What Harlie’s Summer Plans are or not
*reposted from Sweet N Sexy Divas*
I’m so boring right now. Between baseball games/practice, getting my 3rd grader to not have an anxiety attack over a state mandated test and life in general…yes, I’m boring.
I used to not be boring. My 20’s were wild as hell. A sometime marvel at how I manage to survive them at times. At 47, I look back now and realize that my 20’s were a romance book. But without the HEA…just a HFN. Some people have asked me to write a book about it but I promised my brother that I wouldn’t until after our parents are buried. They don’t need to know just how wild I was. I was considered the good kid. Never got in trouble, went to church, taught Sunday School, never missed a family event. Underneath all that, yep, I was wild.
The stories I could tell about hanging out with the regional rock bands of the 90’s in the Dallas music scene. Yes, ladies and gents…it would make your toes curl. Plus, just not at this time. Yes, hanging out with Zak Wyde from Ozzy’s band, watching my friends from Drowning Pool finally make it and then the lead singer and friend of mine dying of a weak heart. The stories I could tell you about Pantera. Yep, lots of stories. Great guys but I couldn’t hang. LOL!
Why am I telling you this right now? Well a couple of reasons. The biggest is that I’m writing again. I know, shocker. I’m taking the summer off from reviewing (still blogging and promoting) to finish some stuff that I’ve started. This is what I have to finish:
1. An anthology call for a publisher. Its a Bad Boy story at least 5k. So far, I’ve written 2k and my hero/heroine haven’t had sex yet. Word count limit is 12k. Woot! Oh and the hero might be a “bad boy” but the heroine is the one that takes the lead in the bedroom.
2. Finish the outline to a YA/NA crossover series. I’ve outlined book #1 (YA/high school). Book #2 is the college based book (mature YA) and then the NA after college story. Need to finish the last one and polish the second one. Hint: these books are semi-autobiographical. At least the first one is and the characters are based on real people that I grew up with. *sigh* Nothing worked out, so this is my way of making it work out. LOL! But I will tell you, the hero and heroine stay the same. Each book will be able to stand alone.
3. Finish a short romantic suspense w/paranormal elements. I’ve waited too long to NOT finish it. Think Andrew Dice Clay (don’t judge) as the hero as an angel. Yes, as an angel. But he doesn’t smoke (much) or treat women like dirt. ;) But he does drive a 1985 Black Trans Am with t-tops.
4. If I have time, write some on the small town contemporary that has some people interested. This one is a tough one for me. It deals with my uncle’s death and the fallout but with different occupations. I’ve already cried during one scene.
So there you have it. What I planned for the summer in terms of writing. Yes, reviewing has to take a backseat. I can’t be put under that much calendar restraint right now. I don’t have an assistant anymore, just me so it was a decision that I had to make.
Meanwhile back in Lindale…Only 4 more weeks of regular baseball and then the month of June is All Star baseball. Yes, baseball takes over from February until the end of June.