Sometimes the end is really the beginning…

That is my tagline for my current contemporary novel that I am writing. The premise is three women whose love life has ended all by different circumstances.

Andrea had an abusive husband, Rachel’s’ husband passes away, and Jillian’s husband cheats on her. All three of the women believe that their love life is at an end. The end of a relationship gives them the chance for the beginning of a new life.

 

Andrea escapes her shattered life to her childhood cottage in Harbor Springs. Her parents had passed away years before and she flees to a place where she has nothing but happy memories.

Rachel is unable to face the stares, questions, and the holidays without her husband John to share them with. She takes a leave of absence from teaching. She wants to go where no one knows her and where her memories of John aren’t lurking in very corner. She ends up in the small town of Harbor Springs.

Jillian is behind on her deadlines. Her agent was able to get her an extension to finish her manuscript, but all Jillian can think of is her lying cheating husband! To escape the Windy City she finds herself in the small town of Harbor Springs where she plans to bury herself in her rented cottage and write.

By chance these three women meet. They form a bond of friendship that helps them to cope and move on from their tragic relationships and to find love again when they least expect it.

 The first book will be Andrea’s story. Andrea’s story will be done by the beginning of August. I am still working on Jillian’s back story and last will be Rachel’s story.

 

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The Best Laid Plans

Today I outlined the remainder of my work in progress. I have six more chapters planned out. It will most likely turn out to be 8 or nine more chapters though. I really love my newest book. Whichever book I am reading at the time happens to be my favorite, I am a little biased.

Now all I have to do is find the time to finish my work in progress. Then I have to write a synopsis, query letter and send it out and hold my breath. As of right now my title is Harbor of Love. I am planning on it being the first in a series of three. I have the second book loosely plotted out and I have the main characters background story all figured out in my head.

 Harbor is Love is a contemporary small town romance novel. I am writing it for women that have endured a heartbreaking relationship, but still find love when they thought they never would again.

EXCERPT FROM HARBOR OF LOVE

Kyle got out of his truck in the pouring rain, “is everything alright, Andrea?” He looked concerned.

“Can you give me a lift home? My car won’t start.”

Kyle answered by opening her door up the rest of the way and took her hand. They raced around his truck to the passenger door. He waited for her to get in before closing the door to run back to the driver’s side.

“Phew, what a night,” Kyle remarked. “What is wrong with your car?”

“It wouldn’t turn over at all. I guess the battery could be dead. Do you have jumper cables?” She asked.

“Not in this storm, I am not going to jump your car. I will drive you home and then pick you up in the morning.” Kyle put the truck in reverse, end of discussion on that.

Andrea didn’t respond right away. She looked at Kyle in the dark of his truck. He was so handsome. Her fingers itched to touch his dark wet hair. She looked at his hands on the steering wheel and wondered what it would feel like to have his hands on her body, taking off her wet clothes. Andrea blushed at where her thoughts had traveled. It was dark, thank goodness. She needed to stop reading romance books if this was the way she was going to think in the presence of a good looking man.

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Imagination is Everything!!

I grew up going on magic carpet rides. My mom had a wonderful imagination and she told my brothers and I wonderful make believe stories. We went on grand adventures together.
I also grew up playing with Barbie dolls. I loved to play with my dolls. They all had different roles to play and storylines that I thought up in my head.
When I outgrew Barbie’s I started to read. I started with Nancy Drew and then my mom introduced me to Victorian Romance stories. I was hooked. When I start a book I get obsessed with the story and I don’t want to put it down until I am finished. I will stay up all night reading. I hope that my books will someday have the same affect.
I thank my mom for helping me to develop my imagination and the make believe world that I could escape to. I still love to escape to my make believe places when I write. There is no greater escape for me.

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Pinch Me!!

On Thursday night I got home after two hours on a car ferry, four+ hours in the car, then swimming in the lake with my three year old, and I was dead tired after unpacking the car. I opened up my e-mail and I had a message waiting for me from Debby Gilbert of Soul Mate Publishing. After participating in Savvy Authors, April Pitch event, I had a few requests for my manuscripts. I expected to open up the e-mail to the usual, thanks but no thanks. I was wrong!

It started out Great News! I think my heart actually stopped beating. I gasped! Soul Mate Publishing wants to publish MY book! I have checked my e-mail multiple times since to see if I really read it all right! It wasn’t a dream was it? No, the e-mail is still there so I printed it out in case it disappeared! I am going to be a published author!

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Celebrity Look A-likes

Celebrity Look A-likes

I am constantly looking at people thinking of what famous person I think they look like. It is a strange habit of mine, I can’t help myself. Being a teacher, I see a lot of kids all day long in class, in the hallways, etc. I am constantly thinking, who do they look like? Normally I connect them to an actor from a movie in the 80’s that they have never heard of…I am pretty sure the students all think I am crazy! Today I swear I saw Cindy Mancini from Can’t Buy me Love walking through the hallway.

I have been told a few times that I look like famous people. I have been told Gwenth Paltrow, I think it is when I straighten my hair. Other than straight blonde hair…I don’t see a connection. Most recently I have been told that I look like Elizabeth Shue. Obviously it isn’t my students coming up with this one, they have never heard of her. Although why they haven’t seen movies such as The Karate Kid and Adventures in Babysitting is beyond me! Classics in my book!!

I love when people think they look like a beautiful famous actor and there is absolutely no resemblance other than the fact that they are both females! Maybe I am way off in my thinking I can pass for a (young) Elizabeth Shue. What do you think?

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What is your worth?

Your Value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.

I saw this statement on two different friends Facebook pages. I really like this quote, it really hits home for me. It isn’t always easy to see and accept this though. I know what it feels like to be in a damaging relationship that makes you question your own worth. Luckily I have gotten out of those relationships and I surround myself with people who care about me and love me for who I am.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Elenor Roosevelt. That is another favorite quote of mine.

It makes me think of my character Andrea in my work in progress. She is a strong woman who has escaped an abusive husband. Abuse in any form, physical, mental, emotional makes people feel unworthy. These are things that my character is going to have to overcome to heal and find love again.

 

This is the beginning of my new book…I hope you enjoy it.  And want to read more!!

 

Sometimes the end is really the beginning.

            Andrea slung her purse over her shoulder. She picked up the box from the kitchen table, resting it against her hip and holding it with one hand so she could open the door. She looked back and stopped in the doorway. Her eyes were shining bright green with unshed tears. She turned her back and stepped through the door. A single tear rolled down her cheek.

            Andrea opened the passenger side door and set the box on the front seat. The rest of the car was packed in tight with boxes. After five years of marriage, she had packed up all of her belongings that she wanted from that life in one car.

            Andrea got behind the wheel and put the windows down. She didn’t glance back in the rearview mirror as she drove out of the driveway and away from Clint Brown.

*****

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Relieving Stress

When you get stressed out what makes you feel better? For me…I cook. Luckily I am not a stress eater, just a cooker. I love to try new recipes. There is something about focusing on the recipe and what I am doing that takes my mind to another place. I don’t always follow the recipe exactly. I like to change it up. My family likes that I enjoy cooking, so they don’t mind when I am stressed out. I am not taking it out on them and they end up with a reward that is delicious at the end.

 I don’t like to read books with angry characters, so I cook! My new novel that I am working on, my character is going to open a bakery. I am a better cook than I am a baker, but I enjoy doing both. I was looking through my cooking magazines thinking of my character and what things she would make. I think about her characteristics as I am cooking and baking too. I might end up gaining a little weight as I write her story though. This character is fun for me to think of and write about. I am excited to get started on writing her, as soon as I cook up a few more treats!

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Hook, Line, and Sinker

How to open with a bang! I believe that hardest chapter to perfect in a book is chapter one. I spend more time writing, re-writing, editing, deleting, and re-writing the first chapter of my book than I do any other chapter.

            I know that in order to hook my reader and gain their attention I need to bait and reel them in right away. I have been working on edits for my Young Adult novel, DREAMER. I have written the first chapter multiple times. I will hopefully finish my read through today and be sending it out tomorrow to an editor who has requested it from Savvy Author’s pitch month.

            Here is Chapter one…as of right now. I hope that you are drawn in and would want to continue to read.

Chapter One

It was the only time I ever told anyone about my dreams.

            “Mom,” I yelled as I burst into her bedroom.

             I ran to her and threw myself into her arms. Sobs rocked my body. Tears streamed down my face.

            “Baby…honey,” mom wrapped her arms around me and hugged me close.

            I clutched onto her. I was taking big gulps of breath, I felt as if my throat was closing up and I couldn’t breathe.

            “Honey…calm down,” mom’s voice was soothing. She rubbed my back and whispered into my ear.

            Just being near her started to calm down my breathing, but I couldn’t control my body from shaking. I tried to talk, but a lump had formed in my throat. It hurt just trying to get the words to come out. Tears continued to flow down my face, soaking moms shoulder.

            “Talk to me, baby.”

            Between sobs, I tried to get it out. I didn’t want to say it. I didn’t want it to be true. “Grandpa …is…going to …die.”

            “Oh baby, Grandpa is fine. I talked to Grandma tonight.”

            I shook my head. She didn’t understand. I just saw it, mom didn’t know yet. “Grandma…is going to…call…”

            “It was only a bad dream…” We both jumped when the phone rang.

            Oh no, it was already coming true.

It was the only time I ever told anyone about my dreams.

 

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Getting Savvy

This April, Savvy Author’s website has been hosting pitch opportunities all month long. I joined Savvy Authors last year and have participated in many of the pitch opportunities that they provide.

Most editors, agents, and publishers ask for a three line pitch of your book. I have been pitching both of the manuscripts that I have written.

I have been asked by one editor so far to see my full manuscript for Sea of Passion. All it takes is one editor, agent, or publisher to like my work. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck to everyone out there writing and trying to get published!!

 

Here are my three line pitches for both of my manuscripts.

 

Genre: YA paranormal, mystery romance

Title: DREAMER, book one of the series

Word Count: 65,000

Author: Rebecca Johnson

 

Fifteen year old Rory Adair is anxious to meet the tall, dark and totally gorgeous new stranger she has been dreaming about for days, who turns out to be identical twin brothers who compete for her attention. When Rory’s dreams lead her to believe that something bad is going to happen, she teams up with twin Bryce Wyatt who has a secret ability of his own. Rory’s fear is confirmed when her best friend Stacey goes missing and together with Bryce they use their abilities to search for clues to rescue Stacey before it is too late.

 

Genre: Historical Romance

Title: Sea of Passion, Book one of the Trent Brothers Trilogy: Trenched in Passion

Word Count: 70,000

Author: Rebecca Johnson

 

Free spirited Georgia Lacey is desperate to escape an arrange marriage to a complete stranger, so dressed as a boy she seeks refuge on a ship bound for England. She is discovered as soon as the ship leaves the port of Savannah by the Captain who unknown to Georgia is the very man that her father has struck a bargain with for her to marry. Captain Gabriel Trent is aware of Georgia’s identity which he plans to hide from her in order to charm and entice her into falling in love with him.

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Dreams

Dreams

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

 

I do believe in the beauty of my dreams. My dream is to be a published author. I have times where I am frustrated and feel like giving up, but then I read through something that I have written and I have a renewed sense of purpose. I love to write and dream up stories and characters in my head. Thinking of my stories and characters, plot, and the romance is the easy part. Getting published is proving to be much harder, but I am not going to give up on my dream.

I shelved a story that I started to write last summer. I opened it up today and started to read. I was sad when I got to the end of what I have written so far. I know where I want my story to go and I can’t wait to write the rest of it! I think that is what I love about writing; everyday is a fresh start with a story in my head waiting to be told.

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