A while back, I decided to work on a book I’d written over twenty years ago. One of the first books that I sent to publishers hoping they’d see the uniqueness of it. They didn’t because the story was hopelessly flawed.
When I decided to pluck it from the mountain of old story ideas and work on it, I had no idea what portal of hell I would open up. Lol! I say that because while I still loved the story and knew I had a lot of editing to make it work, I was WAY off.
I dove into the scenes and the characters. I made changes to the story and everything started to unravel and get worse. I was pulling my hair out trying to make it work. I don’t remember exactly when it happened, but I had an ah ha moment. Why not break the book into two different stories? The main characters had evolved SO much that they didn’t fit the original characters I started with or the story. Perfect! Problem solved, right?
Not quite. I also had a subplot romance happening that evolved deeper than I anticipated and their story didn’t fit easily into the new book idea or the original. Hence, another book. So now I have three books that are part of a series instead of one stand alone book.
While I’m certain my other books waiting to be written aren’t thrilled about being delayed, I’m happy with the results.
The working title is The Space Between Us. I have book cover ideas, but nothing I’m ready to share just yet. What I can share with you, however is the book description. Let me know in the comments what you think.
THE SPACE BETWEEN US – Book One
When Rachel Miller meets the new owner of the accounting firm she works for, she’s shocked to discover he’s the man from her dreams. Their attraction is combustible in and out of her dreams, but he doesn’t appear to recognize her, leaving Rachel to wonder if their deep connection is just her imagination.
Michael’s sudden departure thrusts her into a spiritual journey that forces her to face the problems in her life and shines a light on what she really wants for her life and not what others think she should want.
Michael Doherty’s only plan when he arrived in Cayman was to finish the merger and return home. Meeting a woman who stirs his heart and soul wasn’t on the agenda. Never one to pass on opportunities, he offers her a relationship and life with him in Ireland. Rachel’s refusal rocks him and he’s shoved into his own spiritual journey when he returns home.
Fate brings them back together and they’re ready to take a chance on love. But, the journey to happiness isn’t a smooth one with family and colleagues determined to keep them apart.
You might notice that this story is not a romantic suspense, which is the genre I usually write. For the moment, the story is a contemporary romance with spiritual undertones. I love writing romantic suspense and will continue to write in that genre, but I have ideas for other genres I want to explore and write. I’m excited to finally expand into those genres, including nonfiction, which lines up with my coaching.
Okay, now to answer the next question. What is the release date? None at the moment for various reasons, but the main one being the book isn’t finished, and there’s still a lot of work needed. The current word count is 92k, and the plan is to finish it during National Novel Writing Month in November 2021. I share more details about it in a YouTube video.
After NaNoWriMo, the plan is to start on the other two books and finish them during Camp Nano in April and July of 2022. I’m excited to write this series and move on to other stories waiting to be written.
I realize it’s been a while since my last book release, and I’ll share more about that in my next blog post.
I haven’t written a blog post in a very long time, but I plan to post one monthly going forward to keep you up to date with what’s happening in my writing life. You can follow me on my FB Page for regular updates or join my newsletter.
Thank you for staying with me on this journey. I’m ecstatic about what’s ahead!