Co-Writing

I’ve always considered writing to be a solitary career. It’s something I do alone in my office. Recently, Jayne Rylon and I decided to try our hand at co-writing a story. I’ll admit I was reticent at first because, as I said, writing has always been a very private thing for me. I’m happy to say my eyes have been opened to an exciting new world.

I met Jayne at Lori Foster’s Readers-Writers Get Together back in 2009. To say we hit it off instantly would be an understatement. I was familiar with her, having read her stories, Nice is Naughty and Dream Machine. I knew she was a talented writer and as the years have passed, she’s become a very good friend.

One night in the midst of a string of emails between us—this is sort of a nightly thing and for the most part, we talk about nothing—she said we should write a series together. I said, “What would we write?” And from there, the Compass Brothers series was born. Before we approached Samhain with our pitch, we outlined the series, wrote a synopsis for each of the four books, but most importantly, we discussed how we would do the actual writing.

 Book one, Northern Exposure, the fruits of our combined effort, will be available at Samhain Publishing on March 15 and I thought I’d share the beautiful cover (created by IH’s very own Valerie Tibbs) and the blurb. Book two, Southern Comfort, has been written and submitted to our editor. It has a tentative release date for July.

Northern Exposure

All roads lead home when that’s where you’ve left your heart.

Compass Brothers, Book 1

Silas Compton always had his eye on Lucy, the veterinarian’s daughter. He was even content to wait for the girl of his dreams to grow up before getting anywhere near her with his family’s double-edged legacy.

Waiting around led to fooling around with his best friend—and an impulsive eruption of desire that Lucy’s innocent eyes weren’t meant to see. Figuring Compton Pass wasn’t big enough for the three of them or the pain he’d caused, Silas let loose his tightly reined wanderlust and headed for Alaska.

Ten years later, when an oil rig accident sends him home, he braces himself for the reopening of old wounds. Instead he finds himself in the care—and welcoming arms—of Lucy and Colby, whose marriage has plenty of room for the man they both still love. And forgive with all their hearts.

As things start to unravel at Compass Ranch, Silas must dig deep for the strength to assume his rightful place in the Compton family…and lay the foundation for a future with his lovers. If he can forgive himself.

Warning: This book is overflowing with sexy cowboys who like to saddle up and ride each other as well as the woman of their dreams. The likelihood of becoming addicted to their ranch family is high. With three more stories yet to come, beware. You won’t be able read just one!

4 Responses to “Co-Writing”

  1. I’m really looking forward to this series. It sounds wonderful.

  2. I love this line
    All roads lead home when that’s where you’ve left your heart.

    This really looks like a good start to the series and you’re right Val is verra tallented and I’m not going to be able to stop with just one book!!
    Zina

  3. Junegirl63 Says:

    I’m looking forward to reading your new venture together….love the cover!

  4. Looking forward to reading the first in your “Compass” series. I’ve always wanted to be able to write with my sister but we could never agree on the process. I’m buoyed by the fact that you two wrote a synopsis for each book. My sister likes to fly by the seat of her pants. Perhaps that’s what’s keeping us from working together. I’d love to know what the two of you agreed upon. How did you two approach the writing process? Good luck withthe series!

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