When the story was posted on the eHarlequin site, readers enjoyed it and when they got to the end - and discovered that Alex had a family - two brothers and a sister - they wanted to know more about them. As a result, by popular request, I wrote 3 full length novels
The Twelve Month Mistress - which was Joaquin's story
The Spaniard's Inconvenient Wife which was
and Bound By Blackmail which was the story of the one Alcolar Daughter - Mercedes
Later these 3 stories were all republished in a 3 in 1 By Request The Alcolar Family (in the UK) and Kate Walker's Alcolar Family Bundle in Presents. The Alcolar Family (UK) didn't have a copy of Wife For Real in it - but Kate Walker's Alcolar Family Bundle did . Or it should have done - it was meant to do - but initially there was a problem. The edition of Wife For Real include
d in this bundle was not my short story but a novel by Jennifer Taylor - a Harlequin Romance. So people who wanted Alex's story were disappointed.
I talked to editorial back then and had thought that the situation was sorted out - but it seems some of the mixed up ebook editions have stuck around. I've had some emails from readers who were looking for the bundle with the Kate Walker story Wife For Real in them. When they bought the books and found there was Jennifer's story it was not the one they were looking for.
I've also had emails from people who have bought the UK Alcolar Family 3 in 1 - or bought each of the original Alcolar Family titles as separate books or ebooks - they'v e not been able to get their hands on a copy of Wife For Real either.
I took this up with my editor, and with the people who organise Harlequin ebooks. They checked on the details of this for me, and we want to apologise to anyone who ended up with the wrong version of Wife For Real even after all a this time.
But for everyone who's been affected by this situation - at last I have some news for you.
I’m really happy to say that the production team has been working on this problem and they have revised the content of this book bundle so that it now contains the right version of Wife For Real. As I understand it, if you have already bought one version you should be able to log in to the site where you bought it and download the revised version so that you have all of The Alcolar Family on your reader. I hope this works for you.
Otherwise, they have also put the novella up on eHarlequin again as an on-line read so that people
You should find it here.
This on line read could end up being even more important, because I understand that in the autumn - about September of so - the Alcolar Family trilogy will be republished in Australia under the title The Notorious Alcolars. I haven't yet been able to find out if Wife For Real is included in this collection - but if it's not there, I shall now be able to let readers know about the on-line read version of this novella.
So if you've been looking for a copy of Alex Alcolar's story Wife For Real you should now be able to find it. Either update your Alcolar Family Bundle - or go to the eHarlequin site and read the story there.
And if you haven't read any of the Alcolar family books, then maybe, as happened ten + years ago, reading about Alex and Louise will whet your appetite to find out more about the rest of his family.