second book in the series (and the forth to be released) is currently at the
beta readers and hopefully they will help me give it a proper and fitting
different from the other books in the series, it tells the complex story of
Garret Coulson’s parents. Throughout the story we meet much younger versions of
people I first introduced in Lessons. It also sets the scene for the final book
in the series, which has yet to be written. That book will be the fifth book in
The Coulson Series, and the fifth book released in the series.
I learned a lot about
my characters when writing this book – helping me understand why they became
the people I first introduced Lessons. If it sounds as if I am talking about
real people, that is probably because they feel very real to me.
books in this series take place in a fictional town in the southwest – Coulson.
It was named for its founder, Randall Coulson.
Don’t waste your time trying to figure out in what state you’ll find
Coulson, I never say. I will tell you, my hometown of Lake Havasu City, Arizona
was my inspiration for the town and how it was founded.
initially planned to go back to the 1960s and 70s, to tell the story of
Lesson’s characters when they were much younger. When I sat down to write the
book, I was drawn back in time – to Randall Coulson, the town’s founder. It is
a bitter sweet love story, very different from the books already released in
This book – the first
in the series, but the third book to be released in the series – is Coulson’s
Wife. It is currently in the re-write stage, and will then be sent off to the
editor. To find out about the other new release planned for The Coulson Series,
read tomorrow’s blog.
thing I loved about this story, none of my beta readers could figure out
who-done-it, until I made my reveal. I relished the fact it was not a
predictable obvious mystery.
brings together characters from Lessons – a new generation. But the story
relies heavily on characters my readers met in the first book.
I finished the second book in the series, I realized I wanted to go back in
time and tell the story of how the three families from the first two books –
the Coulsons, Kellers and Chamberlains - initially came together.
For more about the
next two books in the series, read tomorrow’s blog.
wrote Lessons around 1995. I believe it was my forth novel. (The first three: a
YA, a romance and a mystery – they will not be published.)
me, the story and the characters came alive and when I started writing it was
as if someone else was telling the story, and I was just the typist. When I
finished the book, I was busy in my real life, so I didn’t do anything with the
manuscript. But some fifteen years later I decided to release it as an eBook.
release, I did some major rewriting, editing, sent it through a beta reader and
then to a professional editor.
wasn’t ready to leave the characters, so I decided to write a second book, this
time a mystery. When I initially wrote Lessons, I wrote about the timeframe I
was living in. When I started The Senator’s Secret, I wanted to do the same
thing. So from the time Lessons ends and The Senator’s Secret begins, there is
a 16-year span.
reading the different books in this series, the reader should not expect the
same read. While she’ll find many of the same characters, it won’t be a formula
plot, similar to other books in the series.
For example, there is far more explicit sex in Lessons than in The
Senator’s Secret. I didn’t do that to be salacious, but because the story
called for it.
is a story about a happily married woman, who finds herself a widow and
confronts a discretion from her past. One reviewer wrote:"Lessons" is a deep, rich story of love, family and
more about The Senator’s Secret, read tomorrow’s blog.