I had a timeline of projects to do over the course of the next several months. It was an outline with fancy deadlines, and I was determined to stick to it.
But the funny thing about writing is that things very rarely go the way you intend. You may have a list of books you plan on writing, in a particular order, but then an idea will bite you and your priority will shift from your fancy list to this new idea.
That happened to me recently. I intended on spending the summer writing Iain’s book, and after that I wanted to start Jenna’s book, and once those were said and done, I toyed with the idea of writing a book for Crimson (all of these people are characters from the Collide series, for those of you scratching your head in confusion). I also penciled in a new series, but hadn’t given much thought to the mechanics of how or what or when. Iain and Jenna’s books were already outlined and ready to go, but each time I sat down to start one of them, my mind would be called elsewhere…to this new series that I hadn’t even considered focusing on.
I was bitten with a bug for these novels, and I completed the first book within one month. I don’t even know how I did that. In fact, looking back I’m completely astonished and rather perplexed. I know I had a couple of 10k days, and maybe a few 8k and 6k days, but still…one month to write 81,803 words? How in the hell did I pull that off? Did I even sleep?
Still, you need to run with it when you have it. Even if the other projects get set aside (for the time being), you need to embrace the writing bug and write while you’re hit with that inspiration.
So, without further do, I present to you the first synopsis for Rebel Soul, the first novel in the Rebel series:
Tessa Armstrong has one more summer at home before heading off to college with her best friend. She’s been counting down to this moment for a long time, waiting to be free of her overbearing brothers and overprotective father. Not to mention getting out of the small, suffocating town she’s grown up in.
The one thing Tessa hadn’t counted on; falling in love. She hadn’t thought she’d fall for anyone, least of all Brock Miller. He’s from the wrong side of the tracks, the kind of boy her father has always warned her against. He’s older, mysterious, and a little dangerous. Brock has a hard past, and the whole town not only knows it, but won’t let him forget.
Brock came back to town to take care of his ailing mother and struggling younger siblings. He doesn’t have time to fall in love, and definitely not with one of the town’s darlings.
But sometimes, Love comes fast and fierce unexpectedly.
Coming spring 2016!
Each book in the Rebel series will feature a character from the first book. I’m currently writing book two, Rebel Heart, and it’s a second chance love story about Tessa’s best friend and the youngest Miller brother, Braden. I don’t have an official synposis yet, but I do have this…
Elle: It’s been three years since Braden Miller broke my heart. In all that time, I haven’t been able to repair it myself. I left town with my best friend, intent on enjoying college and my newly found, reluctant freedom – but I just couldn’t shake him from my mind.
He was the one. I thought I was going to marry him. I thought I’d have his babies and that we’d grow old together.
Nobody can fill his shoes, and I’ve tried. I’ve dated a lot of guys in college and I met a good man just after I graduated. He loves me but it’s not enough. It’s not the way that Braden loved me. Nobody can bring me to life the way he can. And now I have to return home for a wedding, and I will have to see him again. I won’t escape this unscathed…
Braden: I’ve done a lot of stupid things in my life, but the stupidest thing I’ve ever done was push away the love of my life. I was hurting, I was angry, and I felt like I didn’t deserve her love. So I burned it down, and I pushed her away, and I fucking ran away from this town and everyone in it.
Now I’m back, and not just for the wedding. I know she’ll be there, and I want her back more than I’ve ever wanted anything before – I need her back, but she’s with someone else. If she’s happy with him, I’ll let her go forever. But if there’s a chance she still burns for me as much as I burn for her, I’ll be all in…
There will definitely be a third Rebel novel featuring Becky Miller, Brock and Braden’s sister, and her chance at love. I’m hoping to release all three books by the end of December 2016.
I’m really having a lot of fun writing about the Miller’s and each and every other character in this small, rural town in Ontario. The scene isn’t typical to what I usually write, the people are vastly different, and they are older too so I feel less restrictions. I think readers will enjoy this series quite a bit.