Sunday, November 23, 2014

Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight ...

It's a gray, rainy afternoon in St. Martin, and there's a blustery wind that has Play Actor tugging at her anchor chain.  She's fitful, like she's ready to go sailing, but I'm not.  I've just sent  Sailor's Delight, the second book in the Connie Barrera thriller series, off for the first round of edits, and it's time for me to catch up with my neglected blog posts.  As I sat down to write this, I noticed that my last post was on August 4, and that I was a little over halfway through with the first draft of Bluewater Bullion, the seventh of the Bluewater Thrillers, when I wrote that post.

Since then, a lot has happened.  While we were visiting family in California, I had cataract surgery on both eyes.  The results were phenomenal; I had no idea how poorly I had been seeing.  Even though cataract surgery is trivial these days, it still interrupted the rhythm of my work.  As I mentioned in that last post, Dani and Liz aren't exactly patient.  They wanted their story told, my eyes not withstanding, so between follow up visits to the doctor, I finished Bluewater Bullion and released it in early September.  Dani and Liz have been enjoying the attention of their fans since then, which has left me free to work on Sailor's Delight.  That's a good thing, because Connie Barrera has more stories to tell since her debut in Love for Sail.

When I wrote that last post, I mentioned that Connie was tapping her foot in the background while I helped Liz and Dani tell their latest tale.  Connie's not as impulsive as Dani, but no woman likes to be kept waiting, especially if the delay is caused by another woman.  She's happier with me now, I think.  Certainly, she's relieved to get through the problems in her relationship with Paul Russo that plagued her in Sailor's Delight.  For a while there, they were having serious difficulty, and they had to wait for me to fly back to the Caribbean and get Play Actor back in the water before they could resolve their conflict.

Being the persuasive person she is, Connie kept reminding me that it wasn't all about her; one of their charter guests was in a dire situation as well while I was messing about in boats.  That's been handled, too, largely as a result of Connie's selfless bravery.  She's turned out to be quite a character, Captain Barrera has.  At first, I thought she was more patient than Dani Berger, but the truth is, she's just a little smoother in her approach.

I think I have a fleeting opportunity to catch up on some boat repairs and bring my blogs back to life, but I'm keeping a weather eye out for Dani and Liz.  They're up to something, and I know that before long, my services as a scribe will be in demand again.  They've got an eighth Bluewater Thriller in mind, I'm sure.  Meanwhile, the rain has blown over, and cocktail hour is upon us.  I'm off to sit in the cockpit and watch another Caribbean sunset while I splice the main brace with a bit of Gosling's Black Seal rum.

Look for Sailor's Delight, a Connie Barrera Thriller, to appear in the Kindle Store in the next couple of weeks.  The paperback will follow soon after.

10 comments:

  1. So happy to hear that your eye surgery went well and congrats with the books - that's so exciting!

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  2. Amazing how cataract surgery in so in-and-out nowadays. Glad to hear it went well. And yes, certain characters scream for your attention while others just politely tap your shoulder. You seem to be a writing machine. I stand in awe.

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  3. Awesome you're up and running again and SEEING so much better. :) Congratulations on your upcoming new release. I've got to start one of your series soon! :)

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  4. When your muses double as characters, particularly as awesome as yours are, you must have a busy keyboard! Well done.

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  5. It sounds like you are settling in for the winter. Did the Play Actor harbor any unexpected visitors while you were away?

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  6. Congrats re the eye surgery, my husband and sister have both had it and say similar! Enjoy your sunsets.... xx

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  7. Glad your eye surgery lets you enjoy those sunsets. I'm jealous!

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  8. You've been busy! Glad to hear you have three of the women in your life squared away for a little while anyway.

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  9. Whaaa? You just whipped out an extra book between surgery and recovery? WOAH. I'm in awe. I'm STILL working on my non-fiction, which I started sometime in 2005 or 2006... It's very close though, but holy cow that is a lotta book! Congrats! And so glad the surgeries went well!!

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  10. So glad you are seeing better! I find it amazing the realization of how "bad" things were. I often don't realize that until after I'm well.

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