I’ve never found the number 13, or even Friday the 13th to be unlucky. On the other hand, Wednesdays tend to be the typical day of disaster for me, with some notable exceptions like the 9-11 terrorist attacks, which were on a Tuesday.
I got engaged (to my first husband) on a Friday the 13th and, even though the marriage didn’t last, I still felt special and very lucky that night. So when I found out the release date for Breakwater Beach was Wednesday April 13, I figured the lucky and non-lucky components would negate each other and everything would be fine.
Which it was. Still, every release day is exhausting, given the flurry of activity leading up to it—writing copy for blogs and social media, final edits, and last minute newsletters. I went to bed at 11:30 pm on April 12, though I was momentarily tempted to stay up to see the preorder link switch to a buy one. But the reality of the 5:30 alarm—and needing to sending out the pre-dawn posts I’d prepared for the various loops and blasts before with a full day of work ahead loomed.
Work was relatively quiet, allowing me to check my email and Twitter feeds. The festivities coordinated by Books n Pearls went very smoothly. Three reviews (one four and two five stars) were posted by early evening, re-tweets and likes were stacking up in my inbox.
There are so many people to thank. First, Deborah Gilbert for her commitment to the Unfinished Business series and her patience with the worst copy editor in the world-me! To all my author friends (Andrew Richardson is at the top of the list) who critiqued draft after draft of Breakwater Beach over the ten years—yes ten—that it took to polish a very complex past life tale, heavy with historical elements (you are an angel for your help Barbara Gordon). To my yellow highlight editor, Laurie Sanders, and plotting guru, Mary Buckham who both patiently coped with a panster’s meandering prose and nudged (or bulldozed) things in the right direction. To all the Soulmate Authors and the members of Connecticut Romance Writers of America for their steadfast support. And to all the book bloggers, readers, and reviewers who helped create a successful cover reveal and release tour.
In between all of the writing, work and family dramas, I’ve been busy on the third book in the Unfinished Business series, Storm Watch. It will be very hard to say goodbye to the characters I’ve come to know and love. The first draft is done, and I’m about a third of the way through the first round of edits. I hope to have it ready for submission by the end of summer 2016. Then I can move on to another project and the next phase of my writing career.
I am a firm believer in synchronicity and wonder if the luck will hold and thirteenth anniversary of my creative writing endeavors (2018) will herald the debut of my next big project: The Boulevard of Bad Spells and Broken Dreams urban fantasy series.
It’s been ten years in the making—and sometimes it seemed like Breakwater Beach would never be ready, which is why The Widow’s Walk was released first. I am just so happy—and lucky.
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Mike and Liz Keeny are newlyweds, new parents, and the proprietors of the Barrett Inn, an 1875 Victorian on Cape Cod, which just happens to be haunted. By their own ghosts. The Inn had become an annex of Purgatory, putting Mike, Liz, and their infant son in danger. Selling the historic seaside bed and breakfast was the only answer, one that Liz and her own tortured specter refused to consider. Were they doomed to follow the same path that led to disaster in their previous lives? Was getting out, getting away, enough?
Storm Watch (coming soon)
Mike and Liz thought they’d gotten control of the specters haunting the Barrett Inn. But things get very complicated when they’re the ghosts from your past life. The Category Five Hurricane bearing down on Cape Cod appears to be headed directly for them–or has it been spawned from inside them?