Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Next up at the Plate!

People in town always believed the place was haunted.

Goodson’s Furniture Store had been abandoned for years. It had stood there, dark and decaying, beside an old cemetery, for decades. The former owners left in a hurry, though no one’s ever been quite sure as to why. Callie Drennan, a local young woman, often went there to hide as a troubled young girl, to find solace from her painful life. One day, she follows her dog inside and makes an amazing, and yet terrifying, discovery: The freight elevator is a portal leading to another dimension. All it takes is one heart-pounding ride, and she’s instantly transported to a Galveston Beach in 1967. That’s where she meets rancher Dale Anderson, a man who makes her believe that love really does exist. But is she really ready for her life to change forever? And will it take all of her courage to travel back to that other dimension…or to sacrifice her own chance for happiness for the sake of the one she loves?

As you can probably tell from the description above, Dimension is a paranormal romance that is a lot different from my last two releases, Glimmers of Heaven and 'Twas the Spy Before Christmas.

Just as a little background, Dimension actually started out life as a Young Adult paranormal novel. As a matter of fact, it was written right after Suburban Vampires, but it was never completed. Written early in my career, it didn't make the rounds as much as some of my other work, and only found its way to about three editors' desks. It was rejected by all three, and after that I switched gears as well as genres. I began writing both short stories for women's magazines and romance novels. Dimension became one of those projects that a writer looks back wistfully on, always wondering if it would have found its way into the hands of readers.

My niece, Shannon, was a true advocate of this little story. Over the years she would always ask me, "Did you ever finish DIMENSION?" I'm grateful to her for keeping the memory of this little book alive. And now I can say that, yes, DIMENSION IS finished! However, I've completely rewritten it, and it's gone through a complete metamorphosis. The original heroine was a troubled 15-year-old with a learning disorder; the new heroine is a troubled 23-year-old young woman whose life, either as a child and as an adult, has not been easy. Interestingly, the finished product is about the length of a YA novel. Due to adult subject matters within the story, please note that DIMENSION is NOT a YA, but rather aimed at a mature audience.

I do want to add that the story doesn't follow the standard "rules" of romance. It is told in the first person from Callie's point of view, which also stayed true to the style of the original version.

So if you're in the mood for something a bit different, a suspenseful tale that is an excursion into speculative fiction and a love story to boot, then DIMENSION is coming your way this week!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Welcome to the New Year!

Goodbye, 2011--helllllllo, 2012! I'm not concerned about any doomsday calendar, although I'm all for living our lives like this will be our last year on Earth. Maybe we should approach every year with that thought in mind. As a Christian I've read the Book, so I know how the story ends: God wins! Do we really need to know the time or the date? I don't think so. We just need to live our lives to the fullest, to love to the fullest, to believe to the fullest, like this really could be our last year on Earth.

And before I get into this entry, I want to thank all my readers for their support. I appreciate you all and I wish you a happy, safe, prosperous and blessed New Year, one that brings adventure and lots of love.

Speaking of love (and of course, romance!), I'm considering writing a sequel to 'TWAS THE SPY BEFORE CHRISTMAS as a possible upcoming book for 2012. How does 'TWAS THE SPY BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY sound? LOL! To be honest, I couldn't do the story justice in that limited amount of time. Especially since I've got a couple of other projects in the works, not the least of which is the soon-to-be-published DIMENSION. In the works is also another inspirational romance, tentatively titled TIME AFTER TIME, and I'd also like to offer a romantic short story, just a "little literary snack," as someone online called it.

Recently, GLIMMERS OF HEAVEN hit the Amazon Bestsellers List for Christian Romance. That came as a great surprise and a blessing to me. I felt very honored to see it among readers' other choices. I don't know if that will happen again, but it sure was fun! And I hope the book touched the hearts of those who read it and its future readers, too.

Check back later this week--hopefully--for more news on DIMENSION. Once again, I wish you a Happy New Year!