The manuscript for “Quicksand”
It’s been a loooong time since I’ve posted. There’s been a lot of stuff going on in my life, but suffice it to say that things are going well. What matters most is that the sequel to Whirlwind, titled Quicksand, is being prepped for publishing! It’s been a long time coming, but I’m targeting a spring release.
Are you ready for more Melissa and Jason? How about a little taste now?
From the upcoming book jacket:
Melissa Williams walks away from her family, her friends, and her home to spend the summer with new love, Jason McAlister. Life in the Midwest is not the fairytale their whirlwind romance was. Jason’s ex-girlfriend hates her—that’s not so bad—but so does his best friend, Grant. Even Jason is upset with her, jealous of the baseball players it’s her job to interview.
Melissa tries hard to fit in, but a series of suspicious coincidences and unsettling secrets pulls her further and further away from Jason. Like a runner caught between bases, she is trapped between those Jason has known and trusted for years and a web of drugs involving athletes and the drive-by shooting of Jason’s friend. Unless Melissa can find enough evidence to convince Jason those around him aren’t what they seem, she will lose the dangerous game she’s stumbled into. And in this game, losing means death.
Watch this space for more tidbits, the cover reveal, and release information.
Thanks for sticking with me, and with Jason and Melissa!
Man, I’d intended to take a couple months off and finish the sequel to Whirlwind, tentatively titled Quicksand, then get back to the Internet world.
Obviously, I lost track of time!
First, Quicksand: I underestimated how complicated my little romantic suspense would get! Quicksand is currently looking like it’s going to be around 25% longer than Whirlwind – at least in the first draft. Whirlwind was 19 chapters, Quicksand is rolling up to 23. More Jason, more Melissa, a little more Mitch, and some new characters who can be mysterious, snarky, and in some cases, devious. I hope to make some bigger announcements soon!
Speaking of Jason, he’s part of an upcoming contest at Bookish Temptations! He’s part of the “Men of Omnific” who’s-who contest. Each day you’ll have the chance to match up the heroes from Omnific’s titles to images representing each leading man. I’ll give you a hint – if you followed the Whirlwind blog tour hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader or her “My Book Boyfriend” feature, you’ll have a BIG clue as to who Jason is.
To find out more, click on the banner! Contest runs from May 14-18
Finally, how would you like a fun read for FREE? My short story, Concessions is now available for download at Omnific Publishing for ZERO dollars (the epack includes formats for kindle, nook, and PDF). If you’d like a quick romp with a sexy vampire in the heat of Las Vegas, be sure to check it out!
(It’s also available on Amazon for 99 cents if you’d like to download it directly to your kindle. Hopefully that price will drop soon.)
This is the Marjerie Glacier, located in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. The face is about 250′ high (over 75m), and is constantly crumbling away as the river of ice pushes down from the ice field above. It’s breathtaking.
And intimidating. Like writing can be.
I’ve been working on the sequel to my first book, and some days, it feels like the screen in front of me is this advancing wall – and all I have is an ice pick. I know the story I want to write, but knowing it and getting it down are two different things. And the wall pushes toward me with other distractions. Email, Twitter, Facebook, and my blog all have legitimate claims on my time, but they also try and hijack it all. As soon as I chip away one, another pushes toward me with more.
It sounds depressing, but on the other hand, I have help. My critique partner may use a whip, rather than a jack hammer, but having someone to force me to focus on writing, and specific issues in my story is invaluable. Today I’m meeting up with another writer for a writing blitz – a no-talking, no-texting, no-internet get together to just write. Oh, did I mention no kids?
Image via Wikipedia
So I continue to chip away. And if things go well today, the only ice I’ll face will be in a margarita!