Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bidding Farewell to Beloved Characters

Finishing a book is a bit like saying good-bye to loved ones after a long visit. You spend every day with your characters, caring for them, listening to them, watching them struggle, And crying with them when they're hurt or upset. You experience their emotions as you write them.

I've finished the eighth full-length book of my SEAL Team Heartbreakers Series and ended the through-line that wove through each of the books and the two novellas in the Breaking part of the series. Ten stories in all. The last book was Breaking Chains, Derrick Armstrong's story (Released May 13th).



Here are the blurb and the links:

Ex-Navy SEAL Derrick Armstrong walks out of the Miramar military brig with a dishonorable discharge, a criminal record, and no prospects. The odds are against him being able to build a normal life after prison, but his training as a SEAL keeps him going.
Ella Bailey is struggling financially to raise her seven-year-old son alone. Life has dealt her some hard blows and when Derrick steps between her and another one, she’s both grateful and wary. She views men as obstacles to avoid, but she’s drawn to Derrick, and sees something special in him.
Derrick's kept his past a secret. When Ella’s ex-boss is found dead and the cops question them both, he realizes, whether he’s done anything or not, he’s living on borrowed time. When they train their sights on Ella instead, he moves to protect her, and in the process exposes his past.
Will she kick him to the curb or will she allow him to build a life with her and her son?

  
With that release, I didn't realize I'd need some weeks to mourn the end of that part of the series and mourn the loss of my characters.  They won't be entirely gone, but I was saying good-bye to them as a team.  Most have moved on to other positions. Several now have their own teams. They're all in long term relationships.  And because the characters in a series never remain static, even if you're not writing about them, they'll go on and live their lives. And possibly pop in to visit my other characters in the next part of the series.

But it's still not easy to leave them behind. I get teary every time I think of it because they've been a part of my life for the last nine years. They'll be a part of me from now on since they've become real people to me.   

And now I have a new TEAM I'll be writing about---the team I introduced in Building Ties.  
Lieutenant Sam Harding  "Hardass Harding"
Petty Officer Martin Swan "Swan"
Petty Officer Clyde Rosenburg  "Squirrel"
Seaman Frank Denotti "Knotty"
Seaman Josh Aaron  "Arrow"
Seaman Elijah Ashe  "Book"
Seaman Gilbert Giles  "Gilly"
Seaman Jeff  Sizemore  "Bullet"   (Brett Weaver's replacement since Brett's been promoted and earned his own SEAL Team now.)

With the first book, Building Strength I'll be introducing the team again and renewing the BUILDING part of the series, since Building Ties kicked the Building Team off. 

I'm going to share my cover with you though the book won't be out until November.  



This will be Sam Harding's story the CO of the SEAL Team and he's a real hard-ass until he meets Moira Campbell.  

Every time I write a book I fall in love with the hero a little. Sam is sexy as hell, smart, charismatic, and a hard-ass. Not an easy man, but sometimes when passions run deep the guy puts up walls to hide how much he cares.  I'm learning about Sam and falling in love with him at the same time. 

I'll be hard at work on Building Strength until October. Then I'll be moving on to the next SEALS In Paradise book Taking The Plunge.  Just thought I'd share that news, too. It will be out in July of next year.  I'll also be working on Deep Within The Mind the third book of the Superstition Series. Here's the cover.  I'm hoping to get it out in February of next year. 



Thanks for letting me share my cover and my thoughts about moving on to another part of the SEAL Team Heartbreakers Series as well as all my other news.  

Read on!!!
Teresa Reasor 
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3 comments:

Jeanie Jackson said...

Oh my word! So much to look forward to! Thank you!!!!

Teresa Reasor said...

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! And I'm so glad you're excited about things to come.
Teresa Reasor

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