Guest Post: On Endings and Beginnings by Elisabeth Barrett + $15 EGC Giveaway!
A few days ago, I received the initial round of line edits for Slow Summer Burn from my editor at Random House, Sue Grimshaw. Slow Summer Burn is the fourth and (for now) final book in my Star Harbor series, which features four brothers from a small town on Cape Cod.
As a first-time author, the Star Harbor series has been an amazing journey — from signing the initial contract with Random House for publication under the revived Loveswept line to preparing the final book for publication. I’m at the beginning of the end, at least with this series. This got me to thinking about endings: what is it about endings that tug on our heartstrings?
For me, endings are tightly wrapped up in emotion. Never getting to do something again? That strikes a chord deep inside. I’ve learned so much working through my first published series with the Loveswept crew, and even though I might not be writing any more Star Harbor books, I plan to take what I’ve learned and apply it to future books. And when I squint my eyes and look at the experience in a different way, I realize that finishing my editing is not even an ending; it’s just a beginning.
Because after I finalize my manuscript, I get to send the book out into the wide, wide world where it can take on a life of its own in the hands of readers!
Speaking of beginnings, I’m about two months out from the launch of Long Simmering Spring, the third book in the Star Harbor series, which is being released on May 13th. Long Simmering Spring is yet another example of endings becoming beginnings because Cole Grayson, the hero of that book, was the first hero I ever wrote about when I began to send a writing sample to prospective agents. Cole is pretty awesome, so let me introduce him to you now (from the heroine’s perspective):
Standing well over six feet tall, he looked like something out of a magazine. Beneath his black leather jacket and slim jeans it was obvious he was in impeccable shape. Time had fine-tuned the planes of his face from boyish sexiness to full-blown sensuality. His hair was still a glossy black and was slightly too long to be considered clean-cut. A swath of it fell across his broad forehead, nearly dangling into his eyes. Those hooded blue eyes promised excitement—and danger—if one were stupid enough to get too close. He had a slight scar high on his right cheekbone that [she] didn’t remember him having back then.
And his lips were luscious—ripe and full of promise. The first lips she’d ever tasted.
As you can probably guess, the hero and heroine have a past. And the beginnings and endings are all starting to blur together, now, aren’t they? Oh, I can’t wait until May 13th for Long Simmering Spring to be released!
I’d love to hear from you, now. What have been your most poignant endings? Beginnings? Comment below to be eligible to win one $15 electronic gift card to a eTailer of your choice! Good luck!!
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Raised in a sleepy little Connecticut town, Elisabeth draws on her upbringing to write small-town romances. Her summers spent living and working on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard were the inspiration for the Star Harbor series, which kicked off with Deep Autumn Heat and Blaze of Winter, and continues with Long Simmering Spring on sale 5/13 and Slow Summer Burn, releasing on 8/12. Currently, Elisabeth lives in Northern California with her husband and three children. Her only resolution is to read more this year.
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About Long Simmering Spring:
Spring comes to Star Harbor, bringing unexpected passion for a sexy sheriff, as the next Grayson brother finds love with the town’s beautiful doctor.
Julie Kensington grew up in the same small town as the Grayson brothers and remembers when the boys were nothing but trouble. As teenagers, Cole’s rugged sex appeal set Julie’s heart ablaze, but she did her best to ignore it. Now a grown woman with a medical degree, Julie still can’t resist her searing attraction to the roughest, toughest Grayson. He’s ex-military, tormented, and sexier than ever, but are his wounds too deep to be healed by her loving, gentle touch?
Even back in high school, straight-arrow Julie had a way of making Cole think twice about his bad-boy lifestyle. When Julie decides she’s finally ready to embrace her wild side, Cole knows he is just the man to show her the way, unleashing years of pent-up desire. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but when Cole’s demons threaten to derail their relationship, it’s up to Julie to show him that together, they can overcome the past . . . and build a future.