I just discovered that LEXIE is available for pre-order on both Amazon and Kindle, so I’ve posted an excerpt so you can go see what it’s all about.
Triple X, Book 1
Desire is a double-edged dance.
Lexie Underhill works her tail off in hopes of winning her adoptive father’s approval. It’s never enough. The stinging proof? He’s brought in a reorganization expert. As if the prospect of losing her job in the family business isn’t enough, Cameron Rowe’s sexy, intimidating presence makes her palms sweat.
When Lexie’s face appears on a scandalous freeway billboard, her protestations of innocence go unheard. With orders to save the family name—or else—she marches into the bar the billboard was advertising and comes face-to-face with an identical twin sister. Roxie is wild and free, everything Lexie isn’t. Before the night is out, she welcomes the chance to explore her own sensuality.
As she dances wantonly on the bar, suddenly Cam is there, kissing her as if he has the right. The sizzle between them breaks out in four-alarm desire, but Lexie has recalibrated her life plan. And the equation doesn’t factor in Cam—until she’s sure where his loyalties lie. With her…or her father’s company.
Go read it here: LEXIE excerpt
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A long while for a novel goes back to 2008 “What She Wants at Midnight”-smile I would love to know what teachings you followed or system to construct the plot for this novel?
As a neophyte there seem to be so many ways for constructing a story, but I really admired the skill (so obvious to me now!) in this erotic novel.
Yes, it’s been a while since my last full-length novel. Believe me, I know. 🙂
I’m a plotter, so I know my story really well before I sit down to actually write it. I have a compositions notebook where I’ll note down any story ideas. When one really grabs me, I’ll sit down and write out everything I know about the story in long-hand. It’s ugly and sloppy and would make no sense to anyone else, but it helps me to get the concept down on paper. I’ll then go back and find all the natural chapter breaks. Sometimes I’m right, but often I’m wrong. After a while, I have a good guide to my story. That’s when I sit down and actually start the writing process. All the emotion, character traits, tone, and mood needs to be added here.
If I’m having trouble with a particular chapter, I’ll go back to my notebook and write out what needs to happen in the chapter long-hand again. It’s a matter of delving deeper into the details and getting the sequence of events right. Overall, I find this a good process for me. Since I know what’s coming five chapters later, I can do foreshadowing when needed. I can layer in clues or other things.
Not everyone can use the same process. And sometimes the same process doesn’t work for the same author. Each book can be different. You just have to discover what works for you by trying different techniques. Good luck!