“Anything He Wants: Castaway #2” is LIVE!

Can I just say that self-publishing is awesome? ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s awesome to be able to get a story out a week earlier than planned, kind of a nice bonus for folks who’ve been keeping track and hoping for an early release. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Tensions escalate in the second part of the new “Anything He Wants: Castaway” series!

Reunited with Jeremiah, Lucy is forced to come to grips with the decisions she’s made in his absence. The billionaire is as insufferable as ever, but just as determined to protect Lucy. From the Caribbean seas of Jamaica to the man-made islands of Dubai, they must travel halfway across the world to find out who is trying to bring down the Hamilton family.

But it may be the woman who comes between them that tears the two brothers apart forever. And can Lucy bear to live with the consequences of her actions?

*~*

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Apple iBooks

ALSO, I’m super excited to say that right after part two appears up for sale *cue eye roll*, Apple iTunes also finally released the FIRST part of “Anything He Wants: Castaway”!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ So for all you iBooks users out there, the new series is fully available!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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"Anything He Wants: Castaway #2" is LIVE!

Can I just say that self-publishing is awesome? ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s awesome to be able to get a story out a week earlier than planned, kind of a nice bonus for folks who’ve been keeping track and hoping for an early release. ๐Ÿ˜‰

sf004-anything-he-wants-7-1800px

Tensions escalate in the second part of the new “Anything He Wants: Castaway” series!

Reunited with Jeremiah, Lucy is forced to come to grips with the decisions she’s made in his absence. The billionaire is as insufferable as ever, but just as determined to protect Lucy. From the Caribbean seas of Jamaica to the man-made islands of Dubai, they must travel halfway across the world to find out who is trying to bring down the Hamilton family.

But it may be the woman who comes between them that tears the two brothers apart forever. And can Lucy bear to live with the consequences of her actions?

*~*

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Apple iBooks

ALSO, I’m super excited to say that right after part two appears up for sale *cue eye roll*, Apple iTunes also finally released the FIRST part of “Anything He Wants: Castaway”!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ So for all you iBooks users out there, the new series is fully available!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Mark your calendars!

I was going to post this yesterday, but didn’t want to get anyone confused about April Fools.

“Anything He Wants: Castaway (#2)” will be released on Monday, April 15. I’m still holding out hope that I can get the story out earlier, and believe me if that’s the case I’ll be SURE to announce it everywhere I can!!

And just because I’m still on cloud nine over making this week’s USA Today list, I’ve decided to reveal the next cover! Let me know what you think, but I’m in LOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
(click the image to make it bigger)

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The rough draft is only the beginning

Writing is not as easy as people like to think. We all say that we’d like to write a book, or that we could write a better book than so-and-so, but actually finishing a story? Is half the battle.

Of course, sometimes it helps to have smaller goals along the way. Serialized fiction is perfect for this, giving you those convenient stops between sections that give you the sense of accomplishment without having to wait the full 100k words. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh do pardon me, I’m rambling a bit because it’s midnight and I’m quite tired. I’m happy to report, however, that the rough draft of AHW7 (or AHW:C2) is finished. Mind you, there’s still a lot to do; editing is a HUGE step along the path and what I’ll be doing for the next couple weeks. The novel, all told, is at about 42k words with only two parts done, so it’s going to be much longer than the original book. Not necessarily a bad thing, or so I hope.

*yaaaaawn* Bed awaits. Tomorrow (or, okay, later today) will be devoted to edits. But for now I need to head to bed before I start drooling over my keyboard. (oh yeah, sexy writer visuals there *eyeroll*) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, and on an awesome note (that is actually REALLY awesome news, but I can’t quite muster up the proper enthusiasm while this tired): “Anything He Wants: Castaway” (AHW6) made it onto this week’s USA Today Bestseller list at #126. I’m seriously excited by this; it’s a huge shock and something I didn’t think we’d accomplish again. THANK YOU, thank you thank you, this is all you and…thank you SO so very much. ***HUGS***

Snippet Saturday!

Real life has taken me too far away from my writing, but I’ve managed to get a little work done over the last few days. There’s still a few thousand more words left to be written, so I’m determined to focus on that for the next several days. ๐Ÿ™‚

And YAY, we finally get a real Snippet Saturday! I wish I could give more away, but hopefully this little offering will be enough to sate your appetite until next week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

NOTE: Snippets are from the rough draft and subject to change between now and the final release.

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I heard the howling winds grow louder behind me and turned to see Jeremiah close the flap over the door. My breath caught as we stared at one another from across the small room. His face was as open as Iโ€™d ever seen; deep emotion warred across his features, but he didnโ€™t step forward. I was rooted in place, unable to make a move.

Finally, he spoke. โ€œI admit that Iโ€™ve put you through a lot in our time together.โ€ His voice was rough, but his gaze on me didnโ€™t waver. โ€œSay the word and Iโ€™m gone.โ€

My gut clenched at his words, but he wasnโ€™t finished. โ€œI need you.โ€ His words were like the gasp of a drowning man. โ€œI should never have run like that, back at the house, but l-loveโ€ฆโ€ He paused over the stammered word, face twisting in frustration. โ€œAll my life, that word, that feeling, has been a crutch I was forced to overcome. Youโ€™ve seen my mother, and I thank God you never had to meet my father because he, he was ten times worse.โ€

โ€œJeremiah,โ€ I whispered, breath shaky.

โ€œBut I need you,โ€ he rasped, taking a jerky step forward. โ€œEvery cell in my body is telling me to run away, leave you alone, and I canโ€™t.โ€

I took the two steps forward necessary, and stared up at him. His fists stayed by his sides, but from here the desperation in his eyes overwhelmed me. Choking back a sob of my own, I reached up and cupped his face, stroking his cheek with my thumb. His body tensed as if holding him back, and I felt a tear streak down my face.

I thought he had rejected me, and yet here stood as firm a testament to his affections as Iโ€™d likely ever see. That he couldnโ€™t say the words didnโ€™t matter; I saw everything Iโ€™d ever hoped for in my life shining from his eyes, and I couldnโ€™t bear to let him go. Not yet. Pure selfishness on my part, but I knew that to give him up, to tell him the truth that tore at my soul, would break me. Our fate was sealed but for this one moment.