Hi everyone, this has certainly been a long pregnancy. And just like having a human-baby, releasing a book-baby into the world comes with its own excitement, trials and tribulations. I love writing, the entire process from the conception of the idea, to taking notes, to the research, to writing chapter-by-chapter, to getting to the first draft. For some, this process can take up to five years, and even more. For me, Scorpio: The Sign Behind The Crime, took over a year, and it’s one and a half years after the release of Aries. But the wait was so well worth it, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. In the first two books in the series, Gemini, and Aries, there were female serial killers. In Scorpio, I went with a male, Henry Slater, who’s relentless, and always a few steps ahead of the FBI and NYPD who are trying to apprehend him.
Here’s how I accomplished writing this third book. My writing process may be different from yours. So adapt what I’m going to share with you to your own time-frame, and level of patience. For me, by brain doesn’t shut off. Even at night, falling asleep is a struggle. My characters are creating their dialog, creating scenes, and my best ones become those that go into my book. And those occur lying in bed at night. Others might need a quiet outdoor location or music. For me, music throws me totally out of concentration. Sorry music-peeps. I also write my chapters on my Ipad in Google Docs. After I review it a few times, I upload it to my MSWord docx. Since I write out of the house, this works for me, My laptop is so darn heavy! I’ll work on the ms awhile and send it to my critique partners whose opinions I hold in high regard. At the moment, Libra is with them, and I’m excited to be able to send that ms into my publisher soon. When you work with your critique buddies, really listen. My gals on Scorpio found a plot hole/inconsistency, and by listening to their feedback, this led the way to Libra being a top-notch book, too. Listen, keep your mind open. That’s the key to success in this industry. Develop a hard skin. Hope these tips help.
I’ll post the blurb again, in case you didn’t read my last blog.
BACK COVER BLURB
With a mind as strong as twisted steel, Scorpio obsessed Henry Slater, suave, sophisticated, sexy, intelligent, and wealthy is the perfect man—except to women who tell him what he doesn’t want to hear.
Dr. John Trenton is called back to NYC for a case close to his heart, while NYPD Detective Samantha “Sam” Wright and Dr. Frank Khaos, conflicted about their on-again-off-again relationship, take on another case—a serial killer who’s orchestrated sixteen murders across the United States over a nine-year period. The seventeenth victim is Sam’s best friend, Carrie Baines. When forensic science connects Frank to Slater, Frank is pushed to delve into his past, something he swore never to do. Meanwhile, due to the interstate nature of the crimes the FBI gets involved, convincing Sam to go undercover. But Slater is clever, and Sam is no match for him. Will her psychic skills and police training be enough to survive this close encounter with a killer, or will she end up as his eighteenth victim? And even if she lives, is her relationship with Frank really over?
Here is a never before seen excerpt with Detective Sam Wright and her team at the Manhattan Midtown-South precinct
She looked up at Frank and understood his glare. Loo was a man who didn’t react well to overly emotional detectives. Okay, job first. She stood still, facing Frank, looked around at the beige walls to calm her thoughts, swallowed, inhaled deeply, and then nodded to him that she was ready. She released from him and took another glimpse at the walls. For some reason staring at the bland emptiness quieted her brain. She needed that now—mainly to hear and digest what Loo said before she reacted or overreacted.
They walked down the hall to Loo’s office, and she knocked on the door.
“Come in.” Lieutenant Rojas’ voice was strong, but he didn’t seem to be annoyed. That was good.
Sam and Frank entered and pulled chairs from the conference table to around Loo’s desk.
Her partner Nick in his usual detective attire, khaki’s and brown jacket, sat opposite Loo’s desk. “I’m sorry, Sam, really.”
Sam lowered her eyes. “Thanks, Nick. And thanks to the two of you for coming in.”
Loo pulled off his black framed glasses, and carefully placed them on the desk, before he spoke. “Detective Wright, I’ve already said this once, but it seems that you need repetition. You are not getting involved in the Carolyn Baines case.”
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