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Saturday, February 27, 2016

How to write then lose and write a novel again: Windswept Shores Two

How to write then lose and write a novel again

by Janice Seagraves

I lost the first early draft of a story when it was still titled The Journey Home.

Darn computer.

Bought a external hard drive, but forgot to save another version of my story. The only thing left was an old version that I had decided not to use.

Sulked and refused to write for nearly a week.

Forced myself go back and write it the way I remembered it, and then took the editpalooza workshop on Savvy Writer.

I posted an early scene when Megan got snippy with her husband. The class love it.

Felt proud of myself.

Lost that version too. I'm not even sure how that happened. I know I had save it on my external hard drive.

Went into mourning.

Finally went back to hammering out the story based on my notes from editpalooza, since they were the only parts that survived.

Finished Windswept Two. Keep checking to make sure it didn't disappear again.

Worked on other projects. Published the Matrix Crystal Hunters and Matrix Crystal Christmas. Then two short stories for anthologies: Weather Witch and Werecat Love.

Decided not to use any more titles with a W in the beginning, since they're down at the end of the list of any book searches. 

Checked on Windswept Shores Two. Yep, this time it was still there.

Read through Windswept Shores Two.

Not bad.

Hired a professional cover artist: Winterheart designs.
Admired the cover. Its perfect.

Rationalized with myself that if I didn't publish Windswept Shores Two it would disappear forever.

And hired an editor.

Went through the edits. 

And then sorted through the book over and over to fix any leftover grammar and formatting errors.

Finally it was as perfect as I could get it.

I hit publish on the kindle direct publishing.

Didn't sleep.

Checked for it to be published all day long.

Finally got the email.

All systems are go!


I am thrilled to introduce my newest release, Windswept Shores Two. It follows my first published novel, Windswept Shores (one). It is the second and last book in the series. 

Blurb: Megan and Seth are finally rescued off their little island, but things are far from idyllic as they’re treated to one nasty surprise after another, which puts all plans of a wonderful future in jeopardy.

Will they ever get back together again or see the life they envisioned?


Megan charged back inside the boat’s cabin. Her heart hammered against her ribs and pounced on her lover. “Seth, Seth. Wake up!”
“Hmm?” Seth murmured, still curled around the pillow. His sleepy head normally wouldn’t move for at least another hour.
She yanked the sheet from his naked body and admired his finely sculpted ass. Although much thinner now, it was still a pure pleasure to look at. She gripped one muscular butt cheek and gave it a good hard pinch.
“Ow!” Seth jumped.
“We’ve got company.”
He rubbed his eyes then blinked over his shoulder at her. “It’s the natives again, is it?”
“Nope, it’s not them.” Megan slapped his rump. “Come on. Get your butt in gear!”
“Orright, love. I’m getting up.” He sat and ran a hand over his short beard. “I don’t reckon you’d be this excited about pirates?”
“It’s someone else. Come on. Get your clothes on.” Jerking open the built in Chester drawers, she tossed a T-shirt and shorts at him.
Seth eased into the shorts.
Megan grit her teeth. He’s taking too long. As he pulled on the T-shirt, she grabbed his arm and hustled him out of the cabin, Seth stumbling behind her.
Once on deck, he popped his face out of the shirt and stared open mouthed. “Bugger me dead.” He shaded his eyes. “Is that a ‘copter?”
“It certainly is.” She bounced on the balls of her feet. Finally, we’re going to be rescued.
The small helicopter floated along the beach and landed. A cloud of sand and grit filled the air.
Seth grinned at Megan. They climbed the ladder out of the boat and hurried down the slope and across the beach to greet the new arrivals.


Cara Marsi said...

Janice, how terrible to lose your manuscript not once but twice. Judging from that terrific cover and your excerpt, the story was well worth waiting for. Best of luck.

Janice Seagraves said...

Thank you, Cara.


Erin Bevan said...

Congratulations, Janice! What a thrill to have another book published. I will have to add it to my To Read list! Good luck!

Elaine Bedigian said...

Hey Janice,

After all you've been through you more than earned this one! You have SOME fortitude.
The cover is great; the excerpt a good lead-in.
Best of luck.

(Gotta tell you, though, my fave is still the set of Crystal Matrix books)

Melissa Keir said...

What a beautiful cover and a story of tenaciousness! Congrats on your release! All the best!

Judy Baker said...

Big congrats on your new release, especially after you lost it. I'm not sure I'd have the heart to go back and start all over again. Thanks for the reminder to back up my WIP right now!

Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Erin, Thank you. I hope you enjoy it reading it. :)

Hi Elaine, Thank you. It was a lot of work to get it published.
(Book three in the Matrix Crystal Series will be out this year.)

Hi Melissa, Thank you. :)

Hi Judy, Thank you and you're welcome. I hope you never lose your manuscripts like I did.


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