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November is coming to a close, and so is the annual dare to write a book in thirty days. I don’t take the dare anymore. November isn’t mine to spend the time as I wish. It belongs to my husband and mother. So, while everyone else is racing to the end, I’m just now gearing up for the beginning—in December.
Along with Christmas shopping and cooking and partying and gift-giving, December also holds overtime for the man. The extra hours he works give me extra hours to work too. I have two goals for December: finish writing Ride to the Altar, book three in the Circle Bar Ranch series, and find a cover design for Skydiving to Love, a novella I wrote for The Bucket List Dare collection.
For Ride to the Altar, I need roughly 40K more words to finish the first draft. This one has been a killer for me. It took almost two entire years to figure out how to write it (a horror, since I announced in The Final Ride that it would be released this year), because the point of the novel was predetermined by some of my readers. They wanted to know what happened to Janet Parsons, Talon Carlson’s first fiancée, who was murdered the night before their wedding nine years before Ride to the Altar takes place. And, I have it on reliable authority that I stink as a mystery writer, so I have to solve the crime without turning the novel into a mystery.
Talk about your challenges.
Now, almost 40K words into it, I finally think I have it figured out. I know I’ll have to add some scenes, and I know the entire first scene will have to be ripped out (again) and its information disseminated elsewhere, but at least I’m finally on the right track.
So, while all you NaNoers are drawing to the end of your challenge, remember me as I start mine.
For everyone on the home stretch and for all those wondering if they’re going to make it, show some steel . . .
I love mystery novels. Cozy mystery, mystery suspense, mystery romance, police procedurals of any investigative branch. Sandra Orchard’s character is an investigator in a branch I haven’t thought of since one of my favorite TV shows was taken off the air: White Collar, featuring the FBI’s Art Crime division.
In the wonderfully titled A Fool and His Monet, we’re introduced to Serena Jones and her parents, partner, boss, apartment supervisor—a whole crew of folks who come to life in wonderful ways. Even her cat has a great personality. But my favorite is her aunt, a sleuth wannabe with questionable friends in unusual places.
Even Sandra’s bad guys are well developed to the point that one is amazingly sympathetic and the other takes you totally by surprise. The motive for the crimes, a theft of two paintings and the murders that may be tied to them, is both curious and unique. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that lust and greed aren’t always the reasons behind crime. Sometimes it’s simply I told you so.
Sandra presents a trans-series quest, the unsolved murder of Serena’s grandfather, and a fun twist to the mystery/romance. In this first in the series, we the readers get a vote on who Serena’s love interest will be: Nate, the boy-next-door type who is her apartment supervisor, or Tanner, the tough-guy-swagger type who is her partner.
The novel is chock full of wit, quirky family interactions, and suspense. Sandra Orchard wrote a prize winner. I highly recommend it.