March Status Updates
March 19, 2023
After I submit a story to my publisher, waiting for their decision is a nerve-wracking experience. I have high hopes for Restoration. It has romance, a dysfunctional family, a sleazebag ex-boyfriend, supportive friends, and a wildlife conservation backstory. Contracts are typically processed at the end of the month, so I still have a bit of a wait.
Meanwhile, I've finished with Sparks Fly, the smokejumper story. I'm thinking of submitting this in early May. Mike's helping me with the back cover blurb, along with a couple of friends.
Playground Antics is coming along nicely. I'm leaning toward romantic suspense for this story. It features Jace, an Air Force veteran who served in Civil Engineering with a RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer) unit. He owns a construction company, Falcon Construction, and pursues a bid on a playground installation. Beth, the city Special Projects Director, wants to run a legal and fair bid, but the not-so-Honorable Mayor Wrobel is irate when his buddy fails to win the bid. Obstacles will be thrown in Jace's way. Add-in Beth's investigating past contracts, and yes, the you-know-what is going to hit the fan. Once the playground is installed Jace and Beth can connect and join forces against the mayor! What do you think?
Not familiar with RED HORSE? Here's a link for you: https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2191138/red-horse-heavy-construction-self-sufficient-rapidly-deployable-force/
I've almost convinced myself to use some of my story ideas identified in my February 17th blog post, Story Ideas: Where Do They Come From?? Mike gave me a great idea of a female bar owner meeting a male detective during a shoot-out in her bar. Picture him diving over the bar in a hail of bullets and there she is with gun in hand, glass and whiskey sprinkling down on them. Talk about an active meet-cute! This would tie into the St. Patrick's Day idea. Was he working undercover? Perhaps. I can hear Mike chirping: they'll be under covers soon!
It's wonderful having such a supportive and helpful husband.
Hopefully, I'll have good news to share before the next newsletter.