July 29, 2011

Where You Are - sequel description

Here's the sequel description for Where You Are, due out in October 2011:
(Yes, there are multiple spoilers if you haven't read Between the Lines)

Graham Douglas doesn’t do romantic relationships, but he was knocked for a loop when he met Emma Pierce on the set of his last film. As they grew closer, he did everything in his power to keep from falling for the girl being pursued by superstar Reid Alexander. Back home in New York, his life is once again under control, until Emma appears and shows him how not over her he is.

Emma Pierce is forsaking an up-and-coming Hollywood career to embark on a life she’s only dreamed of—the life of a regular girl. After spending months burying her feelings for the two night-and-day guys who vied for her heart while filming her last movie, a twist of fate puts her in a coffee shop in the middle of Manhattan with the one she still misses.

Brooke Cameron was a fresh-faced Texas girl when she arrived in LA. Now she’s a beach sitcom star turned conceited heiress on the big screen. Having just survived three months on location with her ex—Hollywood’s reigning Golden Boy—she’s older and wiser and has her sights set on close friend Graham. The only thing standing in her way is the girl he can’t forget.

Reid Alexander can sum up his life in one word: boring. Between film projects, there’s little going on outside of a few upcoming interviews and the premiere for the film he finished last fall. The next-to-last thing he expects is to get a second chance with Emma, the girl who rejected him. The last thing he expects is for his still-bitter-ex to be the one to offer it to him on a platter.
Author Recommendation: Mature Young Adults (language, drinking, sexual situations)

July 18, 2011

Sequel Cover...

I've settled on a title and cover for the sequel, so here they are!


Edit: See above post (July 29th) for description and hopeful publication date

July 9, 2011

Progress!

The sequel is going soooooo well. Everything I've ever written before (you know, all that stuff I said you guys do not wanna see?) has been stand-alone, so I haven't had the pleasure of writing with characters I already know well.

I've mentioned somewhere before that one of my sons told me that I shouldn't be allowed to blog, facebook or tweet because I like talking about what I'm writing so much that if someone asks me the right (wrong?) questions, I'm just going to give the whole story away and ruin it for everyone. Hopefully this doesn't fall into the "ruin it for everyone" category (and if so, well, it's too late now, because I already answered this question on facebook during the past week, and I'm answering it here because blog-only readers wouldn't have seen it):

From whose POV is the second book narrated? I had my intentions... and then I got started, and everybody wanted a say. So here are my narrators in order of appearance, after which they just speak up at random, depending on who can best show the action of the scene: Graham, Emma, Brooke, Reid.

I'm still working on the title, and will give you that (probably along with the cover?) when it's finalized. Warning: That won't be until reeeeeally close to publication time... Which WILL BE in October. If pushed on a date, I'll say October 31st, because no one will be upset if it's early!

July 4, 2011

Sequel Stuff

I've discovered that writing a book is a little bit like childbirth: you forget exactly how, erm, uncomfortable the whole thing was until you're in the midst of doing it again. And then it's like, "Oh right. That hurt like shit. I remember now." By that point you've got no choice but to press on.

Writing a sequel is easier in obvious ways: you know the characters and you know the backstory, so many of the facts going forward are already set, and the reactions easier to anticipate. Conversely, this is also the hard part. You can't change or rearrange things for story flow. Sometimes I find myself feeling a bit like one of Cinderella's sisters, trying to shove a tiny slipper on a big fat foot. Why. Won't. This. FIT?!?

I have a complete story arc this time, as well, which is odd for me. I know what you're thinking: How odd can it be? You've only written one book. But that's not true. See, most authors have possibly a few books that are locked away in a dust-covered box that shall never see the light of day, and I'm no exception. Except that mine are on a usb stick in a drawer somewhere. And no, you can't see them. (Seriously, you don't want to see them.)