My eyebrows shot up at Alex’s suggestion, it actually made a lot of sense. I could focus all of my attention on my date and not have to worry about looking like the pathetic spinster that never moved on in front of Braden and everyone else. Braden didn’t need to know that I spent more time than I cared to admit thinking about what we’d once had and missing it; missing him.
I sighed, my breath whooshing out from my lungs loudly. “The problem is finding a date…Barrie isn’t exactly full of potential.”
“Ouch, that stung,” Alex exclaimed, clenching a hand over his heart, a teasing smile playing on his lips.
Those are 7 lines, starting on page 7, at line 7 of my current Work In Progress; Rebel Heart, a Rebel Series novel. I was dared by the lovely Christa Simpson to partake in this fun challenge.
So, what the hell is going on here? Some of you may know that this summer, I started writing a new series; the Rebel series. I completed book one, titled Rebel Soul, at the beginning of August, and it will be releasing in the spring of 2016.
I’m really not sure at this point if Rebel Heart is going to be the third or second book in the series, but it’s the one that I’m currently working on now (screw doing things in order, am I right?). Rebel Heart features two characters from Rebel Soul; Braden Miller and Elle Thompson. Braden is Brock’s younger brother and Elle is Tessa’s best friend. They are the reason why Brock and Tessa end up together. Seeing them together helps Tessa pull away from her assumptions of what it means to fall in love.
I spotted Elle and Braden sitting on a huge blanket on the grass. She was resting between his legs, her head against his chest, and he was whispering something to her that made her smile. I paused, watching them for a moment, and realized just how happy my best friend was when she was with him. She glowed. She sparkled from the inside out.
Braden tipped her chin up gently, bringing his lips to hers tenderly. They were completely lost to the world. Watching them made my heart ache a little.
I used to think that Elle’s romantic heart was just finding love where it didn’t exist, turning fairy tales into truth, but after watching the two of them together, it was obvious that she was living it; breathing it. She was in love, and it was getting harder and harder to dislike Braden. He wasn’t the same guy when he was with her – he was changed.
— an excerpt from Rebel Soul, Book One of the Rebel Series by J.C. Hannigan
Blinded by grief and turmoil, Braden pushes away the girl he loves, afraid that she’ll end up leaving him too. And thus, Rebel Heart was born – a second chance romance picking up a few years after Rebel Soul ends.
I’m honestly super excited about this series. I know that I’ve kind of given myself a notorious name (like, literally. I’ve nicknamed myself The Slaughterer of The Stereotypical HEA), but this series is different because I don’t do that! I mean, I do (sorry Elle, sorry Braden), but the main characters get their HEA within one (rather large) book.
Each book in the Rebel series will feature one of the infamous Miller children – Brock, Becky, and Braden. The Millers have always been that family…the one the gossip mill keeps front and center. They had a tough upbringing and were always considered “dangerous” or “troublemakers”. They are good people born from bad circumstances, rising above those circumstances and making lives for themselves. They’re completely complex – and you guys know I dig those complex layers!
So, yeah. I had a lot of fun doing this challenge – thanks for the dare, Christa! If you’re an author, I encourage you to do this challenge too! It’s a pretty awesome way of giving your readers a little glimpse at what’s coming next. 😉
As for the tagging…if you’re an author (or an aspiring author with a work in progress), consider yourself tagged! I know I’m supposed to tag seven people myself, but honestly my brain is mush right now. 😉