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Going back in time…
I realize that some writers keep files of books partially written, unedited, masterworks that will eventually reach completion. I’m not one of those but I admire them. I’ve only ever abandoned two writing projects in my life. The first was my second MF book. Once I decided that my true love was MM romance, I never got in the mood to go back and finish that book. In fact, I lost the flash drive I’d saved it on years ago, so I couldn’t, if I wanted to.
The second book was called “I Dare You”. I wrote most of it about two years ago but it wasn’t working for me so I set it aside for about a year and then went back later with fresh eyes. I decided it wasn’t terrible, so I started going through it again from the beginning, fixing the things that hadn’t worked for me the first time around. When I finished it last year, I submitted it and my publisher liked it. Ha. It worked out.
I don’t like abandoning anything. It’s not in my nature. I used to call that behavior OCD and I guess it is to some degree. In truth, I happen to be one of those glass-half-full people who has confidence in what I do. I guess what I do works for other people too. I do sell some books and that keeps me motivated to continue.
I’m amazed at authors who write multiple books at the same time. I’ve never been able to do that. I have a hard time even writing different series at once. I’ve done it but I don’t like it. I don’t think it serves me or my readers. For me, I have to stay focused. Keeping in character is important. That’s my process and I realize it’s not the way everyone writes. It’s just mine.
Writing Jarrett and Thayne’s story has not been easy because those books take so much time and research but as far as staying in character, I’ve not cheated on them in the two years that I’ve been writing them. They’ve been my go-to boys and I’ve loved spending the time it’s taken to bring their stories to life. I’ve loved watching them meet, begin to work together—first to stay alive—and then as a job, be separated and then reconnect, and eventually fall in love, meet each other’s families, and form a deep bond. I’ve developed a rhythm just like they have.
Now after six books, I’m ready to move on… but that’s for now. I need to start something new but leaving them behind is so hard. As I approached the end of the Death and Destruction series of six books, I became sad. I realize that for my own sanity I need to move on to different characters for a while. I wanted to step into a new world (in this case, paranormal shifters) for just a little while, before going back to Jarrett and his antics. See, if I leave him and Thayne behind, I’ll really be heartbroken.
The truth is, I have fallen for these men and their friends, Sarah, Tim, Lincoln, Mac and the others. I hope when I do go back, and I will, that their stories will still mean as much to my readers as they do to me. As always, thank you for taking the journey alongside me. You’ve no idea what it means to me.
Death and Destruction Series
Title: Thunder and Lightning (Death and Destruction Book 6)
Author: Patricia Logan
Publisher: Westburg Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Page Count: 320
Jarrett Evans and Thayne Wolfe have been partnered in the ATF for nearly two years and their love and commitment to each other has grown over time. Now faced with one final challenge, the boys are headed to Arizona to help Thayne’s mom, stumbling headfirst into a brand new case. When a man is shot on Dot’s sister’s ranch, their informal investigation leads to the Native American reservation bordering the property.
Juggling tricky tribal politics isn’t something Jarrett and Thayne are accustomed to but, as with most things in their lives, nothing is ever uncomplicated. When a surprise sighting shakes Thayne to his very foundation, they call out for help and their colleagues ride to the rescue along with a little help from the FBI. The mystery on the reservation only deepens when they start putting two and two together. Questionable cigarettes at the Ahtunowhiho Trading Post may be the least of their worries.
From the mean streets of Los Angeles to the vast deserts of Arizona, Thayne and Jarrett once again brave the minefields of bad guys, bigshots, and a vicious betrayal that kicks them in the ass. But one thing is certain. Thru thunder and lightning, Jarrett and Thayne are never alone. They’ll fight for each other down to the last man standing, even if it costs them their very lives.
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International bestselling author Patricia Logan, resides in Los Angeles, California. The author of several #1 bestselling erotic romances in English, Italian, French, and Spanish lives in a small house with a large family. When she’s not writing her next thriller romance, she’s watching her grandchildren grow up way too soon, and raising kids who make her proud every day. One of her favorite tasks is coaxing nose kisses from cats who insist on flopping on her keyboard while she types. Married to a wonderful gentleman for 30 years, she counts herself lucky to be surrounded by people who love her and give her stories to tell every day.