Latest YA Outside the Lines Blog Post

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There are people who are energized by rejection, the ones who look rejection in the face and become even more determined to succeed and prove people wrong. Rejection  becomes the fuel that keeps them moving forward, the catalyst needed to be even more determined to succeed and flip naysayers the bird.

The Luke Sequel

So when is it coming out? (that seems to be the big question I’m always asked) The answer is May 2018.

That said, I have to admit, I’m completely nervous that after all the waiting and build up, it will be a disappointment. So I’m hoping it meets expectatations, fingers crossed.

Some changes…

So where are Luke and Emily? Well, there’s a reason the book was delayed and it’s because I didn’t think something was working. I couldn’t put my finger on it and I kept tinkering and tinkering. There are parts I loved and parts… well, that I didn’t love so much. And then it hit me – Luke. I felt like we needed to hear from him, that this time around we needed to know more about what he was thinking and going through. So that’s what’s happening. This time around, it’s not just Emily we’re hearing from, but Luke as well. Some chapters are told entirely from his point of view, and it’s been so much fun writing them! I’ve never written from a guy’s point of view before and I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I’m pretty happy with it!

One more quick excerpt from the sequel to The Book of Luke

After three weeks of playing where in the world is Emily Abbott, I’d become intimately familiar with the proper procedures for take-off and landing, read the seatback safety card enough times to identify the nearest exit within three seconds of entering an aircraft, and memorized the Sky Mall catalog from cover to cover. My personal favorites among the infinitely useless, and sometimes downright disturbing, catalog items were, in no specific order: The Human Sling Shot, which involved four people slinging back and forth at one another inside a human-sized rubber band; decorative toilet flush handles for people who want to hold onto a whale’s as they wash away evidence; and a talking dog collar with remote control, because having a human voice emanate from Fido’s throat isn’t creepy, right?

An Excerpt from the Sequel to The Book of Luke

OK. Here is more. Thanks for the emails and posts and comments asking for more. Hopefully this will tide you over a little bit longer, until the book is ready, which should be soon (I hope). Enjoy!

You can read the excerpt here.


The Luke Sequel – WTH is it coming out?

OK, here’s the situation. It’s almost done. It’s been almost done for months. It should have been out way before now. So why isn’t it? Well, I don’t just write, I also own my own company, and like books have readers, companies have clients. And they are needy. And they have deadlines (just like books). Unfortunately, they are way more demanding than the characters in a book (who kind of disappear when you turn off your laptop, even if they stay in your head).

Of Monsters and Manuscripts

I looked up the definition:

Monster – an imaginary creature that is typically large, ugly, and frightening. 

My first reaction when reading that definition? It sounds like a manuscript in progress to me.

The Next Chapter of Luke – what’s it all about?

Well, here’s a little idea of what the sequel has in store for Emily and Luke… (cover to be unveiled shortly!)

After a senior year filled with ups and downs and a notebook that almost cost her everything she cared about most, life has finally fallen into place for Emily Abbott.

With graduation behind her and college acceptance a certainty, Emily is looking forward to a perfectly predictable summer. Her plans for a cushy job on Cape Cod with best friends Josie and Lucy, and time to finally enjoy a normal relationship with Luke, are just what she needs.

Cover Reveal – Jen Doktorski’s THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME

TH SUMMER AFTER_CVR_Highres (3)I love a good summer story. My friend, author Jen Doktorski, has a book coming out in the Spring that is the perfect summer book. THE SUMMER AFTER YOU AND ME won’t be available until Spring, but she’s letting us reveal the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous? And check out the description below:

Sunbathing, surfing, eating funnel cake on the boardwalk—Lucy loves living on the Jersey Shore. For her, it’s not just the perfect summer escape, it is home. And as a local girl, she knows not to get attached to the tourists. They breeze in over Memorial Day weekend, crowding the shore and stealing moonlit kisses, only to pack up their beach umbrellas and empty promises on Labor Day. Lucy wants more from love than a fleeting romance, even if that means keeping her distance from her summertime neighbor and crush, Connor.

Another chapter for the sequel to LUKE… read on

I’ve already posted the first two chapters of the sequel to THE BOOK OF LUKE. So I thought I’d give you one more, just because it’s summer, and that’s where the next chapter starts, at their high school graduation… Enjoy! (you can also read chapter 3 here, chapter 2 here, and chapter 1 here)

Chapter 3

 “So now what?” Luke was waiting for me under the apple tree in the courtyard, just as he’d promised.

“I think my retinas are permanently scarred from repeated flash exposure,” I told him and then leaned in close so he could get a good look. “Can you tell I’m still seeing stars?”