Thanks to Sylvia Day for hosting me today at Murder She Writes. I’ve been a fan of Sylvia’s work for years. I’ve been a reader of MSW for years. So having Sylvia as my host on a blog I read every day has left me a tad giddy. Plus TOMORROW is the release of Texas Two Step, the realization of a dream.
But then there’s this problem with me posting on a blog called “Murder She Writes.”
The problem? My debut book, Texas Two Step, doesn’t have a dead body in it. No stabbings. No murder. No stranglings. Not a cadaver to be found on any page. Plus no animals were harmed in the production of the book, if you don’t count the multitude of threats made to my dogs to leave me alone while I wrote.
But death can take different forms, can’t it? In the backstory to Texas Two Step, there is a death… the death of the relationship between Olivia Montgomery and Mitch Landry. The death of love between two people can be as painful, as emotionally destructive, as the physical death of a loved one.
Texas Two Step opens six years after their traumatic split. Life happens and time rolls by. Each has moved on and started over. You can read that in the book. Today let’s talk death of relationships.
As I wrote Texas Two Step, I actually wrote their break-up scene so I’d know how each character felt during the argument and after. I didn’t think I’d ever use the scene, but thought it’d help me with the emotional overtones. Do any of you other authors do this? Write scenes you know you’ll never use just to force yourself to experience the emotional energy?
If you’ve been following my blog tour, you may be aware that I’ve been posting episodic installments from Mitch and Olivia’s lives together from their first meeting to their first date to their first kiss. Today is the final episode of Texas Two Step-The Prequel, The Break-Up.
Tell me the best break-up scene from a book or movie that you’ve ever read or seen. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to do the movie research for great break-ups. Vulture.Com did it for me with this collection of famous and not-so-famous movie break-ups.
Can’t think of one from a book or movie? What about real life break-ups…have a story to share there?
I, of course, have never been dumped (*looks around for that bolt of lightning for lying*) but I’ll share my niece’s (Sorry, Amy.) In high school, her boyfriend broke up with her via text message. So sensitive. So caring. So deserving of a good ass-kicking, don’t you think?
So, let’s talk death of a relationship.
Today’s TTS Blog Tour Prize
Many guest bloggers can offer a copy of a backlist book to be given away as a potential prize for a blog commenter. As a debut author, I don’t have a backlist. But I do have some awesome author friends who have stepped forward and offered one of their books as a prize.
Today’s TTS Blog Tour Author Sponsor is Bell Books author Donnell Ann Bell. Donnell will send The Past Came Hunting to one lucky person who leaves a comment. (For U.S. residents only. Comments will also be counted toward the Texas Two Step Faithful Follower Gift Certificate.)
Leave a comment for a chance to win Donnell’s book! (which is getting rave reviews!)
Thank you for letting me share my excitement about Texas Two Step with you.
I was lucky enough to read Texas Two Step early and I loved it! Sexy and sweet with heart-tugging emotion. Don’t miss it! 🙂