I’m thrilled to report that EDGE OF LIGHT is going to print via Harlequin’s Direct-to-Consumer program! The print version will be available for purchase on Harlequin.com around December 2013. I will be giving away several autographed copies for your keeper shelves, so keep your eyes on this blog for upcoming announcements!
In other news, while my writing has had to take a bit of a backseat this past year, but I finally feel like I’m in a position to go full steam ahead on the project I’d set aside.
If you’ve read EDGE OF LIGHT, you know Jocelyn stayed in Cambodia to recover the bodies of her Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team. One of those agents was never found. EDGE OF RECALL is his story. As he struggles to remember who he is and what he stands for, he becomes embroiled in a political fight to collapse the Government of the Philippines from the inside out. The only one who can save him is an NCIS agent cursed with an eidetic memory. The unusually vivid form of visual recall has kept her from learning the emotional detachment she needs to do her job, but now she must find a way to put aside past failures and get them both out of the country alive. She can’t forget. He can’t remember. Together, they’ll make the perfect team.
From the South China Sea to the exotic islands of the Philippines, EDGE OF RECALL is shaping up to be another gritty romantic thriller. For the first time, I’m writing a heroine who can match the hero when it comes to taking out the bad guys. This has been both a challenge and a refreshing change of pace. I do not have a concrete release date schedule for EDGE OF RECALL as of yet, but I will definitely update you all as soon as I know more.
I am so pleased to have Shawna Thomas as my guest on my blog today! Read on to learn about Shawna’s journey from idea to finished product of her newest fantasy release, JOURNEY OF AWAKENING!
Have you ever thought about how books are written? I’m a writer with several books under my belt and the process still amazes me. It starts as an idea, maybe a situation or a character in the writer’s mind. I don’t know how it is for most writers but for me, this happens when I’m least expecting it. You know how I know a good character? He or she won’t leave me alone. A week or a month after the initial “introduction” the character or situation is still there, waiting for me when I close my eyes at night. Or as I’m driving down the road. So I turn your attention to him or it. Then the imagination takes over. The “what if’s” begin to pour in. I begin to weave emotions, story lines, tragedy and joy.
You see before a single word is typed the story needs to capture the writer’s imagination. Before the reader will fall in love with the characters, the writer must. The writer is, essentially a books first reader.
Now here is where you find two camps of writers: The plotters and the pantsers. Of course I’ve been around the block long enough to know that though there are the extreme writers in each category, most of us fall somewhere in between. Either way, the story starts moving. At times, it’s like the writer just needs to catch the flow, eavesdrop on conversations and type as fast as nature and ability allow. Other times it’s work. You sit and stare at a blank page wondering what the heck happens next.
But finally, you have that story written down. But you see, writers are a peculiar bunch. There is that momentary sense of satisfaction, and then we look for someone to tear it to pieces. We want you to tell us everything that is wrong with it. Or course we also want you to tell us that you love it, because like it or not, a pieces of the writer is woven into every story we write.
After it’s torn to shreds, we take up the threads and carefully rebuild, weaving in the new threads, building on the blueprint we’ve created. One we’re done, we take a moment to appreciate the effort before we send it to someone else who could possibly tear it to pieces. This might be an agent, an editor, or even another writer. Eventually, when we’ve done what we can, the finished product may barely resemble the original character or situation, but the writer feels the progression.
And then comes the day we send it off to you. The reader. Countless hours of work, stress, sleepless nights, typing, editing and, woven through it all, a piece of who we are as people and writers captured in written words on paper . a bonfire where there was once just the flicker of an idea.
That day for me is today. I give you my very first completed novel: Journey of Awakening. And let me tell you, it has been quite a journey for me to get it to you.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it, that you fall in love with the characters as I did long ago.
Here’s a preview of Journey of Awakening:
She followed Jith’s gaze. The golden sand rose away from the water’s touch, forming a hill that protected their little house and its gardens from the worst of the ocean’s fury. A shadow of melancholy tempered her excitement. She would miss the island. It was the only home she could remember. But she knew every tree, had followed or made every path through the dense interior forests. Each waterway, every animal’s den had long since been mapped. She was a warrior of Shi’ia, trained by one of the greatest commanders of all time, Willam of Ardal, and now she was full-grown. An adult by anyone’s standards. An island hideaway was not the place for her. She was ready. Ready for change, ready to use the skills her grandfather had taught her, ready to begin her life. She placed a hand on her chest and traced the hard contours of her pendant. Ready to discover the world outside their little island.
Winner of a 2011 RT Reader’s Choice award for her debut book, Altered Destiny, Shawna Thomas has been making up stories ever since finishing GONE WITH THE WIND as a child. Once she put her own ending in writing, there was no looking back.
A wife and a mother of seven, Shawna lives in California where she gardens, writes, and drinks a lot of coffee. Visit her on her blog, twitter or Facebook.
Feel free to leave a comment for Shawna. Ask her a question about her writing process or her newest release, or just say ‘hi’!
Once upon a time there was a writer (me), who was struggling with her book (story of my life, folks!). I whined, and sent up smoke signals for help, which were answered by another writer (the awesome Kat Cantrell). Of course, I didn’t know how awesome she was at first and I was worried that maybe I was sending my chapters to a weird stalker who would dissect my characters into itty bitty pieces and bury them in her backyard–
Oh, wait. Sorry. My romantic suspense brain just kicked in for a minute there. Oops. The point is, from that moment on, a very special friendship was born. I have had the joy of watching Kat grow into an amazing writer. Truth be told, she already was pretty darn amazing, but with every book she got amazing-er (or should I be an adult and say, “even more amazing?”). So when she sent off MARRIAGE WITH BENEFITS to Harlequin’s 2011 So You Think You Can Write contest, I knew she was going to win. And guess what? She did! Which just goes to show I really need to start playing the lotto.
Nah. Forget the lotto. I think I’ll do something much more fun instead and give away a copy of Kat’s most excellent Harlequin Desire debut!
What’s it about? And why do you have to have it? I’m glad you asked! MARRIAGE WITH BENEFITS is a marriage of convenience story that will knock your socks off. The tension between Cia and Lucas is absolutely captivating, the dialogue is both sharp and sparkling, and the emotional conflict is sheer perfection. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned, and I guarantee you’ll be clearing off a wide shelf for all your Kat Cantrell keepers. I hope you’ll all come back and let me say, “I told you so!” I very rarely get to be right and I’m *really* relishing this opportunity. So, please. Indulge me.
What do you have to do to win? Just leave me a comment! Contest open until 11:59 PM EST, February 8, 2013. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday!
Her Ideal Ex-Husband
“Will you divorce me?” Those are the four little words Cia Allende wants to hear Lucas Wheeler say. Of course, they have to marry first. The gorgeous Texas real estate tycoon shuns commitment, but a six-month fake marriage will help them both. Cia can access her trust fund and build a women’s shelter, and Lucas’s playboy reputation is repaired. No strings. No romance. Simple.
Except it’s anything but. Lucas intends to seduce his in-name-only wife. It’s a battle of wills, and Cia is losing…and loving it. And now the divorce she needs is the last thing she wants….
Kat read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. What else would she write but romance? She majored in Literature, officially with the intent to teach, but somehow ended up buried in middle management at Corporate America, Inc.
Kat became a stay-at-home mom in 2009 and devoted nap time to writing. After three years and many thousands of words, her dream of publication finally came true. When she’s not writing about characters on the journey to happily-ever-after, she can be found at a soccer game, watching Friends or dancing with her kids to Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas. She’s a proud member of Romance Writers of America®. Kat was the 2011 Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner and a 2012 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript.