Coming soon…Hometown Player

Late summer, my editor asked me to come up with a plan to market Welcome to Aberdeen. At that time, I had no clue. After all, I’ve never published a book before, so I really had no idea how to promote one. So, I did what all curious people do…I searched the internet and stumbled upon an author who wrote a short story to complement her upcoming novel. This information got the wheels turning in my head.

A few years ago, eager to remain in Ben’s world, I created a short story about him prior to Lily’s arrival into Aberdeen. I delved into his life as a player, and scribbled out a quick story about a woman setting her sights on him only to lose out time and again until the very end. I loved the story, but knew it was only a short and probably wouldn’t go far.

Oh, was I wrong. I approached my editor about the story and my idea to market it as a ‘prequel’ to W2A.  She accepted my idea with the caveat I make some changes and get them to her quickly. So, over three days, I re-wrote the whole story – 20,000 words and came up with Hometown Player. If possible, I’m even more in love with Ben. I love his history, his personality, his character, and now, happily I can say, Hometown Player will soon be published. I just received the cover and the blurb, which I’ve included here.

Hometown Player will come out a month before Welcome to Aberdeen, and if you ask me, both are wonderful. At least, I think they are. Every time I read them, and trust me, I’ve scoured those books thousands of times, I sigh at the end. Maybe I’m a sap, or maybe I’m just in love with my story, but either way, I think they are incredible, and I hope you will too.

So, without further ado, here’s the blurb and the AMAZING cover, which I just think is the hottest thing I’ve ever seen!

Hope you look forward to seeing them in print as much as I am!

Taylor Madison has two goals—enjoy her semester break and to forget the past year—that is until she spots Ben Jordan. She’s not looking for love from the avowed bachelor, but she isn’t opposed to a quick dalliance, either. Soon, though, her heart gets entangled, forcing her to decide whether to play things safe or risk everything on the one person notorious for breaking hearts.

Hot shot, Ben Jordan, has it made. The young police chief of Aberdeen has his pick of women. He plays the game straight—no exchanges of personal numbers and no second dates­. Once he meets Taylor, all his carefully crafted rules are called into question. Now he must choose whether to let his past haunt him or take a chance on a future.

Oh, lovely rain

Only in Arizona, does one go outside in the rain and hail. A monsoon storm at the end of September is better than no monsoon at all! Cheers to the weather person for making my night.

My babies

img_0122I don’t want to brag…cough…cough, but I’ve actually kept these pretties alive for one whole week. Anyone who knows me, knows that is quite an accomplishment. Under my care, most plants are on death row. Sigh. The struggle is real.

A day in the life of Jules

So, here it goes – this example is what my day, Monday through Friday, looks like –

  • wake at 2:30 am.
  • Have a cup of coffee
  • 3:00 am, begin writing or editing
  • 4:00 am, walk the dog
  • 4:30 am, ready myself for work
  • 5:00 am, write or edit until 7:00 am
  • 7:00 am, Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to work I go.
  • 4:30 pm, come home, visit with family
  • 5:00 pm, pick up laptop and begin writing again.
  • 6:00 pm, eat dinner.
  • 6:30 pm, walk the dog
  • 7:30 pm, go to bed
  • Hit repeat.

Saturday and Sunday is a whole new adventure – six to eight hours each day writing. Ah…that’s the sweet stuff.

Such is the life of a wanna-be author, and I wouldn’t change a thing – well, except maybe be a world-famous author…wink, wink.

Hometown Player

Just signed my second contract with Wild Rose Press for the prequel to welcome to Aberdeen-Hometown Player. Now, the work begins…editing…ugh, I’m the worst at the job.

Prequel to Welcome to Aberdeen

Feeling accomplished…spent two full days working on the prequel to my book Welcome to Aberdeen.

Not sure what it will be called. Maybe The Game?

According to the publishing house, the book will be out about a month before WTA.

Can’t wait. Both are so close now.

Book cover

I know I still have a bit to go before my book is published, but I am stoked! I just received a copy of my book cover. Whether it’s the official one or not, it’s still exciting to see. This whole adventure has been a lifetime in the making. I’m so happy right now.

July 2019 Update

I know. I know. It has been forever since I’ve updated my page. In my defense, I have a valid reason for this delay. I’ve been busy editing first book, Welcome to Aberdeen, readying it for publication, plus working on my second book, Mr. January, on top of working my ‘real world-hope-soon-to-make-it-my-former-job’ job.

So, with that said, every day finds me busy at my laptop, making edits and corrections, working feverishly over my keyboard while debating each word. Who knew editing took so much time and effort? I continually feel like pulling out every strand of hair on my head and giving up. However, after I’ve had my little tantrum, I pick up my laptop and continue, thinking, “Wow, I want this job for the rest of my life!”

There is something to be said for this anguishing, frustrating, exhilarating process.

Most days, I wonder if my writing is even remotely interesting, or could a monkey string words together, creating a cohesive story better than I. In the end, though, I walk away with an overwhelming feeling of acute inner-happiness and contentment.

Ah…the sweet spot in life.

Anyway, hopefully soon (cross your fingers) my book, Welcome to Aberdeen will be published by Wild Rose Press.

Until then, I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Hugs and kisses,

Jules

Welcome to Aberdeen update

Oh my goodness.  It seems like forever since I’ve been on this page, and all for a good reason.  I just finished editing the first go-round of my Welcome to Aberdeen book.  Now, it’s safely tucked into the hands of my editor.  Who knows where it goes from here.

But I know where I’ll be going. . .right back to Aberdeen to work on Book III – what I refer to as Doubling Down.  And hopefully, start the edit process of Book II – Mr. January.

Oh . . .and I plan on getting a little story out here soon too.