Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a
deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t
expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar
coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going
to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of
Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a
cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom
on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans
to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.
We had violent storms yesterday and I put one of my dogs in the closet with his bed. He didn’t make a sound, so I think he felt safer. I had a standard poodle I gave a home to years ago that was terrified of storms. Her former owner had her sleeping on a covered metal porch and storms were magnified, poor thing. So she would sleep in my storm closet and was perfectly fine. A couple of times we curled up in there with her when we were living in Oklahoma too. More storms scheduled for today, and tomorrow for Halloween? 34-52 degrees. Brrrrr. But no storms. Thankfully.
I’m still working on edits on Red Wolf Christmas. I’m up to ch 10, and 20 chapters to go and an epilogue. My process is to go through the whole book and accept and delete all the small stuff. Then just make sure I’ve answered all the questions in the comments that I can. She often questions stuff throughout the book that are explained a few paragraphs down. You don’t hit someone in the eye with all the details right away. You have to show them as you write the story. Wait for it. Wait. Wait for it. There, see? It’s there. Sometimes something can be shown earlier, but not always.
This time, she wanted me to make some major changes. So they didn’t affect chapters 1-20. I made some of the changes in ch 21 and 22, but it will change the last 10 chapters of the book. So I’m going through each chapter before that, making any other kinds of changes I need to, and then probably tomorrow I’ll begin working on the last 10 chapters. And hopefully turn it in.
Then I have to proof the other book. They’re easy, just reading through, making sure there aren’t any mistakes made in the book written 10 years ago. Technology changes, so sometimes I need to update that. I wrote a book 20 years ago before cell phones were a thing. It makes such a difference. lol Now, everyone has to have a cell phone and you have to figure out how to “get rid of them” to put the characters in peril. I’ve had my editors telling me that I can’t have “blackout” areas where there is no cell service. But they exist. Not only in mountainous regions, but like from Waco, Texas to Houston, there’s an area where you can’t get any cell service. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle. Without the Bermuda and the Triangle.
Okay, before this gets any longer, I’ve got to get to work. As much as I wish the editing would get done without me, it just refuses.
Have a super, lovely day!! I’m going to enjoy the rain, but hobble down to the mailbox before it happens!