Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Show me the Cash!

So I know what you're thinking - where's Cash? And you have a billion questions regarding him and his book - When does it take place? Will you see scenes from Promise Me Darkness and Promise Me Light in his point of view? Will characters from PMD/PML make appearances in his book? Will Ryder show up? Is Ryder going to be in Cash's book? Where is Ryder? Did someone say Ryder? I decided to spill the beans because I've been told I tend to be secretive and that can be annoying. So here's the beans...

I knew once I finished PML that I wanted to write a book for Gavin, Cash, and some other characters that the EMP affected. They just grabbed my attention as I wrote them and filled my mind with their stories. I started Cash's book about the time PML was in the editing process but decided to let the story simmer in my mind for a while. It just needed time to grow. So I worked on other books (Sweet Destruction being one of them) and let Cash quietly whisper bits and pieces of his story to me. Months (and months) later, I sat down to write it. First, I knew I wanted to go back in time. I wanted to write about Cash's life before the EMP and I also wanted to write about where he was and what he was doing when it hit. His experience was very different than Maddie and Ryder's but it was just as important and I wanted to tell it.

So I started diving back in, excited about the new female character that was going to be Cash's love interest. I wrote like mad, loving everything about her. She was innocent and strong and sweet. Everything Maddie was and more. Her and Cash were perfect together. A match made in heaven. But then one day - 20,000 words later - Cash said NO, she wasn't for him. I cried to my husband. I vented to my writer friends (who understood my frustration). I tried to make Cash and the girl work, I really did, but he was adamant. They weren't a match. So who was?

Let me backtrack. I wrote a scene very, very, very early (like Promise Me Darkness early) that involved Cash on a date with a wild, no-rules, dance-on-the-bar-and-go-home-with-any-man kind of girl. She was rude and spoiled and everything Cash didn't need or like, but all signs pointed to her. I disagreed. I fumed. I argued with myself for a week, but the girl had a story there and Cash seemed to be drawn to her. So I scraped 10,000 words and cried to my author friends, hoping I could pull this girl off because I had never wrote a character like her. My friends told me to just do it and I did. The reality is I always give my characters want they want...even if I don't agree.

But the more I wrote her, the more I loved her. She's raw and broken and takes crap from no one. She's bold and unstoppable and needs a little mending. She just needed a man like Cash to balance her and he needed a woman like her to make him see that sometimes what we thought we wanted isn't what we really needed.

One problem down. The next was the timeline. It spans for quite a length of time. How was I going to fit that into one single novel? I average 100,000 words per book. That didn't seem like enough to tell Cash's story. So the decision was simple...

Cash would get two books.

So now the cat's out of the bag. I haven't announced that anywhere else and only a handful of people know it. Cash will get two books. Two complete novels. There I said it again. But don't worry. I won't release the first one until the second one is finished too. I learned my lesson with PMD. ;)

And because people have asked - no, you won't get a repeat of what happened in PMD and PML. This is ALL Cash. His story. I can't promise that you won't see the moment Cash met up with Eva and Brody or the scene where Ryder was captured. It might be in his book. Maybe. But just know that I'm not rewriting PMD or PML in Cash's point of view. This is all Cash. All the time. New scenes. New adventures. New problems.

I'll keep you posted on release dates. As soon as I know, you'll know. But like I said - the first book will not be released until I write "THE END" on the second one. So please bear with me! 

Thank you!

P.S. - Ryder says hi. ;*



Monday, January 5, 2015

What's on my nightstand?

I love to find out what everyone is reading. It's one of my favorite things to talk about. When I was younger, my summers were spent at my grandmother's. We would spend many afternoons sitting around the kitchen table discussing the books we were reading. We talked about the plots, the characters, and what it would be like to live during that time (we read a lot of historical romances.) Now I discuss those things with my husband (when he will listen) or with readers and other authors. Since I always want to know what others are reading, I thought I would share what I'm reading...

The first book on my nightstand is Voyager by Diana Gabaldon. I love her books. Really love her books. Like really, really love her books. (Did I mention how much I love her books?) In my opinion they are truly epic novels that are timeless and could be read again and again. I just can't get enough of them.

The second book on my nightstand (well, not really not my nightstand. This one's on my Kindle) is The Slayer by Kele Moon. It's not released yet but one of the secret perks of being an author is getting to read manuscripts before anyone else gets them. I have the privilege of reading Kele's manuscripts every once in a while and giving her my feedback. I did exactly that with The Slayer and now I'm enjoying the finished version. Love me some Kele Moon books!

Next on my list is...who knows. I have such a long TBR pile. To pick is hard, there are so many great authors to chose from. But my first priority is spending long hours in my writing cave. I've got numerous books that are halfway finished, sitting on my computer waiting for some attention. The characters in my head can be very demanding and grouchy. Must keep them happy. ;)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sweet Destruction Hits Lists!

I'm honored to announce that Sweet Destruction has been listed as one of the Top Books of 2014 by numerous blogs. This means the world to me and I want to thank each and every one of you that bought, loved, and continues to recommend Sam and Walker's story to others.


Below are some of the blogs that have Sweet Destruction listed as one of their Books of 2014. Go check out their lists. I know I'm adding the other books to my TBR pile!

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*SubClub Books - http://thesubclubbooks.com (For two years in a row my books have been on their lists!)

*Southern Belle Book Blog - http://southernbellebookblog.weebly.com (Their review of Sweet Destruction blew me away!)

* Becca the Bibliophile Book Blog - http://www.beccathebibliophile.com (If you've ever seen a book trailer for one of my books, this lady is the one that creates them!)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Walker is back!

Sweet Destruction now has an extended ending! The e-books are live on all sites. All you have to do is update your version. (If you are not sure how to do this, please check the help menu on your particular reader device website or contact customer service for Amazon, B&N, etc.)

It has been brought to my attention that there has been some issues on Amazon for the automatic update. I've talked to Amazon and they reported there are some technical difficulties on their side with it. Until they resolve the issue, I've posted the extra scene and the extended ending here on my website. All you have to do is click the link below. It will also be listed under the tab "Extras."

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of Sam and Walker's story!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Promise Me Light Deleted Scene

Promise Me Light's one year anniversary was yesterday. I can't believe it's been one whole year since Maddie and Ryder got their happily ever after! I've been in my writing hole so much lately that the date slipped my mind until a reader reminded me of it. I wanted to do something special so I thought - why not release a deleted scene that I had sitting on my computer? So here's one I randomly picked. Yes, it's short but it conveys what I love about Ryder - his overprotectiveness, his love for Maddie, and his stubbornness too. I hope you enjoy!

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As Ryder and I stared at each other with anger, Cash grabbed the reins of the saddled horse. Stuffing the rifle in the scabbard, he led the horse back toward us, taking his time. His walk slow and sure, his gait measured. Holding the reins against his body, Cash started to peel off his gloves, one finger at a time. I glanced at him as he held the gloves toward me.

“If we’re gonna ride, you gotta be warm,” he explained in his thick Texas drawl.

I took the gloves with a snap of my wrist and slipped them on, almost weeping with relief when warmth enveloped my fingers. Ryder had made me so mad that I hadn’t realized how cold it had become. The temperature had dropped quickly with the falling snow, blanketing the ground with white. And Gavin was out there somewhere, lying on the cold, hard ground, thanks to Ryder and his short temper.

“Give me a leg up, Cash,” I said, turning my back on Ryder and holding the reins. Cash started to help me up, but was stopped quickly.

“Don’t touch her,” Ryder’s deep voice boomed behind me, snapping out like a whip. Before I knew what he was doing, his hands were around my waist and he was lifting me into the saddle.

I scrambled to hold onto the reins as Ryder planted me firmly on the horse’s back. His hand stayed on my thigh, burning me through my jeans, as I tried to calm the horse down. She danced and jerked sideways, away from Ryder. I understood the feeling. He made me skittish too.

His hand slid down my thigh and then off as he grabbed the reins. Stepping in front of the horse, he rubbed her nose, trying to get her to calm down.

“Whoa, girl. It’s okay,” he said in a soothing, calm voice. His eyes moved up to mine, looking so blue against the dark stubble on his face. Lowering his head again, he whispered to the horse, his gaze on me. “Calm down, girl. You’ve got my entire life riding on your back. Both of them. My heart and my baby.”

Oh, God. When he said things like that ... I was lost. Indefinitely.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Giveaway!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Crying Ahead But Still Behind

I just jumped ahead on a book I am working on (and still behind on) and wrote the "Acknowledgments" section because I was feeling very thankful for some people in my life. By the end of it, I was a blubbering mess and my youngest looked at me like I was crazy. I couldn't help it, I've met some amazing folks since I started publishing. And I also came to realize how much little things from my childhood would affect me now. Like my great-grandmother telling me stories about living during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl (I drew from some of those stories when I was writing PMD and PML). And then there was my grandmother spending hours discussing books with me, tearing apart plots and scenes and imaging living the life in the book. And my grandfather letting me tag along with him and the other farmers/ranchers when I was little, treating me like just another ranch hand. I feed cattle in the heat of the day and met the sunrise on the back of a horse. I stood around with old cowboys and listened to their tall tales, soaking in everything I could about their way of life. Each moment and memory affected me. Each second having an impact on my life. Not only did it make me what I am today but it also made me what I write today. So I'll cry when I write acknowledgments (even when I'm not done with the book) and blubber like a fool when I finally write "The End" because I've got a lot to be thankful about and many people that gave me the memories I needed to do what I wanted - write.