What Happens in Texas: Part 2

So in the last instalment, we met Astin’s childhood friend Pablo—whom he’s moving in with while he’s back in Texas—and his ex-girlfriend, Martha.

In this week’s instalment, we find out a little bit more about his family…

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What Happens in Texas: Part 1

Over the last few months I’ve been working on Return to New York and What Happens in Barcelona: the next two parts of Hollie and Fayth’s adventures.

I’ll go into why Return to New York is a novella centring on Fayth in another blog post.

For now, let’s talk about Astin!

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What Happens in New York: Meet Hollie Baxter

It’s time for me to introduce to you the final character from What Happens in New York, Hollie Baxter.

The scene below is the first chapter. If you like what you read, you can also check out scenes featuring Fayth Campbell, Astin Mack, Liam York and Trinity Gold, and Tate Gardener. You can also purchase your copy from all good ebook retailers now (and in print from Amazon), to find out what happens next!

Happy reading!

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What Happens in New York: Meet Liam York and Trinity Gold

In the latest scene from What Happens in New York, it’s time to meet Hollywood golden couple Liam York and Trinity Gold. They look like the perfect couple, but are they as perfect in real life as they appear to be on camera?

Don’t forget you can check out scenes featuring Astin Mack, Tate Gardener, and Fayth Campbell too!

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What Happens in New York: Meet Tate Gardener

A few weeks ago now I asked which character from What Happens in New York you’d like to meet first. It was a tie between Astin Mack — model-turned-stunt-performer — and Tate Gardener, singer/actor/entrepreneur/model. I went with Astin first, because his scene is earlier in the novel and I have a soft spot for him. This second scene is all about Tate!

Tate is only a minor character in this book, but she’s one of my favourites to write, and also the glue that holds a lot of the characters together. Whilst she’s only got a handful of scenes in What Happens in New York, she’ll have a bigger part to play in book two, and also has her own spin-off novel.

This isn’t the first time we meet her, but in her first scene she doesn’t speak! I figured it’s better to introduce her to you all in a scene where she says/does a little more!

In this scene, Hollie’s in the toilets reapplying her make-up when Tate and her friend burst in…

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What Happens in New York: Meet Astin Mack

When I asked on Facebook which character people wanted to meet first, I wasn’t surprised that model-turned-stunt-performer Astin Mack was at the top of the list. I didn’t expect a tie with his best friend Tate Gardner, but she’s given me permission to let him go first; she’s nice like that.

I’m super excited for you to read this. Astin has caused me some of the biggest issues writing this novel, but I adore him and his blue eyes and leather jacket and the way he teases Hollie. All the pain, ranting, and listening to No Doubt deafeningly loud has paid off.

This scene is the first time we meet Astin, right after Hollie’s been shut out of the theatre for arriving late (she has a small bladder. It’s not her fault she needed to pee!). She’s in the middle of playing Angry Birds Star Wars when she knocks over her drink. And so our story begins…

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The Original Opening of What Happens in New York

Sometimes, no matter how attached we are to a piece of writing, we have to sacrifice it. This piece is incredibly fun to read, but it just doesn’t set Hollie up as well as I’d like.

It was raised in workshopping that her boss isn’t set up as enough of an arsehole, and some people could sympathise with him more than Hollie, especially given her temperament. I’ve since hyped up the anxiety and her boss’s controlling ways. The premise has remained the same, but there’s more build-up and less stock taking.

It pained me to rewrite it, but it’s important to not get too attached to your writing as you have to do what’s best for it, not what you’re most emotionally attached to.

I’d love to know what you think in the comments below! 🙂

You can also check out a video of me reading the below scene from What Happens in New York at the final Restless Minds anthology event!

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A Crime You Can’t Forgive

I can’t believe I wrote this poem in 2015!

It’s from an as-yet unreleased novella that runs parallel to What Happens in London.

The novella—titled Behind the Spotlight—is about Cameron and Luke, a couple that broke up when Luke became famous.

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Dreaming – Fayth’s Poem from What Happens in New York

This poem from What Happens in New York came out of nowhere. I was in the mood to write a poem, and thinking about Fayth.

And I ended up combining the two.

I’m hoping to include more poetry in future stories from the series, and also eventually release a book of poems tied to it.

A lot of the characters are poets/songwriters, so it’s not a far stretch. It also allows me to include my love of poetry with my fiction.

The poem happens on Day 8 of their holiday, but it doesn’t contain any spoilers about what happens in their holiday.

Dreaming focuses on what happens before the novel—there’s no details here you can’t find in the blurb.

Nevertheless, if you want to avoid reading it before you read the book, don’t read ahead. If you want a little something to whet your appetite, keep reading…

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