When research attacks

So I have finished the re-write on Anywhere But Here (I’m keeping the title) and I’m about 12 chapters in on The Long Way Home (also keeping the title). I’m finding TLWH will have more changes. It was a shorter book (by about 20K!), so I have a lot more to work with in terms of word count if I want to add things.

One of the things I’ve been conscious of is needing the characters to have a bit more focus toward school and college and all that goes along with that. TLWH was written after the main series initially, and I think I glossed over a lot of college prep, which realistically would have been a much bigger focus.

That will also be a focus of the college -set part of the series (they need to go to class more lol), so I’ve done a lot of college related research.

From dorm room tours on YouTube to reunion blogs with tons of 1989-1993 era photos, I’ve been hitting Google pretty hard. I’ve learned how to loft a bed, rode the Green Line D from start to finish, looked through old ’90s course catalogues, Street View walked around Boston, and started mind constructing a campus in a specific location.

In short, research attacked. The re-writing has slowed as I’ve immersed myself in college research. It’s helped for this book because there are a lot of things I forgot the characters would have to worry about their senior year of high school, so it’s given rise to a few story ideas.

If you’ve read the Streetwise/Brookline series in the past and have some comments or suggestions, please leave them here or email me – arieswriting@gmail.com. I’ll be thanking all contributors in the books.

Oh, and if you’re good at titling books, start brainstorming, because I’m at a complete loss. Titles will be the death of me. I’m serious. We’re looking at Book Title 3 and so on now …

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The future of the Brookline University series

I began writing the Brookline University series in 1998, completed the four books in 2005, and began publishing the series in 2008. The series roots go back much further – I created Joy Morrison in 1989 and gave her a twin in 1990.

The first time I mentioned Joy in my story diary she was 28. In a later entry I said she looked like Heather Graham circa License to Drive (based off the pic on the left here).

Since completing the four book series I’ve also written and published two prequels (the Streetwise series) and written a sequel that hasn’t been published (and was a big reason for what I’m now doing with the series). The prequels, which were re-written before publication this year, have a very different tone and vibe from the main series – one that I prefer.

When I first wrote the series, I was only a few years out of high school – the same age as the characters – and a lot of plots I wrote reflected my age. As time marched on, I wanted to change things, but as anyone who’s ever written knows, when you change one thing, it affects another and another … and pretty soon you have a major re-write on your hands.

Libby had an early-on middle name change, became Joy’s twin, and they both got younger.

I have wanted to rewrite the series for a number of years, but being in the middle of publishing it, it seemed like a bad idea. After the release of the prequels and when writing the sequel I realized I really wanted the main series to be just as good and match the tone of the other books. I resented having to include certain things in the prequels just because they were established in the main series, and it really got me focused on a rewrite.

So in 2019, I’ll be rewriting the entire Brookline series, including the Streetwise prequels. Because of this, the books are now out-of-print and no longer available.

I’m not sure how much will change – I’ve considered a name change for the school they go to, for one – but there are some changes I know I’m making that will affect every book. I foresee the biggest changes in the main series, not so much the prequels.

I know exactly what happens to all of the characters in the series now (I didn’t when I wrote it … I actually had no plan for where the series would go after their college years … and sometimes not even during the series itself). I really want to be able to write sequels, and I also have a spinoff series in the works, but none of that can happen without some changes to the main series.

I promise when the books are re-released, members of my newsletter list will be able to get them all at a steep discount.

If you’ve read any of the Brookline University books, here’s your chance to send me some feedback. Anything you hated? Things you’d change? Did I get some things horribly wrong (I know I did), and are there things you definitely don’t want me to change? Characters you loved? Want to see more or less of? Plots you thought were dumb? Plots you appreciated?

Either comment here or click on the Contact button above to shoot me an email. Your comments will really help me with rewrites, and everyone who comments will get a thank you in the book (so please indicate what name you’d like me to use in the thank yous).

Thanks so much and I can’t wait to bring you these books in 2019 (if I can edit that fast … send me some speed vibes too!)

Neon and Tinsel (Sin City, #3.5) for Christmas

If you love novellas set at Christmas, be sure to pick up a digital copy of Neon and Tinsel, book 2.5 in the Sin City series.

Neon and Tinsel takes place at Christmas 1966, with visits to Tim Kelly’s strained family Christmas, Darla Redmond’s holiday back home in Ohio, Jake Wheeler’s cold Christmas in North Dakota, and Ruby’s attempt at Christmas-ifying Rett’s bar in Las Vegas.

Digital Versions:

Amazon Kindle US
Amazon Kindle Canada
Amazon Kindle UK
Amazon Kindle Australia
Amazon Kindle France
Apple iBookstore
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Indigo.ca
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Tilt release date – November 15 2017!

Mark your calendars – Tilt, book 1.5 in the Sin City series, will be released on November 15, 2017.

Tilt occurs simultaneously with Sin City, following the stories of the minor characters. Catch up with Bill Pearce, Ray Roth, Diana Kelly, Jake Wheeler, Darla Redmond and Jimmy Lewis.

Pre-orders will be available soon. Want to be the first to know? Sign up for my mailing list and get all the latest news, as well as three free ebooks.

 

Piece of Work – FREE prequel to Sin City

Piece of Work, a free prequel short to the Sin City series, is available for FREE if you click Free Books above.

When it was released to sales outlets, it peaked at number 2 on the free Kindle Short Reads for Mystery, Thriller and Suspense.

Piece of Work free prequel on Amazon
Tim Kelly has never been a fan of the Chicago Mob, and in 1965 Las Vegas, they’re the only game in town.

Tim’s latest venture has caught the attention of Sam Wyatt, a Fremont Street mobster with two casinos. Unfortunately, he’s also caught the attention of the Chicago Outfit’s most ruthless enforcer. Now Tim has a choice to make – play ball or stake his own claim – and his decision could have lasting effects.

 

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Sin City Promos Roundup

I had some great Sin City promos since the release, and I’m playing catch-up on the blog after a few busy weeks. Here’s a breakdown of some websites that featured Sin City over the last month.

 

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Oct 24 – ARC reviewer On Two Feet reviewed the book on their blog and at Goodreads. Thanks so much!

Nov 1 – I did a guest blog post at Urban Book Reviews on Research in Las Vegas and preparing to write Sin City. Thanks to Urban Book Reviews for the opportunity – I really enjoyed writing the article. Any chance to talk about Las Vegas!

Nov 7Sin City was reviewed by the Genre Minx. The reviews also appear on Goodreads, Amazon and LibraryThing. Thanks so much for your review!

Nov 7Sin City was a Weekly Featured read at Quiet Fury Books. We really appreciate it!

Dec 2 – I did an interview with The Writing Greyhound. Thank you for the interview.

Sin City also has a page on TVTropes. There are no plot spoilers visible. Also, sorry, you’re about to lose hours of your time on that site lol.

I have a few more things in the works, and I’ll post about them as soon as I can. Thanks to everyone who has purchase Sin City and reviewed it. If you have your copy, please think about leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

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Sin City available now in print and ebook

Sin City Available Now!

Find it on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, iTunes and more

Sin City available now in print and ebook, so check below for links to purchase or visit the Sin City book page.

Digital Versions:

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Print Versions:

Amazon Paperback ($14.95 USD)

Lulu Trade Paperback ($13.95 USD)
Lulu Hardcover ($23.95 USD)

Canadians can buy via Lulu, as Amazon’s KDP Print program does not yet publish to Amazon.ca. There are often great coupon codes on Lulu for free shipping or discounts on books, so don’t hesitate to contact me for the latest coupon code.

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Sin City Blurb

Read the Sin City blurb here!

Sin City is being released November 1st, I’ve shared the cover, and now it’s time for the “back of the book” blurb.

Las Vegas, 1966.

There are parts of Sin City the neon lights don’t reach, and only the desperate and dangerous venture into the city’s seedy backstreets, where gangsters rule, the floating poker games never stop, and people disappear without a trace.

Ruby Gordon is desperate. She has nowhere else to go when her brother opens his home to her. He runs an off-the-books juke joint, and she is fascinated by the most dangerous – and handsome – of his clientele.

Tim Kelly is dangerous. His father never achieved notoriety with the Chicago Outfit, but Tim has aspirations to strike out on his own. He has plans, and they don’t include a naive newcomer.

Jake Wheeler is both. The Airman-turned-rodeo-rider is as gorgeous as he is foul-tempered, and he’s Tim’s not-so-friendly rival. When he notices Tim’s interest in Ruby, he’s determined to derail Tim’s plans.

The three of them are on a collision course, but there’s only one rule in Vegas: The house always wins.

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Sin City Release Announcement and Cover Reveal

The Sin City release is coming soon!

Release Date

I shared this information with my newsletter a little while ago, so now it’s time to share with everyone else. Sin City will be released on November 1st, 2016!

It will be available in print and ebook format. The book is already listed on Goodreads, so please add it as a To Read.

Cover Reveal

Sin City Release

The cover was designed by J Caleb Design. It captures the feeling of the 1960s and Las Vegas.

My excitement is growing for everyone to read it. For more exclusive info on releases, discount codes and freebies, as well as contest announcements, join my mailing list. If you sign up now, you’ll receive a FREE ebook copy of Brookline University: Freshman Year.

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