Friday, April 17, 2015

What We Are Writing

By Margaret Daley



Author:   Pamela Tracy
Title:  TBA
Hero and Heroine: Emily Hubrect and Donovan Russell
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
The architect, one Donovan Russell, had taken to giving her covert looks should she come close.  Well, that was preferable to the irritable looks he gave her the last time she’d filed a protest.
Due date:  June 30, 2015
Word count goal today: 1000
Something cool learned recently from research:  Most bodies unearthed in the Arizona desert are from drug deals gone bad.  And, Navajo Indians will not touch the dead. 

Author: Carolyne Aarsen
Title: Meet Me In Montana #2 - working title
Hero and Heroine: Vic and Lauren
Line:  Love Inspired Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
But as they drove back to the ranch she couldn't shake the feeling that she had caught a glimpse of another life. A life that held light and joy.
Due date:  August
Word count goal today: just editing now.
Something cool learned recently from research:  A quote - “Dogs look for love. Horses look for a leader."

Author:  Jean C. Gordon
Title: I'm calling it "Josh" for now
Hero and Heroine: Josh Donnelly and Tessa Hamilton
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Whatever it was, she was game. Tessa stood and offered Josh her hand. “You’re on.” If it would humor Josh for her to make a fool of herself in front of everyone she knew in the area by dancing the silly chicken dance and make him more agreeable to what she needed from him, she’d do it. For Grandma.
Due date:  November 2, 2015
Word count goal today: 109
Something cool learned recently from research:  There are very few civil engineering positions in the Paradox/Schroon Lake area of the Adirondack Mountains. (Probably cool only to me because it fits a need in my story.)

Author: Patricia Johns
Title: A Second Chance at Forever
Hero and Heroine: Ben Blake and Sofia McCray
Line:  LI Contemporary
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
"Mike Layton, you are under arrest. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney..."
Due date:  NOW!
Word count goal today: None, I'm at the editing stage
Something cool learned recently from research:  Police officers have spotlights that shoot out to the sides of their vehicles to aid in searches at night.

Author: Patty Smith Hall
Title: TBA
Hero and Heroine: Jefferson Muster and Kallie Huffman
Line: Contemporary
Paragraph from the page you're currently working on:
Frantic moments passed as the man lowered Mr. Anderson's limp body to the floor. Kallie knelt beside him, her eyes trained upon the old man's chest, her fingers moving instinctively to the soft tissue of his neck. No respirations, no pulse. Kallie titled his head back gently, plugged his nose between her fingers, and blew two quick breathes into his lungs. As she moved into position to start chest compressions, Kallie called out to God in a silent rage.
Due date: May 31
Word count goal today: working on edits
Something cool learned while doing research: the technology used in hospitals now is a far cry than what we had in my nursing days!

Author:  Barbara Phinney
Title: The Heiress and Proud Ranch
Hero and Heroine: Victoria and Mitchell
Line:  LIH
One paragraph from the page you are currently on: 
Victoria Templeton sank into the Queen Anne chair, her arms hanging over the delicately carved wood. Her mouth fell open in a most unfeminine manner as she gaped at her mother. “What do you mean, we’re broke?”
Due date:  N/A
Word count goal today:  1,000
Something cool learned recently from research:  That the curtains of a house are closed during mourning and invitations were sent to funerals in Victorian times.

Author: Mindy Obenhaus
Title: Healing the Warrior’s Heart
Hero and Heroine: Kaleb Palmer and Grace McAllen
Line:  Love Inspired
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  She quickly turned away, reminding herself that Kaleb was her boss. Ouray was only temporary. Come the end of the summer, she’d never see either of them again.
Due date:  June 1
Word count goal today:  1500 words
Something cool learned recently from research: The abandoned mining town of Ironton, Colorado was once and important transportation junction and a stage and supply center.

Author: Merrillee Whren
Title:  Working title:  The Hope’s Healing
Hero and Heroine:  Melody Hammond and Hudson Paine Conrick, IV
Line:  LI Romance
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Melody shaded her eyes as the first parachute opened, its rainbow of colors brightening the sky. A second one opened, then the third as the skydivers maneuvered their parachutes in a zigzag pattern, following each other toward the earth. Melody waited for the fourth one, but the diver continued to plunge earthward, his chute not opening.
Due date: April 20
Word count goal today: Doing revisions
Something cool learned recently from research: What RICE stands for when you have a sprained ankle. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate  

Author: Teri Wilson
Title: Alaskan Sanctuary 
Hero and Heroine: Ethan Hale and Piper Quinn
Line:  Love Inspired 
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:  
Someone had tried to kill one of her wolves. How could she go on after this? Even if Koko survived—and right now, survival hardly seemed like a given—how could she stay in a place where her wolves were so despised that someone had done this? It was over. Her sanctuary. Her dream. All of it.
Due date:  Tomorrow (!!!!)
Word count goal today: I don't have a specific word count today. I'm completely reworking the ending, because that seems like a normal thing to do the day before the book is due.
Something cool learned recently from research:  Alpine aconite, a flowering plant that grows in snowmelt, is sometimes called wolfs bane because it was once used to poison wolves.

Author: Terri Reed
Title: TBD—Working title Northern Border Patrol Book #4
Hero and Heroine: Liz Cantrell-owns an antique shop on Hilton Head Island. ICE agent Blake Fallon works to protect our northern border
Line: Love Inspired Suspense
Due date: May 8, 2015
Word count goal today: 2000
Something cool learned recently from research: Uncut diamonds are ugly, they look like ordinary rocks, but they have the potential to be worth millions.

Author: Sandra Orchard 
Title: Serena Jones Mysteries, book 2
Hero and Heroine: Serena Jones
Line: Revell publishing
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Nate led me down a set of steep, poorly lit stairs into the basement of a dry cleaning business. “You sure the place is still open.” 
         Due date: October 1st
Word count goal today: 1500
Something cool learned recently from research: How to forge paintings.

Author: Linda Goodnight
Title: THE RAIN SPARROW
Hero and Heroine:  Hayden Winters & Carrie Riley
Line: HQN
One paragraph from the page you are currently on:
Hayden rubbed a weary hand over his face. Dora Lee had called again last night but he hadn’t answered. The voice mail still lingered on his phone, also unanswered, haunting him, reminding him that he was a liar and a fraud.
Due date: July 15
Word count goal today:  I'm editing, trying to figure out where I took a wrong turn.
Something cool learned recently from research: During the Civil War, southerners sometimes used ground, roasted persimmon seeds to make a coffee substitute.

Author: Jolene Navarro
Title: Clear Water # 4 Surprise Dad
Hero and Heroine:  Angelica Ortega & Garrett Kincaid
Line: LI Contemporary
Due date: Just Turned in the proposal
Word count goal today: 500
A snippet:
Didn’t she realize how dangerous it was to be anywhere near the apartment let alone on the roof without any help? He rubbed his palm over his face. Getting upset would not help, but he did need patience. Getting out of the car he felt years older than twenty-eight.
Something cool learned recently from research: Children that have experienced violent domestic trauma can have the same symptoms of soldier returning from a war zone. Not very cool more on the sad side.


5 comments:

  1. LOL, I love reading what people are working on. I love even more reading what they learned during research.

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  2. I always look forward to seeing this!

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  3. What fun. Some great stories to look forward to.

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  4. Fun post today. I always enjoy reading what you all are working on (and love the research tidbits shared).
    Blessings, Patti Jo :)

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