The Next Big Thing

A big THANK YOU to writer Nicky Penttila (author of Babysitting the Billionaire) for inviting me to participate in The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. Please click on over to Nicky’s blog where she answers the same ten questions about her awesome book in progress, An Untitled Lady, that I answer below about my book in progress.

The Next Big Thing was started by blogger She Writes to help authors promote their current work in progress by answering ten questions and then “tagging” a few other women writers inviting them to share the status of their own current works in progress. My answers are below, followed by links to the writer friends I’ve “tagged” for The Next Big Thing.

1. What is the working title of your book? Sin’s Flower

2. Where did the idea for your book come from? Sin’s Flower is the story of two characters I introduce in my upcoming Evernight release, Sidewalk Flower, available Jan. 11th!   Jaxon is the leader of the band, Sin Pointe, and Lily is the estranged little sister of Jaxon’s best friend.  About six years ago, I was fortunate to have a backstage tour with the security manager of one of my favorite bands.  While these stories are completely fictional, the experience of seeing how things worked backstage and how everyone was very down to earth was very powerful for me.

3. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  A rock star, single father desperate to give his daughter a stable homelife falls in love with his best friend’s estranged baby sister but fears stealing her away before the sisters are able to heal.

4. What genre does your book fall under? Contemporary Romance

5. What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? I’m gonna go ahead and dream big here…a tousled Jeremy Renner for Jaxon and earthy Drew Barrymore for Lily.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? My plan is to submit it to Evernight and keep my fingers crossed!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  I’m currently at about 30,000 words on this WIP so the first draft isn’t quite finished yet but it’s flowing really well.  I have learned through various writing boot camps and NaNoWriMo that I can put out a first draft in 30 days if I need to.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Gosh, this is such a scary question!  I purposely haven’t read many books with rock star heroes because I don’t want to be influenced.  But one of the reason’s I submitted Sidewalk Flower to Evernight in the first place was that I had read a book by Doris O’Connor called Too Hot to Handle.  There was just something about her story, maybe the edginess, that made me think Evernight would be a good fit for my stories as well.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?  I feel driven to write stories that seem very dark but are actually very hopeful.  I’ve had many people in my life who felt ashamed of themselves because of mistakes they’d made and I’m inspired to write stories that show an imperfect person’s worth.  Because we’re all that person.

10. What else about your book might pique readers interest?  I think it’s pretty charming that all these hardened, jaded Los Angelenos are making their way to our humble little town in Tennessee.  It’s become sort of a healing spot for them but they sure do stand out like sore thumbs with the wallet chains and neck tattoos!

Authors that I’ve tagged are:

Loni Lynne, Let Fate guide you…One story at a time.

Denny S. Bryce, Romance on the Edge

Sidewalk Flower Cover Reveal!

There is little I can say about the gorgeous cover designed by Sour Cherry Designs for Sidewalk Flower that would express how much I love it.   So without further ado, I give you Trista & Lucky…..

 

Sidewalk Flower available January 11, 2013!

Always love,

Carlene Love

Playlists Palooza!

Hi Friends,

We all love playlists right?  Me too.  Of course I grew up in the 80’s with the mixed tape so it’s sort of in my blood to like this sort of thing.  And I really love it when writers make them to go along with their writing projects/books/stories.

I’m currently working on my first edits for Sidewalk Flower, a story which is set around the music business.  So of course I’ve got a playlist to share!!!!  Of course a playlist doesn’t have to have anything to do with writing.  Think mixed tape.  Want to share your favorite playlist?  I’d love to see it!  Here’s mine for Sidewalk Flower:

“Why I’m Feeling Blue” by Casey James (Lucky’s song)

“Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood (Trista’s song)

“Better Than Me” by Hinder (Jaxon’s song)

“The Dead of Night” by Depeche Mode (Sin Pointe’s song)

“Talk About Suffering” by Debra James (Gramma Grace’s song)

Have a wonderful day, friends!  Listen to a song you love for me :)

Always love,

Carlene Love