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The absolute joys and the frustrating dilemmas of releasing Book 1, and writing Book 2!!!!!!

These past few weeks have been crazy with releasing the book and ironing out things that still needed ironing out! I can’t believe how many issues have popped up even after this book has been released! It seems like every day there is something new. My new favorite issue is Barnes and Noble’s paperback copy of my book … which has a completely different cover, by a completely different author. Needless to say, a call was immediately placed to get the situation under control … but we were informed that it could take days. DAYS! Another joyful day of being the self-published author over here!

But that’s the small stuff I guess. My book is still out. It’s being read. And good or bad I am continuing on my journey with book 2 as promised. On the bright side I guess I can at least say that I know now what to do when releasing book 2 … fingers crossed that I don’t need to add to my ever-growing list of things that I need to know for next time…

However, that brings me to my other dilemma of the day – Connor and Riley – or more specifically, Riley!!!!!

Over the past few months Connor has had such a strong presence in my head so I’ve known for a while exactly who he is. I’ve only really touched upon Riley. When I wrote the sneak peek for Chaotic Beauty a few months ago, I thought I had a basis for who Riley was/is. It wasn’t until these past two weeks when I’ve been creating scenes and happenings for Riley and Connor (and a few others) that I realized I was WRONG about who Riley is.

When I write I need to have an outline … it’s basic but I need to know my start and end points and a few things that happen along the way. Of course I know it will change – it completely changed for Unexpected Beauty – but some things (like whole scenes and even chapters that I wrote out on paper weeks and sometimes months in advance) didn’t.  During this past week especially, I found myself up at 3 and 4 in the morning creating things for Connor and Riley that I know I will NOT be changing in the future when I get to these specific things. Tweaking and hammering out things a little better – sure – but changing it – NO. But that leaves me in such a sucky position because the Riley I am in love with now, is not the same Riley from the sneak peek in Unexpected Beauty. She’s not exactly the foul-mouthed person that we meet in the beginning of Connor and Riley’s story.

I will admit that even before I released book 1 I struggled with the editing of a certain part that she has in her dialogue with Aiden … but each time I wanted to run my red sharpie through it, or hit the backspace button and just create something new, I found myself laughing at what she said and just thinking … it’s a real-life moment (we’ve probably all had times when we have stumbled along saying something and words don’t come out right and you catch it too late but pray nobody else catches it and when they do, you don’t know what to say and more embarrassment and stumbling ensues … and then WHAM, you’re buried deep and saying way too much of things best not discussed) … so I left it.  BUT NOW, knowing what I know as the writer … certain characteristics that I gave Riley before don’t mesh well… like her bad-mouth and some of the things she says. SOOOO chances are, I will be going back to the beginning of Chaotic Beauty and changing a few details about Riley around … I NEED to. Riley this week is so much better than Riley from a few weeks ago … trust me!

I must say that writing book 2 is a lot more fun … and also a lot harder. Duel POV is no joke! I am still madly in love with Connor, but I must say, I am really loving Riley just as much, and I don’t think I would have if I didn’t write the book this way. I learned my lesson from book 1, and not being able to truly explore Liam’s character with the readers (of COURSE I knew who Liam was, what he was thinking, feeling, doing at times, why he felt certain ways and did certain things etc., but others didn’t and it was hard!!!) so I knew that duel POV’s was the way to go, and I am really pleased that I made that decision. Some of the scenes in the middle and towards the end that I’ve written for book 2 … Jesus … I am so happy I went with exploring and being in the minds of both Connor and Riley! It really is a chaotic mess … a chaotic BEAUTIFUL mess!

And speaking of that, I guess I actually need to get back to plotting, and outlining, and planning, and all that stuff… and then typing so you can actually read it on time! Ha-Ha. So until next time … happy reading!  xoxo

A little bit about me, my book, and upcoming releases

So, Unexpected Beauty is finally done! My first book is complete and it’s about to be released and for as excited as I am, I am also completely terrified! People I don’t know will be reading it and judging it – and I know that’s the point … the more people the better, right? – but it’s scary! What will everyone think, say, expect? Will they hate it or will they want more? Will the love Samantha and Liam as much as I do? Will they want to know more about Connor and Riley? Will they want to know more about Aiden and what happened to him and his sister Lizzy?

I have so many questions, and I know for a while I won’t have any answers, and I also know that I may not like the answers I get. I just keep thinking and will continue to always think that no matter what happens Sam and Liam were worth it, Connor and Riley are worth it, Aiden and ***** is worth it and so are hopefully Ryan and *****.  I know who I want Aiden and Ryan paired up with, but we will see.  I know I said no matter what happens I will write Connor and Aiden a book and publish it – but I must say, I think I need to write Ryan one as well. Putting Ryan in Unexpected Beauty was no mistake … or maybe it was – because as I am writing Connor’s now, we do see more of Ryan and even though Aiden will be after Connor, I cannot wait to dive into Ryan. Talk about a very, very, layered man. Like I said, I know who I want them paired up with … but we will see how things develop throughout the rest of Chaotic Beauty.

Anyway, so like I said before the first book is finally done, and what a journey it was to get to the end! I started this book last year, but I didn’t stick with it. I wrote about five consecutive chapters in a small handful of days, and let it sit there. Something for me about chapter 5 didn’t seem right. Plus during my initial chapters it seemed like too much information, but I loved the first chapter, and I knew I needed that information because I had a general idea of where I was heading … it was all overwhelming and confusing, so I left it on my computer, and went to read. My thing to do is read whenever I am bored, happy, sad, confused …well it’s my thing for everything! And I kept on reading, and reading, and let my book sit for months.

It wasn’t until I shared my book with someone else and she told me I should continue to write more, that she wanted to read more, that I started to write more. After I completely butchered apart chapter five, I was able to read from the beginning and continue writing again. That was at the end of March. I was done by the beginning of May. From re-writing chapter 5 through the end and the beginning pages of Connor and Riley’s stories it only took a little more than month – and a few of those days I was in Florida for my brother’s wedding – so I guess it was written in multiple states as well! I don’t know how I did that, but the characters just spoke to me. It went from months of it just sitting on my computer, to starting every morning at the crack of dawn, to finishing after midnight, to running out of the shower when I had a specific idea and scene in my head, to living in the land of stickys when I had an idea and I scribbled it down, or a receipt, or my phones notepad … I had ideas everywhere! That wasn’t it though. The book was finished, and I was excited … for about two seconds. How did I not know that that was not the hard part?!?! HOW?!! The editing, the editing was cruel. Absolutely unbelievably cruel! I printed out all my pages … all close to 400 of them at the time, and I read through it page by page AGAIN. I say AGAIN because I am a sucker for making sure things are right – or as right as they can be. It must be the English teacher in me, or the avid read, I don’t know, but as each chapter was complete, I read it, and re-read it before moving on. So then I was doing it again. Jesus!

When I was done with the 400+ pages, I was scared. My book didn’t even look like my book anymore. I had red lines going through whole paragraphs, I had notes written in margins, I had a name change, I had a NEW book name by the time I was done … it was scary! But the book was so much better for it. It was so much better that I had changes on every single page. It just meant that I knew my book could be better and would be better. So I made my changes – that took me about two weeks to muddle through … I mean I already read the book over by then while writing … and I wrote it! I knew what was supposed to be on the page so I probably could have flown through it, but then it would have been me flying through it and seeing what I wanted to see, not actually making it better!

After all those changes were complete, I looked at it again! This time it was worse because I did it numerous times already, but I still found even more changes. I didn’t like the flow of chapter 20 and 21. I seriously wrote Connor as Conner a few times, I had a few asses instead of as, I just didn’t understand! But I went through it again! And a few select chapters again and again.  I was finally done though … but then came the other “fun” parts … the cover, uploading it to the distributors, all that awesomely lovely stuff. Thank God I didn’t have to do that because I don’t know WHAT I would have done!

It really was a process and a journey, but it was worth it. All the crazy was worth it! I fulfilled my dream of writing a book. With that dream though, comes others. It’s my dream to now finish Connor and Riley; to write and finish Aiden’s much deserved story; to try and write Ryan’s. Those are my current dreams now. I have others too … so I need to find the balance. I think I am more than capable though! So I will say I plan on really delving more into Connor over the next few months … I really want to sit back for a bit (not too long) and just appreciate what the hell I just did. And I want to make sure that I write Connor the best I can. I want his and Riley’s story to be even better than Sam and Liam’s and (fingers crossed ) I think it will be because they already have a foundation going in. They already know a few sides to one another, as do we.

It is my hope that Connor will be out in the fall – probably late fall. And hopefully Aiden and Ryan not too far behind! I know what it’s like as a reader to want to read the next in a series… trust me! I LOVE to read… I LOVE it! So trust me, I know.  I will try my best to go as quick as I can, but I also want the story to be the best IT can. I won’t rush that! But I will keep you all posted on where I am at, and what I think is happening with it all.

For right now, I will be taking a few days and catch-up on all the reading I’ve missed while writing … then once the book is released, I will probably get back into the swing of things with Connor … I need a clear head and a different mind-frame for Connor AND Riley.  They are definitely no Liam and Sam.

Anyway – I’m going to go get reading now so I can get back to writing in a few … hopefully you all stick with me… and check back from time to time! I plan on posting more about Connor and Riley and the other books … I plan on doing a lot around here actually! & you can always come and follow me on Twitter … I am normally on there more often than not!

So until next time… Happy Reading! Xo – T.