Saturday, July 28, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - SILVER LININGS #8

For this week's six, I've chosen another snippet from my work in progress, SILVER LININGS, where Parker has just walked into Billie's life again after being away for a decade. My previous posts from this WIP are here.

Last week, Parker asked Billie is she wanted to dance.  This week, they're dancing.

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          Parker shifted her hand in his, entwining his fingers with hers.  Billie tensed, but didn't pull away.  Then he started to rub small circles on her palm with his thumb, like he used to do when they made love. Each caress sent ripples of awareness through her.  She almost tripped over the memories, but her body was unconcerned with thought, it just moved with Parker’s.  Just as it always had. 

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Thank you for stopping by to read my Six Sentence Sunday post.

Check out the Six Sentence Sunday website to find links to more author blogs and snippets! The other writers who participate in this are fabulous and talented - so check them out!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Next Best Thing Challenge: SECRETS AND SECOND CHANCES

I was tagged by my friend JM Stewart to do The Next Best Thing Challenge.  Thank you, Joanne!  This was fun!

Here's the idea:
  • Answer the 10 questions below
  • Spread the fun and tag 5 awesome people to participate!
Instead of the highlighting the work-in-progress I've been showing in Six Sentence Sunday, I'm going to show something a little different for this challenge - my work-in-progress SECRETS AND SECOND CHANCES.  This is the story I've been working through with my critique group. 

1. What is the title of your book / WIP?

SECRETS AND SECOND CHANCES  (Updated January 2013: I've changed the working title on this WIP to A Cowboy's Second Chance)

2. Where did the idea of this book come from?

Is it weird that I don't know the answer to this question?  I'd already written a story, SILVER LININGS, set in this same small town of Morning Lake, and I guess the characters there begged for another story.  My hero Devin came to me first, and he brought everything (and everyone) along with him.  My heroine Claire's cancer scare, even, was a result of exploring what my hero's worst nightmare might be.  In my very early musings Devin's previous career was a rodeo clown, but he quickly told me that wasn't true - he was a bull rider. 

SECRETS AND SECOND CHANCES
Devin must learn to forgive himself and Claire
must share her secret before it is too late and
they lose their chance at happily-ever-after.

Image: © Michael Studard | Dreamstime.com

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Contemporary Romance

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Wow - what a difficult question!  Luckily, I'm finished the first draft of this book.  If I wasn't, I'd probably start writing the characters the way I think the actors would play them and that would be very strange.

To find actors for my book, I'm pretending that people don't age, or if they do age, they do so precisely as I need them too.  So, don't get too creeped out by the discrepancies in ages.  Let's just pretend that they are the "perfect" age for the characters.  ;)

Also - rather than posting photos of these wonderful actors, I've posted links, which will hopefully work the way I've planned, to image searches. 

Devin Trent:
  • Charater: sexy widower and former bullrider
  • Actor: Cameron Mathison
  • My Thoughts: I'm not actually sure what he is like as an actor, but he looks like Devin. 
Claire Best
  • Character: cute photographer and cancer fundraiser
  • Actor: Anne Hathaway
  • My Thoughts: I think with a shorter hair cut, Anne Hathaway could be a great Claire. 
Helen Trent
  • Character: Devin's mom, who has decided to practice her matchmaking skills
  • Actor: Sally Field
  • My Thoughts: She'd need to have a bit more grey than the pictures I've seen of her, but she has the right attitude. 
Livy Trent
  • Character: Devin's first wife.  Although she has died before this story starts, Livy has a BIG role in the story's development... so I decided she needed an actor too.
  • Actor: Catherine Zeta Jones
  • My Thoughts: Catherine Zeta Jones is probably a little too mature for Livy... but she is a woman men drool over. 
JJ
  • Character: Local troubled teenager
  • Actor: Taylor Lautner
  • My Thoughts: A perfect JJ
Melody
  • Character: Love interest for JJ
  • Actor: Alexis Bledel
  • My Thoughts: Okay, okay - so she is a bit too mature to be Melody now, but I'll pretend I can manipulate the aging process. ;)
Peter
  • Character: Claire's boss and Livy's former lover
  • Actor: Christian Bale
  • My Thoughts: A perfect Peter
Shirley
  • Character: Livy's mom, who is usually a classy but depressed alcoholic 
  • Actor: Helen Mirren
  • My Thoughts: Okay, again, Helen may be a bit too mature for Livy's mom, but I can see her as Shirley.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Widower and former bull-rider, Devin Trent, is forced to deal with his painful past when he falls in love with Claire Best, who must face the possibility of her own uncertain future after discovering she may have cancer.

6. Is your book published or represented?

Unpublished and unrepresented.  I haven't pursued publication or representation yet.  Soon...

7. How long did it take you to write it?

The timeline on this story's creation is a bit convoluted.  I completed the outline and approximately one-third of the story in 2005.  Then, I moved on to complete several other stories before feeling compelled to return.  I dusted the story off when my critique group started in the spring of 2011 and now have a finished draft.  I've been through a few revisions so far, and have at least one last big edit ahead before I start sending the story out to the world. ;)

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

I see this story as comparable to Harlequin's SuperRomance stories.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write this book by my local writing group, the Alberta Romance Writers' Association and the wonderful, supportive writers I met there. 

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

Devin, the hero of this tale, is a cowboy with a lovable matchmaking mom, Helen.  When Devin and Claire attend a local small town rodeo, Helen launches her big plan to get them together.

Claire, the heroine, is fiercely independent, and must discover that loving someone and trusting them with her secrets takes more strength than continuing alone.

There is a strong sense of community in SECRETS AND SECOND CHANCES, most notably shown through JJ's storyline.  Devin takes JJ under his wing to teach him a few things about responsibilities and hard work, and is surprised when he learns a few lessons from "the kid."


Lastly, although the story has serious topics like cancer and grief, my critique group has told me they've laughed as they read. 

And now, the five talented authors I'm tagging to share the fun.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - SILVER LININGS #7

For this week's six, I've chosen another snippet from my work in progress, SILVER LININGS, where Parker has just walked into Billie's life again after being away for a decade. My previous posts from this WIP are here.

This week, Billie and Parker are attending a local community dance.  Her great-aunts and his grandfather have conspired to have Billie and Parker seated next to one another.

*****
          "Would you like to dance?" Parker's voice was low, sending delicious shivers over her.
          "I don't really... well, maybe not just now."  That eyebrow of his lifted slightly, like he didn't believe her.
          "Your foot seems to think otherwise," Parker said, humor vibrating through his words.
          Billie glanced under the table - oh, God, she'd been tapping her foot against Parker, not the table leg like she'd thought. 

*****

Thank you for stopping by to read my Six Sentence Sunday post.

Check out the Six Sentence Sunday website to find links to more author blogs and snippets! The other writers who participate in this are fabulous and talented - so check them out!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lucky Seven: SILVER LININGS

Three lovely writers have tagged me in The Lucky Seven meme.  Thank you so much, Mae Clair, Kate Warren and Lea Griffith!  I've met all three of these writers through Six Sentence Sunday.  I've enjoyed all their excerpts and loved getting to know them.

First a little about the people who tagged me:

Mae Clair's debut novel WEATHERING ROCK, a romantic suspense interwoven with elements of time travel and the paranormal, is scheduled for release in October 2012 by Lyrical Press. You should check out her blog for snippets and trailers and other goodies.

Kate Warren's novel BRIDGING THE GAPS, a touching but fun romance about a woman finding love again after divorce, is scheduled for release on July 24, 2012. Check out her blog for the entire first chapter of her book!

Lea Griffith's been posting from her work-in-progress RETRIEVAL, a sci/fi paranormal romance, on Six Sentence Sunday. I'm completely hooked by her snippets and can't wait to read more!

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Here is how The Lucky Seven challenge works:

Post seven lines from an unpublished work of fiction by following these rules:
  • Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript
  • Go to line 7
  • Post the next 7 lines or sentences on your blog as they are (no cheating, please!)
  • Tag 7 other authors to do the same
I've decided to post from my work-in-progress SILVER LININGS, which I've been using for my latest Six Sentence Sunday posts.  This story is about Billie and Parker, who have a history and a lingering, undeniable attraction to one another.  Can they get over their past and fall in love? (Click here to find more excerpts from this story.) 

Also, since I've been tagged by three different people, I've decided to post three different excerpts from pages 7, 77, and 177 (so a variation on the rules). 

It is always so interesting to see where these things land... a bit like roulette.  I hope you enjoy!  Here are my excerpts:

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PAGE 7: Annabelle and May are Billie's great-aunts.  They work with her at Billie's store (and they love to matchmake). 

          "Billie's right, Annabelle.  You shouldn't worry her like that.  You know she's just watching out for us."  May scolded her sister from the counter, where she'd returned after Billie arrived on the scene to stop Annabelle. 
          Annabelle lifted her chin.  "I was on perfectly solid footing on that ladder.  Done it a thousand times."

*****

PAGE 77: Billie has just heard about a robbery at their local, small town library.  Foreshadowing?  Perhaps...

          "I didn't hear a whisper of it."  Shouldn't small business owners be informed when their neighbors were robbed?
          "Well, you know, the Morning Lake Advocate only comes out on Tuesdays.  I'm sure there will be a big write up in the paper this coming week.  Sarah Crib, that new reporter, came and asked a pile of questions after the police finished up."
          "I'm surprised, still, that word hasn't spread - your experience sounds horrible." Billie hated the tension squeezing her spine. 

*****

PAGE 177: Um... I think this excerpt is self-explanatory.  ;)

          Going back into Billie's bedroom to collect his things, Parker could smell their sex lingering in the air. His mind was instantly filled with the whimpering cries she made when she came, and he swore he could feel her fingers clinging to his shoulders again. 
          When he'd first arrived that night she'd been so scared - so fragile - jumping at the slightest sound, and then like a miracle she'd opened up to him.  
          In the light of day, she'd probably see asking him to stay as a momentary weakness. Knowing that, he should have refused her advances.  But how could he? She'd finally admitted in that one moment she needed someone in her life - and not just anyone - she wanted and needed him.

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I'm tagging these 7 people:

Sarah Kades - Sarah belongs to my local writing group, ARWA, and she is also one of my fearless critique partners. She is soon to re-release her debut novel, CLAIMING LOVE.

Suzanne Stengl - Suzanne also belongs to ARWA. She is dedicated to posting on her blog, which I look forward to reading every Tuesday. Her debut novel, THE GHOST AND CHRISTIE McFEE, a contemporary romance complete with treasures and ghosts, is scheduled for release on August 1st, 2012.

J.M. Stewart - J.M. participates in Six Sentence Sunday.  I love reading her excerpts, which are as sweet and spicy as her website's tag line promises. 

Donna Cummings - Donna also participates in Six Sentence Sunday (Are you seeing a recurring theme yet? ;) ).  I loved her book LORD MIDNIGHT - every woman deserves a sexy highwayman.

Teresa Cypher - I also know Teresa through Six  Sentence Sunday.  I love the mood and her characters' voices in her excerpts - always so captivating. 

K.E. Saxon - And, KE Saxon is another Six Sentence Sunday participant.  She is currently posting excerpts from her work-in-progress A HEART IS A HOME, and I'm in love with her hero.  ;)

Patricia Ann Preston - Patricia is yet another Six Sentence Sunday participant.  Her excerpts make me laugh each week - just as her blog's tag line promises: Down Home Humor and Charming Southern Romances.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday - Silver Linings #6

For this week's six, I've chosen another snippet from my work in progress, SILVER LININGS. My previous posts from this WIP are here, where Parker has just walked into Billie's life again after being away for a decade.  Annabelle and May are Billie's great-aunts.

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Here are my six.  There are a couple of scenes between this excerpt and last week's.

When Billie entered the room, Annabelle grinned conspiratorially at May.  Just as Billie was about to ask what was going on, a movement caught her eye - it was Parker.  
What were her great-aunts plotting now? And why was Parker crouched by the wall? 
Then he reached to retrieve something from a toolbox - wow, would you look at the way his jeans stretched over his -
No, no, no! 

*****

Thank you for stopping by to read my Six Sentence Sunday post.


Check out the Six Sentence Sunday website to find links to more author blogs and snippets! The other writers who participate in this are fabulous and talented - so check them out!