The release for Twist of Fate is going really well. So far (I always knock on wood when I say things like this) readers are enjoying Gavin & Leah. I have gotten some feedback about the lack of DRAMA within Twist of Fate– and, while 97.8% of it has been overwhelmingly positive, I’ve also heard from readers who missed it. In lieu of explaining my reasoning several dozen times to different people, I’m going to address that all here.
Gavin & Leah’s story is different for several reasons– the first being that I felt as if Leah had been through enough. I didn’t want to throw unnecessary drama at her or Gavin because that isn’t what their story was telling me to do. I love dramatic books as much as the next person- trust, I get SO excited when there’s some crazy curve I didn’t see coming & I will wait with baited breath for the follow up like an 80′s kid waiting for concert tickets- but Gavin and Leah didn’t need that.
There was kidnapping and drama in Missing & Finding Hart. Consequences of Deception was fairly dramatic. I came to think of Twist of Fate as my ‘palette cleanser’. There’s no assault, cheating, kidnapping, rape, hostage situations, death, murder, stealing, addiction of any kind, lies or other women. I’ll say again that I have NO problem with any of that– I’ve done some of it in my stories & I will again– but it is VERY important to me that my books not be the same thing over and over again. My books all share a common thread– that most people who start out good are capable of change & that fate/destiny finds a way to make love happen- but I’m not going to throw unnecessary drama in just for the sake of doing it. I think my men generally have similar character traits and that’s because I feel VERY passionately about the kind of men I think are good Heroes. Leah had a tough life and as such, some overbearing asshole that talked down to her and came at her alpha style was not going to work.
Twist of Fate is sweet and direct. I didn’t add fluff or draw it out to bulk my word count up. I did what I always do– let the characters speak to me so that their story could be told. I actually think that Twist of Fate might end up being my most realistic love story. Gavin and Leah actually communicate and work things out so it’s very low on conflict.
When I was finished Twist of Fate, I was happy and I couldn’t stop smiling. (After I cried while writing the epilogue– don’t judge!) I hope that all of you will feel that way too.
Cole and Tyson will be the subjects of the final two Renegade books. Cole and Devon have a great story that I can’t wait to share. Tyson’s story is completely different than the rest of the band because his is the darkest. There is A LOT that hasn’t been revealed about Tyson’s background but once you get his story… you guys!! The feels on this one. I was going to keep the identity of Tyson’s love interest a secret but I am terrible with keeping stuff like that in… so……
Hard to Handle wasn’t included in Twist of Fate for no reason. Tyson’s love interest is none other than Violet’s younger sister, Daisy Hammond.
Tomorrow morning I go back to writing– and I need to decide what to write next. Here’s what I’ve got in the pipeline.
Saving Hart- The Hart Family Book 7 (Sandra & Todd)
Dark Desires- The Deception Series Book 2 (Killian and Sloane)
Catch and Release- The Catch Series Book 2 (Darby & Trace)
Two Roads- Renegade Saints Book 3 (Cole & Devon)
Shadows and Light- Renegade Saints Book 4 (Tyson and Daisy)
As of right this very second…. Sandra & Todd are talking to me. Their back stories are BEGGING to be told- especially Sandra’s. Not all is at it seems…
What would you like me to write next? Sound off in the comments.