As long as we are breathing, we can keep learning. One of my favorite novels that I wrote in 2017 sells on Amazon and other e-retailers.
The novel Diamond Joe is a romance, and there is a subplot, but that is where it stops being an ordinary book.
The logline or tease is something like:
Buried in her work as a professor, Donna creates a ‘new normal’ after her husband dies unexpectedly. Hiring a horse trainer, Donna’s world turns upside down. When Samantha plays to one of her wildest fantasies, forbidden love captivates both of them. Accepting Sam’s love was only the beginning of the social disaster awaiting them.
As you can tell by the tease, the novel, among other things, deals with same-sex marriage.
“Woo TW, that is a bridge too far! I don’t want to waste my time reading about gay people!”
Now, in truth, there are those that I know that frowned when I told them the book had two lovers who were women. Why? Why can’t they be the typical trope with the damaged billionaire who has a private helicopter, who likes to beat women?
If you have read my novels, you know I don’t do typical. Firstly I write stream of consciousness. After the first draft is on paper, I look at it for structure and continuity. I make sure that the elements that make up a good story are there.
This story starts as a Hallmark Trope. When you open the first page, you are introduced to our protagonist in a setting as a jockey on a horse that she trained.
Then, stuff happens. Our other main character has survived the stuff. She teaches at a university and is content to teach the kids Journalism.
Now we meet a man (a student) who finds her attractive and she; a lonely widow thinks that quarterback want-to-be is rather hot. He is. He is the stuff of wet dreams. Dane likes her, but he wants to argue with her as he thinks her opinions are draconian.
Chemistry develops. Dane has a problem. He needs money to go on Spring break, and his best friend has a problem in that he needs the story of going with his roommate and not a girl who he is in hopes of spending time with.
His girlfriend’s roommate also needs to be convinced, and she is not genuinely interested.
Pushing Dane and the girlfriend’s roommate together, another connection is made. With an offer to go out to his professor’s house under the guise of earning money performing handyman work, he feels like she wants something else.
The first of many dilemmas occur when Dane must decide what to do.
When Dane’s old neighbor is called to see if she would be interested in training his professor’s racehorse, his professor begins to have strange thoughts.
Without giving too much of the book away, I had one of my beta readers who is a solid Christian read it.
At first, she fussed at me about the word’ fuck.’ “Sorry, the characters said it.”
It was not until she got a third of the way into the novel did she get past the ‘gay’ issue.
When she finished the novel, she told me not to change a thing; she loved it and wanted a signed copy. There were many other flowery comments made by just her but…. I will let you tell me.
Some of the other feedback was that it needed more conflict. I needed to add some tension.
Ladies and Gentlemen. This is Revision 5 of this book. I spent the last month re-writing every chapter, adding a little more showing, and less telling.
If you look at the tweets which I am sending out, you will notice that I have #Hallmark in the hashtags.
This book would make an excellent movie for Hallmark or even Netflix. I purposefully wrote it as YA or PG-13. I also use a lot of dialogue, unlike most novels.
When they write the screenplay, they can change whatever they need to make it G and still keep the story very entertaining.
Hallmark is getting with the times and will start producing movies with same-sex couples. If that turns your stomach, I am sorry. While I am not gay, I have many friends who are, and from them, I have learned plenty.
I go into this in my book as they have to confront this issue head-on.
God knew what we, you, and I were going to do before we were born. He was not caught by surprise when you or I did something terrible. When he allows people who are gay to be born, he knows everything they will ever say or do and allows it.
We are not to judge.
This novel takes us down this road, as well as down the path of horseracing. Again if you read my blogs and you are a reader of my stories, you know that I research everything. Sometimes it is to a fault.
If the novel is of interest to you, please click on the link and get yourself a copy. The paper copies make more money for everyone but me.
I realize that people like to own physical books, and…if you desire, I can send out signed copies of the book for $25.00. I am like you, I collect signed copies of books from just about any author I have met over the years. I do that as a way to honor them.
Oh, one thing I hear often is ‘if more people read this, there would be a lot less hate in the world.’
Can you imagine a story such as this being impactful on society in a positive way? As we live in a world of ideologues pushing identity everything to divide us, wouldn’t it be lovely if someone would do something to bring us together?
Stay Safe, Sane, and remember to be kind to those that you love.
Much love -TW