With all the hype of first day of school photos, Emily and Brody decided to sit pretty for me this morning...
When I first started writing Revealing the Girl, back in April, I had lofty goals of launching the first book of the series in October. Well, considering it takes a process of at least twelve weeks to go through layout, editing and proofreading, I'm quiet confident when I say that the girl won't be revealed until January timeframe.
Quite honestly, summer simply got the best of me. This was by far the busiest summer I've ever had, between two traveling weddings, two family trips, hours spent chasing my toddler around, marketing my other books and weekends spent at the lake, I've had limited time to work on Revealing the Girl (RTG;).
Am I complaining? Absolutely not. In fact, I find myself a bit blue that summer is coming to a close and hot days on the boat will soon be less and less and cold days trudging through the snow more and more. However; I must say that the start of the school year always brings new hope for the year ahead, a fresh start. Flip flops and tank tops will soon be put away and boots and snuggly sweaters pulled out from the cedar closet. Just walking through the aisles in Target gives me a sense of renewal. The smell of fresh notebooks, pencils and whatever the kids are substituting for "Trapper Keepers" these days, penetrates the air, leaving me filled with my own memories of the new school year.
For the first time in awhile, I finally started to build some excitement about the launch of my next book. Yes, sometimes us writers get sick of our characters, or frustrated with a plot that we no longer click with. It's a long and ongoing battle in our minds. We never punch out for the day, instead we avoid opening our manuscript for fear that it will stare us down and mock all of our original intentions for the story. But, without further ado, I announce to you my first day back on the clock and feeling like I am really growing a bond with this book.
Over the summer, the intention of RTG being the start of a series, has morphed itself into the start of "books with the same characters and setting or something like that." You don't have to read all the books once they come out, but it is my hope that you become attached to the characters as much as I have. With the heavy issues that are presented in the book, I find myself caught up in a tangle of countless hours spent researching. It's fun and I learn a lot, but sometimes, I just want to get lost in the world or writing and free myself from my obsession with the facts. But, I'd take hours of research over having to sit next to a pesty office mate in a cubicle. But, I digress. Here is the first draft of the synopsis for Revealing the Girl...
Five women. Five perceptions. A journey of friendship, love, and the struggles we all have living inside us.
Maggie Calloway gave up her career on Wall Street to be a stay-home mom to her twins. On the outside she appears to have it all together, but when her mother with Alzheimer’s moves in, her world spins out of control.
Carly O’Brien leads a frantic life filled with a stressful full-time job, three children, and a husband who is deployed half the time. As old insecurities resurface, she finds herself turning to alcohol and at the mercy of addiction.
Fitness instructor Anna Martucci appears to be the epitome of health, treating her body with the utmost respect. When that health is threatened, she loses hope in the life she re-invented to win her true love back.
Jess Brennan spends her days as a celebrity fashion designer for movies set in Boston. She has the career she always dreamed about but the absence of children leaves a gaping hole in her heart. With her fertility in question, she and her husband are faced with tough decisions.
Abby Jacobsen is a single mother who moves to Port June in search of an escape from the past relationship that haunts her. When the other girls accept her into their group, they all learn a little something about each other.
Set in a sleepy beach town in Massachusetts, Revealing the Girl will leave you attached to the bond of these five women who are continuously learning about themselves and each other.
Coming January 2016
This one is a little old, but it's still one of the faves in our family...
While I am sad to see the summer come to a close, I always feel a surge of energy come September. The new school year is upon us, a time to reinvent and start fresh. This has been probably one of the busiest summers for me so far, but it hasn't stopped me from cracking open some good summer reads. My favorite so far, was Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. I wouldn't necessarily categorize this one as a "summer read," but it left my head spinning and I simply could not put the book down. With that said, I've compiled a list of books that were recommended this summer...
I'm hoping you all get a chance to squeeze in Underwater Secrets and without further ado, I announce the launch of the Underwater Secrets photo contest. Send me a photo of you, your pet or your baby enthralled in the gripping tale of Claire and Emelia on Suncook Lake. This is your chance to win an autographed copy of my next novel, Revealing the Girl. Photos can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing your photos!
While Brody loves to lounge around and relax, he also loves to pull his baby sister in his cart.
Baxter is our water rescue Newf and Brody is our carting Newf. Both boys picked up their sports with hardly an ounce of effort. Natural Newfs!
On our way up to the lake this past weekend, I decided to stop for ice cream so Emily and Baxter could have a sweet treat. I absolutely love ice cream stands that cater to pups. Bax felt like part of the family, as he licked his vanilla soft serve, topped with a dog bone. Emily had other plans though-she decided that she wanted to take the bone off the top and feed it to him herself. He didn't seem to mind. And for the record, Brody didn't get left out of the ice cream social, as he was treated to strawberry flavored back at home.