Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Second Chance for The Second Chance Series





I just rebranded two books with new cover and titles. Forgive Me and Love Me (Parts 1 & 2 of The Second Chance Series) are now available. (Formerly The Secret Song of the Ditch Lilies, Parts 1 & 2.)

This series has a special place in my heart because it's patterned after the community where I grew up. There's more of me in these books than in anything I've ever written. I recently told the story of how this series came about to my newsletter subscribers, so if you read it there, I'm sorry for being repetitive. But I wanted to share it on my blog as well, since it's been on my mind. 


People always ask me where I get ideas for stories, and I tell them they come from many different places--sometimes I can't even pinpoint the moment the seed started to germinate. But in the case of this story, I remember the exact moment the idea came to me. My husband and I were driving down a lonely stretch of highway. The landscape was stunning with the rolling hills and lush vegetation. I looked at my husband, a trace of awe in my voice. "Isn't this the most incredible place you've ever seen?" He looked from side to side, growing thoughtful before he answered. "I dunno," he finally said, "all I see are a bunch of trailers, pines, and power lines." I about jumped out of my seat as a rush of excitement went through me.  "What did you say?" He repeated his statement. "That's a great title," I exclaimed. I called my mom and told her the story. Then I asked:  "Do you think we could write something that involves trailers, pines, and power lines?" Little did I know at the time, but that simple question would morph into a touching and tender story about redemption and a second chance at love. (It would take us two years to finish writing these books.) While I grow attached to all of my characters, there's more of me in these books than in anything I've ever written. As I was going over edits and formatting these books, I found myself getting caught up in the story all over again and crying and laughing with the characters. I hope you'll take the time to read it and that you'll come to love it as much as I do!

Both books are only 99 cents each. If you have a subscription to Kindle Unlimited you can read them for free.



Description:

Spine-tingling suspense meets sweet romance in this touching and tender story about the power of redemption and second chances. 

What if the one thing you wanted most was the one thing you could never have? What If you’d done something so terrible that you could never go back? 

Delia Reynolds has it all—money, social status, a husband that loves her. Then why is she so miserable? Why is she haunted by her past? 

Delia tries to mold her daughter, Sybil, into her debutante life, but it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Needing a new life, Sybil flees the fast-paced life of Atlanta and takes her daughter to, of all places, Delia’s hometown, nearly sending Delia over the edge. Faced with the trauma of losing her daughter to the place she spent a lifetime trying to escape, Delia is forced to relive the trauma of the past—trauma that began when her younger sister fell for the son of a snake handler. 

Sybil takes a job at a real estate office and unwittingly becomes entangled in an explosive battle that escalates to murder. She becomes involved in a tempestuous relationship with Kade Langston who’s everything she ever wanted in a man and more. She starts to suspect there may be more to him than meets the eye when one of the partners in the real estate group turns up dead. 

Will Delia and Sybil get the second chances they so desperately seek, or will the secrets of the past destroy them?




Also, something extra ... My friend Marnie Pehrson interviewed me about these books when they first came out in 2014. If you want an in-depth look about these stories, check it out.









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