The Sequester

So this past weekend, I turned invisible on purpose.  In both real life, and on the Internet (though, if I’m completely honest, I did sneak on a few times, look at some stuff, answer a few emails, and the like.  But mostly ignored it).  My goal was to hide away and focus my brain, and write a lot of freaking words.

I’m happy to say that it was quite a success!

In two days, I managed a little over 11,000 words.  Well, I actually did a great deal more than that, but there was a lot of deleting happening on day two, and I don’t really count those words because they didn’t stay.  And I did struggle to get into the groove on day two that I had on day one, which is when most of those words happened.  But I still managed a huge chunk of writing.

I have, in fact, half a book written.  And that, right there, was what I wanted to emerge from my weekend sequester with.  I have half the book done, and still six weeks to finish the other half.  (the deadline was Admiral suggested and author approved.  I need boundaries sometimes, even ones I impose myself, or I’ll just procrastinate forever)

So the sequel to Something Like Hope, which is out at the end of the month, is half written.   And when I finish that?  Well, then I’ll be diving right into the third book.  Just so I can keep the momentum going on the series, and no one has to wait too long to read the next installment.

Because I know I hate it when I have to wait as a reader.  I don’t want to do that to you guys!

All in all, it was a really good weekend, capped off by the release yesterday.  I really do love those guys, and I hope that if you’re so inclined to read Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love, you’ll love them a little bit too.


Release Day!!

It’s here, it’s here!  Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love is out!  *bites nails*

I do hope you like Ben and Zack.  And this story, which has a very special place in my heart.

Dont Wanna Lose Your Love-BuildAs it often does, the bad news comes in the middle of the night.

When attorney Ben Winters’s close friend takes a bad spill and ends up in the hospital, he flies across the country to be there for her.  His instant attraction to her brother takes him by surprise.  Wanting Zack Anderson is easy; actually having him is a bad idea.  While the two connect over concern for Zack’s sister, there are many reason to fight the attraction brewing between them.  Things heat up as Ben’s friend begins to show improvement, but the reasons not to get involved with the younger man remain the same–long distance relationships never work and Ben doesn’t do one-night stands.  But there’s one powerful reason to give in: Ben has never wanted anyone more.

You can purchase it from Dreamspinner directly.  And I’ll add the other buy links to the books tab at the top as soon as they become available.

In the meantime, how about an excerpt to entertain you for a bit…and maybe whet your appetite?  Enjoy!

“This place is gorgeous,” I breathed.

Zack’s laugh was low and soft. “You should be here in May, when the lilacs are in full bloom. There’s a festival and everything. It’s at its height then.”

I couldn’t imagine it looking even better, but I took his word for it. We strolled in silence, walking close together but not touching. It was fairly empty, but that made sense because it was the middle of a weekday. I would bet this park would be bursting with people on the weekends.

After a while, Zack reached over and took my hand. I tried to pull away, but his fingers clenched tight, keeping my hand trapped in his. I sighed, but relaxed. “Zack, come on.”

“You come on,” he said playfully. He gave me a tug and I followed him off the path. He sat on the grass beneath a tree and pulled me down with him. “Have a vacation fling with someone who knows how to treat you right.”

I shook my head, and my smile, I was sure, was a little rueful. “This is hardly a vacation.”

“It is now,” Zack said quietly. His gaze searched mine. “Josie is fine and will be out of the hospital tomorrow. So for however long you have left, it’s a vacation. I want you. And I want you to give in to me.” He paused then, and his face grew serious. “I’d never force you. I’ll back off if you really don’t want this or aren’t attracted to me.”

The snort escaped before I could check it, and his eyes lit up. Of course I wanted him. I knew he knew it, and he was trying to be a gentleman by saying that. I still didn’t think it was a good idea, though. There was something about him that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, something that made him different than every man I had tried dating before. But I knew it could never work, not in any lasting way, and I was tired of having my heart broken.

As if Zack could sense my inner turmoil, his smile softened and he opened the bag he carried. He handed me one of the wrapped sandwiches. I took it automatically.

“Think about it while you eat,” he said.

Like I’d be able to do anything else.