Time Flies Fast!

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 3.21.55 PMHoly cannoli, where has the time gone?

In November, I typed my fingers raw getting about 50,000 words of Josie’s story down. I took a break for the holidays–I needed some distance from the story to assess how it was going and what needed to be changed. Plus, after pushing so quickly through the story,  I had quite a bit of content that needed A LOT of work.

*Blink*

And now it’s MAY! I’ve worked on the manuscript here and there, of course, but it should have been finished already.

I think the biggest problem is the enormous pile of stinking poo it was after NaNoWriMo. It felt overwhelming, and I had no idea how to tackle it. You have to understand, I’m the kind of writer who writes a chapter, revises it in a couple passes, then moves to the next chapter. As I progress through the story, the chapters I leave behind are, for the most part, done. Once the entire book is finished, I go through it two more times before I send it to the editor–once to amplify the emotions and squeeze everything into it I can (I think of this as “plumping it up”),  and then I make sure every sentence is exactly the way I want it. However, all the substance of the story is there after the first go-around.

Rather than try to pick up the poo and shape it into something useful, I decided to start over. As I progress through the story, I pull quite a bit from what I’ve already written, but I’m doing it in small batches. I try not to think about all those words I still need to incorporate (or worse, send to the trash) because it makes my heart pound and I feel nauseous. Baby steps are better, focus on the present, deep breaths, and all that.

In the meantime, I have lots of ideas for the fourth book in the Legal Affairs Series, and even a good handle on a spin-off series. I’ll get it all done eventually, but it takes one step at a time. Stay tuned!

By the way, if you’re curious about the picture, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!  🙂

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?

Plot Bunnies

IMG_3094 (1) I  know it doesn’t look like much, but I’ve sweated over this list for the last week. Literally. While editing Fool Me Once, I came to a point where things felt rushed, there needed to be more time for events to unfold naturally.  So I expanded the events of one day to a full week.  Of course, given more time, the characters had freedom to get into mischief. Things sort of exploded. Thus my headache!

This list represents the events of only three days of that extra week. The colors indicate the six different plot threads that have to be interwoven over that time. Each of those threads has to grow and evolve naturally. When you throw in the need to create settings and opportunities for all these things to collide in the most spectacular fashion possible,  I’m tired.

It’s been a long week, but I think the additional 10,000 words these scenes have added to the book were worth the effort.  If you want to read an excerpt of this book, take a look at the Fool Me Once page under the Books tab.