Friday, March 16, 2012

Exited about New Release

I'm totally thrilled to share with everyone that yesterday was release day for my second novella, Bet On Love. This is actually my first romantic comedy and it was so much fun to write.

This story came about because it was an opener to a different story! As I'm sure we've all had scenes we had to cut but absolutely loved. Well, this was one of those scenes. Not the entire book, mind you, but how the story unfolds. I hated to cut it from the original story, and when the opportunity came to come up with an idea for a novella, I thought it the perfect time to bring the situation back to life. All I needed were new characters. Alas, Shelby and Cole were born, and they were a great fit.

This just shows how you can re-furbish an unused scene and create a whole different plot with brand new characters. I thought for sure I'd have problems getting the original plot out of my head enough to create a new one, but the characters knew exactly where they wanted to go with it.

Here's a little blurb to let you know what the story is about:

Broken-hearted sports agent, Shelby Greene, heads to the bright lights of Las Vegas to attend the wedding of a college roommate hoping to ease the pain left behind by a cheating ex-fiancĂ©. The myth of catching the bridal bouquet takes on a whole new meaning when Shelby wakes up in bed with her old school obsession – Cole Martin. Only they didn’t just sleep together, they got married, adding to her belief that men are nothing but trouble. He agrees to enlist a mutual friend to help them out of their situation, but she has to return home with him. Trouble or not, a home with Cole is everything Shelby has always dreamed of. Is love worth betting on this time around?

Go to Amazon to download your own copy and find out why what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there! I'm working out details to a fun contest to be announced soon. So stay tuned, and check out my website for contest updates.

I'm really excited about this story and hope you will all like it as much as I did while writing it!

Have any of you ever used a cut scene in a totally different book?


Cassy Pickard said...

Barbie Jo, this is great fun. I'm reworking an older work right now and having a blast with it. Thanks for sharing. I'm heading to Amazon right now.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

I have my copy and can't wait to read it. Love the premise and the cover. The best of luck to you.

Lindsay said...

Congrats on the new release. Got it.

Barbie Jo Mahoney said...

Thanks guys!! I'm hoping this novella is as successful as Santa Wore Combat Boots! It was such a fun story!

I love finding older stories that might not have much promise as full books now, but maybe I can put the characters into new situations. It's a great challenge and sometimes the stories end of even better the second time around.

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Liz Lipperman said...

I actually cut 125 pages from my first book. It was the romance that ended with my broken-hearted heroine on a plane to Costa Rico where she gets kidnapped and taken to Colombia. It seemed like two different books, so I cut it out and started SHATERED DREAMS with the kidnapping. Works better.

I also have my copy of BOL and can't wait to read it.I loved your first novella.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Love this book. It's so much fun! Huge congrats, you deserve it.