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I'm currently on Chapter Six for Shallow and things are going great. Payton is ass deep in alligators and I'm lovin' it. (So is Nick.)
Claire and Jessie play huge roles in Shallow, but I have been pondering some ideas. I've thought about writing some "Lost Chapters" for Going Under since so many people want more of Claire and Jessie. I would offer these as freebies to thank all of my wonderful readers for your love and support.
What scenes would you like to know more about?
I had some options listed but I removed those because I didn't consider the spoilage it would mean for those that had not yet read Going Under. I also removed the poll, but I would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below. Thanks for not being too upset with me, Maria pronounced Mariah, and thank you for your comment. I listen to readers.
I'm working so hard on Shallow and I wanted to share a brief excerpt with you. Please keep in mind that this is unedited and it could possibly change, but I feel very confident that this is the direction Payton and Nick are taking.
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER ONE: (Payton's POV)
Oh. My. Gosh. I just mated my Lexus with a P.O.S. Camaro being driven by quite possibly the hottest guy I’d ever seen. The problem, other than the obvious? He was pissed about it...like really pissed and he was staring at me like he could strangle me.
“Uh, he looks really mad, Payton. I don’t think you should get out of the car. Maybe we should just call in the accident and wait on the police to arrive,” Claire suggested.
“Nah, I’ve got this,” Jessie said as opened the door and was out of my car before Claire could object. He was Claire’s knight in shining armor and because I I was the bestie without a boyfriend, he took it upon himself to be my protector as well. That was just Jessie.
I cracked my window as he walked by and called out, “Hey, Kimosabe, do you think you can manage to not take a gunshot wound or knife to the gut? You know you don’t have a really great track record with confrontation.”
Without looking back, he flipped me off over his shoulder and I turned to Claire. “You really need to teach your boyfriend some manners.”
She rolled her eyes as she shook her head. “Apparently I’m not very successful at that. I haven’t managed to teach you any over the years.”
“I have manners, but you know my motto...Why be difficult, when with only a little bit of effort, you can be impossible? We are encouraged to do our best, Claire.”
Claire shifted uncomfortably in her seat as she watched Jessie put his hands on his hips and turn back to look at us in the car. “There are a lot of other things you could excel at besides being a smartass,” she argued.
“I'm sorry you find my normal behavior to be highly inappropriate, Princess.”
“Nope, you know that you don’t get to call me that,” Claire protested. “Jessie is the only one with that privilege.”
Jessie turned from talking with ‘hot guy I just slammed into’ and walked around to Claire’s side of the car. Claire rolled down her window and Jessie leaned in with his arms resting on top of my car and looked at Claire. “Warning...This is going to go over like a turd in the punchbowl.”
I leaned closer toward Jessie. “What?”
“He says that he won’t sue if you’ll go out with him,” he laughed.
I looked at Jessie and waited for the punchline. “You need to stop trying to be a clown because there’s no circus in town, my friend.”
“That’s what he said,” Jessie said, still laughing.
“Oh, hell to the naw,” I announced as I waved my finger in the pattern of an imaginary zig zag. I slung my car door open and said, “I only need a minute to take care of this.”
“Be nice, Payton. You did just run into the back of his car,” Claire reminded me.
END OF EXCERPT.
Sorry...that's all folks!
Nick Hawke likes his car fast and his girls even faster. He blows through females quicker than his muscle car races down the drag strip in Collinsville and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Determined to avoid the devastation he has watched his father endure in the aftermath of his mother leaving, he believes there is no room in his life or his heart for a relationship lasting more than one night. He seeks happiness in things that won’t let him down...fast cars, parties and one night stands. To his absolute dismay, all of that changes when he unexpectedly runs into an old friend and is introduced to Payton Archer, the first girl he ever wanted for more than one night. There’s only one catch...she is completely immune to him and his smooth talking ways.
Payton Archer is looking for what Claire has with Jessie, but she has given up on finding it...at least until she leaves for college in the Fall because she is certain that is where she will find the perfect guy to fit into her perfect world. She plans on Summer being nothing but three uneventful months of fun, but it turns out to be anything but ordinary when Payton is introduced to Nick Hawke, one of Jessie’s old Collinsville friends. She is shocked by her immediate and intense attraction for “Hawke” because nothing about him is what Payton is looking for. Sure, he’s hot and sexy but he comes from Collinsville and that is definitely not on her list of prerequisites. Everything about him makes Payton’s heart speed because he is exciting and dangerous, but his fast car and the dangerous chances he takes isn’t what scares Payton the most...it’s the way Nick Hawke makes her feel every time he looks at her. Can Payton find that moment of total fearlessness and make the decision to leave the safe, shallow end of love to risk going under completely?
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I couldn't wait any longer. I decided I had to share the cover of "Shallow" with you because I was going to die if I didn't. I might do a little more tweaking on it but I want to hear your opinions about it. Is this a great Payton or what? She's exactly how I envisioned her when I was writing about her.
I'm working on the blurb for "Shallow" and I will post it as soon as I feel like I have nailed it. Hopefully, that will be in the next couple of days.
In the meantime...the man in Payton's life will be Nick Hawke and he is going to be a Hottie. Whew!
The Going Under Sequel (Payton's Book) has a title and release date. It is titled "Shallow" and I have set a tentative release date for September 27th. I have been working on the cover art and I'm soooo in love with it but it's not perfect yet. I'm dying to show you but I don't want to put the horse before the cart so I'm going to tweak it a little more before I unveil it. Keep checking back because I plan to reveal it this week.
I have emailed the 5 winners of the Blood Jewel ARC giveaway. (Although it ended up not actually being Advanced. LOL.)
Congratulations, guys! Hope you enjoy!
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