Get ready!

Choices.

We all have them. In every situation, we choose how we react. Even in terrible situations, we all have the choice in how we live.

Sometimes, both choices are bad, but still, we have the right to choose.

Book 25 is about choices.

The good, bad and ugly.

I have left something sort of hanging in the background for too long and in this book, it comes to a head.

Jimmy.

He went through something horrific when Rebecca hit him with her car and although he had loving parents who raised him, something happened during that time.

Something he could never reconcile.

When you look for answers, sometimes things are better left buried.

He wasn’t prepared for what he found and he wasn’t mature enough to handle things.

His actions after Rachel was killed and his father was hurt led to a standoff that would change everyone’s life.

This preview is a small look into what happened and how Jimmy’s choices lead to the most difficult chapter of Mike and Jade’s marriage.

Sometimes, when you have choices, it’s hard not to make the wrong one.

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“You understand why we called you?” the detective asked Mike and Bill after they got to the hospital.

“Yeah,” Bill said, looking at Mike who was quiet.

“Where is he?” Bill asked.

“In the conference room.”

Mike walked to the conference room and Bill waited.

“Which room is she in?”

“Down the hall on the right.”

Bill nodded and went to the room.

Mike opened the door and saw Jimmy sitting there. He sighed and went to the table.

“What happened?” he asked as he sat down.

“Why did they call you? I told them not to.”

“What happened?” Mike repeated.

Jimmy looked at him.

“Have you ever wondered how your life got so messed up? Why you live with the circumstances you do? Why you’re so filled with anger and hate?”

Mike waited.

“What if there was someone who could answer that? Someone who was the reason you were so fucked up? Wouldn’t you want to do anything to figure it out?”

“What did you do?”

“She wouldn’t answer me. She wouldn’t tell me why she hated me. She just sat there, spewing crap about me and telling me that I was just like her.”

Mike tried to remain calm.

“What did you do?”

Jimmy stared at him.

“I tried to kill her, just like she tried to kill me.”

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Bill walked into the room and saw Rebecca laying there, her wrist cuffed to the bedrail, the machines beeping as she breathed.  She looked at him and smiled.

“Michael wouldn’t even come, huh? Had to send his clean up boy?”

Bill smiled.

“He’s here.”

Rebecca’s face brightened.

“Well, then I must really be in trouble. The doctor did say I should be okay, but one never knows, huh?”

Bill stood there and didn’t say anything.

“So what’s the plan? Why are you here? What do you want?” Rebecca asked.

He didn’t say anything, just sat down and stared.

Rebecca smiled, but something about the way he was acting made her uneasy.

“I appreciate the company. It’s hard being alone for so long.”

Bill waited.

He watched and he waited.

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Yay! My blog is back!

Update- Tommy and Brittany are leading the votes with Mike and Jade close behind and Jack and Stephanie pulling up the rear.

Don’t forget- if you want to be entered into the drawing, please respond to this post or comment on the poll so I have your email. You can also email me your response to be entered. Winners will be picked on Thursday.

Thanks!

Hi everyone!
After a lot of tears and way too much stress, my blog has returned and the posts I thought were gone forever have been recovered. I am so thankful to everyone who helped and I am ready to move on!

Choices comes out on September 22, but I want to give away 2 signed paperbacks before you can buy them. All you need to do is answer the following question and I will pick from the entries on Thursday Sept 14.

You can comment on this post or email me at rnadler103@aol.com to let me know you responded. Don’t forget to preorder your copy today!

 

Question…


 

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Vote still open!

So far, the results have Julie in the lead and Elizabeth in 2nd. I’m curious about what time in Julie’s life you are interested in?
Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite. Also- I will be hosting a giveaway for a signed copy of Choices before you can buy it. Details and a new post coming soon!

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Backstory… a spinoff?

I have been thinking about writing a short novella as a supplement to the series. Kind of a stand alone about a character. It could be one of the main characters at a time in their lives when we didn’t see them or a minor character at a time in their life you want to know more about. I am curious about who you want to know more about and if you have any particular time period. Like Jade in her teens or Liz during flight school. Maybe Brittany during med school. I’m open to anything, even exploring the villains. It could even be about characters we never really met like Nate or David and Juliana. I’ll set up a poll after I’ve gotten a few responses. Reply here or to my email rnadler103@aol.com

Thanks! If response is good, I’m open to writing more than one.

A little preview

A little fun from the upcoming book, “Choices”

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“So you had fun?” Tommy asked Naomi after she got home.

“Yeah, Mr. Jason is nice and he doesn’t seem to be really snobby or anything.”

“He is a pretty nice guy,” Brittany smiled as she handed Tommy some coffee. “I didn’t know they were going to be there.”

“Me either,” Naomi said and blushed.

“What is it?” Tommy asked.

“Nothing.”

“Bryan was there too I take it?” Brittany asked with a smile.

“Yeah,” she said.

Tommy frowned.

“I don’t like that. You need to tell us when you’re with him.”

“But we were with Uncle E. Besides, he’s stricter than you guys are.”

“Is that right?” Tommy asked. “Good.”

She rolled her eyes and Brittany laughed.

“So I wanted to talk to you both about something,” she said.

Naomi looked at Tommy.

“What’s going on? Is everything okay?”

“Yeah,” she smiled. “But this is important.”

“What is it?” Tommy asked her.

“You know how I have had Rhonda as a patient recently, and she gave birth before you were hurt.”

“She did? I don’t remember that,” Tommy said.

“She did. They have a healthy little boy and his name is Craig.”

“That’s awesome,” he said.

“Yes, so she had talked to me before about the puppies they had.”

Both Naomi and Tommy smiled.

“Do you want to get a dog?” he asked.

“Well the puppies were all sold, but she has one dog who wasn’t sold from the litter before. He is a year old and he has some issues, so he won’t be used as a breeder. She is thinking about putting him down.”

“Why? What kind of issues?” Naomi asked.

“He has juvenile onset diabetes, which in dogs is usually an indication of underlying growth issues. He also has some behavior issues.”

Tommy raised his eyebrows and Naomi grinned.

“I want him.”

“It’s not that simple,” Brittany said. “He needs daily shots and we will have to monitor his glucose. He will need a special diet and a lot of love and care.”

“So do I,” Naomi smiled.

Tommy looked at his wife.

“What kind of behavior issues?”

“He doesn’t like anyone.”

He smiled.

“Either do we. When can he come home?”

She laughed.

“Tomorrow. I told her I needed to make sure you both were ready, and it will be on a trial basis to make sure he likes us. He is Tramp’s great nephew.”

“That’s so cool. Does he have a name?” Naomi asked.

Brittany blushed.

“Mr. Peepers.”

They were quiet.

“If he’s only a year, we can change it,” Tommy said.

“Totally,” Brittany agreed.

“Maybe that’s why he doesn’t like them,” Naomi said.

“Yeah, not a fan,” Brittany agreed.  “So we’re all good with this? You’re ready for a new dog?” she asked.

Tommy smiled and Naomi nodded.

“We need him. We aren’t complete without a dog. And I think maybe he needs us, too.”

“I agree.”

“We need to get stuff. I’ll make a list,” Naomi said.

“Okay. Should we use any of Tramp’s things?” Tommy asked.

“No. He is new to our house and I don’t want him to feel like we’re trying to make him like Tramp. He deserves his own things.”

“Okay,” Tommy said. “I think you’re right.”

They all helped make the list and Brittany was happy they were on board.

Her husband and daughter would need this.

She exhaled and smiled when they looked at her.

This was right.
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Happy Monday!

Good morning!

I was at an author/reader event over the weekend, spending time with authors and meeting some amazing readers. While there, I participated in some really interesting panel discussions, one of which had an important impact on me.

It was a panel on creating supporting characters who sometimes take over with books/stories of their own.

I brought up Evan and Liz and Ian and Cassie and most importantly, Mike and Jade.

We talked about how and why certain characters seem to take off on their own and how much of it was reader input.

At the end of the panel, the question was asked of us – “Which secondary character would you like to sit down with and share a cup of coffee? What would you ask/tell them?”

I was at the end of the line of authors, so I listened to their responses and how and why they felt the way they did.

I didn’t really have to think about it.

I knew who I wanted to talk to.

Jade.

During the panel, I talked a lot about Mike and bringing him into the story as the man Bill saved. I explained how I developed his story later and how he and Rebecca have been an integral part of the plot moving forward. Mike in great ways and Rebecca in horrid ways.

Then I thought a lot about book 25 which is about Josie, but also Mike and Jade.

I explained to them that Jade had a pretty rough upbringing. I told them she was abandoned as an infant and grew up in and out of foster care. She struggled with her weight and her self-esteem and abandonment issues.

I also explained that she was a mother of 3 beautiful daughters and a wife and was happy.

But that doesn’t take away from the feelings of self-worth and self-doubt that we all struggle with. She also worries that her own issues will rub off on her daughters.

I explained how Jade is the girl and boy I see in my classroom. The ones who struggle with their self-esteem and put on a brave face. I see her in how some people talk down about themselves because they don’t want the attention.

I love Jade, but I know how she feels.

I told them that if I sat down with her, I would tell her she is doing a great job.

I would tell her she is enough.

I would tell her to stop worrying.

This leads me a bit into one of the main stories told in book 25.

Desi’s story and Katie’s revelation will be first and foremost, with devastating effects on David.

But there is a secondary story that emerges fairly quickly and it involves Mike and Jade.

I have left something pretty important hanging in the wind for a while now, and it needed to be handled. It isn’t pretty and it won’t be easy, but it’s important.

Are you curious? Do you want more?

How about a preview?

Title and cover coming soon 🙂

 

I have a request :)

For those of you who have read my books, I will be doing a live read next Saturday at a book fair. I want to read from part of the series that is funny or suspenseful. It can be from any book at all- even Broken.

Any suggestions? Even if you don’t know which book it was from, what scene(s) stands out to you?

Thank you in advance.

-R