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My writer’s cave is nothing snazzy. A small fourth bedroom that I converted into an office, with a twin bed tucked in the corner for overnight guests. I can see into my backyard, a standard neighborhood view of trees, bushes and a partial an obstructed peek my neighbors back deck.
The special views, however, are inside the room.
When I finished my first manuscript (my “practice” manuscript), I entered writing contests. I learned a lot from the feedback, but never became a finalist in any. When I completed my recent release, The Hourglass, I eventually did become a finalist in a contest. Then it happened again. And again…until, all told, I had six RWA Chapter sponsored contest finalist spots to my name for The Hourglass! Each time I received the honor, a certificate arrived in the mail to honor the achievement. My pride would swell, but the certificates accumulated in a pile beneath other papers.
As I submitted The Hourglass to agents and publishers, every rejection made me forget about my achievements with this book. How easily negative news can outweigh any prior positive! Then one day, after another agent sent a rejection letter, I happened to stumble upon one of my contest certificates. I recalled my success and how good I’d felt. How hard I’d worked for that second place finish and it slipped under the radar with an agent’s negative response. So, I had an idea.
Nope. It’s nothing snazzy. But to me it’s where I feel at home, happy and productive.
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Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?
The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets—Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.
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