Once I pressed publish on Taking Chances, I felt a bit lost. Saying goodbye to characters I loved so much was harder than I thought it would be, even though I had the privilege to write two books with them in.
The challenge I face with Taking Chances was turning characters I made small mentions of in Another Chance into something bigger.
It was a random thought near the end of Another Chance to put Ethan and Lauren together. We didn't know much about Ethan, and just a little more about Lauren, but it felt right to give them a happy ending.
Of course at that stage, I didn't know I'd end up writing their love story, and I had this idea about Lauren's struggles with alcohol in the back of my head that you just glimpse at first. Taking Chances gave me the opportunity to explore it.
Writing that book was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I experienced Mark's death from a different perspective (it was hard enough the first time, and I felt Lauren's pain as she was tormented by the thing she'd come to rely on.
Lauren became more special to me than I ever thought she would, and I am so grateful to have created her, and to have nurtured her. She deserved nothing but the best.
So, now I turn my sights on my project I started when Taking Chances was being edited. I'm aiming for an August release, but in the meantime I have some new covers to reveal for the Hot for the Boss series, and they are very steamy!
All this has distracted me of course from finishing off Loving the Rake, but I plan on that being done by the end of the year. I might even free up November to take part in NaNoWriMo again and write another one!
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Taking Chances is now live on iBooks (in some countries), Amazon, and on All Romance books.
I have updated links on the Taking Chances book page!
I did roll out an update to iBooks when the final proofreading and formatting was done, but that is still in progress. If you have received a copy of the Taking Chances pre-order, this is not the final book and the update will come through when it's processed.
To be honest, I feel quite sad today. Writing about Lauren, Ethan, Cassie, Patrick, and Sophie again was so enjoyable. I love them all and I am sorry to say goodbye. There is however, no more story left to tell.
Onto the next thing now, and when I solidify where I'm going with it, I'll update everybody!
I am going over final edits for Taking Chances and we are so close to it going live!
I just wanted to put a reminder out there that it can be pre-ordered from iBooks.
The link to pre-order is https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/taking-chances/id816226507?mt=11&uo=4&at=10lvuW
Amazon, Kobo, B&N and All Romance will also go live on the 27th or shortly thereafter, depending on publishing times. I am going to do my very best to get this out as quickly as possible as I know there are a lot of you out there waiting for Lauren and Ethan's story.
I am so proud of this book. I thought that Another Chance was a big step for me, and Taking Chances is more than I ever thought it would be.
I've been asked if there will be any more books in the series, and I can confirm that there will just be the two. I've covered everything I want to, and Cassie and Patrick get a follow-up in Taking Chances too.
Next, I'm moving onto something different, and have been working on my other project while Taking Chances has been in editing. I don't know where it's going yet, but I'm enjoying it.
Anyway, I am off to bed as I have more edits to work through and I'm taking Mr 8 to see The Lego Movie!
I don't really have a lot to say except that I'm just working towards the release of Taking Chances and juggling a million other things right now!
Work is crazy busy, home is busy, and I have tried to take it easy this month as far as writing goes, not wanting to focus on anything else but the book launch.
Instead, I have written around 20,000 words of something and I have no idea where it's going. It's another story about someone who is a bit of a misfit finding love, and I'm just enjoying writing at the moment.
The giveaway is setup ready for the release blitz, and I am now waiting for the book to come back from the editor. Wish me luck!
Taking Chances is about as finished as I can get it and off to the editor shortly. This has been a real labour of love as Another Chance was, but is very different in structure and content.
While that's being edited, I'll be doing some more work on Loving The Rake as that's basically written, but also the new story I think I mentioned a couple of blog posts ago.
It's sexy, funny and sad, but has a lot of love in it. I started plotting and making notes a while ago and I'm already in love with the characters.
A year ago, I never would have imagined I would have come as far as I have. Every story I have written has a lot of meaning and love behind it, and all those characters are a part of me.
Now, I'm looking forward to the end of April and sharing Ethan and Lauren's story with you. They're both such special people who wake something up in each other when they're together. They deserve every happiness they can get. :)
I announced on my Facebook page the other day that Taking Chances had been delayed to the 27th of April.
This has been a hard decision to make, but I just didn't want to rush anything and this book has become so much more than I ever thought it would be.
It's a lot bigger, so will take longer to be edited and I don't want this first time working with my new editor to be the last time! :D
Lauren is amazing. She's worthy of all the extra attention I am lavishing on her. I hope you all agree!
I'm a working mum. It's hard.
I work in a job that needs a high level of concentration, and by the end of the day all I want to do is crawl into bed and go to sleep.
Instead, I cook dinner for my children, help the eldest with his homework, catch up with my friends and usually late at night when everyone goes to sleep, I write.
I don't brush my hair in the morning, instead I scrape it into a ponytail, twist it into a bun and tie it up. No-one knows I don't brush it, I just deal with the knots later.
Half the time I don't cook a full meal. We have chicken nuggets and toasted sandwiches sometimes. It doesn't matter. My kids and I go to sleep having been fed and that's the important thing.
Last year I had a lot of stressful stuff going on in my life, and I buried myself in my writing for distraction as much as anything else.
So this year, I want to make everything better in my life. The thing that was causing me stress has gone, and I'm looking forward to relaxing more, taking more time with my children and enjoying my writing even more.
I don't have to crank out a new book every month, or ever two months. If I put out three new books this year, I'll be doing well. Having said that, I already have one written and almost ready to go in Loving the Rake, and I've written 10,000 words of The Accidental Sultan. So, I have a bit of a head start.
I'll do NaNoWriMo again this year, but not plan a book launch at the same time.
Watch this space. Already with things going better this year, I've had a whole heap of story ideas. I'm fighting one off at the moment while I finish off Taking Chances.
Now all I need is more hours in the day.
I am no good at blogging. There are not enough hours in the day for everything I have to do at the moment, so things like this fall by the wayside.
I am also at 76000 words for Taking Chances tonight. There is still more story to come and I am working hard to get through it all.
Lauren and Ethan's story is beautiful, and it's sad. It's hard work because the situation they find themselves in means the dynamics switch in the relationship and they are both very different people to what I thought they were.
For Lauren, it's about learning that she has someone to lean on who isn't going anywhere. For Ethan, it's about learning when to take control of the situation, and the help Lauren needs to cope.
It's the love story of two people who are just meant to be. The getting there is the hard part.
They are taking me on their journey which has uncovered so much more about them than I ever knew, and I had a fairly solid vision in my head for them when I wrote Another Chance.
This is not Another Chance part two. This is so very different. So, I hope when the time comes that you like it!
I posted some of this on Facebook a while back, but here is an unedited excerpt. Some of you may recognise the timing for this. ;)
“Hey, you two,” said Cassie brightly, getting up to bring more food to the table. “Good Morning,” Lauren said, looking around the room for someone to be surprised at Ethan’s presence. They all kept eating.
She glanced at Ethan. From the expression on his face, he’d been expecting the same. Lauren followed Cassie to offer her help.
“I’ve cooked bacon, eggs and toast. I’ll just put some more on for you two.”
“You’re not surprised Ethan stayed with me.”
Cassie turned to look at her, shaking her head. “I came in to see if you wanted breakfast this morning. You were otherwise engaged.”
Lauren felt the blush creep up her face. “You saw us?”
“I saw Ethan. Figured you were under him.”
Lauren slapped Cassie on the arm. “You never said anything.”
“What was I supposed to say? Please stop having sex for a moment so I can find out what you want for breakfast?”
If anyone has been paying attention to the in progress bar on the In Progress page, I'm about to hit 60,000 words on Taking Chances.
As it's evolved, it's taking on a slightly different shape than I had originally intended, and I had thought it would be about the same length as Another chance.
Now, I'm not so sure. I still have chapters to write and maybe it will come out about the same length, but I think it may be a bit shorter.
I am looking for another couple of Beta readers too, so if anyone is interested in helping me out, I'm open to offers. What I'm looking for at this stage is someone to tell me if I'm on the right track as far as the plot etc goes. I have a couple of people, but I'd like some more opinions!
This may feature the same people as Another Chance, but it is a very different book. A little dark, a little dirty, Lauren's life is light years from Cassie's. She's another amazing lady though!
Because Another Chance did so well on iBooks Australia, Taking Chances is now up for pre-order on Apple.
I am very excited and will be working hard to meet the date. Lauren's story has come along really wella
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