FOR THE LOVE

One by one, Lenox’s family is disappearing. Focused on finding them, he discovers a family secret—he’s a descendant of Cupid. Sounds cute, except the “Father of Love” is a mask worn by the Devil. He seeks to own every soul, robbing mankind of love instead of instilling it, and Lenox is his next target.

Rozlyn Shawnessy plans to enlist in the Society’s war against Cupid—just as soon as her demigod powers kick in. Then Lenox shows up asking dangerous questions, and she answers him with a killer right hook. He retaliates with a passionate kiss, but his touch ignites a crippling curse that lands them both in the Society’s training institute.

Bound together, they must rely on each other to find his family and unlock her curse. If they fail, Cupid will own their souls and enslave them to everything love isn’t.

♥♥♥♥♥

As of March 24, 2015

I am querying FOR THE LOVE! Seeking representation for a novel is a process–keep your eyes on the blog for tidbits and details!

THE HISTORY

JAN. 28, 2011

Writing for me commenced on the heels of a book I read. In a matter of less than nine months I’d read over sixty titles (A hobbyist, remember?) and there was this one book that left me grieved; I felt frustrated while reading it and not in a good way, plus the ending left me unsatisfied. Not the first time this has ever happened, mind you, but in the past, I was able to let go and pick up the next book.

I read all through the night to finish said book, finally going to bed at four a.m. feeling exhausted, but wide awake and a little completely mad at the author.

I laid there, thinking, “If I was going to write a book, it would have to have…” and then I proceeded to make a mental list of many things my story would have to have. For example my “book” would have to include:

  • powerful rings or tokens
  • the ability to have a gift or power
  • a strong female protagonist
  • a broken male protagonist
  • a myth that was weaved with truth
  • great dialogue
  • real conflict (not some little thing that the two lovers could fix if they just had a few honest conversations with each other)
  • an arranged marriage
  • a dark side, with hope that one could return from it
  • a third character that you would be anxiously concerned about by the end of the story, as to make you want another book to read, solely about that person

In the reverse, I knew that my “book” would not have:

  • a love triangle
  • a war story in which the love story would be buried
  • and no paranormal creatures, like pixies or trolls

Somewhere in the middle of listing off qualities of the “book” I was going to write, I finally fell asleep.

And I awoke with a start, before the alarm went off even, and I felt as if I hadn’t slept a wink. I knew immediately what I was going to write about. Something that was very much me, something that fit my long list of requirements, {though I admit this is the first time I have penned that list down anywhere}.

I quickly set to work as soon as the kids were out the door for school and the two youngest were glued to an episode of Dora. I wrote and wrote that first day, after consulting my two closest and well-read friends, Serene and Dana. Both told me to get to writing, if anything, just to put the flame out. Because today, January 28, 2011, a fire within me ignited.

May 2014

It’s been a few years, and while the story line has changed, the main plot has not.  The characters born that day are living in my head and want to come to life in your mind, not just mine.

“Psyche in the Underworld” by Curzon

I’ve invested in myself and am still my number one fan. I’m still backed with determination and believe I was born to write this story.

For me, Cupid’s not a sweet, cherubic child. Never has been, and never will be. He’s vindictive, cruel and jealous, leading humanity down the path of lust, not love. Cupid, also known as Eros, seeks to destroy love at all costs.

His human lover, Psyche, becomes an unforeseen catalyst, giving birth to a son, who is a real Cupid with the power to truly match lovers.

Hundreds of years later, when one honorable man discovers his family tie to the Greek god Eros, he is determined to fight back, redeem his fallen brother and win the heart of the only girl to see past his good looks.

March 2014

FOR THE LOVE went through a dozen beta readers from March 23-April 10th, 2014.

On May 7th, 2014, I went to my independent Editor, Ashley Argyle, with Ink Tip Editing. FOR THE LOVE came in at 130K words, a tad higher than I’d like, but I mailed it to Ashley anyway, with the decisions it would have to be her problem for a while.  Ha Ha!  She’ll have it for a few weeks, and then when I get it back, I will begin revisions.

Picture courtesy of Photobucket.

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