Unraveling the Past Launch Party
Posted by Beth Andrews Jun 20 2012, 4:00 am
Time for another launch party in the lair! UNRAVELING THE PAST, my latest book for Superromance, and the first story in The Truth about the Sullivans trilogy, is available now. Yay! Here’s the back cover copy:
How do you work for a guy who took the job you wanted? Every time Captain Layne Sullivan runs into Chief Ross Taylor, she struggles with that issue. It doesn’t help that he’s a by-the-book cop who expects everything done his way. It also doesn’t help that he’s hot. Ignoring that little fact is impossible–she’s tried!
Then Layne’s world is turned upside down when human remains are discovered…and the case has a personal connection. Suddenly she’s glad Ross is so thorough, because he’ll get to the truth. And his search brings them closer, fueling the attraction that’s out of control. As secrets and lies from the past surface, Layne’s biggest challenge is fighting for a future – with Ross in it.
And this is the Dear Reader letter I wrote for UTP:
Writers are often asked where we get our ideas. The truth is, I have no clue how I come up with my stories. Sometimes it’s from something I see on TV, others it’s a line or two from a newspaper article or even lyrics from a song. All I know is that my books usually start with a character, one who grabs my attention, who has some fatal flaw they need to get past or an emotional wound that needs healed. Once I have that character in mind, I focus on writing a story that pushes them to grow and change and earn their Happily Ever After.
It wasn’t that way with The Truth About The Sullivans trilogy. As a matter of fact, the premise for all three stories came from one simple quote: The truth will set you free.
It’s a simple concept, but also one that can be very powerful. At least, that’s what I found out when I wrote these stories. I had to know what would happen if three sisters discovered their mother, the woman they’d thought had abandoned them, had actually been murdered.
The answers surprised me. For Layne Sullivan, the eldest daughter and heroine of Unraveling the Past, discovering what really happened to her mother meant a complete reevaluation of everything she’d always believed. It also meant facing some hard truths about herself, the resentments she’s held onto all these years and her ability to forgive—others and herself.
Writing three books based on this one idea challenged me and (I like to think) helped me grow as a writer. But one thing didn’t change – my commitment to making my characters as ‘real’ to my readers as they are to me *g*
(If you’re interested in a couple of quick excerpts of UTP, eHarlequin has one up here: http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?itemid=26025&cid=416 And I have one up on my site here: http://bethandrews.net/unraveling-the-past/)
Since the trilogy is all about the truth, I’m wondering what you would choose: Truth? Or dare? Anyone picked dare only to wish they’d chosen truth? One commenter will win a copy of UNRAVELING THE PAST!