Work In Progress

As with most authors, I am on deadline.

Girard Quad

This was my inspiration for the quad looking out from the second or third floor of the house toward the Caribbean Sea. In my story, the thatched roof on the left covers two bedrooms. Two, more bedrooms, where a lot of action takes place, are in the main house on the lower level. Off to the right is the six-car garage.

This one is self-imposed. At the beginning of the year, I created a business plan and set specific goals for 2014. My next goal is to publish a Christmas novel which should have been completed by the end of July, according to The Plan.

Life happened and the story didn’t. Well, that’s not exactly accurate. I was extremely busy with family obligations in July, but I did write almost every day.

The story happened, and it happened, and more of it happened. I just hadn’t reached the end when planned. What I had hoped would be about 55,000 words didn’t work out that way.

Pool house

Jack’s recently-divorced sister and two boys are staying in the Pool House in A Cancun Christmas. It provides plenty of shade for my heroine’s two-year-old blonde daughter, Addison, to play outside yet keep her sensitive skin out of the intense Caribbean sun.

When I reached 40,000, my hero and heroine were finally having sex, but there was a lot more to the story yet to be told. I’m currently at 57,000 and it’s moving along well. I figure I’ll finish somewhere around 75-80,000 words by the first week in September.

long sandy hair

Meet Jack Girard, my hero. He’s a former SEAL who now owns Bad Ass Catamarans which takes cruise ship guests snorkeling or SCUBA diving on the reefs around Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women, just off Cancun.

For today’s blog I thought I’d share some visuals with you that I used when writing A Cancun Christmas. It’s a working title and has changed several times already, but goes with the next in this series, A Cancun Crisis.

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About KaLynCooper

​KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense. Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She, her husband, and bird dog live in Eastern Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or paddling on the river.
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