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Rogue Has Arrived and Writerly Happenings

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Rogue is on the shelves! 

 Okay, so cats don’t always land on their feetI know that better than most.
Since rejoining the Pride, I’ve made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I’m working harder than ever , though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on and off duty.
But not all my mistakes are behind me. We’re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women, and that they can all be laid at my feet–two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear…
I spotted it at Target yesterday and couldn’t be more happy for Rachel! 
And to update you all on my end…  thumb.jpg
My protagonist, Beri, has very personal reasons for tracking down the monsters.  This week, I wrestled with a monster of my own.
The Proposal. 
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed writing it.  Quite a bit, in fact.  I expect I’ll get better at it, too.  But, this was a whole new way of writing for me.  I’ve written different books in different ways over the years but my first Beri book was finished in one long rush.  I’m talking ROUGH draft.  It had a couple of fits and starts in the beginning, but once I figured her out, the story nearly wrote itself.
Then, I went back and layered in the emotion, the setting, and a lot more dark stuff since my roughs tend to be dialogue heavy.
So, with book two… I had an idea for it and had worked on a chapter then dumped it.  Did that again.  And uh, again.  But this time, I needed to have more than just an idea of book two.  So… I locked myself in the office and did what I always do when I need some inspiration.  I pulled out a stack of research books and got busy reading.  Funny enough, when the idea for the true identity of my villain came to me, it wasn’t out of any of the books.  I read something that triggered a memory and then came that wonderful A HA moment. 
So, now I’m excited about the book.  I wrote three chapters this week and while they are a little dialogue heavy like all my first drafts, I feel they show what I plan to do with book two.   I turned it all in.
So… now the wait.  Is anyone else holding their breath???

15 Comments

  1. March 28, 2008    

    The cover is freakin gorgeous! I need to pick these up sometime.

  2. March 28, 2008    

    I am holding my breath for you, Rinda. But also for myself… 🙂

  3. March 28, 2008    

    Exciting now isn’t it and a bit freakish I can imagine, not that i personally know, but well my empathy works quite well. Huggles and let the agent-finding force be hanging on your shoulders.

  4. March 28, 2008    

    Harry, no more agent finding. I have an agent–Miriam Kriss.

    I turned in the proposal to her. 🙂

    Karen, I’m off to your blog to find out why.

    Hi SciFiChick! We’ve been joking that the publishers put Gena Showalter on Rachel’s cover. It is gorgeous, isn’t it?

  5. March 28, 2008    

    They will love the proposal just like the first book, this I know.
    I joined RWA and soon as I get the number I’ll join OKRWA and maybe even show up at a couple of meetings. Soon as I finish Bloody Murder, Fairy Dust the novel will be off and running.

  6. March 28, 2008    

    OKRWA is wonderful! You’ll love it, Carol! And… they will let you come to meetings while you’re waiting on that RWA number. We meet the third Saturday at Belle Isle Library on NW Expressway. 1:00.

  7. March 28, 2008    

    I didn’t blog about it… Just more submissions stuff but my rollercoaster just keeps rolling… I have been down and up and then down and up again so many times in the last week. It’s exhausting and I feel like I can’t keep blogging about it as my mood changes daily. 🙂

  8. March 28, 2008    

    Oh Karen, I understand exactly what you’re feeling. Exactly. 🙂

  9. March 29, 2008    

    You know Rinda, I think I just posted the stupidest post in my life. I am just sorry that it ended in your blog. ::bangs head in the wall::

    I meant waiting for the answer to the proposal, duh. I knew you had an agent, I congratulated you. Damn it, my brain is too chaotic and illiterate and uncoherrent.

  10. March 29, 2008    

    Don’t bang your head–It’s all good. 🙂

  11. margie margie
    March 29, 2008    

    Rinda, Someone I know is looking for a person to write dialog for a script for a vampire movie. Would you be interested?
    Email me.

  12. March 29, 2008    

    It’s possible I’d be interested–but there isn’t a link or an email.

  13. margie margie
    March 30, 2008    
  14. April 2, 2008    

    I’m breathing again, and revising my ms after some constructive feedback from Miriam. Breathing is good. Revisions are better. No time to write Ethan/Jace fanfics when there’s real work to do! 😛

  15. April 2, 2008    

    A ha… so if this fanfic does crop up, we’ll know the source…

    LOL!

    Good luck on the revisions!

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