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When Gabby went heli-diving for the first time, she never imagined the real adventure she embarked on: a luxury summer vacation with the handsome Adam Tucker and his family, but how would they react knowing about her hideous and terrifying past?
Gabby uses extreme sports to hide from the pain of her haunting past, but her trip to the Bahamas after high school graduation turns out to be more than she bargained for…staying with the Tucker family who offers her compassion and acceptance at every turn. Adam seems to be falling for Gabby, but will he still care for her after he knows the darkest secret from her past? From her mother’s past? Gabby’s path towards learning to trust and love is filled with obstacles, and before she can move on and heal, she must face the demons that fill her nightmares.
Targeted Age Group: 13 – 40
Book Price: $2.99
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I remember being in 7th grade English and my teacher assigned us to write a story about anything we wanted. Inspired by the many John Grisham novels I had read, I wrote a very short (about three pages) murder mystery that I titled Who Killed Katie? My teacher loved it, so I saved it. Fast forward ten years and my parents had decided to get a divorce. While cleaning out the house, my mom found a box of my old school stuff and gave it to me to go through. In it, I found Who Killed Katie? and reread it. Man, it was horrible! Well, not too bad for a 7th grader, but still.
The concept, however, still interested me and I decided to give it another go. I wrote the first three chapters and stopped. It was very frustrating that my murder mystery kept turning into a love story! I got mad at my main character, Detective Dan, for being such a sap and decided I obviously wasn’t a very good author if I couldn’t keep my gory murder mystery from turning romantic.
I stopped writing, but not before I had brainstormed a few ideas for future books. Fast forward another couple of years and, at the risk of sounding Stephenie Meyer cliché, I had a very vivid dream that I couldn’t shake from my mind. I went back through my brainstorming list and knew which novel the scene belonged to. I began writing Emma’s Choice and never looked back.
After a year and half of getting 80+ rejection letters from literary agents and publishers, I was extremely discouraged and told my husband, Shane, that I was going to stop writing. He continued to encourage me to keep at it, but hearing “no” time after time is tough. It was about two weeks before Christmas 2012. We went on a trip with our three kids to Southern California with some friends and I didn’t think about writing that whole time. It was a very much needed break.
Two days after we got back home (just after the New Year), I had yet another incredibly vivid dream. I woke up and began writing it out. That turned out to be part of the second chapter of Just My Luck. I fought writing JML every step of the way for the first three chapters. I didn’t want to write and felt like the story was too cliché. I complained to Shane every day about what a stupid story it was and how much I didn’t want to write it. He told me to just keep going and see how I felt at the end.
As I wrote, I thought about what would make the story one that I would want to read. That’s when I added more of a “past” to Gabby and I began to fall in love with the characters. I only sent out about 30 query letters that time, but each one was still rejected. Eventually, a friend of mine brought up self-publishing, which my husband had been advocating from the start. I looked into it and begrudgingly agreed.
When JML went up that first day, I couldn’t believe how many people downloaded it! I kept checking the page to see if someone would realize they made an error and the count wasn’t really that high. It was. My confidence restored, I decided to self-publish my baby, Emma’s Choice, which did even better than Just My Luck.
I’m currently working on Emma’s Dilemma, the sequel to Emma’s Choice, and hope to have it available in September 2013. My ultimate goal is still to be published traditionally, but it’s been so great knowing that so many people love my books.