Unraveling the Past Launch Party

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:

Unraveling the PastHow 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!


45 thoughts on “Unraveling the Past Launch Party

  1. 1
    Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Beth. I think it would be easier for me to choose truth, but I know sometimes the truth might not be the best option.

    • 1.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Hi, Jane! Congrats on nabbing the rooster *g* I’ve heard he’s always up for a dare!

      As a teen when I played Truth or Dare I usually chose truth, too, though sometimes that was a mistake :-)

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      Nancy Northcott says:

      Jane, congrats on the bird!

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    Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I can see where many times dare would be a mistake, I would have to choose truth.
    Congrats on the Rooster Jane, keep him busy today.

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    Barb says:

    Hi Beth

    Congrats on your book …. I have this on the ereader ready to read….. I have just finished the book I was reading so looks like I might read this one now.

    I think I would rather truth than dare …I am a bit of a coward lol

    Have a good day with GR Jane

    • 3.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Barb, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the story *g*

      LOL – I’m with you on choosing the truth. But there’s an element of risk with each one, isn’t there? Guess that’s what makes the game so much fun :-)

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    Anna Sugden says:

    YAY! Another wonderful Beth Andrews book! So excited about this book and the whole series! Love the cover too.

    Hmm I guess I’m a bit of a dare gal – despite my being a chicken most of the time! I can’t seem to resist dares and challenges. Maybe it’s my stubbornness and not liking to be told I can’t do something *g*.

    • 4.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Thanks so much, Anna! I’m LOL at how alike we are – I, too, am stubborn and can’t stand being told what I can or can’t do.

      But someone can dare me or challenge me and I’m okay with that *g* I think it comes from being challenged daily by my teens and knowing that at the end of the day, I’m still the one in charge no matter what they throw my way 😉

    • 4.2
      Beth Andrews says:

      Forgot to say: Thanks for the cover love! I’m thrilled with the covers for the trilogy so far and can’t wait see what In This Town looks like :-)

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    Maureen says:

    Congratulations on the new book and what an interesting idea. It is fascinating how much of your outlook is shaped by your parents. I think I would pick truth over dare because I just don’t have the nerve to go for the dare.

    • 5.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      It is fascinating how much of your outlook is shaped by your parents

      Oh, I agree, Maureen! Especially now that I have kids of my own, I find the Nature vs Nurture debate so fascinating *g* And whenever I write a book, I’m constantly thinking about how a character’s past helped shape them.

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    May Pau says:

    Congrats on your new book!

    I will probably pick truth since I never know what kind of dare I would have to do….. Truth seems safer.

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    pjpuppymom says:

    Happy Launch Party, Beth! You already know how much I loved this book. Now I’m counting days until the next one! :)

    It’s the truth for me!

    • 7.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Thanks so much, PJ! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book *g*

      So far the truth is ahead in this little poll *g* Maybe I’d be more fearful of it if I had any deep dark secrets :-)

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    Jo Robertson says:

    Whooo hooo, Beth! Congratulations on the release of your latest Super-romance and the new trilogy. Truth is always a tricky wish; sometimes we don’t want to know the truth.

    But I’d pick TRUTH rather than DARE in any game. I’m not very adventurous !

    • 8.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Truth is always a tricky wish; sometimes we don’t want to know the truth

      So true, Jo. The truth can be scary at times and just plain uncomfortable at others *g*

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    Gail Nichols says:

    I would pick “truth” because I don’t mind speaking my mind(within reason) and since I am in a wheelchair a dare would be hard for me to do:)

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    catslady says:

    I never played that game but I’d probably go with the truth. I’m not the bravest soul and a dare sounds more dangerous than the truth since I don’t care for dishonesty (unless it’s a white lie to make someone feel better).

    • 10.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Catslady, I’m pretty brave but the idea of doing a something that I may not want to do just because I made the wrong choice rubs me the wrong way *g* If I have to do something stupid or dangerous, I’d rather it be MY idea, LOL!

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    Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new series. It’s an intriguing premise; the daughters must have a lot of guilt about their assumptions.

    • 11.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Thanks, Kim! Actually, that was one of the best part about writing the trilogy – figuring out how the past and the truth affected each of the sisters. I found the whole experience very interesting – plus, I love writing about siblings :-)

  12. 12

    Woohoo! I love your books Beth and this one sounds fabulous. Already I can see this will be an emotional book – the kind I like to read.

    I’ve never played truth or dare. I’d probably sit back – see what kind of dares are presented to others – and then decide whether to risk it. I love a dare – as long as it doesn’t involve pain (mine), police, or injuring another. I don’t have any trouble sharing the truth – it is what it is – but I’d be curious and intrigued about the dare.

    • 12.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Thanks, Donna! I like your strategy! I played as a teen and luckily, our dares were pretty tame but as we were usually all friends, so were the truths :-)

  13. 13

    Beth, so excited I’ve got another great book from you to read. As you know, I’m a diehard fan of your writing! These sound fantastic! Congratulations on your release. Off to the Book Depository to order your book!

  14. 14

    Yay!!! A new Beth book! Congratulations, Beth!

    I love your Dear Reader letter and the way you explained the journey you took to write UNRAVELING THE PAST. You really intrigued me! I’m just glad I already have your book sitting here next to me so I don’t have to wait another minute to start it.

    I’m a “Truth” girl. Not that I don’t mind telling a fib once in a while, but I really don’t like being “dared” to do something. That game always scared me. Lord knows what I would’ve ended up doing. With my luck, it would probably involve me wearing a chicken suit. :-)

    • 14.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Lord knows what I would’ve ended up doing. With my luck, it would probably involve me wearing a chicken suit.

      LOL, Kate! I imagine you would totally OWN that chicken suit :-)

      Thanks so much for picking up UTP!

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    Nancy Northcott says:

    Beth, congratulations on this latest release! I know it will be fabulous.

    Truth or dare, huh? They have the potential to be equally dangerous, as some truths are explosive. I can’t pick. I’d have to know the subject, and I don’t think the game allows that. I surely do enjoy reading about other people’s secrets, though. Like the Sullivans’. *g*

    • 15.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      I’d have to know the subject, and I don’t think the game allows that

      Nancy, I’m the same way but you’re right, the game doesn’t work that way. It would be much safer – though probably less interesting *g* – if it did!

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    Pissenlit says:

    Happy launch party day, Beth! Which reminds me that I need to hit the store sometime soon… :)

    Whether I pick truth or dare tends to depend on who’s asking. I had a tendency to pick dare when I was younger ’cause my friends back then were too scared to come up with anything too extreme because they were afraid of payback on their turn. LOL!

    • 16.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      I had a tendency to pick dare when I was younger ’cause my friends back then were too scared to come up with anything too extreme because they were afraid of payback on their turn.

      LOL, we were the same way! Plus, I think we were too afraid that if the dare was too bad, the other players would give away some of our “truths” on the side :-)

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    Fedora says:

    Hmm… I think I’d be more likely to pick truth–in general, I don’t think I’ve got a whole lot I need to keep under wraps, and well, I don’t have the guts for a dare! Congrats on Unraveling the Past–it sounds awesome, Beth!

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    bn100 says:

    Congratulations on the book! I’d probably pick truth.

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    Louisa says:

    Congratulations on your latest, Beth! I am completely intrigued and cannot WAIT to read it. Your books never disappoint!

    I’m a bit of a dare girl, so I think I would choose dare. I’ve taken a couple of dares I’ve second guessed, but I always learn something from a dare – sometimes more than I want to know !

    • 19.1
      Beth Andrews says:

      Thanks so much, Louisa!

      I’ve taken a couple of dares I’ve second guessed, but I always learn something from a dare – sometimes more than I want to know !

      Good point! Hmm…maybe I should’ve taken more dares :-)

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    Mozette says:

    Congrats on your latest book! However when it came to that game, I always picked dare… as it’s always more fun; and people never knew how far I’d go to complete a dare.

    Truth was way too easy for me as I could have easily lied and nobody would have known if I was telling the truth or not; even if they asked my brother (who would normally agree with whatever I told them; and I’d back him if he was playing the game too, so we were a tag team in this thing! :D).

    So, it was always dare with me… plus it always makes things more fun when you’re trying to impress a guy. 😛

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    Kathleen O says:

    Beth, I love your books..
    As to taking the dare or the truth, it depends on who’s playing the game… But the sometimes the truth hurts more than the dare.. What’s a girl to do…