OMG, so here it is, The Doctor’s Saving Grace is due this week. The book is done. But I can’t hit send yet. I’ll let scenes and dialogue mull around in my head until Thursday, when I have to send it in.
Of course, this extra little time also means time to doubt myself. I may have mentioned once or twice how difficult this book was to write…Evan Manning has successfully made me ball my eyes out. The things that have happened to Evan and Grace…geez, I didn’t know how I was going to get them to a happy place. I really didn’t. And then I remembered an email from my lovely editor, something about how she’d like to see something light and funny…oh god. It’s a little late for light and funny with these two. There is of course, humour, there always has to be. But this book’s trope-the secret baby was just a tear-jerker of a topic for me. Especially when the baby’s father is dear, Evan Manning. But, I guess Evan wasn’t always a dear…
I know people are divided on this kind of trope and I now know why. I hope I was able to deal with most of the issues that people have with the whole secret baby thing. Grace had her reasons, she was justified…until she discovered the truth…
There’s plenty of the old Red River gang in this book-Quinn, Holly, Jake, Claire, Mrs. Jacobs, all of them, and their kids. If I know anything about the Manning brothers, it’s that a little baby, or a child will melt their hearts and make them into the men they need to be. Something about a father’s love for their child that makes them the ultimate hero…
So this week, I’m handing in the third book in the Red River Series-fingers crossed my lovely editor likes it (I may even ask her when she is planning on reading it so that I know when to start incessantly stalking my inbox). DS’s last t-ball game of the season is this Wednesday night. Family will be attending the big gala game and trophies will be handed out. I believe we’ve promised ice cream after
Hmm…this was supposed to be a motivational Monday post, wasn’t it? How about this? Never give up? Cheesy, okay, but it’s been a rough few weeks!
I know, I’m days late posting this! I promised Tuesday, and here we are already at Thursday. Better late than never, and I think I’ll just blame this on my kids who don’t understand the concept of relaxation when on vacation-and keep waking up before 6:00am! Tomorrow we’re returning from the cottage…and I guess maybe I’ll get more sleep, you know when the vacation’s over…
So here we go…
In honour of the The Best Man’s Baby going up for pre-order, here’s a little sneak-peek at Jake and Claire…
For those of you who read A Risk Worth Taking (the first book in The Red River Series) I think you’ll be pleased to know that this book begins with Holly and Quinn’s wedding reception (eep! Ella is there too ;-)).
It finally dawns on Claire that while her best friend is about to embark on a life journey with the love of her life, Claire hasn’t had more than a short conversation with the love of her life. This excerpt begins with the almost empty reception room, and Claire standing alone at the bar…or so she thinks
She squeezed her eyes shut, trying to obliterate the image of Jake from her mind. He was rough and hard, sexy in a way that made most women shiver inwardly with anticipation. He was the guy who worked hard but played harder, and he was never without a woman by his side. Jake was the kind of man so good looking that temperatures rose a few degrees the moment he walked into the room. The kind of man who always knew if he wanted a woman he could have her. The kind of man…oh shut up, Claire. She took a long drink, savoring the slow heat as it traveled down her throat.
“I never had you pegged as a whiskey drinker,” a deep voice said close to her ear. Her body and mind recognized that voice at the exact same time. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath.
He’d come back. Jake was the only man who could fill the void that was threatening to consume her tonight. She could feel the heat emanating off his body. He was standing directly behind her, close enough that if she leaned back an inch or so, she would be against Jake Manning’s hard chest. She slowly turned around, heart hammering, senses buzzing, and looked up into his blue eyes. Try to be cool, Claire. Sultry. “And what kind of drink do you think I would have ordered?”
A leisurely smile graced his handsome face, revealing straight white teeth. “A Shirley Temple.”
Her mouth dropped open. The man thought she was a child. “Thanks,” she muttered, determined tonight she would change his opinion of her. “I bet you your Harley you don’t know a thing about me.” She finished off the remains of her whiskey and licked the moisture from her lips. Jake’s gaze went from her mouth to her eyes, and then he took a drink. He placed his empty glass on the counter, his arm brushing against her bare shoulder.
“Can I buy you another one?”
“It’s an open bar, but I guess old habits die hard. Woman at bar. Buy drink. Score,” she said, tapping her finger against his hard chest.
“I’ll have you know it takes a lot more skill than that,” he murmured, his voice low and delicious, each syllable resonating inside her body.
“I’ve seen the women you hang out with. I’m sure it doesn’t.”
“I wasn’t aware you were keeping tabs on me.”
Ach! I loved writing these two!! Jake and Claire had me laughing and crying so many times. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to share the book with you! Thanks so much for reading
In honour of my new book, A RISK WORTH TAKING, and this sparkly new website, I thought I’d celebrate with a contest for readers! This book is the first in a my RED RIVER SERIES, so something extra special is in order for this…
My book is up for pre-order right now, and will be released on Monday. Be sure to check back next week for the contest details and all my blog tour info. I promise, this is going to be a fun contest!
I do hate being a tease, so here’s a little hint: My heroine, Holly, loves her designer accessories and I have a feeling you will too!
This time, last year I hadn’t sold my first book yet.
Next week my second book, A RISK WORTH TAKING (the first in my RED RIVER SERIES) will be published. I have to pinch myself. It’s amazing how much can change in such a short period of time. If someone had told me last year that by this time I would have sold 6 books to Entangled Published, Indulgence, I wouldn’t have believed them. The amount I’m learned this last year has been huge. The people I’ve met and worked with-so talented. I feel so privileged and honoured that I get to work with truly awesome talent at Entangled. And I’m so touched by the readers that have reached out to me since THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BABY was released-thank you, thank you, thank you. A dream come true.
I can’t believe it’s almost release day This book is so close to my heart, and I feel like I truly know the hero and heroine-Holly and Quinn. Quinn is one of my favourite heroes-he’s the man who will be there for you no matter what. One of those guys who is so loyal and so dependable that you’d never question whether or not you could count on him. We all need people like him in our lives-and he’s exactly what my heroine, Holly needs. She’s loved and she’s lost…but when she goes back home after being away for so long, Quinn is there. Quinn is home to her, and this time there’s no running from him.
I truly hope you like reading about Quinn and Holly and their journey to happily ever after…I can’t wait to share this book with you!
Oh, and I just saw my cover-GORGEOUS!!!! I can’t wait to share!!!!
Finally it seems that today, routine is starting again.
DS is back in school finally! He had 2 weeks off for Spring Break, went back to school and got sick after only three days-so was home again for 2 days, then I got his cold, then it was the short Easter week…
I’ve just submitted the partial to my agent as well as the synopsis and I’m continuing to plug away at the rest of the book. I’m hoping to have it done in 3 weeks. It’s a re-write, so if I really push, and no one gets sick, I should get it done.
The book I’m re-writing is about second chances and starting over.
My heroine has issues with trust. She comes back to her hometown temporarily (hehe, little does she know what I have planned for her) and to her childhood home. It’s a big old Victorian house that needs to be restored. But while she’s there, she’s forced to confront her feelings for the man she could never truly forget, and because of that, could never truly move on. They’re both a lot older and a lot wiser…except for the fact that they’re about to embark on a renovation together-really how wise can they be? She’s an interior designer and he’s a builder. This should be fun.
I just came back from a hilarious, wonderful breakfast with my BFF. We laughed a lot, drank coffee, and caught up on all the latest happenings in each others lives…
So this got me to thinking about the power of the girlfriend in books. I know I love to read about a heroine and her friends. I love seeing how they interact, I love the conversation (especially if it’s witty and upbeat) and the inevitable insight you get from their time together. Even though the central romance is what has to be the focus, I really do love reading and writing about the world around the characters. I know depending on word count for particular lines this isn’t always possible.
I am happy that in the book I just submitted and the one I’m working on now, the cast of secondary characters is very vivid and entertaining. And the heroine Holly, and her BFF Claire have a long history together. It’s so much fun to write strong women who have the confidence to laugh at themselves and support each other. Claire challenges Holly to go after what she really wants (and Holly of course, returns the favour in the next book).
On that note, I guess I’d better get back to my cast of characters…
Well, we’re back from our little getaway and as much as it was nice to have a change of scenery, I’m happy to be home.
For some reason, neither of my kids seem to do well with change. Last week, sleep schedules were completely off, DD woke up a minimum of three times a night and skipped her nap at least twice. My attempts at writing in the bakery/coffee shop weren’t as successful as I’d hoped and I spent most of my time watching DS charm the locals. He is so friendly and in typical small-town fashion, everyone stopped to talk to us. DS was delighted by this, and was quick to offer some of his “artwork” to interested patrons. And there is now a delightful picture of “Lightning McQueen” hanging in the bakery-only after DS made the owner of the bakery agree that it had to stay on the wall forever.
Now we’re home and back to a somewhat normal routine, though DS still has this week off school. We have some fun day trips planned and working during the day will be tricky, but I’m counting on my evenings again. Oh, BTW, my morning routine got scrapped once DS got wind of me waking early and repeatedly woke up to keep me company. So back to evenings…
By the end of this week, I need to “commit” to the partial I’ve written, as well as the synopsis, and send it off…