Friday, June 29, 2018

Chapters 9-12 Summaries

I'm posting Chapters 9-12's summaries today because they all deal with Jenna being in the hospital. And because this weekend is going to be super busy and I might not get a chance to post. I really appreciate everyone who visits my blog to read about this story. I hope you'll stay tuned in.  Here are the chapter summaries:

Chapter Nine

Jenna wakes in the hospital in pain and confusion. She flailed her arms and legs trying to get up, but was quickly subdued and given a sedative to put her back to sleep. Dana Tamaski, the FBI agent assigned to watch over Jenna hopes it won’t be long before Jenna will be able to wake up and give them a description of the body she saw in the freezer.

Chapter Ten

Dana returned to Jenna’s hospital room the next morning to find that nothing had changed. The other agent assigned to watch Jenna, Ada Parsons and Dana discuss the fact that they need Jenna to be able to describe the body so they can tie Michael Matthews to a missing person.

Chapter Eleven

Jenna wakes up in the hospital and doesn’t remember how she got there. Dana questions her about who she is. Jenna recognizes her name, her mother and Cara, but seeing the picture of Cara brings back the memories of her father beating her. Jenna goes into a panic and the nurses give her something to put her to sleep again.

Chapter Twelve

Jenna wakes up to find Special Agent Dana Tamaski watching her. Dana gives Jenna a legal pad and pen so Jenna can ask and answer questions. Jenna wants to know how long she’s been there and where her mother is. Dana explains why Jenna is there. A nurse comes in the room and Jenna lets Dana know that she doesn’t trust her. Dana calls Jonas and let’s him know about the suspicious nurse and that they need to move Dana. Jonas sends in an extraction team that pretends to be Jenna’s parents and they remove her from the hospital with the suspicious nurse watching their every move.

Chapter Eight Summary

When Darren and Darlene get back to the Matthews’ house, Darren gets a chance to look in Darlene’s trunk for the body when he takes some of her clothes out to her car. The trunk is empty and looks like it’s been recently vacuumed. Darren has one of the crime scene techs check it for fluids with Luminal and an Alternative Light Source torch, but there’s no fluid evidence. The crime scene tech notes that he thought it was weird that there weren’t any fluids in the freezer when Michael Matthews was supposed to be a big hunter and fisherman.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chapter Seven Summary

Federal agent William Defoe goes back into his role as Darren Parker as he helps Darlene Matthews go back to the hospital where she works to get her phone and purse. Defoe has been undercover for two years closely watching Michael Matthews in an effort to get more information about the Cobra Cartel’s human trafficking activities. The FBI was very close to closing in on the leaders of the cartel, as well as getting more evidence about Michael Matthews’ involvement with the cartel. Jenna Matthews having be rescued from her father has put the operation’s success in question. And, Defoe needs to find the body Jenna saw in the freezer.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summary Chapter Six Finding Jenna

Terry has Cara walk her mother and him through what happened that night from the moment she arrived until she left. After Cara told him her version of what happened, Terry took them to the front porch of the Matthews’ house where Detective McKenzie Dean has just arrived. Terry asked McKenzie to come to the scene because she specializes in missing persons. After McKenzie talks to Cara, Terry and she start to go inside the house but are called back outside when Darlene Matthews arrives. Darlene and Michael Matthews are yelling at each other. When Darlene goes after Michael, he slaps her to the ground and McKenzie orders the officers to arrest him. Darlene thinks Jenna runaway. McKenzie thinks Cara might be helping Jenna hide. Terry’s gut tells him that Jenna is gone.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Summary for Chapter Five

Sorry I'm running a late posting Chapter Five of Finding Jenna's summary. It's been one of those days. Enjoy!

Terry Howard watches Michael Matthews walking away with a city patrolman to be questioned about Jenna’s disappearance. Terry and Michael had been friends until they had gotten into a fight over a case of a missing girl that Terry refused to believe was just a runaway case. Another reason they stopped being friends was because Terry didn’t like the way Michael treated his wife, Darlene and Jenna. He’d suspected that one day Michael would cross a line that would get him busted for domestic violence. If Michael really beat Jenna up the way Cara described, this would be that point when he crossed that line.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Chapter Four Summary

Cara Marshall called 911 as she was leaving the Matthews’ house. The city police department, county sheriff’s deputy, fire and rescue teams rushed to the Matthews’ house to find a bloody scene in Jenna’s bedroom, but Jenna and her father were not there. Terry Howard, the city police department’s lead investigator, and a former friend and coworker of Michael Matthews is on the scene. Detective Howard is questioning Cara about what happened when Michael Matthews shows up, demanding entry into his house, and telling a very different story from Cara’s version of what happened to Jenna.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Chapter Three Summary

FBI agent, William Defoe knocks Michael Matthews unconscious with the chair from Jenna’s desk when he arrives at the Matthews house and sees him beating Jenna. Defoe picks up the unconscious Jenna and takes her through the woods at the end of the Matthews’ yard to the edge of a ravine by a highway where to more FBI agents are waiting. They whisk Jenna away while Defoe explains to his boss the Jenna will need medical attention and that he didn’t a chance to see the dead body. Jenna wakes long enough to tell them that her father moved the body with her mother’s car.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Chapter Two Summary

Jenna remembers that her girlfriend, Cara Marshall is supposed to come over to study with her. She tries to catch Cara to warn her not to come over, but Cara is already her house. Before Jenna can get Cara out of the house, her father shows up and starts beating Jenna. Jenna’s father assaults Cara when she tries to help Jenna. Cara leaves to get help and Jenna’s father beats Jenna until he finally rendered her unconscious.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Chapter One Summary

As promised, here's the summary of Chapter One from Finding Jenna:

Jenna Matthews is home doing homework when her father, Michael Matthews comes home during his shift as a sheriff’s deputy for the Vanderburgh Police Department. It’s very unusual for her father to come home during his shift, and even more unusual for him to come home in his truck. Curiosity drove Jenna to the garage after her father left and she finds the dead body of a young woman in a body bag in her father’s freezer. Jenna realizes she cannot call the local authorities so she called the FBI. Before they could get a team to the house, Jenna’s father returned and took the book away in her mother’s car.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Finding Jenna Release Date


I have been working on this book for over two years. I really thought it would be the one to get published by a traditional publisher because the story is so relevant to things happening today. We have human traffickers, murders, lesbians, and a transgender man hero. I don't understand why none of the agents or publishers wanted to publish it. But that's okay. I'm going to publish it. 

I'm still working on the synopsis and the blurb. They are always the most difficult for me. I've already had a few beta readers read it and they love it, so I'm confident it is going to do well.

There are thirty-six chapters in this book so over the next fifty days I'll be posting summaries of the chapters on this blog as we lead up to the release. I'm also going to set up a release party on Facebook where I'll be giving away copies of Finding Jenna, as well as copies of my other books.

I'm really excited about this story. It's not my usual lesbian romance, which I love writing. But this is something very different. It's a thriller and a drama with a little bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to hear what readers think about it. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This cartoon is me when it comes to writing my blog. I'm trying to do better about keeping it updated, but sometimes I don't know what to talk about. I feel like the people who follow my blog probably follow me on Facebook or Twitter, and already know all there is to talk about. And sometimes I feel like I'm just repeating myself.

Hey! Building Love is available in audio!

Hey! I'm almost done with Finding Jenna!

Sometimes I don't want to talk about what I'm doing because it might fall through. Several stories I've started have fizzled out. I'll revisit them at some point and hope that the original idea will blossom into something, but you never know if they will.

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all I want to do. You know, like write the Suddenly sequel about Jamie and P. J. at college. I've started that project several times, and I'm not sure why it keeps getting bogged down. It's been a while since I've worked on it so hopefully it will feel fresh and new. I'm going to revisit it next month. I would love to get it done this year. I know there are a lot of people patiently waiting for it.

The next big goal is to get Finding Jenna formatted for publication and getting the cover made. I want something fascinating for the cover. I know what I want in my mind's eye, I just hope I can find an artist to create it for me.

Marketing Finding Jenna I think is going to be a challenge. It's not a romance, but it has a love story. It's not really "lesbian" fiction, but it has lesbians in it. It is a fiction story about a trans man, but not about how he became a man per se, but it is discussed. It's not really a mystery, but there's been a murder. I'm thinking it's just going to fall into an LGBT drama broadly, but how do you market that for maximum readership?

I'm going to venture out of my shelf and try some new marketing techniques like holding a launch party and advertising in places I haven't attempted to advertise it before. So, we'll see what happens. I have to admit that I'm very nervous about Finding Jenna's reception. I really ventured out of my usual genre, but I felt compelled to write the book, so I hope it does well.

I need to find a way to get more feedback from my fans and readers. I find hearing what people think very helpful in my creative process. Hopefully, I'll figure out how to reach more people and get more discussions going about my work, and not just for sales, but for insight.

Well, looky there. I had more to say than I thought I did when I started this. Hopefully, you'll have something to say too.

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