank you, thank you, I am soooo happy! I will be up all night reading :-)))
    I love every one of your books (the old paper copy of across a moonlit sea fell apart years ago, but by than I have already moved your books to the kindle because, well, lots of re-reads πŸ™‚
    so the day I can get my hands on a new one is always cause for celebration – and I mean a really big celebration πŸ™‚
    Thanks sooo much :-))) You are the best!

    Comment by Szilvia — March 27, 2017 @ 7:30 pm | Reply


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