Starting Over Again

This month’s topic is about what we’re working on, and I have two things to talk about.   One is a brand new series I’m working on for publication.   The other has me revisiting characters you’ve already met, and it’s like coming home.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know the past twelve months have been very difficult for me. I had some health issues at the end of 2013, which threw me for a loop. And then my mom—who lives with us—was diagnosed with cancer, and much of 2014 has involved dealing with doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy, pneumonia because of her compromised immune system, and several hospital stays.  Throw in my day job and other family responsibilities, and my writing routine took a giant hit.

I decided I needed to buckle back down and get back to work writing—for my sanity, mostly, because it’s something that I do that is solely for me. When I write, I’m not a mom, or a wife, or a daughter, or an employee. I’m just Jodie, writer of sexy words and happily-ever-afters.  So I started working on a new series with new characters. 

At first, it was really, really hard, kind of like starting all over again.  Knowing I needed to exercise my writing muscles, I wrote in short bursts, moving up to longer stretches.  I wrote through the mental pain of trying to force words from brain through fingers until it became fun again, learning about my new characters and figuring out ways to torture them.  

I wrote the first part of the first book, and then I did something I’ve never done before:  I sketched out all the characters and all the plots for the whole series (I know. Don’t fall over. PANTSTER, right? Yes, yes I am.)   I can’t tell you much about the series (don’t want to jinx anything!) though I will tell you it falls in line with other things I’ve written, so it’s hot, hot, hot character driven romance.

Which leads me to the second thing I’m working on. One of the biggest comments people made after reading Gabe’s book, Forbidden Obsessions, was that they wished there had been an epilogue. Well, guess what I’m writing now? All four couples from all four books, together for a party at Bondage & Breakfast.  Here’s a little semi-NSFW teaser: 

  Forbidden Obsessions

A cozy fire crackled in the fireplace, warming Olivia’s naked skin. She and Gabe were finally alone, the December Shibari retreat a rousing success. All the attendees had gone home and now they had Bondage & Breakfast’s sitting room—one of her favorite rooms at the inn—all to themselves. Ahhhhh.

At this very moment, contentment and a sense of rightness filled her. She sat at Gabe’s feet between his splayed knees, curled up and leaning against his thigh. Never in a million years could she have imagined she’d enjoy this, but she did. Enjoyed it and craved it, especially since their alone moments were infrequent. The thick cushion beneath her softened the pressure on her back and made her feel cherished and loved.

He idly stroked her hair, and her eyes fluttered shut.  Neither one of them spoke, allowing the hiss and pop of the burning wood to fill the silence.

He kissed the top of her head. “Tired, princess?”

She rubbed her cheek against his thigh. “A little, Master. But a good tired. That last suspension was…” She let her voice drift off, unable to put into words how his intimate touches made her feel.

His hand fisted in her hair, carefully turning her head so she was looking up at him. Always so careful with her.  His eyes were hot, molten steel and filled with dark desires.  He ran his free hand over the rope marks left on her shoulders and upper arms, and her core clenched. When he spoke, his voice was thick and deep.  “Yeah, it was.” 

She shivered. From the cold, from his tone, from…everything.

He drew her up from the floor and settled her on his lap.  With his arm around her, he nuzzled her neck, then bit the tender skin there. His spot, her ultimate erogenous zone. He lifted a blanket from the back of the sofa and tucked it around her.  “I’m glad we decided to close the inn through New Year’s. And I’m glad you got that time off, too.  What do you think about having some people over for New Year’s Eve? I was thinking Marcus and Bella, Colin and Delia. Do you want to invite anyone else?”

She thought for a moment. She hadn’t seen Marcus and Bella in a few weeks, and same for Colin and Delia. And the last time they’d all gone out to dinner, Alex and Jessica Meyers had joined them. The cop was good friends with Marcus, and his wife fit right in with the rest of them. “How about Alex and Jess too?”

He smiled. “Good idea.  It’s been a while since they’ve been here—their kids keep them busy. I’ll bet they could use a night away.  It can’t be easy finding time to play with kids in the house.”


I hope to have this (not quite as short as I expected!) free read up for your reading pleasure before New Year’s.  It’s been some of the fastest writing I’ve ever done, and I think it’s because I know them all so well. It’s been fun playing in that world again, and I hope you enjoy it.  Keep an eye out on Twitter, Facebook, or my website for the news that the story is ready!

I wish you and yours a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!


Starting Over Again — 8 Comments

  1. Oh.
    *bursts into flame*
    I’m so, so happy you’re finding a way to make time for yourself in your crazy life, Jodie. Happy for you, and happy for me, because I’m one of your fans who’ll read anything you write. 😀

    Happy holidays! <3

  2. Jodie, I’m sorry to hear about the health issues that you and your mom have been dealing with. I’m thrilled to hear that you’ve found time to write again. I also tend to write my way into the story a bit, then create detailed character sketches and a story synopsis. That really helps me understand the characters and write faster. Right now, I’m actively seeking a couple of critique partners as I move forward with my indie publishing plans for next year and beyond.

    • Thanks, Reese! I’m happy to be writing again, too. And glad to hear that stopping and sketching isn’t just me being weird, LOL. Good luck with finding crit partners and your pub goals!

  3. It’s good to have you back and writing again. Life is hectic but take it slowly at a time. May good health stay with you through this holiday season and into the new year.

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