Now that the revisions to Sliding are complete I've moved on to Stoned (Book 2) It's amazing how much better my writing got from Book 1 to Book 2. Now I'm not saying I'm winning any prizes (or getting agent yet) but this one will take way less work to update. Only a few minor changes to the story and only because of the plot changes in Sliding. I'll post on all my social media sites when it's complete but I'm not sure if Amazon will agree to push the changes to those of you that already purchased the original version. Once live, I will put it up for free for a few days.
Now I must get to work on those revisions...more blog updates in a few days.
Amazon KDP has reviewed the changes I made to Sliding (The Stone Series Book 1), and they consider the content updates to be quality corrections. Their Content Review Team has enabled the Manage your Kindle option for the customers who purchased Sliding in its original form. If that is you, you can now update the content on your “Manage Your Content and Devices” page at www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/manage
Click on Settings then be sure to turn on Automatic Book Update
Check out the changes then let me know what you think. You can post a review on Amazon or Goodreads, email me, or tag me in a Facebook post.
My goal for today is to send out 5 queries and make revisions on 2 chapters of Stoned (Book 2). Fingers crossed
The revised version of Sliding (The Stone Series Book 1) is live on Amazon and free for 5 days. It is still listed as Book 2 for reasons unknown. I have the peeps at Amazon KDP working on it. But fair not, Sliding is where this series begins.
If you already purchased the original version and you happen to miss this 5 day free offer it looks like you can do an update on your Kindle. Go to “Your Account” then click on “Manage Your Content & Devices”. You might need to sign in with your password at this point. Do that then click on “Settings” and final set “Auto Book Update” to ON.
Come and see the changes… and please post honest reviews
I’m a little concerned that when I posted this to Facebook the link showed the original cover and book content. This might necessitate another call to Amazon…
*The revised version has a new cover. There are changes to the plot and outcome of the story.*
Sliding, the first book of The Stone Series, is a story of young love as it develops over the years.
Brooklynn Taylor stands in front of her mirror, looking at her reflection. She is happily married to Tate Taylor, her adolescent crush, the wealthy and powerful music executive at Taylor Studios, Inc. Well, she was until tragedy struck and Tate fled to the West Coast under the disguise of business. Now she’s not sure about anything.
Brook is faced with a decision, she must make a choice. Sliding is the parallel tracking of two possible destinies, essentially, the classic what-if scenario. Little moments in time when we question which decision is right and which is wrong, both can change our lives forever, leading us down different avenues, times that are impossible to go back and change. Brook will enter into the center of two significantly different trajectories. The question is…which is the one that is meant for her?
Brook stands in front of a mirror in her Manhattan penthouse. She’s on her way to see Tate in California. He is the only man she has ever known, the only man she has ever loved, and Brook decides not to waste another minute of their lives. She rushes to make her flight.
While traveling, she listens to one of Tate’s infamous playlists, and it transports her back to their youth, back to the start of their relationship, back twenty five years, when the then popular jock, Tate Taylor asked her to dance for the first time.
Sliding lets the reader experience Brook and Tate’s coming of age as we witness their relationship while it evolves from adolescent innocence into a passionate and overwhelming romance.
But in life we all have choices to make and as the story continues we see Brook, again in front of that same mirror on that same fateful morning, only this time we see what happens when she isn’t in such a rush.
I would like to share the backstory of a song (The Scientist by Coldplay) from Sliding: The Stone Series Book 1.
Like so many other readers out there, Fifty Shades of Grey affected me as a reader. I’d always enjoyed reading books that used music references and when they did I would pop over to my iTunes account for a listen. This was the case with E.L. James’ trilogy. She referenced The Scientist in Fifty Shades Freed and after just one listen, I knew I needed to create a story around it.
I had been an avid reader for years before her trilogy came out, my husband would joke with me that I read so much; I should try to write a book. “Ha, Ha,” I had laughed. Then I thought about it a little more seriously and thought, well, shit, why not?
That one song, still stuck in my head, started to take root and I began to hear voices. No, I had not lost my mind (Well, maybe just a little. I had just decided to write a book with no experience at all!) I started creating a story, complete with characters, in my head while I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep at night. #insomniac
Now, the story I’m about to release is nothing like the original version. There have been revisions upon revisions, the few people whom read the original (my apologies) wouldn’t even know it was the same story. That being said, even that originally released version was nothing like the outline I made before I began to write the story.
When I first started Sliding, Tate was meant to be a dick! He cheated on Brook from the start, was jealous and controlling, guilty and did I mention an all around dick? Total dick! Brook was naïve and clueless when it came to life, friends, sex and most of all Tate’s infidelities. She was immature and I kind of wanted to slap her...hard. And not in a good Christian Grey kind of way. I struggled with her being young and writing her as a teenager then as a grown woman. I also struggled with Brook and Tate having sex before the age of consent. Being a mother of three teenage boys, I was cringing to admit that it’s happening as young as it is, but we’ve all lived through those years and know firsthand that it is. I kept trying to draw it out so they wouldn’t actually do the deed until they were a little older. Originally, I had included sex scenes from their teenage years but in the end removed them. Don’t worry about missing out on any steamy details, I re-worked those scenes and you’ve read them in my other books or in Brook and Tate’s older years.
Because my initial intention was to hate Tate, I decided that Brook would leave him in the end, fall in love and finally find true happiness with her driver, Mac. But as I started writing the story, I fell in love with the idea of young love that lasts the test of time. So at first I decided to still have Tate be a cheating douche bag, but Brook wouldn’t find out in part one. Yes, back then I wrote it in two sections (Door 1 & Door 2. That’s why the cover was a door knob.). She’d live her life thinking he was true to her and Tate would live with the guilt of his infidelities. But then in part two, she’d find out that Tate was sleeping with her best friend and in the end, she’d ultimately leave him for Mac. Mac, by the way, was developed as nothing more than her driver, not military, not dominant in any way, just your classic all around nice guy. I never thought he’d be a reoccurring character, nor Brook or Tate for that matter. Okay, honestly, in the beginning I never thought I’d finish one book let alone write a series!
But then I had another problem, writing Brook and Mac falling in love made me love Mac too. But by that point I already, in my heart, needed Brook to end up with Tate. So what to do with Mac? I waited till the next book (Stoned) to hook him up with another character and I explained part 2 away as a dream.
Okay, I think this has included enough almost spoilers from the revised edition, so moving on... Here is a portion of the lyrics from The Scientist and how they created the story…As always, please support Coldplay by legal means.
I knew I wanted Tate and Brook to be separated by time and space and Brook would go to him (“Come up to meet you…”) to try to work things out. I thought they’d be contemplating a divorce (“Tell you I’m sorry” Tate had a lot to be sorry about) and while looking back on their years together they’d discover that they were meant to be together (Tell you I need you. Tell you I set you apart.”)
This was a storyline I had written in my head (again, okay…maybe I am a little insane!) when the TV show, The Wonder Years ended in a way that I HATED! In my mind I decided that Kevin and Winnie (Tate and Brook began by being modeled after them) had married and twenty or so years later were thinking about splitting up. (“Oh let's go back to the start. Nobody said it was easy. It's such a shame for us to part... No one ever said it would be this hard.”) The show, in my mind, was them looking back on their lives together and in the end they would decide to remain together because they were meant to be. Of course, the show had already ended the way the writers and producers meant it to but I was the writer now and Tate and Brook’s story would go my way!
So, that’s the back story of Sliding and how I used The Scientist to form the plot.
Come back soon to find out who I used as my inspiration for Brook, Tate and Mac…
“You couldn't relive your life, skipping the awful parts, without losing what made it worthwhile. You had to accept it as a whole--like the world, or the person you loved.”
— Stewart O'Nan…From The Odds: A Love Story
A piece of info about me...my favorite author that writes contemporary romance is Shayla Black