Hi all- Happy New Year! It’s 2012 and I just completed the sequel to A LITTLE BIT OF BLACKMAIL. It’s a first draft, so I still have lots to do on it, but I know how it ends now. There’s just one little detail dangling in the air- WHAT SHOULD I CALL IT?
Let’s see- “Book 2 in my Blackmail series is ready- The Sequel”?: Nah, that lacks panache. “The Second Book”? Yuck, that just doesn’t turn me on.
Why don’t you see what you can do? Here’s a contest for you. We’ll run it until January 20th. If I choose your title, I’ll send you a free book- your choice of A LITTLE BIT OF BLACKMAIL, which is out now in ebook form,or a print copy of the same when it comes out, or a copy of A BLANKET FOR HER HEART, which is due to come out in early February. I’ll also credit you with the title selection in the acknowledgements of the book.
Okay, set to go? Send me your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or through comments on this blog. And, oh yes- the following is a thumbnail of the plot line- I guess you might need to read that first.
Jessie and Ike met in the first book and hit it off. In the sequel things don’t go quite so smoothly from the start. Ike had an alcoholic father and one night’s overdoing it by Jessie stops him cold. (She’s really not a lush.) But, her old boyfriend comes back on scene and she’s ticked at Ike, so she decides to take a sure thing. After all, she made a mistake by dumping Phil three months ago. (Or did she?)
Ike has another little detail to deal with. Naomi, who he dated briefly some time ago, calls to say she has a child. His child; and he needs to step up and take the baby. Naomi’s hooked on drugs and knows her days are numbered. She insists Ike must raise this little girl; no foster homes or things like that, but she’s irrational and Ike can’t find her. He’s worried; about the child, and about Jessie. He knows he’s in trouble with her and fears she won’t even look at him if he has a child. Why risk telling her when he doesn’t even know if the child is real, or if she’s his? He has to find Naomi and that baby.
Meanwhile, Jessie strives to get her life under control. Her record with men has been abysmal and Phil turns out to be a bigamist. Why was she not surprised? Ike is cute, but she’s done with throwing herself at men she can’t depend on. If only Ike were a guy she could trust, a guy who’d commit himself to a woman. But, every time she thinks something might develop, he disappears or does something weird.
There you go- Have fun. RC