Cassandra Clarke, fresh out of college and living on her own, isolates herself from the humiliation that rocked her world a year earlier.Everything in her life is simple and easy until Logan West, the single father full of mystery and sex appeal, moves into the empty estate next door. A guy who easily attracts the attention of available women in town with one carefree smile.
Cassandra is not looking for another heartbreak and stands her ground, but finds it impossible to stay away fro...m the charming stranger when his four-year-old son, Oliver, takes an interest in her childhood tree house.
It is through Oliver where Cassandra’s eyes begin to open to a side of Logan very few people know. The rough edges and arrogant front shed away, leaving the compassionate, yet broken side of him exposed, and finally opening the possibilities to a genuine friendship.
A friendship that is constantly shaken by the undeniable connection building between them.
With temptation arising every time they are near, Cassandra fights to remind herself exactly why Logan isn’t capable of loving her the way she deserves, or is he?
AUTHOR GUEST POST - WRITING PROCESS
My writing process is one that has evolved from when I started writing last spring only to come full circle back to the beginning. I went into my first short story without anything more than a small idea and dove right in head first letting the characters lead me. Once I was on my second short story I thought I should try to outline and have a full picture before going into it but that only led to wasted hours of plotting because once I started writing the characters took the lead and went out on their own.
Writing Inevitable I let the characters speak. It is my first novel and I went into it wanting a standalone book but because I let it flow onto the screen the way it came to me, the manuscript hit 85,000 words and was only half a story. The option to delete a few chapters so I could tie it up short and sweet made me literally sick. I wanted to write a romance where you saw the couple fall for each other, no insta- love. When I read a romance novel and connect with the lead couple I get let down when after the first few interactions you have a page or two telling you “and then they went here and did this and here and did this”, not enough for me. I want to see it. I want to hear what he said to her. The little exchanges they shared.
Like meeting a beautiful man with a giant scar down his cheek that when asked what happened tells you “Life sucks sometimes.” Um, gonna need more info than that and I’d want more info. I’d be on the edge of my seat ready to hear this gruesome mind-blowing story, not a rushed cliff notes version.
You know there’s a story there to tell and to cut it down and wrap it up all pretty just to hit a word count and give the readers a standalone book was not something I could stomach. So I ended it where I felt the first book had a bit of closure and went into writing book 2 with nothing but the characters speaking to me and the conclusion in mind.
In the end, that’s what works for me. Some authors have outlines and can stick to them and that’s great but my mind won’t allow that. I write a chapter, let it all spill out, typing faster than I can think and then when the chapter is finished I go over it and layer in the details and pull it all together.
I have an amazing critique partner and we’re able to send chapters back and forth to have that outside person relaying how the story reads to them. That’s a crucial part in writing for me. Once the book is finished I print out the entire manuscript and armed with a red pen and multiple highlighters I start from the beginning and read through it, adding little things in to paint a full picture and tightening it up before I send it to my editor.
For me, it works and I can’t imagine doing it differently but then again, I’m only just now finishing my second book. So who knows 5 – 10 years from now? The only thing certain is that I will never stop writing. It’s who I am and what I was meant to do.
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