Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Books, Books, and More Books

Sometimes a story sticks with you long after the reading or writing process is finished.  As many of you know, I write a lot of stories.  I really wish I knew where they came from so I could bottle the process and sell it to every writer I know.  The closest I can come to an answer is that there's a well inside me that for decades I didn't know was there until I tapped into it.  And now I hope it never runs dry.  Anyway, I spend a lot of time with my stories, but generally when one is done, another is pressing into my mind and I have to let go.  However, there are characters who never seem to want to let go.  Geoff and Eli never did, Bobby, Sam, and Sean are still there, happy and content.  Now I have to ass Carter, Donald, and Alex to that list. 

After finishing Fire and Ice, I went on to other projects as I usually do, but those three kept winding their way back into my thoughts.  They don't have another story to tell, at least not right now.  They tell me that they're happy for now, but are starting to point me toward a friend of theirs.  He doesn't have a name yet, but I know he needs help and its my job to find him a hero.  So soon I'll be starting work on the follow up to Fire and Ice because these three, when they start to chatter, become very insistent.    Now if they'd only be quiet long enough for me to finish my current manuscript I'd be thrilled.

Carter Schunk is a dedicated police officer with a difficult past and a big heart. When he’s called to a domestic disturbance, he finds a fatally injured woman, and a child, Alex, who is in desperate need of care. Child Services is called, and the last man on earth Carter wants to see walks through the door. Carter had a fling with Donald a year ago and found him as cold as ice since it ended.

Donald (Ice) Ickle has had a hard life he shares with no one, and he’s closed his heart to all. It’s partly to keep himself from getting hurt and partly the way he deals with a job he’s good at, because he does what needs to be done without getting emotionally involved. When he meets Carter again, he maintains his usual distance, but Carter gets under his skin, and against his better judgment, Donald lets Carter guilt him into taking Alex when there isn’t other foster care available. Carter even offers to help care for the boy.

Donald has a past he doesn’t want to discuss with anyone, least of all Carter, who has his own past he’d just as soon keep to himself. But it’s Alex’s secrets that could either pull them together or rip them apart—secrets the boy isn’t able to tell them and yet could be the key to happiness for all of them.
Also while I have your attention:  Fire and Water is currently on sale for $1.00 at both Dreamspinner and Amazon.  So be sure to take advantage and while the sale lasts.

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Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing)  He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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  1. There are some characters that just stay with you. Love the covers. Off to get my copies.

  2. Made me laugh on a week that has so far been pretty dismal