***SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT***
It’s hard to describe how I feel about this release. Maybe this is what your average mama elephant feels like after giving birth to quads (yeah, kinda nasty to imagine, but you get the drift 😛 ). I’ve been pushing to get this fourth and final installment out since I began this journey 14 months ago with the release of the first book, NOBODY’S ANGEL. Writing this series has been a blast, and the most personally rewarding experience so far in my writing career. When I tally up the word count for The Earth Angels, it weighs in at over 231,000 words. In 14 months.
Hell. Yeah. Baby.
But I’m not going to lie. I feel like I’ve run a marathon, and I’m tired. Clearly I would be insane to try this again… right?
Obvious foreshadowing question aside *smirk*, let me tell you about the project I’m working on now, and it starts with… A CONFESSION. I have several dozen finished manuscripts I wrote loooong before I became published. I never subbed them. The world’s never seen them, not even my beta readers (yet). And the truth of it is, the vast majority of my old stuff will NEVER be seen. The only reason I wrote them was because the creative outlet of writing is my way of de-stressing from the EDJ.
There are, however, a few of these finished projects that I’ve never been able to forget. Why? Because they just plain work. I’ve been promising myself I’d revamp some of these stories once I no longer had any deadlines, if only to see how they clean up.
With the release of DANGEROUS ANGEL, the final edits handed in on ONE HOT SECOND (the latest Bitterthorn, Texas contemporary romance releasing from Carina in August), and Coe’s story under submission, guess what? No current deadlines! *frolics* It’s finally time to keep that promise to myself.
The Safe Harbor House miniseries currently has four books (because, y’know, apparently I’m incapable of writing a trilogy *snort*). I wrote this contemporary romance series years ago, and almost all of them made me cry. Each story can be read as a stand-alone, and the couples highlighted in each book are different, with their own hard-won HEA. Some of these stories—especially the first and fourth books—are really, REALLY dark. As I reread them, I kept thinking, “Holy shit. Did I write this? Was I in a bad place or what?!?”
Another thing I’ve noticed… I’ve changed, and so has the rest of the world. My writing is smoother now, thanks to the incredible editors I’ve worked with over the past two-and-a-half years. And OMG, I had to laugh at what a HYOOOOOOGE deal I made of this one character being slick enough to successfully text on her first try. Ha! What a dork! 😀
Overall, though, these stories have great bones, so I’m glad I’ve chosen to give them new life. I won’t let anyone even peek at them until I feel confident that all the books are done to my satisfaction. And who knows? Maybe by the time I feel I’m done with the Safe Harbor House series, the world will have changed again. 😉
QUESTION: If your favorite author revives older works, would you want to read it? And for authors, do you have so-called “trunk books” that you want to bring to life?
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Miami’s best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive, including stepping into a stripper’s stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from “Hurricane” Kyle. After all, she can’t get hurt if she doesn’t care.
A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he’s a lover, not a fighter, and he’d much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita’s. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…
But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can’t do it alone.
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