I get nervous to share new work because… well, because. It’s nerve wracking. I feel like the second I share it, people become aware of it and start asking questions and then I hit a wall and never finish (See Dinner at Sam’s, The Never List, Missing Persons– all have about 8 chapters of blah and I have no desire to return to them at the moment). This blog doesn’t exist to host snippets of unfinished work. So, I am tempted to hold this until I know I am finished with the book.
So if you don’t see this post until end of August, early September, my butt went numb and I chickened out and held it. But if you see it on August 24th, I got over myself and posted it.
At any rate, here’s a little piece of Beach Thing, a contemporary black romance with a cozy beach theme. Pub Date, Septemberish.
In case anyone wanted to read the fanfic story I wrote for the August writing challenge, I have uploaded a pdf copy to my site. You can check it out below. Copyrighted, all rights reserved and things like that. DISCLAIMERS- this story is fanfiction, written in the *NSYNC universe therefore my hero is caucasian. My heroine, Lena is Latina. Know before you go! CLICKY
I think I can’t do it. I don’t commit to writing because I don’t know that I can finish it. “Just write, you can edit later” is advice I give everyone but never take. I don’t want to write some crap I have to fix or delete later. I want to write something clear and concise and intriguing and beautiful, that may need fleshing out and primping, but doesn’t need to be completely torn down in another session. Right now…….I’m just writing crappily.
Ellis and Devorah (or Bee, as she is affectionately called by friends and family) have known each other for years (he’s her ex-boyfriend’s brother and a close family friend) and have even tried the relationship thing a time or two. Ellis’ notorious playboy ways have always landed him square in the “Not Him” column. Not to mention, Bee doesn’t want to be the girl that has dated both of the Everett boys.
This book has been very much a slow burn. It did not hit hard like I thought it would. For a long time I considered pulling it because as popular as IR books are, it just wasn’t getting any attention. I’m glad I’m too lazy to do things like pull books down though, because over time it has been read and reviewed and pretty well received, so… YAY!
My usual review of a romance novel includes a lot of grumbling about how fast characters fall in love. I do understand that instant attraction and that ~feeling~ is swoon worthy. I DO! However engagements at two months in and weddings before the season is even over… I am always going to complain about the hyper speed that characters reach their Happily Ever After.
But you know what? While I don’t have that complaint about this book, Te DID get me toward the end when I thought a too-early grand gesture was coming but it turned out to be something awesome and wonderfully sweet.
There was a time, not all that long ago when I was a n00b writer. Not that I know everything now, or that I’m advanced or any such flight of fantasy. I just… didn’t even know what I didn’t know yet, I was still trying to get past chapter 8 of Ruby’s and I was writing a lot of fan fiction just to keep the fingers moving (and because I loved the accolades. Seriously, ego plays a #YUGE part of this writing thing).
While it doesn’t have the high emotion of a literary fiction novel nor the nail biting punch of a thriller or the swoon of a romance, Stepping Into a New Day was as pleasant as I imagine a day in Henry Adams to be.
To say I enjoyed this book would be an understatement and I’m already waiting on the next one! Snap this one up and enjoy!
I have always loved McMillan’s laid back style. It’s more like having drinks with a girlfriend than reading a novel. You’re friends with the main character practically before you meet her and get the inside scoop on her life. She’s a single woman in her 50’s with two grown children, an Optometry practice and a line of men in her wake that she may or may not want to get in touch with again.
I also feel like McMillan’s characters are full and three dimensional, very realistic on the page, from Georgia Young’s neighbors to her best friends to her children and the men in (and out of) her life.