Good Morning, all ~
So . . . I'm celebrating today.
I typed "THE END" to my 3rd novel this week. And it's not just any novel (for me). This has been a labor or L.O.V.E. for years, now.
It's a draft version, of course, which means, I still have lots of work to do on him (seriously, no pun intended). But I've decided, since I've met my goal of getting him down onto paper (so to speak), I want to share the title and summary of the book with you all. So here goes:
Jackson Stiles, Road to Redemption
Jackson Stiles is used to having bad days, but they’ve been especially bad since a certain tabloid reporter seems to have it out for him.
Emma Green doesn’t mean any harm. She simply sees it as her duty to report the misdeeds of certain Private Detectives who charge too much in a society where people need more superheroes and less villains; something even Jackson has convinced himself he deserves to be called, deep in his gut.
When the two of them realize they’re the same suspicious circumstances, Emma makes Jackson an offer he only wishes he could refuse. But can the man who trusts no one allow the one woman he can’t stand help him get to the bottom of a murder he feels responsible for?
Exposed and unsure, these two unexpected allies come together to unmask the mysteries cloaked in plain sight while uncovering secrets within each other. A lost soul and a seeker of truth travel down the road to redemption and discover more than they bargained for.
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Here's a small introduction for you . . . Language Warning. Maybe, I don't know. You never know with this guy.
JO: Jackson, this is everyone. Everyone . . . Jackson.
JACKSON: *gives a pointed look at Jo from behind his desk, then turns to the crowd and tilts his chin up once*
JO: I was hoping to ask you a few questions today. You know, so people could get to know you a little better.
JO: Yeah. Why not?
JACKSON: *aggravated sigh* okay, sure, why not, indeed. Go for it, by all fucking means.
JO: That's my boy.
JACKSON: *raises a judgmental eyebrow at Jo*
JO: Um. okay, so, let's start with an easy one. What do you like most about yourself?
JACKSON: *gives Jo a half smile* My sparkling personality.
JO: *lets out a smallish chuckle* Good one, Jackson. Next question. What do you like least about yourself?
JACKSON: *the smile diminishes suddenly* . . . *reaches across his chest and taps his shirt pocket while he thinks* . . . Same answer.
JO: *feels kinda bad about that last question, now* . . . *tries to lighten the mood* Um . . . have any favorite bands you think people should be listening to?
JACKSON: *perks up* are you kiddin' me? Where do I start? How about some Queen, Kansas, AC/DC, Van Halen . . . only not that shit with Sammy Hagar, either. I'm talking David Lee all the way. Although honestly? I'd pay good money just to listen to Eddie on the guitar and Alex on the drums any day of the week, my friend.
JO: *laughs at Jackson's enthusiasm* OK then. How about your case.
JACKSON: *clears throat and gets serious* . . . *closes a folder up that he's been working on* What about it?
JO: Do you want to tell us a little something about it? Maybe give us an idea of what you're working on?
JACKSON: Don't ever ask me about my cases. You wanna know about the fucking case? Read the fucking book. *turns back to his laptop and types away, ignoring Jo all together*
JO: Alrighty then! You heard the man.
That's all. For now. I'm about to dive in to first round edits with my co-horts and all around awesome peeps, to clean him up and make all the random notes on this guy come to pass.
If you'd like to add him on Goodreads . . .
There's a smallish peek at the cover over there. The wonderfully talented L.J. Anderson over at Mayhem Cover Creations put it together, for me. I'll be sharing that gem with you in the next couple of months. I love it so much. Can't wait for that.
For now though - thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see you back again for some teasers in the future. I'm excited (and anxious) to share this one with you all.
Expected release date: by June, 2016.
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