I figured out that I have three books to write by the end of the year. Two of them will be published this year. I have written about 100 words so far total. Why? It's complicated. Normally I have multiple projects going at once, but they're staggered - one book is just starting, one is almost done and one is in the editing phase. But right now, they're all just starting and my brain can't seem to get on board to at least focus on ONE.
It's beyond frustrating.
Some books just come to you. I don't know why that is, but some are just a bit effortless. Everything lines up and the characters talk to me and it all makes me very happy. I'm not a plotter at all. Well, that's not true. I plot the books that I co-write with Noelle Adams. Our process is so awesome that those books almost write themselves. But when I'm writing solo? It's all character driven. Sometimes I don't even know where the story is going as I'm writing it! It's hard to explain and when I try to, most people look at me like I'm crazy.
Which I kind of am...
And in the midst of all of this, I want to read. Like I really, really want to read. I just one-clicked a ton of books and now I have to find time to read them. And then there's the whole wife and mom thing and my family wanting food, clean clothes and love... LOL!
Again, it's complicated.
Or should I say Complicating...
See what I did there? Wink, wink!
Book three in my Preston's Mill series that I co-write with Noelle Adams is out today! Woo-hoo!! We have had so much fun with this series - our first attempt together at writing romantic comedy. Book one was Roommating (our hero and heroine end up being unlikely roomates), book two was Speed Dating (hero has been in love with the heroine aka his best friend and now she's on a quest to find Mr. Right through speed dating) and today's release - Complicating - has a surprise pregnancy! Super fun story with the opposites attract thing going on - Daisy is a good-girl librarian and Carter is a tatted motorcycle mechanic.
“Dude, you have to put that book down. You’re getting a little crazy.”
Carter barely glanced up from the page to give Kirk an annoyed glare.
“I’m serious,” Kirk said, stepping into the office. “I get how you want to be informed and all, but…this can’t be good for you.”
“You’re the one who told me about the damn book,” Carter snapped. “Do you realize how much there is to know about pregnancy? I have no idea how Daisy’s handling it all!”
“My sister has four kids. That’s how I know about the book. My brother-in-law swears it saved him from doing stupid things during Lisa’s pregnancy.”
Huffing with mild irritation, Kirk leaned on the desk and whipped the book out of Carter’s hand. “He read the book so he was prepared for the stages of pregnancy when Lisa was going to need more sleep or when it’s more common for her ankles to swell. He knew not to freak out when she started to snore or when she was popping antacids like they were Pez.” He waved the book around. “But he only read a chapter at a time and only when they were approaching that phase of the pregnancy or if he had a question.”
Standing up, Carter snatched the book back. “Yeah, well…that’s because he was there with Lisa to witness it all and knew what was going on. Daisy calls me after her doctor appointments, but…”
“You got to help put the crib together,” Kirk said conversationally. “And you said you met her folks…”
Carter rolled his eyes. “Yeah. Big deal.”
“What? You said they were nice.”
He shrugged. “They were but…I think they were just being polite. It was obvious that they weren’t exactly…thrilled that I was the one who knocked up their daughter.”
“From what you’ve told me about Daisy, can you blame them? I mean I only saw her for like ten seconds and even I could tell that the two of you look a little…odd together.”
“Just being honest, man,” Kirk said, holding his hands out defensively. “She’s your typical sweet librarian and you’re…”
“What?” Carter demanded. “I’m what?”
“You’re a big, tatted biker,” Kirk said with amusement. “Now granted, that doesn’t make you a bad person. I happen to know you’re a big old softie. Just look at how you’ve been taking care of that big mutt.”
“Teddy’s not so bad. He just needs a little TLC.”
“He looks like a beast, and I think you’re going to find that most people will run in the opposite direction to avoid him. But not you.” He smiled. “Maybe it’s why the two of you have bonded.”
“Because you both look like these big, scary dudes but deep down, you’re sweet. I think you understand him and that’s why you’re drawn to him.”
“Thanks for the praise, Dr. Phil,” Carter mocked. “But I wasn’t drawn to Teddy. He was there and he hasn’t left. I don’t believe in being cruel to animals so I fed him.”
“And we have a big bucket of dog food here now because…?”
Carter huffed. “I just said why. There’s no reason to sit and watch the dog starve!”
“You could just call animal control,” Kirk suggested.
“Weren’t you just the one who said people will run from him? Do you honestly think they’re going to find someone to adopt him?” he scoffed.
“And the new studded collar he’s now wearing?” The smirk on his face made Carter want to punch him.
“Weren’t we talking about Daisy?”
“No. We were talking about you being obsessed with this damn What to Expect book,” Kirk replied. “It’s a good reference book. You don’t need to read it from cover to cover every day.”
“I haven’t been that bad.”
Kirk gave him a look that said otherwise.
So to celebrate this release, I am giving away the trilogy - SIGNED - to one lucky reader!! Woo-hoo!!
To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite romance trope - friends to lovers, enemies to lovers, opposites attract, secret baby, surprise pregnancy, office romance...I can go on and on! Tell me your favorite or a chance to win!!
And be sure to check out the series here: http://prestonsmill.pagedemo.co/