But it’s been that kind of a summer. Really and truly, it has! I’ve taken a couple of classes, written and deleted, gone to a couple of writers conferences, fell in love then have written and deleted some more.
It hasn’t been in vain, though. Not. At. All. And as you can see from the picture, my latest baby is on its way. A Civilian for Silo is the next book in the Hellion Motorcycle series and took me a while to write. More than a while, if I’m being all honest and everything. Because in my original notes, Silo was to meet and fall in love with a nurse. But more than 30,000 words into it, I didn’t think it worked. It was stilted in a way that even the big, bald and sexy-in-his-bumbling biker wouldn’t ever be—even when you factor in his ‘Midol’ moment with Lulu!
So I went back and reread his scenes from the other books to get a better feel for the man. Lo and behold, Reinventing Mel gave me the biggest clue of who he should be with…who he was destined to end up loving. Shelly Palmer! Lulu’s uptight, snarky sister was the perfect heroine for the towering hunk, the guard dog of the Hellion crew!
And by putting her back with him, the words and story just flowed. Shelly has been a hoot to write, allowing me to let my inner argumentative self out and onto the page! Her interactions with not only Silo but the other Honeys were a gas to witness as they unfolded beneath my fingertips, and found me laughing waayyy too often for my neighbor’s comfort. (Wild cackling at weird hours is NOT the way to make friends!)
So I’m excited to announce that Book Four in the HMC saga, A Civilian for Silo, will be released this weekend. (Yeah, I heard the ‘finally’ you just breathed. And believe me, I agree!)
Checkmate with Bishop will be the last in the series. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have even an anticipated release date for his story. But you know it’ll be a good one, right?
My plans for 2015? I’ve just gotta complete the Grantham Series! By my reckoning, I still have 3 books to write in order to finish it. Paul Adler, Benny and Niko’s stories all need to be told in order to wrap everything up. I’ll also be rewording the blurbs and will have the book-covers redone on that series as well. They worked okay when I was a newbie, but with all the cool things I’ve learned over the summer…they just aren’t good enough anymore.
I’m always open for suggestions! Remember, the Hellion series started with Jennifer Guffey asking for more about the men in the motorcycle club that was touched on in Hiding in Plain Sight. If you have a story idea you think might be interesting to read, please contact me!
You know how to reach me right? Because I’m always just at the other end of your keyboard…
Smiling and waving,