The title of this blog is so true in so many ways. Not only do I have kids at home in my YA target age group, but I’ve been caught in edits and promo work on not one but two different new releases! At the same time, I’m buried under the revisions of my adult romantic suspense book. Going from teen speak to hot sex between books…yeah, so not easy.
But that’s my life at home any way – well the teen speak to adult speak bounce at least!
Life as a writer, in my case, is all about balance. Between the different types of YA and adult characters in both my books and my life. Sometimes they blend wonderfully, then there’s the rest of the week…
But maybe all this confusion and chaos is a perfect medium to promote escapism – a necessity for me. Because when I write, I live inside my crazy characters and they live inside me. Poking me, prodding me, driving me to finish their stories. And I have to tell you, I’m soooo delighted to have this next instalment of Storey Dalton’s life finished. Why? Because this series all have cliffhanger endings.
Cliffhanger endings are fairly common in YA books, but there’s always pressure to get the next instalment completed. There is a similar pressure with any series, but for me, a cliffhanger ending adds to it. It’s like these characters are caught up in limbo land, usually in peril, waiting for me to extricate them. Then there are the constant emails from the readers who are hooked into the series that want to know when the next story is coming out…I’ve become great at excuses
So why did I write it that way? Yeah, I’d like to know the reason for that too Blame if on the teenagers, both in the book and in my house, that insisted that this is the way I had to do it!
What book am I talking about?
Drawing is her world…but when she’s banished to a deadly new world and needs help, it’s his world too.
Her… Storey Dalton wants to go home - but something goes terrifyingly wrong and she ends up in her worst nightmare. There’s no escape…not without Eric or her stylus. Then she finds someone who needs rescuing even more than she does…
Him… Eric Jordan races to save Storey, only to realize a close family member has betrayed them both. Now the enemy is closing in on him. When he meets up with Storey, he knows her plans are a bad idea, but she won’t be dissuaded…and it could be their only way of staying alive.
It… The stylus, now bonded to Storey’s artistic soul, is determined to survive this new chaos - against all odds. But damaged from a prolonged separation, he can’t help Story or Eric - without making things worse.
Them… Storey is determined to make things right. Eric is determined to help her. Neither counts the personal cost, until their very lives are in danger.
Also today, my book Maddy’s Floor, book 3 of the Psychic Vision series, is on for free! If you haven’t read it, here’s a chance to try it out.
Do you read YA? And if you do, what genres? Have you come across cliffhanger endings? If so, do you love ‘em or hate ‘em?