Although I’ve entered many writing contests before, this is the first time I’ve ventured into writing a story in the horror genre. After my recent trip to Maine, I felt inspired to give it a go. Not that Maine was scary. Quite the opposite. However, I did encounter certain situations that helped me understand why I enjoy Stephen King novels so much. The quirkiest things happened: someone staring at me for longer than a minute, a person seemingly vanishing from a car when light illuminated the front seat, being caught in a thunderstorm near a small dirt path. You get the idea. Lots of fodder for future stories. I can hardly wait to see how this story does.
Having achieved 50K words in thirty days, the feat to edit those 50K words looms pretty high. With no time during the writing frenzy to craft near perfect scenes, much focus is needed in the months that follow to fix all the grammatical misses, disjointed plots, and characters with multiple names. It’s almost laughable.
So, after a month of breathing time, I began editing the short stories that are being compiled into a short story anthology. As of today, I have crossed 25K worth of editing. Lot’s more work needed before I can share it with the world. Stay tuned.
I am excited to present If It Kills Me via Amazon in both Kindle and Print formats. This book has received an initial glowing review, and I hope many other readers will leave reviews as well. The journey to finishing this story has been arduous, but it’s amazing what a lot of perseverance can accomplish. I smile every time I think about Jae’s plight in the story to press on through the next obstacle. This year has seen its basketful of obstacles, for sure. However, I’m so glad I didn’t give up on releasing If It Kills Me on September 21, 2020, the last day of summer. Enjoy reading and re-reading this New Adult Romantic Comedy during the fall and winter months ahead.
Yeah, I’m lying here on the sidewalk spilling my guts all over. I risked my life to defend the woman I love. Funny thing, I never told her I loved her. I never even kissed her…not even once. Now, I’ll never get my chance because I’m bleeding out. Darn it. I hear her voice…so far away now. Everything’s going dark. Jess…I… Gammy?
Jaeson Rhodes works at the local coffee shop where he meets Jessica Stewart. His strong attraction for her beckons him to take the leap, but it’s too soon after his recent heartache. His roommate, Rick, informs him that his new girlfriend requires them to have a chaperone to watch a movie at his apartment. Jaeson breaks out his little black book for a date, no luck. He opens the door on the night of the date to find the woman of his dreams standing right in front of him. She was Rick’s new woman. Jae’s shocked to find Rick keeps coming up with excuses to cancel dates with Jessica and asks him to help out. How hard can it be to just be friends with the woman who has his heart? He has to…even if it kills him.
Jessica Stewart is a woman who knows what she wants out of life. A career sewing her own clothing line and real honest to God love. She doesn’t believe in sleeping around. She wants to wait until she’s married before going all the way. She meets Jaeson Rhodes at the coffee shop she goes to almost every day. Deep down she wishes he would give her a sign to show he’s interested. His hands tremble when she’s close often spilling her drink all over his clothing and she wonders why. Is he that much of a klutz or is there more to it than that? She meets bad boy Rick at a gallery, and they get together instead. Her rules for her first date with Rick: Not being alone with him in his apartment.
Will she stay with roguish Rick or will she see how much Jaeson really loves her before he loses her forever?
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