I’m just kind of floating along feeling quite content right now. Kind of like smoking a cigarette after…well you get my drift. The reason? JADED. I wrote the rough draft of this, Jase Vaughn and Jade Devereaux’s story, in January. It was loosely plotted, so loosely that I veered off the page more than once and ended up with a different killer.
When I went back a couple of weeks ago to clean it up, something amazing happened. I fell head over heels in love with my characters, and my heart wrenched for them. I’m not saying I have never felt this way about my other characters, I have, but not to this degree. And the writing part of the story? Best ever. I love the angst, the passion, the hurt, and the love in this story. I love my heroine. I am in love with my hero.
My friend Rocki calls this kind of a book a gimme. I love gimmes. I want every book to be a gimme. REDEMPTION was a gimme. Here’s the blurb. (I’d love to say I came up with it, but when I received what I considered a vanilla blurb for the story, I sent it to my trusted girls, Josie, Poppy and Tawny for help. Poppy nailed it.)
After a fatal car crash, bad boy cop Zach Garret’s descent into hell is interrupted by an archangel with a devilish deal. To earn a second chance at life, all Zach has to do is return to earth as a warrior for good, and father a child with ex- fiancÃ©e Danica Keller, the unknowing keeper of a power coveted by the forces of dark. But the only thing harder than keeping Danica alive long enough to father that child, is convincing her to give a second chance to the man whose betrayal once cost her job, her integrity, and almost her life.
Sounds good, huh? I’ve seen the first round of cover art for WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE, the antho this story is in, it looked good, really good, but there are some tweaks to be made. It was interesting when Allison, Rocki and I all had an opinion. Happy to say we were all on the same page. Those two ladies define professionalism. I’m very eager to see what Lauren has come up with after we all discussed our vision.
So, I have a question, one that has been asked many times by many people. But here we go anyway: when you are in a book store, and you pick up a book by an unknown author, do you impulse buy off a back cover blurb if it intrigues you? Or do you open to page one and read the first paragraph?
And to my birthday boy? Happy 21st! I love you, sweetheart!