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Taken By Storm / 2009 / Razorbill /
Sing Me to Sleep / 2010 / Razorbill /
Unbroken Connection / 2010 / Self Publishing /
Michelle and I have become great friends through the internet. She’s as passionate about Michael and Leesie as I am. She was one of the first bloggers who rallied around me when I got the truly devastating news that my editor was leaving Penguin and her boss had decided not to publish Unbroken Connection. (If you don’t believe me, buy a copy and check out the acknowledgment page!) I’m sure most of you know, that she had her designer in Europe come up with several, “Don’t Break the Connection” icons and featured them on her blog. I owe her huge thanks for that! I also want to offer gigantic thanks to everyone who posted the icons on their own blogs. And I must say, thank you a million times over for this fantastic week that she’s devoted to Unbroken Connection.
Now, listen up. Today, I get to tell you a story on Michelle. If you read the first chapter of Unbroken Connection (which you can do for free on my website), you’ll find Michael and Leesie chatting about a passionate farewell make-out scene at the airport before he flew off to Thailand. Michelle followed my series of posts about cuts I made to Taken By Storm on my website’s liv2writ blog and asked me if that scene at the airport was one of the scenes that ended up getting cut. “Nope,” I wrote back. “I didn’t ever write that scene.”. Her reply was something like, “Are you kidding me? I’m going to die if I don’t read that scene!”
I would write a whole book for Michelle, so of course, I wrote, “Airport Goodbye” and posted it on my website. She loved it, and I’ve got to thank her. Michelle keyed into something I’d missed. That scene at the airport is an essential link between the two books. Michael and Leesie’s lips and hearts give into what their minds are still trying to deny. That moment at the airport is pivotal it ignites a whole new chapter in their story. They’ve changed over the months they were apart, grown, matured and so has the love they have for each other.
I hope you love Unbroken Connection. I have to warn you it’s a second book. The ending is definitely a cliff-hanger. Sorry. Second book rules that can’t be broken.
I’m doing something really exciting with the third and final book in Michael and Leesie’s journey, Cayman Summer. I’m writing it this fall and I’m going to blog it all as I write it. So you’ll get to be part of my whole creative process from messy rough drafts to half-baked poems to polished chapters. I’m hoping all my readers come by and comment and offer suggestions. My first post is scheduled for October 15th. The blog is under construction, but we’d still love to have you stop by and take a look. Don’t forget to feed the fish. I can’t write a book set in Grand Cayman without fish! So that’s http://caymansummer.blogspot.com/
Thanks again, Michelle! You are fantastic.
All my love,
I want to thank Angela Morrison for visiting Windowpane Memoirs. It’s been a pleasure.