Today we have a guest post from Libby Rice - author of Love Drunk! I am so excited to share this great new contemporary romance with you! And Libby has an awesome giveaway she's sharing with us, too! Be sure to check it all out.
About Love Drunk: The love that lies built? Wine importer London Whitley dots her I’s and crosses her T’s. Her meticulous nature insulates her from fears that she might just be crazy, as in certifiably, medically nuts. When her almost ex-boyfriend winds up dead at her hands and she’s soon accused of importing counterfeit wines, London’s carefully constructed world begins to crumble. There’s help to be had, but only in the form of an imposing stranger who threatens her ruin. Trevor Rathlen is lucky to have escaped his marriage to a murderess alive and merely indebted to men who think the exquisite London Whitley’s innocence is a façade. A computer security specialist by day and hacker by night, Trevor agrees to return the favor owed by learning London’s secrets. The task should be an easy one, except Trevor is short on trust, London is long on lies, and together they battle an infinite attraction.
Second Chances #3
The Plotter Who Wasn’t…
Ever heard an author say they were struck by a book’s entire plot—maybe even the intricacies of an entire series—out of the blue?
I envy those authors! That type of bulk creativity does happen, but it sure hasn’t happened to me! At my desk, plotting a book begins with the main characters, generally the heroine first and then the hero. I get flashes of what these people look like, and even more importantly, what they do. Before I ever have an actual story to tell, I work out the backstory for the characters who will make that story come to life.
From there, plotting happens organically. I’d like to call my method a hybrid between the plotting approach, where everything is planned and outlined ahead of time, and the pantsing approach, where story elements develop in the moment and by the seat of an author’s pants. Alas, despite the engineer and lawyer in me that literally demand planning and organization, I’m a pantser through and through. Even my best laid plans get thrown aside when I reach that point in the story where I ought to implement them.
Many authors are able to write scenes out of order. In that regard, they can write the scenes that are burning the brain and keeping them up at night. Because I never know what’s going to happen until I get there, writing scenes too far ahead leaves me with a plate full of rewrites. In the past, I’ve had to throw out beloved, but early-written, scenes because they no longer fit the arc of the story or the developing characters.
With LOVE DRUNK, I had concrete ideas about the beginning, middle, and end. For instance, Trevor and London would eventually chase the wine counterfeiting scheme that had embroiled London’s importing company in controversy to Hungary, the believed source of the counterfeit wines. I knew that moment would come, but the impetus that would thrust London, and then Trevor, onto a plane came as the two of them battled with the fakes, and each other. Only after letting the battle play out could I see what would propel them into the friendly skies.
This method fits me, but I admit it’s a bit slower and, oftentimes, more painstaking than I’d like. I’m holding out for the day when my mind evolves to the point where a seven-book series comes to me fully formed in a taxi ride, or on a boat, or while eating dinner…
A girl can dream, right?!
Before becoming a writer, Libby was first a mechanical engineer in the data acquisition industry (voltmeter anyone?). Preferring writing to technical design, Libby headed to law school and eventually practiced patent law for several enterprising years (patent application covering a voltmeter anyone?). Finally realizing that technology just wasn’t her bag, she traded the voltmeters for alpha heroes and the women who love them. Today, Libby writes contemporary romances from the foot of the Rocky Mountains, where she lives with her husband, a bona fide rocket scientist (he stuck with the voltmeters!). When not writing, Libby loves good food, even better wine, and traveling the world in search of the next great story. Libby loves hearing from readers! Join the fun at www.libbyrice.com, where you can sign up for Libby’s new-release e-newsletter, or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.