A couple years ago, Katy Perry’s song, The One That Got Away, was on every radio station, all day, every day. Unlike most overplayed songs, this one haunted my wondering-mind. I wanted to know what happened if “the one who got away” came back around.
Immediately my heart soared to ninth grade. My first love. My first heartbreak. We dated off-and-on throughout high school. For years after, when we’d run into one another, it was awkward. We’d been as close as any two people can be in every way and yet, the years changed us, separated us. The chemistry remained, though. To this day, his name ignites a spark of excitement and thoughts of being young and recklessly in love.
I haven’t seen him in fifteen years now, and if I did, I’m not sure what I’d think. I have a different life than I’d ever imagined as a teen. I’m satisfied and complete in ways a teenage mind couldn’t understand. Of course, I’m also happily married with three children and a dream career, so that helps.
But what if…
What if things were different and I was young and single and we wound up as neighbors? Well, I’m guessing that would be all kinds of uncomfortable with a side dish of temptation. This is where my idea for The Patience Price Mysteries began. Inside a Katy Perry song. I guess ideas really can come from anywhere.
I set out to write a fun mystery with lots of laughs, action and romance. I knew I needed a strong alpha male, but I couldn’t reconcile the alpha character with my boy-next-door experience, so I had no choice. I needed two romantic interests. There was no other choice, really. They’re both too incredible. Personally, I couldn’t choose, so I put the burden on my heroine. A perk of being the author. In this case, I created a heroine for my heroes instead of the other way around. She needed a personality that would give her the most possible trouble deciding between the one who broke her heart and a road untraveled.
My heroine, Patience, lives on the tiny island where she grew up; Chincoteague, Virginia. Chincoteague is a small coastal community (the island is only 3×7 miles big. Or…little, I guess.) and her ex-soul mate, Adrian, is running for mayor. No way to avoid him. Plus, he doesn’t want to avoid her. In fact, he’d really like to make up and she’d really like to jump headlong into the Atlantic because she just started dating her long time crush, Special Agent Sebastian Clark. – I told you there was an alpha in this scenario.
Writing the mystery was a thrill for me, but if I’m being honest, the real fun came in the form of these to heroes. I love the complicated dynamic of this love triangle. Who can’t relate to the power of a first love? When Patience is with Adrian, I feel my toes curl as I write. I can sense the sparks and tension in the air. She hates the hold he still has on her heart. After all, a lifetime of memories with the boy next door takes a while to erase, if it ever really goes away.
On the flip side, when her new boyfriend, the confident, no-nonsense Sebastian walks in, my jaw goes slack. And so does hers. Who can’t relate to the power of new love? The Butterflies and anticipation are like a drug. *fans face* You know?
Hang on. I need a sip of water…
So, yes, I did write a cute mystery with lots of fun things to (hopefully) make a reader smile, but I also stirred in a heap of chemistry and romance because, honestly, where’s the fun without a good romance? I’m two books into the three book series and I’m still not sure I’ve answered my question thoroughly.
What will happen to the one who got away – now that he’s back? Anyone have an idea?
How about your real life story of lost and maybe rekindled love? Want to share?
The Goddess Connection Book 1
Goddess, Awakened by Cate Masters
With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson.
A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.
Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late.
The Goddess Connection Book 1
Fantasy/paranormal romance novel
About 89,700 words
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Mini excerpt for GODDESS, AWAKENED:
In starting her life over, Joss had expected some resistance, even some trouble, but not this. The bedroom floor boards trembled beneath her golden-slippered feet. Tendrils of an unseen power curled upward from deep within the ground, tingling through her toes. She paused to steady herself, then continued to put the finishing touches on her costume. The tremors grew into rumbles and their hum seeped beneath her skin. When their tiny wisps twined through her mind, she clenched her hands. Enough. Go away.
Thick as starlight on a clear summer’s eve, sweet as the lavender blossoms she had yet to plant, energy whooshed up through the cracks of the worn wood and out into the October night.
She gripped the bureau until it passed, the vibrations rolling over her in lessening waves. Bubbly, effervescent waves. “Third time tonight, Taz.” Each departure took longer, and more of the essence remained.
When the dog whined, she stroked his fur. “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt you.”
Even if tonight the waves were palpable enough to make her hairs stand on end. Oh, no, please.
Nothing could ruin tonight. More than a party, this event would determine her future. And after three years of grief, she’d never allow anything to trap her in its clutches again.
About the Author:
Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
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I think I wore out a few downloads while writing Deceived. I’m getting more questions than ever about my writing playlists and I thought it was time to share.
My YA suspense, DECEIVED, released last fall. I had an amazing time writing that story, partly because of the music. Are you like that? Music makes everything better for me. Even a year later, when one of these songs pop up on shuffle, my mind jumps into the scenes they inspired.
Music inspires, enhances and practically writes half my scenes for me. I use music to get into character, to set the mood and to add another layer of emotion to every scene.
These are the songs that brought Elle, Pixie and Brian to life for me. Now, if you’re a music snob, you might hate me because I’m very surface about music. I know what I like and when I hear something that’s perfect for something, I use it.
Okay, I arranged them by chapter because I’m like that. LOL. I have playlists for each character too, but these were the songs I spent the most time with while writing.
Only happy When it Rains – Garbage (playing on Pixie’s alarm over the sound of the shower in chapter 1)
Spiderwebs – No Doubt (on inside Buzz Cup after she runs there from library, chapter 4)
That’s My Jam – Relient K (In Pixie’s Car chapter 4 when she picks Elle up from Buzz Cup)
Paradise – Coldplay (on headphones as Elle falls asleep early in book to playlist & ear buds in chapter 5)
King and Lionheart – Of monsters and men (as she walks to the wall before school Chapter 6)
Make this Place Your Home – Phillip Phillips (When Brian drives her home from the library in Chapter 7)
Just a Girl – No Doubt (Playing on Pixie’s stereo as they drive to the gas station in Chapter 8)
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana (Playing inside gas station. Attendant is playing air guitar to it Chapter 8)
The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes (Playing at the Pier in Chapter 9)
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now – The Clash (On the radio in Brian’s Jeep when he takes her to his place for dinner, chapter 11)
You Really Got Me – The Kinks (Playing on the radio in the background/ inside his cottage during dinner)
Calling You – Blue October (on in the Jeep when he says he will always be watching out for her, even after she leaves for school in the fall and makes a life for herself Chapter 15)
Mr. Brightside – The Killers (Playing at the Pier when Elle & Nicholas go to get Pixie, Chapter 15)
Run – Snow Patrol (Playing in Nicholas’ Jeep as they take Pixie to her new life Chapter 15)
Come on Get Higher – Matt Nathanson (when they kiss – Chapter 16)
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons (On in Nicholas’ SUV as he tells her about how he came to watch over her, Chapter 18)
We Will Rock You – Queen (When he’s getting her something from the kitchen and humming an old rock anthem, Chapter 19)
Enter Sandman – Metallica (Chapter 20 as she sees the glow and runs for her life)
Things will change – Treetop flyers (on radio as they drive away from campus to local rendezvous Chapter 20)
Dream On – Aerosmith (Playing in Sarah’s car when she steals her away for coffee, Chapter 21)
All the Small Things – Blink 182 (On in the car driving to the Austen home for the first time Chapter 24)
Uprising – Muse (running through the woods & fighting for her life, beating her dram, her monster, Chapter 31)
Unwritten- Natasha Bedingfield (Final scene. She’s off to start her real life, Chapter 33)
Today, I’m excited to welcome author, Nina Amir to Musings. Nina is a fabulous lady and she comes with great advice for new and aspiring authors. This life is most definitely NOT a sprint. So, here you are, *big warm welcome* Nina brings you 4 tips for success in this crazy industry! Take it away!
4 Reasons You Need Tenacity to Succeed as an Author
There’s so much more to writing a book than craft and ideas. Think about it. Eighty-one percent of the U.S. population says they want to write a book, but only two percent ever become authors. Statistics like that make you realize that it’s not so easy to sit down and knock out a manuscript let alone publish a book. Those who actually achieve this goal have a special quality, and it has nothing to do creativity or writing skill. They possess tenacity.
Why Authors Need Tenacity
Most dictionaries describe a tenacious person as one who isn’t easily stopped, who is stubborn or persistent, and who holds or grasps firmly to things. This is an important quality to have if you want to write a book. Here are four reasons why this is true:
- You must write even when you don’t think you have time. Lack of time is the most-often cited excuse for not writing. You can always find time for the things you want to do. If you are a tenacious writer, you will find a way to write…no matter what. You might stay up later or get up earlier. You might hire a baby sitter, record your favorite TV shows and only watch them on the weekend (or stopping watching TV altogether), write on your lunch break, or devote two weekends a month to writing. You don’t let go of your dream because of a busy schedule. You fit writing into your life because it is a priority.
- You must write even when you don’t want to or feel you can’t. If you only write when you feel like it, when inspiration hits or when you feel you can, you won’t ever get that manuscript done. But if you are a tenacious writer. You write on a regular schedule and make yourself write. (Yes, you can do that…) No matter what, you get your writing done—sometimes even when you are sick! I’ve known writers to sit in hospital beds with their computers, and I was at mine just a day after my daughter was born.
- You must do things you don’t want to do. You may not want to give up lunch with the girls or your favorite TV show, but if you really want to write that book, you’ll do it—if you have tenacity. You’ll also sit your butt in the chair after a long day of work or at 4:30 in the morning and you’ll keep it there until you finish an hour of writing or 5 pages. That’s what tenacious writers do, and that’s how they finish their manuscripts.
- You must overcome obstacles. The road to becoming an author has many obstacles, and you must overcome all of them. Only someone tenacious can consistently tackle rejection, criticism (constructive or not), the need to take on jobs you don’t like (such as promotion and project management), rewrites, self-doubt, and fear. Every day you must tell yourself, “I can do this! I will do this!” And, again, you must find a way.
Writing is Tough But Worthwhile
If becoming an author sounds like a tough road to hoe, it is. But when your tenacity helps you produce a completed manuscript, and then a published book, you’ll reap the reward. The moment when you hold that book in your hands, or when a reader writes to say your book changed his or her life, you’ll feel glad you placed yourself in that two percent and finished your book.
The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir
Anyone can publish a book and become an “author,” but if you want to become a successful author with a profitable publishing career, you need a clear, step-by-step guide to help you develop book ideas that sell. In The Author Training Manual, expert editor and book coach Nina Amir reveals the exact process successful authors have used to create business plans and proposals for their books and teaches you how to view your ideas through the eyes of acquisitions editors and literary agents.
Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, plan to traditionally publish or self-publish, The Author Training Manual provides you with the tools you need to achieve your goals and become the author publishers want. Inside you’ll find concrete steps, evaluations, sample business plans, in-depth training activities, editor and agent commentaries, and much more–all designed to help you stand out, from the slush pile to the shelf.
About the Author:
Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time and The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 12 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.
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Murder in Real Time Book three of The Patience Price Mysteries
With the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her haunted island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage?
When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience’s FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn’t want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can’t help herself.
Patience promises to let Sebastian handle the investigation—he is FBI, after all—but after a drive-by shooting, her wicked curiosity gets the best of her. And with the TV show forging ahead with filming, the list of suspects (and the line of food trucks) only grows. But has the shooter already flown the coop? And how do you find a killer when you don’t know who the target is?
Available September 2014 where digital books are sold
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Murder by the Seaside – Book 1, The Patience Price Mysteries
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Armed with a new counseling degree, Patience Price is eager to move back home to Chincoteague Island to help folks with their problems. But she finds the streets awash in more than East Coast charm. There’s been a murder, and Adrian Davis, the town golden boy who once stomped her heart into a zillion pieces, is the main suspect. Now he’s on the run, claiming he’s innocent. Patience finds this…poetic. Not that she holds a grudge.
Adrian’s mom is sure that with her FBI background Patience can find the truth. Yes, she was at the FBI—in human resources. Still, she looks into it, but not everyone is happy with her snooping. Either that, or the welcome wagon has some bold new policies involving drive-by shootings.
Things really heat up when a hunky former coworker, an actual FBI agent, arrives to help. But he may be too late; the quaint island harbors deadly secrets—and Patience is running out of time.
Murder Comes Ashore – Book 2, The Patience Price Mysteries
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Patience Price is just settling into her new life as resident counselor on Chincoteague Island when things take a sudden turn for the worse. A collection of body parts have washed up on shore and suddenly nothing feels safe on the quaint island.
Patience instinctively turns to current crush and FBI special agent Sebastian for help, but former flame Adrian is also on the case, hoping that solving the grisly crime will land him a win in the upcoming mayoral election.
When the body count rises and Patience’s parents are brought in as suspects, Patience is spurred to begin her own investigation. It’s not long before she starts receiving terrifying threats from the killer, and though she’s determined to clear her family’s name, it seems the closer Patience gets to finding answers, the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.