Worth the Risk Release Date Update

The release date for Worth the Risk has been moved forward to June 13, 2018. This time travel romance with an immortal hero and a modern, sometimes psychic heroine, is shaping up to be my longest novel to date, so it has taken longer than I anticipated to complete. In the meantime, the good news is the pre-order period available in most markets has been extended with the price set to $2.99. Pre-order on Amazon at this price will be made available for a short time before release. I am also considering a box set of the previous books, but until then, the single titles available to catch you up to Worth the Risk are, in order:

The Castle - This novella length story is set in the fantasy world of time travelers and introduces Heather and her ill-fated love with the immortal Eric.

If I Stay - A full length novel, this story is set mostly in Regency England and also the fantasy world of the time travelers. The heroine, Ariana (Heather and Eric's daughter), is a time traveler with amnesia, and her hero is Justin, a Regency duke.

An Unsuitable Entanglement - This novella length story is set mostly in the fantasy world of the time travelers, with time traveling stops along the way! The heroine is Alison, a time traveler who begins her adventures with a hero far less serious than she, the outrageous Lord Percy from Regency England (the best friend of Justin).

Ghost of a Promise - this full length novel is a departure from the world of time travelers, but here, in this romantic suspense story set in a contemporary setting, is where you'll meet Carrie, the future heroine in Worth the Risk. But if you want to jump in here, to this first of the two stories featuring the Riley siblings, feel free to do so! Ben Riley, Carrie's brother, must work out the mystery of his death (yep, it's a ghost story) and save his wife Beth, who is the troubled heroine at the mercy of the worst in-laws a husband could ever imagine.

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Carrie and Eric (aka Nick until she learns his secret) have an epic adventure coming to you soon, I promise!

Friday, May 7, 2010

How Do I Start?: POV


My original question was "where do I start?" I'm excited...I have a long awaited "me day" where I can write on my story without guilt. (Yesterday I finished finals of my first semester back at college - - yay!) But how do you jump back into a story after a long absence? And I do mean long!

I feel like I have to ease in and reintroduce myself to my characters and vice versa. But where? Right at the beginning makes sense, but before I even open the folder on my computer (that I imagine will creak open like a long unused door) I recall where I left off. Oh, yeah, I'd been experimenting with deep POV first person for my heroine. Hmm. Sure.

Uhm, why? I admit, I've rather forgotten my plan of action, but more details come back on how the idea is to have deep POV with the heroine so that reader gets to really like her before the distance of several chapters in the hero's POV. Oh, yeah. That goal. No pressure.
So, I'm a little chicken to dive in. A little stalling with blog hopping is too tempting to resist and, in almost my first visit, I come across:

... sometimes deep POV in the opening of the story is counterproductive. If the character isn't easy to like, consider easing into forcing the reader to "be her."


Wishy washy me thinks at first that this gets me off the hook. Then I think, dislike? No, that's not my plan. I want like...no, more than that, deep empathy. Deep POV is good.
But then I start thinking about how "easy" it may be to alienate the character from the reader by being too familiar. It can work brilliantly, but I can see how it is expecting a heck of a lot to show a character's faults and expect empathy through identification on the first meeting. In the example in the blog, the author has heroine make snarky comments out of character in the beginning of the story. I'm sure she's not trying to create dislike, but that feeling in the reader of, oh yeah, I've had days like that. And, as always will happen, I can see the problem when someone else does it; out of character from what? We don't know what is in character to know what is out of character. Everyone has a bad day, but does a writer really want to create a first impression that will take some fixing?

Granted, in my story's beginning I'm not planning on sadding my heroine with any obvious dislikable characteristics, like snarkiness, but there are faults. Boy, does she have faults! But I'm looking carefully at first impression; is she sympathetically insecure (intended) or whining (from some unintentional out of character miss-step?). The idea is to introduce her with no explanation. Maybe it is a good thing I have fresh eyes to view her first impression. :)

Now I'm warmed up and ready to open the squeaky folder take a look! (Btw, believe it or not it is snowing on this May 7th!)

What kind of first impression do your characters make? How do you jump back into a story after a long break?

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