There's a part of me that really wishes I was starting a brand shiny new book, but since that's not the case, here we are. I've added the wordcount for the first chapter because I know the first chapter is fine. I know this because in the last year I have edited it... oh, I dunno... about a gazillion times? Having said that, I'll re-read it just to be sure and to get me back into the story since I haven't looked at this book in MONTHS. And since I've kinda re-titled it, re-cast and know I have to tear it apart... Lots...
So, starting at the cover page and running on the theory I can't take any chances and there may have been a negative vibe from the last title because it had the word 'reluctant' in it, I now dub this WIP "Irresistible". Much better I think, don't you? Particularly for a Modern Heat.
Livvie now looks much more like Charlize Theron. I wanted someone who could look like she was ultra-efficient work-wise, fun and playful with her friends and sexy as get out with my hero, and thanks to Ms. Theron, I now have pics for all of those moods in case I need visual inspiration. She's someone I haven't 'cast' before, so it'll be interesting to see what (if anything) comes my way. Though, to be completely honest, it wasn't my heroine who was causing me problems last time. Now that I've narrowed that down for you, do you wanna take a guess who was giving me problems?
While Christian Bale may be the very lovely Ally Blake's everlasting muse, as a hero he was as much help to me as Hugh Jackman was when I was writing The Return Of The Rebel. I switched heroes that time and ended up with a hero who practically wrote himself. Here's hoping the gorgeous Michael Trucco can do the same thing for me with Blake! I bought the entire Battlestar Galactica series on DVD a while back, watched it from beginning to end with my family - and I officially love this guy. I'm even tempted to rename my hero Sam, but we'll see how we go, shall we? Baby steps and all that.
SO. Here's how it's gonna go. Since my last post some of the loveliest, most supportive Blog readers and bestest friends in the whole wide world have left messages for me that cheered me up no end! Some of them are starting back to work today too. So, if you are, let me know and keep me posted on how you're getting on. If you have a Blog leave me a link and I'll add it to a list at the end of each day's post so folks can check in on you (if you like). I think the ever lovely and patient Janet is organizing a thread in the Members Forum (link in the sidebar) for those without a Blog and for anyone who wants to brainstorm along the way. I'll send regular updates via Twitter (again, link in the sidebar) during the day to keep you posted (and so you can nudge me if I go AWOL and cyber-hug me if I crumble again) and let's see if we can't kick 2010 off to the right kind of start!
Okay... HERE GOES...
(Should I be this nervous?!)
P.S. Office pics later when I vacuum.