My characters…it’s like they’re hidden in the shadows, too shy to make an appearance all at once. Or perhaps they just enjoy teasing me (driving me crazy would be more like it!).
From the foggy mists of my imagination, my characters appear bit by bit. The longer we spend together, the more pieces of their personality they’re willing to reveal. If I take a wrong turn and attempt to shape them into something they’re not, they plop themselves down in the middle of the floor like a pouty two-year-old throwing a hissy fit, and refuse to cooperate until they get their own way.
They have a life of their own, beyond what I can see,
Take Abby Watts, the heroine from my upcoming release ONCE A HEARTBREAKER.
Abby is the sister of the heroine from A Time to be Tender, book three of the Rocky Mountain series. Restless. Independent. Kind of slutty. Full of guilt. She blames herself for what happened to Jane. If she’d met her sister like she was supposed to, Jane would have never landed in a predicament that nearly ended her life and left her with a lifetime of nightmares.
Abby loves her sister. And now guilt plagues her constantly for the lie she told to cover up her whereabouts on the fateful night that changed Jane forever.
It’s a lie she hasn’t quite revealed to me yet, a secret she’s determined to keep hidden. It’s the reason she won’t let herself fall in love with a good man like Zach Malone. A secret affair with the hunky rancher is one thing. But marriage and commitment…no way…
Did you like this inside scoop? What do you think Abby’s secret could be? Please tell me because I’m dying of curiosity…
Every day I look out my office window and see this:
And typically from October to March, when I stand up from my desk to take a break, I see this:
While the winter landscape can be utterly gorgeous, by January we’re dying to leave our winter jackets and gear behind, and escape the cold.
This year we headed to sunny Las Vegas to enjoy the heat and catch a few shows. Unfortunately, a cold front had moved into the city and we were forced to take our winter jackets along with us. (Yes, seriously, I’m not kidding!)
One of the highlights of our trip was our visit to The Mob Museum. Located in the downtown section of the city, we hopped onto the local transit bus and made the six mile journey from Caesars Palace north to 300 Stewart Avenue.
No doubt you’re wondering why we would choose that particular site to visit.
Book four in the Caught Between series, titled Caught Between the Mob and a Hot Cop, is set on Serendipity Island at the Heavenly Estates Retirement Home. This story is about a plain Jane princess who is trying to save her family’s legacy, a hot cop who’s investigating a money laundering scheme, and retired mobsters determined to keep their home.
Of course, my story won’t have the violence level of the movie The Godfather. In fact, there won’t be any mobster violence at all. Instead, you’ll find humor, hijinks, a love story or two, and aging mobsters who will do anything to save their home, even if it means resurrecting their old careers.
Have you ever been to The Mob Museum in Las Vegas? Do you think a laugh-out-loud romance story with mobsters is possible? Let me know in the comments!
I recently took some time off from writing the upcoming books in the Rocky Mountain Series to clean up my website. If you don’t already know this about me, then I have to tell you how much I love building websites. It’s like play, so taking a few days off from writing to work on the site is no hardship.
Anyway, a couple of years ago, I created pages for each individual book with hopes of giving you all an insight into the development and writing of each story. However, I didn’t complete the pages and they’ve been sitting there. I’ve never really talked about them because they’ve been half done and messy. But now, finally…
Ta da! Just go to my books page, click on any cover, and you’ll get the inside scoop on that particular story. Character info, blog posts I wrote giving the inside scoop on the stories, and more. Or click on the images on this blog post and get taken directly to the first book in the series (where you can then access the other books in the series).
I’ll be adding more tidbits and extras to these pages, so check back occasionally to see what’s new.
Do you like getting the inside scoop on your favorite stories? If so, what kind of things are you interested in seeing more of?
Did you take part in the Be My Valentine Giveaway? My Sweet Man did the honors and drew from the names of everyone who entered. If you posted a comment in multiple places, then your name went into the draw multiple times.
And the winner is … Angel H. C. Congratulations Angel! Please send your mailing address to my email at sheila @ sheilaseabrook-dot-com so I can mail you your book.
Thanks so much for playing along, everyone.
Did anyone do anything exciting to celebrate Valentine’s Day? We joined my siblings over at my mom’s place, ordered in food, and enjoyed good food with good company.
While I’m working on storylines and figuring out timelines for the Rocky Mountain books four, five, and six, I decided to do a giveaway of a very special book.
This book has never been released to the public in print or ebook form. In fact, I put it together specifically to send to Oldest Son’s father-in-law who lives in Columbia and wanted something short to read so he could practice reading his English.
The book is comprised of one short story and two novellas (Baby Fever, Wedding Fever, and The Valentine Grinch). All you have to do is find this Valentine image on Facebook, Instagram, or right here on my Blog, and leave a comment. The more places you leave a comment, the more often your name will be entered into the draw.
Say hello, tell me what the weather is like in your part of the world, or share the color of your favorite food…whatever you’re in the mood to talk about. One lucky person will win a signed print copy of this very special book.
Deadline to enter: February 17, 2018
[Special Note: My apologies to everyone who received a duplicate newsletter this morning. Oops…my fault…sorry!]