The Island – rewritten!

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I cannot begin to express how excited I am getting about this duet. I’m 4 chapters away from having my first draft of book one done, and on to the next! It’s been so much fun going in and playing with this story, adding more to it, adding in Michael and Gabe’s perspective – and I cannot wait to share it!

Since the book is written and all I have to do is rework it – I expect to publish by late February – early March. Stay tuned for details! ♥

 

Re-Writing The Island

As many of you know, my debut novel was The Island. The love story between Amie, Gabe and Michael. I love this story, with my whole heart. I wrote it more than 7 years ago now, when my heart was full of emotion and my head was in need of a distraction.

I wrote it knowing nothing about plot, structure, character development…I just had this story inside of me.

As much as I love this story, there are parts of me that now cringe when someone wants to read it because I know the writing and story arc are not reflective of the way I write now.

In 24 hours, The Island will be pulled from the shelves. It will be gutted and re-worked. I may go in and add dual POV so we get to know Gabe and Michael better. It could wind up being a duet. I may add some more story elements. I want it to be amazing. I want it to be something I am proud of.

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Gabe’s story

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Ahhhhhhhhhh as I’ve said before, my mind is a wild, crazy, weird and unpredictable place. I imagine it to be a little like Mordor, Tatooine and Panem combined. Foreign, alien and primed for a revolution.

Oh. But I meditate, so that balances it out.

I’ve scrapped Girl Harbor. At least for now. 50,000 words in, and I realized – now is not the time for me to write that book.

Back to the drawing board, and I plotted a new romance about a wounded, ex-Marine and an emotionally wounded heroine. It incorporates military, small towns, second chances, healing, cowboys and …. apples. What? Yes, you heard me. Apples.

Now when I first released The Island, the one thing I kept hearing over and over was, please expand on Gabe and Michael. Immediately my mind went to Michael. He’s my BABY. Someday, I will go in depth on how that story evolved…but Michael was and will always be my baby. Naturally, I wanted to tell his story first. The entire thing is outlined and the first three chapters are written and I planned on finishing it in early 2018.

Then I meditated and Gabe’s story came crashing through. How he and Michael met. How their lives were shaped and how they became so intertwined together with each other the way they are.

So now, I have two manuscripts going and I couldn’t be more excited about the things that are coming ♥

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