As always, my rebellious nature prevailed. “Why?” I asked myself. “No one’s going to see it but me and the dogs don’t give a rat’s ass.”
And then I heard her speak again – plain as day. “Because I said so.”
And I smiled. That phrase that she used so often for so many reasons was going to be the hook in my next book.
I’m working on several books at a time, and yes, I’m nutty as a fruitcake. I think its hormones, I don’t have hot flashes, I have plot surges. Scenes, hooks, dialogue – it all comes pummeling into my brain like a herd of buffalo. The other day I was working on a book called BIG D, it was going to be a TEXAS HERO book about the fireman, Dallas, and I was going to play on his size, coupled with his name and the reference to the Texas city, Dallas, and how we’ve always called it Big D. And yes, I was certainly going to make references to the length and girth of his manly business!
Well, the story took on a life of its own. Instead of being a lighthearted romp, like what would more appropriately accompany a title like BIG D, my brain went in another direction and the words pouring forth from my stubby little fingers were heart-wrenching. (I do have the shortest fingers and the tiniest hands, my mother used to stare at them in sorrow because it was always her dream that I play the piano. But who could play with a pinkie finger less than two inches long. Well – I CAN! Ha! I showed them! I can stretch my reach to two notes above an octave. I digress) So, I decided to save Dallas and the title of BIG D for another book.
Now the hero’s name is Brodie Walton. He’s a First Responder, an EMT with Logan Gray’s Stonewall VFD unit. He has experienced the greatest loss a man can face, and he’s trying to rebuild his life by memorializing the one he loved through establishing an ambulance service so no one will have to suffer the needless grief he has endured.
Brodie never intends to love again.
And then…he gets a new partner – Shane Wilder. Shane is running from her own demons, and also has no desire to make herself vulnerable to another man. But here they are – together and Shane doesn’t understand why Brodie acts the way he does toward her. He doesn’t let her get close, he pushes her away. They might be partners, he says, but that doesn’t mean they have to be friends. The truth is that Brodie resents Shane because Shane is alive when Brodie’s, Mary, is gone. He also resents Shane because he’s attracted to her and he feels guilty for his weakness.
So begins a tug of war between two hard-headed people.
Shane holds no illusion that she could ever make Brodie love her, but she is determined to do everything she can to bring him back to the land of the living. And Brodie…he fights his attraction to a woman who is fast becoming more important to him than he could ever imagine.
His catch-phrase, BECAUSE I SAID SO, fast becomes a bone of contention between them. He wants his way and she wants an explanation. But over time…the phrase comes to mean more, she even uses it a few times in…certain situations. What was a battle cry, becomes a love song. Honestly, this book has brought me to tears several times and I’m not one to cry.
So, there you are – a fast glimpse into the chaotic, crazy world of Sable Hunter as she plots and writes. I hope you’ll like this book, I’m working through some issues about love and loss as I bring it to life. And you, you have a good week. Why?
BECAUSE I SAID SO! Ha!