We’re two weeks out from the release of Robin’s Nest. I’m more than a little excited. This one is set in my tiny home town of Duncan Arizona. I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I chose to set my book there, and it’s not a simple answer.
About ten years ago, shortly after it came out, I picked up Dean Koontz’s By the Light of the Moon. I admit, I read almost everything he writes and have for years, I’m a little behind now because I don’t have the time I once did. But I digress.
Anyway, I was reading the book, which starts out in an unnamed piece of desert in southern Arizona. I don’t remember the character’s names anymore but one pair, a young man and his mentally handicapped brother follow the highways and go through several towns, most of which are unnamed in the story. However, since I had been born and raised in the area, I knew much of where they were. It was exhilarating.
The idea that the people in this book were in places I knew thrilled me in ways I’m not sure I can explain. So when I sat down and started writing, I wanted other people to feel the same. I wanted people who live in the middle of nowhere, to be able to do the same thing I did. Gasp and say “O M G I know that place!”
I realize there won’t be a huge number of readers who can do that, but it’s a way of connecting with those familiar with the area. It’s was also a way to let people unfamiliar with the area see the beauty there that they haven’t seen, or haven’t seen through the eyes of someone who loves the area.
An added bonus was that it let me visit, at least in my mind, home. I hadn’t been there in quite a while and I got to visit some of my favorite places, and share them with my readers.
Day after tomorrow will mark four weeks since I got that heart-rending call. Nearly a month since I found out that my sister-in-law had left this world and it was up to me to notify my husband (her brother) and her father. In a lot of ways, I’ve been numb since then.
Strong emotion has always been difficult for me to express and this has been no exception. It didn’t help that my grandfather passed away in March and since I don’t live close to him, it’s been easier for me to pretend (at least in my heart) that it didn’t happen.
I’ll admit, when my grandmother passed away it took me more than six months to deal with it, and I was used to seeing her every day. Granted, I was thirteen at the time, but that’s kind of typical for me. I’ve dealt with my share of loss. This he was my fourth grandparent to go and I lost a step-sister when I was 18, but I don’t handle it like most people. I probably cry less than most men. In sixteen years of marriage my husband can probably count on one hand the number of times he’s seen me cry. I’m not kidding. I just don’t do it, or I don’t let anyone see it when it happens. I’m much more likely to vent my emotions by yelling, screaming or hitting something (not someone, something). It’s just me. I know it’s odd. I know it’s not normal, but it’s me.
What do I mean my heart-blind? I mean I’ve been in this locked down place where I couldn’t feel much emotion, good or bad. This made writing a romance very difficult, especially the one that I’m working on.
Without giving too much away, I can say it’s not an easy story. When I started it, I had in mind a quick, fun read, but Steve and Jade have slowly revealed to me that their stories aren’t either quick or fun. Now that I’m starting to feel emotions again rather than just surviving, they’ve started talking to me again. The story is already longer than I had intended for it to be, and I don’t see the end any time soon. They are telling me bits of what will happen in the immediate future and bits that will happen a little further off… I know how it will end, but the bits in between are what’s the most fun to find out. This current story is called Jade’s Peace (it’s a sequel to Escape) and you can find the first chapter at the end of Robin’s Nest. Eventually it will make it to the website, but that won’t be until I have a release date.
And for those of you asking me if there’s another book in the Kitsune series. Yyes, there is at least one more book in Nickie’s story. I’m not yet sure if there’s more than that, but there is at least one more book.
My next release will be Robin’s Nest
After a car accident puts her in a coma, Samantha awakens to find her best friend, Robin, never left her side. While she recovers, Sam realizes there’s more between them than just friendship. However, she’s afraid that if it doesn’t work out between them, it will ruin their friendship. Sam’s brush with death gives her a renewed understanding of how short life really is.
Deciding the possible benefits are worth the risk, she faces the challenges from her over-protective family head on and leaps into life with both feet, but when more challenges come their way, can Sam and Robin handle them together?
Robin’s Nest is a contemporary erotic romance, and will be released on August 12, 2013.