The Next Best Thing Challenge

Cool things are happening! I’ve been tagged by the wonderfully talented L.J. Kentowski, author of GUARDIAN OF FATE to participate in the Next Best Thing Challenge.  And hey, as an extra bonus, in case you didn’t know – – you still have a chance to win a free ebook copy of GUARDIAN OF FATE on LJ’s blog, LJ Writes. Her contest ends tomorrow, so check it out while there’s still time. It’s a great read!

Now let me tell you about the challenge.  Here’s the breakdown:

Answer the 10 NBTC questions below
Spread the fun and tag 5 awesome people to participate!

So . . . ready, set, go!

What is the title of your book/WIP?
Weathering Rock

Where did the idea of this book come from?
A photograph and a passion for civil war history.

What genre would your book fall under?
Paranormal romantic suspense with time travel.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
The hero is a no-brainer.  Remember that photograph I mentioned?  I’ve always had a passion for Civil War history and, one day while surfing online, I happened on a photo of David Soul from a part he had in Manions of America. It was enough to make me start spinning story ideas of my own. Toss is a name I had tucked away (Weathering Rock) that I intended to use for an old home, and it was enough to spur my muse into action. Here’s my “cast” list:

Caleb DeCardian
David Soul

Arianna Hart
Felicity Jones

Wyn DeCardian
Jim Caviezel

Rick Rothrock
Chris Hemsworth

Lauren Talbot
Scarlett Johansson

Lucas Drake
Tim Daly

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Former Civil War colonel, Caleb DeCardian, is thrust forward in time to the present where he meets fetching Arianna Hart while searching for the former friend who cursed him to live as a werewolf.

Is your book published or represented?
WEATHERING ROCK will be published on October 8, 2012 by Lyrical Press.

How long did it take you to write it?
Eight months. Then I set it aside for several years, dug it out, dusted it off, and did three rounds of edits in seven months, whittling 27k from the original word count. A friend of mine encouraged me to submit it to a publisher, and I decided to give it a shot, thinking ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’

What other books in your genre would you compare it too?
Hmm…that’s a toughie. I’m not sure there really is anything I could compare it with apples-to-apples. Certainly any author doing time-travel or writing about werewolves. In my case, Caleb is not part of a pack, and there is a fair amount of references to the Civil War woven throughout and underlying elements of mystery.

Which authors inspired you to write this book?
I can’t honestly say I was inspired by another author. WEATHERING ROCK was the result of taking varied elements I’m passionate about (history, werewolf folklore, old homes, romance, mystery) and weaving a tapestry from them in the form of a story. There are certainly authors I admire, but I’ve been writing since grade school, so my inspiration really comes from being driven to create.

Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
I’ve been sharing  elements of the novel for sometime on my blog, but there is something that occurs in the book I’ve purposefully avoided mentioning. I hope it will come as a huge surprise to my readers when they stumble across it. All I’ll say is that there’s more to the time travel element than just Caleb being thrust forward into the present *sly grin*

I’m also planning on making WEATHERING ROCK into a three-book series called The DeCardian Family Chronicles. Wyn DeCardian will be featured as the hero in book number two.

WOW! This has been fun.  Thanks for the tag, L.J!

And now, the five gifted authors I’d like to tag for the next round:

Donna Cummings
Stephanie Ingram
Coleen Kwan
JM Stewart
Calisa Rhose

14 thoughts on “The Next Best Thing Challenge

  1. Nineteen Hundred
    idea came from one line in my original wip
    paranormal, historical
    It takes place in a boarding house at the turn of the century
    published on amazon kindle
    A naive country girl meets a mysterious man but if they cannot conquer their conflicting natures, dire consequences will ensue.


    • I love your one-line synopsis, Sue! Having read Nineteen Hundred, it’s perfect! And you know how gone I was on the turn of the century setting. The boarding house was perfect, especially the way you portrayed the settting, boarders, dialogue and even what they had for meals!


  2. Oops! I didn’t realize you’d already been tagged. I just posted a response and tagged you … and then saw your post where you’ve tagged me. How funny. 🙂


      • OMG, I didn’t realize you’d been tagged! Too funny. I still have to check out your blog post. We definitely run in the same circles, Stephanie! 🙂


  3. You’re so welcome! And thanks for the shout out about my giveaway! Love your cast of characters! Jim Cavaziel is one of my all-time faves! You did great on your one-liner too! Great post Mae!


    • Oooh, I’ve been gone on Jim C. for years. Every time I write Wyn, I see him with that long flowing hair at the end of The Count of Monte Cristo. Frequency is one of my all time fave movies. This was a lot of fun, LJ. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed the post, and you know I’ll blab about Guardian of Fate whenever I get the chance! 🙂


  4. Fun read, Mae. Great cast and I enjoyed that you added photos. Clever Idea. I may borrow that if you have no copyright on the intellectual property of said idea. 😉 (sigh, I wouldn’t make it as a leagaleze writer. lol)

    Love the premise of your book. Congrats on your release. I’m so happy for you.


  5. Okay you know I have to swoon over the casting of David Soul, Mae!! He’s just– well, I could go on and on– but, I’ll just say FANTASTIC casting. Love the rest of the picks you made, too. Weathering rock is gonna ROCK! Thank God you went looking fer it and dusted it off! I wish I had something this wonderful in my work to dust off. 🙂


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