Writing Timelines

I’ll be honest, I hate timelines, they are a pain in the butt. Sadly, they are very necessary in books. How many times have you read a story and went, “What? Wait a second. That’s not right!” Sometimes it’s minor, and sometimes it is MAJOR! Enough to annoy a reader and turn them off from your books.

I work hard to make sure my timelines flow in my books. I track them through a spreadsheet in Excel, and one of my proofreaders loves to nit-pick them so intently that I believe she has an addiction. It’s a good addiction!!! One that I seriously appreciate!

Last week I wrote about 27,000 words on a new book. Riley is the fourth book in the Loving a Young Series, and it is coming out in February. I was rocking right along until I paused and went, Wait! I need to adjust the timing on this! Then I made changes. I ended up having to make more changes and add in two chapters, and then I needed more changes.

Then I realized I had screwed the timeline up so much that I didn’t even know what everyone was doing or when!! So I had to stop and find another way! I ended up using my regular calendar connected to my email.

Now I have it all down correctly! But man did that take a while to get it corrected! Now, when you click on those lines, there are notes about the chapters and details of what needs to happen when! Perfect!

I do have to add that while Riley is an intense timeline – it is now where as crazy and intense as The Twisted Love Series! This picture is the timeline that used to be on my wall – That is 11 feet of timeline!! Take about details to track on that series!

Roadtrips for Inspiration

This past weekend my husband and I took a fun roadtrip so I could get a first hand perspective of a town for an upcoming book that I am co-writing with another author (Love Inked, The Twisted Love Series). It was a spur of the moment decision to head up and check it out and one I am so glad that I made!

Sunday morning, hubby and I jumped in my car and hit the PA Turnpike to go west and then north to the little town of Centralia. Now, it might sound that exciting to go visit a small town in the middle of no where, but this town has some serious history. If you search Centralia PA, you’ll see it listed as the Town that is No More. Google lists it as a Ghost Town.

Why is that? Well, it’s because Centralia was once an up and coming mining town, and in 1962 while burning some rubbish at the landfill, they started a fire in a mining shaft below ground. Today, the fire still burns underground (and is expected to burn at least another 200 years) and the entire town has been evacuated (expect about 7 residences who refuse to leave). The history is quite fascinating, and my visit there was awesome!

The series that I’m writing with Amy Manemann is a Romantic Suspense/Police Procedural series, and while the majority of it takes place in Philly, Centralia is going to play a big part in the upcoming books. Love Inked, Book 3 in the series will introduce the town, and Book 4 (Title not announced yet) the two female detectives will visit.

Now what’s in Centralia? Not much. A bunch of streets that have no signs, but navigation will tell you what their names used to be. A lot of plots of land overgrown between the roads, broken cement stairs that used to lead to homes, and lots of graffiti! There are a few homes left, and a municipal building along with a church and two cemetarys.

What I also found there was a whole lot of inspiration for our series. As I looked around, I could picture where things would happen, and I felt like Kali (the character) was ready to take on the investigation! That little creek in front of me here, well let’s say that you might see that again on the pages of a book.

All in all, my hubby and I had a great time. Not only doing the research, but just spending the day with each other. I’m blessed that I have a husband who is so encouraging and willing to help me out! Now I can’t wait to figure out my next location so we can visit that one too!

If you want to know more about my trip and the Twisted Love Series, join the Twisted Love Series Addicts Group on Facebook, and check out the first two books, Love Lorn by Amy Manemann and Love Torn, by me. Those two books give the back story on the upcoming Book Love Inked that releases on January 3rd.

Introducing the Pleasure Your Fantasies Series

On November 15, 2017, Mistletoe Fantasies will be released. It’s the first book in the 6 book series: Pleasure Your Fantasies.? This series is a spin-off from the Celebration Series and was originally developed while writing Raffles to Rattles when Sophia Thayer had a part-time job as an exotic dancer at the Pleasure Your Fantasies Gentlemen’s Club in the nearby town of Middletown.? When I was writing Raffles to Rattles, Sophia and Quinn Monroe had a scene together, I instantly fell in love with Quinn’s character and knew that he would need his own book. Since The Celebration Series was already developed and the rest of the books were planned out, Quinn became the star of his very own new series.

While the Celebration Series does contained language, the sexual relationships between the characters are kept behind closed doors, allow readers who love romance, but not blatant sex scenes to enjoy the holiday romances. In this new series, the bedroom doors are open, and the sensuality is cracked up a few degrees.

The Celebration Series also contains 13 books, mostly ranging between 33K and 52K in length, and the new series will consist of all full length novels, after the first one: Mistletoe Fantasies. Mistletoe is approximately 33K in length and introduces you to the characters and the setting of the series. It will also give you a few peeks into some upcoming suspense and you’ll know that not everything will be as it seems.

I am so very excited about this new series, and can not wait for it to release. While I do not have a firm publishing schedule, I do know that the next five books will be released starting after February 2018.

The series will include:

Mistletoe Fantasies (Wallie), Whispered Fantasies (Butch), Masked Fantasies (Wayne), Tormented Fantasies (Lucas), Veiled Fantasies (Ty) & Embattled Fantasies (Quinn).

Mistletoe Fantasies

Pleasure Your Fantasies Series: Book 1

Reba St. James would prefer to serve the drinks or play hostess to the businessmen and their guests at Pleasure Your Fantasies, the gentlemen?s club where she?s employed. Unfortunately, when she needs extra money to pay off an urgent debt, the only position that pays her enough is dancing on stage with barely anything on.

Wallie has been a body guard at the club since it opened four years ago, and over the last year he?s developed quite a crush on Ms. Reba. He might have thought he had a chance with her, except the club has a strict rule: No dating between guards and dancers.

When the attraction between Wallie and Reba reaches undeniable levels, Reba is ready to walk away from dancing altogether and try to find another way to help pay the bills, but when a final notice shows up, she?s forced to go from part-time dancing to full-time, and any chance of a relationship between them is put on hold.

Everything changes on Christmas Eve when Reba and another dancer get into a fight, and Reba is let go from the club. Will Reba lose everything, or will Reba and Wallie get more for the holidays than just their Mistletoe Fantasies?

Mistletoe Fantasies is the first book in the six book: Pleasure Your Fantasies Series that spins off of The Celebration Series.

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