Writing That Sequel

dawnbrowerGuest blog by Dawn Brower, author of A Crystal Angel

Over the summer my plan was to write my second cowgirl book. I started writing the series intending it to be three books. Looking back it seemed like such a good idea. Now? Well I’m thinking I’m never committing to such a thing again. Why? Well because now I HAVE to write them. Panic has set in and I’m digging in my heels. Readers are expecting me to write the next one. So what did I do? I avoided it, set it aside, and wrote a standalone book (still in the revision process) and a flirt (which is my December release). Of course this did nothing to solve my problem. I still needed to write the second book in this series. Putting it off only made it worse. The book was planned and what would happen already mapped out, so why was I avoiding it? I’d backed myself into a corner and now I needed to find a way to get out of it.

Enter November and national writing month. Write 50k words in thirty days—absolutely I can do it. NaNoWriMo gave me motivation and a goal. What better way to force myself to write something I’ve been actively avoiding. It worked. I not only wrote that 50k I exceeded it. A rough draft of my next cowgirl book got written and I had one less thing to worry about. I only hope it doesn’t take until next November for me to write the final book. I may need someone to stand over me and make me type it.

The lesson I’ve learned is I don’t want to commit to writing another series. If it happens—great, but I’m not going to dig myself into another hole. The reason being is I get tons and tons of ideas. I have at least five other books mapped out I want to write, but have to push to the back burner because of this series I planned. I’d much rather keep the readers guessing what might come from my imagination. Trust me it is extensive.

To wrap it up I’ll give you a small look into the unedited draft of Cowgirl Indulgence. The second book (Wes and Tori’s book) in my Novak Springs trilogy. Feel free to let me know what you think of Wes and Tori. What do you think Tori is going to do to Wes for invading her space?

“What the hell are you doing in my room?” A horrified expression fell across Vitoria’s beautiful heart shaped face. She stood just outside the bathroom door with only a towel draped around her slender frame. Her caramel blonde hair fell around her shoulders in wet ringlets.

Wes lounged on the bed, his back resting against the headboard and his legs crossed at his feet. He lifted his arms and folded them behind his head as his eyes travelled down Vitoria’s body from top to bottom. She sent him on a bit of a wild goose chase. When he realized she wasn’t following him anger soared through his veins. He stormed back into the airport but had no luck locating her through the crowd of people. He turned back around toting her luggage back to his vehicle. He tossed it in the trunk and started making calls to figure out where she could have run off to.

“Isn’t it obvious?” he asked.

Tori flashed him an irritated look as she made unmistakable movements to tighten the towel around her body. “Evidently not since I just asked you why you’re here.”

“I brought you your luggage. You ran off without it.”

“If you hadn’t hijacked it I’d already have it.”. “You can leave anytime.”

“And deprive you of your righteous indignation? Why ever would I do that?” Wes fought to hide a smile of triumph. He liked the feeling of one upping her.

A Crystal Angel 200x300Blurb: A drunken promise of betrothal has turned Thor’s family against him. Will Thor earn Pia’s forgiveness and find their runaway children in time for Christmas?

After a night of cards and drinking, Thor’s splitting headache is the least of his worries. When a messenger arrives with a contract for him to sign, his wife Pia discovers he’s agreed to betroth their son to the Earl of Devon’s daughter. Pia’s beyond furious and demands he fix it—or else. After overhearing the argument between their parents, the twins Liam and Lily decide to runaway in protest of the contract. Thor and Pia set out to find their rebellious children before something dreadful happens to them. Will Thor convince Pia to forgive him and find the twins before Christmas, or will their family fall apart forever?

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Excerpt:

“Don’t see the point. Besides I think we need to discuss what I overheard.”

“If it isn’t about school, I don’t care.”

“You should, Liam. I told you it would impact your life.”

“Well, what is it then?”

“Father agreed on a betrothal contract.”

“Failing to understand how this might concern me.” Liam waved his hand dismissively and turned back to his game. “Who is he going to marry you off to?”

“Not me you, fool. The Earl of Devon sent one over for him to sign. He’s going to marry you off to his daughter, Lady Gemma Kemsley.”

Liam’s face turned stark white and he swayed in his chair. He swiveled to look at Lily as the shock settled in. His blue eyes glazed over as the astonishment of her words became clear. “Pardon me, what did you say?”

“You’re betrothed, as in when you both come of age, you’re getting married. Congratulations, brother of mine.”

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Bio:

Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet. If you want to contact Dawn you can visit her webpage at www.authordawnbrower.com, her facebook page at www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower, on her blog http://dawnbrower.wordpress.com or her twitter page at www.twitter.com/dawnab33.

Revisiting a World

a flawed jewelGuest blog by Dawn Brower, author of A Flawed Jewel

Writing books is something that is new to me and I am excited for the release of my first novella. A Flawed Jewel is out in the wild and became available on April 4 for everyone to enjoy. It’s celebration time.  How better to commemorate this happy occasion than to tell everyone what I am working on now?

When I wrote A Flawed Jewel I never intended to visit that world again. Writing is hard and this book drained me. It could have been because I wrote it so fast, but I think it had more to do with all the little details I had to make sure were correct. It’s a historical novella and the information is not something that always comes naturally me. Second guessing myself became a habit and I’d stop writing to go make sure what I had written had been accurate.

So imagine my surprise when I woke up with this wild idea to write more novellas in this world. I have two books in the works to round this off to a trilogy. Hopefully my editor agrees with my ideas once I get around to sending her the first manuscript. So what are these novellas about? A Flawed Jewel should have been a stand alone. How could I continue writing in that world? Crazy right? Well it’s not exactly the same time frame. The second set of novellas take place almost twenty years later and involve the hero and heroine’s children.

The working title of this book is titled A Treasured Lily. Lilliana Marsden is the daughter of Pia and Thor from A Flawed Jewel. Randall Collins lives in South Carolina and owns his own shipping company.  I have a pretty good rough draft available to pick through. So how about a tiny excerpt from my work in progress?

Here is an exclusive sneak peek into A Treasured Lily:

He wondered how far he could push her. The decision to give into her and take her on his ship had already been made. Lilliana just didn’t know he had decided to let her come back to America with him, but only because it worked in his own plans.

“What do I get for my trouble?” he asked, “Seems like I’m risking a lot to help you out here.”

“What do you want? Money? I certainly can afford to pay my passage.”

His lips rose into a cocky smile. Rand desired a lot from her, but at this point only one thing would do as payment. Would the lovely lady be willing to give it to him? He had nothing to lose and only one way to find out.

“How about a kiss?”

Lilliana had a stunned look on her face and she stopped dancing in the middle of the dance floor. It took her several seconds to get her bearings before she realized they were supposed to be moving. Her face flushed a pretty shade of pink as she began to move to the music again with him in the lead.

“How forward of you.” she said, “I’m not sure I like your idea of compensation.”

“It’s a small thing, one little kiss. To be given to me at a time of my choosing.” he leaned forward and whispered in her ear, “Are you afraid?”

Her breath sucked deep into her chest and he felt her slowly exhale it in little pants. Her pulse raced on her wrist beneath the palm of his hand. Her face remained flush and her lips parted in anticipation. Yes, she had an interest in kissing him. Now he just needed her to accept the proposal and he’d have her sailing with him in a few days.

“Okay you have a deal.” she said.

 

I hope you enjoyed the sneak peak at what I am working on right now. What do you think about Lilliana and Rand?

Book Blurb:

Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather. Will love intervene, altering both their courses?

Pieretta Carlyle experienced the loss of her father, leaving her alone in the world except for her grandpere, Comte Renard Dubois. The comte insists that she travel to France to live with him. Pieretta doesn’t want to leave Charleston and the only home she has ever known. Her grandpere is her guardian, and she must do what he says.

Thor has a score to settle, and Pieretta is the key to his revenge. He became a pirate unwillingly after his business partner tried to murder him. He must acquire Pieretta by any means necessary, and he doesn’t mind plundering a ship to obtain her.

When Pieretta and Thor meet, they are instantly attracted to each other against their better judgments. Pieretta is disgusted by the pirate’s actions. Thor knows what Pieretta believes, but proceeds with his plans anyway. She is only a tool to achieve vengeance. What happens will depend on Thor’s need for revenge and Pieretta’s ability to forgive him for his dastardly deeds.

Buy: A Flawed Jewel

Bio: 

Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up, she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet. If you want to contact Dawn you can visit her webpage at www.authordawnbrower.com, her facebook page at www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower, on her blog http://dawnbrower.wordpress.com or her twitter page at www.twitter.com/dawnab33.

Buy: A Flawed Jewel