NaNoWriMo and Josie

img_9524What does National Novel Writing Month have to do with my next book? It’s simple, I’m writing like a fiend to get it done by the end of November. This book is Josie’s story and she’s a complex gal. There’s so much going on in this book, I’m excited to finally be getting it all down on paper, so to speak.

Now, don’t get too excited. Once the book is written, I guarantee there will be tons of edits and those take time. I don’t expect this book to be on sale until sometime next Spring. However, if you can’t wait that long, I’ve posted a quick blurb for the book on the NaNoWriMo website and I’ll share it with you here. It’s rough, but it’ll give you an idea of where this book is going. I hope you enjoy it!

PS The new working name of this book is Diamond in the Rough. Not sure I’ll keep it, but we’ll see.

Josie McFarland has sworn off all men—they don’t bring out the best in her. All her past relationships have left her heart bruised and battered. She’s content to focus on her legal career and work on her many social projects, including lobbying for legislation that will significantly curb human trafficking in Las Vegas. That resolve becomes personal when a battered teen-aged girl escapes her captors and stumbles into Josie’s life. Josie will do anything to keep her safe.

Nick Noble is suave, confident, a powerful attorney, and rumor has it he’s a fabulous lover. He also ties Josie in knots. When he challenges the legality of the new sex trafficking statute, Josie sets her emotions aside and prepares for war. Sparks fly when these two tangle.

Things get complicated when Nick discovers he has a daughter, causing him to question everything about his life, including this work. Has he been on the wrong side all along? Nick will have to find a way to work with Josie to save the daughter he’s come to love. When that means risking losing his heart to Josie, will he take the leap of faith, or will he fall back on his playboy ways and lose it all?

New Toy

file0001167812349I was one of those kids who loved to take notes in class.  They were color-coded and indexed.  I was always organized, at least when it came to my written work.  I taught those skills to my daughter and she made good money in high school selling her notes at the end of the year to the kids taking the class the next year.  Her notes for AP US History were a thing of beauty.

I’ve noticed some of this anal behavior creeping into my life as a writer. I crave organization, beautiful notes, color coding.  That’s hard to do on a computer.  So I’ve had to find other ways to get organized.

IMG_2762I found this desktop calendar at Target for a dollar.  It may be hard to tell (I purposely fuzzed it out), but that’s Fool Me Once, fully plotted, and with each subplot color-coded.  I recently discovered Frixion erasable pens and highlighters and that made this job an absolute joy.  It was like a spa day for my nerdy side. Total indulgence.  : )

But now, I’ve found something even better.  No more erasing entire squares on the calendar to move them somewhere else.  I don’t even need to stock up on more erasable pens because this new system is computer-based.

Here’s a screen shot.

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 10.17.16 AMThis is the beginning of Reading the Signs outlined in Aeon Timeline.  Not only does it keep the work organized, but I can color code the various subplots.  At the bottom is a list of all the characters and it gives their ages when each event took place.  This was incredibly helpful in getting the back story straight.  You have no idea what a headache it is to keep all the events, ages, and characters straight over a period of time.  With this program, so much of the math is taken care of.

So, that’s my new toy.  It’s been incredibly helpful in getting my thoughts organized on Fool Me Once.  I’m editing like crazy and its starting to shape up, but there’s still oodles to do.  In fact, I need to quit fooling around and get back to work. 🙂

Book Under Construction

IMG_2624My goal is to get the next installment of the Legal Affairs series out in August. It’s called Fool Me Once.

My original inspiration for the story is Monica Lewinsky and the compete trashing of her reputation at the hands of the media.  I’ve often thought of her over the years and wondered how she overcame such a devastating (and if you ask me, grossly unfair) portrayal in the media.  It got me thinking of ways to give her a happy ending.  That’s how Fool Me Once was born.

I’ve been writing madly and the first draft is nearly finished.  I was interrupted in May because we were traveling.  It was a fast trip — nearly 8000 miles in three weeks!  My husband and I agreed that was way too fast.  We like to take at least five days to drive from Las Vegas to Boston.  Doing it in four nearly killed us.  Thank goodness for Nora Robert’s Concannon Sisters. Those audio books kept us company the whole way. The picture above was taken on Long Beach Island in New Jersey.  We had the whole beach to ourselves.

But I digress.  I’m back at work on Fool Me Once and I’m still hoping for the (late!) August release, but it’s going to be tight.  I’ll do my best and let you know how it goes.  🙂

Reading the Signs is almost here!

001 Angela 72I’m very excited to announce that Reading the Signs will be released April 1, 2015.  Yes, I know it’s April Fool’s Day, but that’s seems appropriate, somehow.

For now, I hope you enjoy the cover and the back cover blurb. You can read deleted scenes, peruse the photo gallery, and watch a video related to Reading the Signs if you follow the links in the drop down menu under Books, above. Now, here’s the blurb:

What happens when strangers marry then discover they’re connected  in ways neither could have ever imagined—or wanted?

Kate Jensen is a widow who vowed to never be vulnerable to love again. When she longs for a family of her own, her solution is an arranged marriage to Jack Cardwell, a computer genius with problems of his own. The marriage is supposed to be based on friendship and it allows them to have the family they both want.

But when they meet, Jack is the nerdy jock in the funny t-shirts Kate’s been ogling from a distance. And Kate is the stranger who’s been starring in all of Jack’s steamiest fantasies. When sparks fly, sexy and hilarious antics ensue.

Unfortunately, the honeymoon can’t last. Jack failed to mention the spies trying to steal his computer program, as well as the federal agents that have invaded his life like malware. If that’s not bad enough, Kate has holes in her past she can’t explain, even to herself.

Their secrets ultimately collide to reveal alarming connections between them, ones that change everything they thought they knew about themselves and each other. They’ll have to face their deepest fears if there’s any chance for love to save the day.