Inspiration is everywhere and for me, it comes from all kinds of places. Most recently the Houston Writers Guild called for submissions for a crime anthology they were publishing. When I heard this I just sat down and tried to think of any crime I personally have been involved in or knew about. My mind flashed to a time when I was about 19 years old. I was working at a fortune 500 oil company downtown in the computer operations department.
They switched me working the midnight shift. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be but I didn’t stay on that shift for long because news broke that there was some guy going around raping girls’ downtown, where the office building was. The first rape was not anywhere near the building but in time authorities figured out the one thing all of these girls had in common was they all worked at this company. So management scrambled around to issue new security protocols and switched off as many females on the midnight shift as they could. I got switched to say shift and never gave the incident another thought. So anyway, I used that story to write my submission for the crime anthology.
But I don’t always draw from real life. Sometimes I get inspired by other books I’ve read or a movie I’ve seen, a dream and I one time I even got inspired by a story from CSI. A girl overheard a murder in a hotel room. I only saw about the first five minutes of the episode but that was enough to give me a great idea for a new story about an FBI agent investigating a string of high-profile murders and a witness he wants to protect by not letting anyone know she saw anything in the first place.
When I do think of a new story idea what I do is type up everything I can think of about the story idea, the world, the characters, whatever comes to mind. I then save the document and file it away and then when I have more time or something else about the story comes to me, I open it back up and start writing away.
When I’m really ready to commit to a particular story I’ll think about it before I lay down. I’ll picture the whole story in my head, from scene to scene. Then when I have a scene that works, I’ll write down the details of what I’ve already played out in mind head.
Fans of Absolutely Unforgivable will be happy to know that by subscribing my newsletter you’ll be getting a free bonus chapter called Happy Birthday Billy. I originally started writing this chapter when the book was finished but not yet published. While my editor was working on what I had already submitted to her, I had this idea about a big birthday party for Billy but I soon realized that by the time I finished the new chapter and got it edited, it wouldn’t get done in time before the book was due to be published.
So instead I set the story aside and thought I would just get back to it later and include it in the book “New Beginnings”. As I started working on the next book in the series I realized this birthday scene really was meant to be in the first book and that is when I decided to release it as a bonus chapter to those who subscribe to my official newsletter.
I have finally released the free bonus chapter and those who subscribe to my official newsletter get to read it. You can click on the image below to pull up the full sized cover – something I threw together to promote the free bonus chapter.
THIS BONUS CHAPTER IS VERY SPICY AND SHOULD BE READY BY ADULTS ONLY. It’s a story about something that takes place on Billy’s birthday … and well … let’s just say it’s a birthday he won’t ever forget.
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The postman didn’t ring twice but he did bring me a gift today … my copies of Snow! I don’t know what it is, but there is just something great about holding your book in your hands. I just love it and it totally made my day! What a wonderful way to start off my week.
I’m so happy to announce that under the category of best selling Contemporary Romance novels at Amazon, Absolutely Unforgivable reached the rank of #317.
In the category of best-selling Romance novels, it reached the bestselling rank of #684. In the category of Literature and Fiction it reached as high as #1,541. In the category of best-selling Kindle books, it reached #1,522 — out of over 1 million books currently in the Kindle store at Amazon.
The audiobook version of Absolutely Unforgivable is coming out in October and this will be the cover. How exciting is this?! When it is released it will be available at Amazon, iTunes and of course Audible.com. I am so lucky to be working with Tatiana Gomberg (her website). She’s an amazing voice actress.
This book is now available at Audible
I just wanted to take just a moment to say congrats to the 7 winners of the Goodreads giveaway. All books have officially been shipped to the winners and depending on where you live may arrive in the next week or for those of you who live outside of the United States, a tad longer.
I hope you find the story enjoyable and congrats again to the winners!
I have been getting a lot of questions about writing a book two for Absolutely Unforgivable. So to answer those wanting to know, yes there will be a book two and more.
First, around the end of August (aiming for August 30th) I will be releasing a short story called Billy Snow. This is basically a look into Billy’s life and his side of the story that we didn’t get to learn about in the original story. It’s not a full-sized book, more like a companion piece to the original.
There are at least two sides to every love story. In the romance novel Absolutely Unforgivable, we experienced Stacy Keller’s side of the story. Stacy thought she had found the perfect man in handsome, kind, and generous Jeromy, but when she moves to Texas with him and meets his friend Billy, an instant attraction threatens her perfect life with Jeromy. Love, she learned, can transform one’s ideas about perfection.
Now, in Billy Snow, a companion novelette, we get to experience romance and turmoil through Billy’s eyes. Come along for a roller coaster ride from the man’s point of view.
Book two which I’m currently working on will pick up where the first book ended and we get to see what happens to Billy and Stacy’s life, continuing on from where the first book ended.
We will also learn about Jeromy’s fate and the change in his life. You can expect Absolutely Unforgivable volume two to have lots of unexpected twists and turns. In fact, the story will start off with a major shocker. We will meet two major new characters in this part of the story.
The plan is that volume 3 will follow Jeromy’s life and a look at well, I don’t want to give too much away, I’ll just say that book three will take us on a journey with Jeromy. At least that’s the plan for now.