I was visiting Las Vegas on a tour of SoCal, Nevada, and Arizona for a winter break when I got an email inviting me into this set with several authors I’d worked with before. The catch? The book had to be written quickly and had to center around the idea of good luck changing a life.
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This is where you picture me plotting a story on my iPad as we fly across Hwy 8 from Nevada into SoCal. Pretty country! Understand please, I am not used to plotting books ahead of time, but I knew I had to have the bones of the characters and what they had to learn well before I got back home. I did it!
Ashlee Branton’s lottery win is giving her and her son a new, settled life back home.
Except that returning to Blaine, Washington means facing her son’s father, Brick Harcourt, in a most unsettling way. But Ashlee has two pasts now, one with Brick and one with an ex who wants to crash their reunion.
Will she run again or stay and sacrifice money for love?
The other thing I wanted to do was add to a series I’d written for Kensington Books. They didn’t realize it was a series but I always wanted to write about a family who’d had to pull themselves up and out of a trailer park childhood that was less than pretty. Two of the novellas were published by Kensington and the third (with different character names because my dream of a connected series was dead) was published by Carina Press.
So I felt as if The Brantons was incomplete (until I get the rights back from Carina, that is) and there was room for Whole Lot o’ Love.
So, this goes along with my feeling that luck comes to those who work for it and make sure they’re in places where it can happen. Connecting with other authors and editors is key to luck in publishing.
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