What Happens in Texas: Part 4

Ok, so it’s been a while since I posted a chapter of What Happens in Texas. I apologise. I got sidetracked, and also a little stuck. I know nothing about horses. So my friend Sarah, who’s both a trained vet and adores horses, helped me out. Thanks Sarah!

If you haven’t read parts one, two, or three yet, you should check those out first 🙂


What Happens in Texas

Four

Astin entered Pablo’s stables and came across an old friend. She was just as regal, just as beautiful as he remembered. She turned her head to face him. Her ears were forward. He allowed himself to think meant she was pleased to see him, but thenhe did have treats in his pockets. And he was desperate for someone not to hate him. He’d reached a whole new level of pathetic.

‘Hey, beautiful,’ said Astin, running his hand through her mane. Her bay coat was starting to grey around the eyes, her back was a little more swayed than he remembered, but she was still the quarter horse he’d spent his teenage years riding.

‘You can ride her if you want. She’s the better behaved one anyway,’ said Pablo.

‘Thanks.’

Sheila had been his horse when he’d lived with his grandparents. He’d sold her to Pablo when he’d moved to New York. As much as he loved horses, he knew he couldn’t stay in the countryside forever. Sheila would be better off with Pablo than in New York, where she’d have to go through the trauma of moving and he wouldn’t get nearly as much time with her.

They saddled their respective horses. Pablo offered to help him mount, but Astin wanted to do it alone. Just to see if he could. And he did. Without hurting his back. He smiled. Small wins meant everything after what he’d been through.

Pablo climbed onto his horse – a leopardspotted appaloosa called, funnily enough, Spot. The two of them cantered through the fields. The wind blew past them, rippling their clothes and caressing their skin. It was a gentle, soothing breath that took the edge off the Texan heat. ‘Not so bad, is it?’

‘I missed this. I’d forgotten how good it feels,’ said Astin.

‘What else have you forgotten?’ asked Pablo.

Talk about a loaded question…

Astin asked Sheila to speed up. She obeyed. Pablo and Spot caught up with him.

‘Well?’ said Pablo.

‘Can we just enjoy the moment?’ said Astin. ‘Please?’

‘Race you to the trees?’

‘I can’t risk it.’

‘Did the doctors say that?’

The doctors had told him to do what felt right. They said he seemed fine, but his back might hurt sometimes. He’d have to keep his strength up. The stronger his muscles were, the happier his back would be. Horse riding was good exercise…

Astin touched Sheila’s sides with his heels and they raced Pablo and Spot to the trees. The cool breeze hit him in the face. It made him feel alive. He beat Pablo to the trees, but only just.

‘Good race,’ said Pablo.

Panting, Astin slid off his horse and sat down. His back wasn’t protesting. He took that as a good sign, but he wanted to sit down and enjoy the moment all the same. While it was good he’d managed to do so much, he still didn’t want to push his luck. He needed rest, too.

Pablo dismounted and sat beside him.

‘I’ve spent my whole life working towards a career in stunts. When I lost that, I lost sight of who I was,’ said Astin.

‘But you can go back, can’t you?’

‘It’s dangerous. I could end up in a wheelchair permanently.’

‘Like danger has ever stopped you before. Besides, aren’t there other things you could do? Like co-ordinating and stuff.’

‘How do you know?’

‘I read,’ said Pablo. He lay back, resting his head on his hands and staring up at the cloudless sky.

Astin picked at some grass and threw it at Pablo. Pablo ignored him.

‘I don’t know if I could. Plus…I’m not sure that I want to.’

‘How come?’

‘Hollywood turned its back on me. I don’t know if I could go back.’

‘Hollywood is fickle; you know that. Heck, even the horses know that,’ said Pablo.

‘I guess,’ said Astin. ‘I don’t think I could do co-ordinating, though. You know me: I’ve always been more of a do-er.

‘Then do something. Find something to work towards,’ said Pablo. He grabbed some grass and threw it at Astin. Astin stopped picking at the grass and lay back too.

‘Like what, though?’

‘You’re the action man, not me. What have you always wanted to do but never had the chance to?’

‘There was one thing I wanted to do as a kid, but my grandparents told me to never think about it. It was too dangerous.’

‘What was it?’

‘Climbing El Capitan. The Dawn Wall way.’ It was the steepest, most dangerous way to climb one of the tallest mountains in the world. He’d dreamt of it as a kid, but his grandparents had always talked him out of it because of how dangerous it was. His mother had told him to jump back down from the top.

‘Yeah, that is nuts,’ said Pablo. ‘But it’s not impossible. Three guys have done it this past year.’

‘It took them days, though.’

‘Isn’t that what training is for? So you’re unfit and can’t push yourself too hard right now, but it’s something to work towards, isn’t it? Maybe in a year, eighteen months, even two years, you’ll be ready. And how awesome will you feel when you’ve done it?’

Astin sat up. ‘Yeah, you’re right. You’re so right.’

I’m insulted you thought I’d be wrong.’

Behind the Spotlight arrives 30 May!

I am suuuuper excited to share my next book with you!

Behind the Spotlight has been three years in the making.

Behind the Spotlight by Kristina Adams

I like to call it my Frankenbook (which I know is technically wrong, but it sounds cooler than Dr Frankenstein’s Book).

I first drafted it in 2016, after What Happens in New York was published. It didn’t take long to write—at the time it was only 20,000 words or so.

But it had a massive, gaping plot hole (which I can’t tell you more about without giving you spoilers, so you’ll have to trust me on this one).

Since there was this massive, gaping plot hole, I couldn’t do anything with it. I also had no idea how to fix it.

So, as much as I loved Cameron and Luke, I put the book to the side for a while.

I’d return to it in between each Hollie and Fayth book, but I never made much progress.

I started to get somewhere when I talked to my (very talented) friend Sarah about it. We came up with a solution for the massive, gaping plot hole.

Then I bloody well forgot it.

But in the end, the final plot hole became a combination of what Sarah and I came up with, and, annoyingly, the original ending.

It all worked out though—I now love the ending. I also love that no one that has beta read it figured out the twist, which makes me insanely happy considering that that is tied to the massive, gaping plot hole that drove me mad for three years.

But that’s enough about me and plot holes.

Here’s what you really want to know:

You can preorder your copy on everywhere but Amazon by going to its Books2Read link.

For reasons that are too complicated to explain, it’ll be live on Amazon nearer the time (probably early next week).

And of course, here’s the blurb to whet your appetite:

One’s famous. One hates fame. Second chances don’t get more complicated than this.


Cameron has a secret. It’s not a life-changing secret, just a secret. 


Or at least, he didn’t think it was.


His first love – his first everything, really – was Luke Andrews, one quarter of the world’s biggest boy band, HATT. Cameron hasn’t spoken to anyone about Luke since he left. He buried his feelings for him in a deep, dark cave when Luke broke up with him to pursue his lifelong dream.


But when Cameron and Luke see each other again for the first time in five years, they can’t deny that the spark is still there. Will they rekindle their romance, or will Luke’s stardom get in the way?

Ready to preorder your copy? Sweet! This is the link for you.

Want to get notified when it’s live on Amazon? Join my mailing list.

I can’t believe there’s only one week to go until you get to meet Cameron and Luke! Eep!

What Happens in Barcelona is out now!

Yep, the day has come—you can finally get your hands on What Happens in Barcelona!

Shit goes down in this book, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Here’s the blurb, to give you a taste:

A tragic death. Trial by social media. The beginning of the end?

When someone the gang loves to hate dies unexpectedly, everyone is left feeling volatile. Not only that, but it puts everything they’ve worked towards – both individually and together – in jeopardy.

Can their careers handle the backlash? And, more importantly, will their relationships survive?

There’s only one way to find out what happens next…

Want to find out? Grab your copy on Amazon now.

If you purchase your copy before 31 March 2019, you’ll also be able to download it for the bargain price of 99p (or 99c).

Aaaaand if you get it before then, you’llalso find details of how to enter an exclusive giveaway to win the rest of the series!

The only way to find out more is to download your copy on Amazon now.

Go go go!

Not an Amazon fan?

It’s coming soon to other platforms like Apple Books and Kobo as well.

In the meantime, you can grab What Happens in New York over on there, and pre-order your copies of the rest of the series too!

Happy reading! 📖

Meet the cover for What Happens in Barcelona!

I’ve been planning the events in this book since long before I started working on What Happens in New York.

The key scene that happens in What Happens in Barcelona has always been inevitable. It wasn’t a question of what, it was a question of how.

Continue reading “Meet the cover for What Happens in Barcelona!”

Return to New York is out now!

It’s been 364 days since I published my last book.

It’s been 507 days since I published Hollie and Fayth’s last adventure.

There were a lot of cliffhangers and unanswered questions in What Happens in London. (Sorry about that.)

But now, you can finally start to get some answers.

Are you ready to find out what happens next?

You finally can!

Return to New York is out RIGHT NOW!

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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…

Continue reading “What Happens in Texas: Part 2”

Return to New York is out 28 September!

It’s been a long time coming, I know.

There are several reasons for that.

The first one is that at the end of last year, after Productivity for Writers was published, I decided to focus on The Writer’s Cookbook and developing my marketing skills.

I did take a break to take part in NaNoWriMo, but I honestly hated doing that so much that I almost never returned to writing fiction again.

No really. I genuinely hated it that much.

So I ended up needing a break from fiction.

My birthday present to myself (back in March) was meant to be returning to fiction for a week, but then when I tried…it was like putting on clothes that looked like they were in my size but just didn’t fit right.

I really, really struggled to get back into writing fiction after taking a nine-month break.

Then, to make matters worse, we had some really cold weather. My fibromyalgia is exacerbated by cold weather, meaning that the snow and ice and freezing temperatures ruined me for several weeks.

THEN, my nan fell ill. Really, REALLY ill. We thought that that was it—she was on her way out. But fighter that she is, she kept going.

Needless to say, writing fiction and poetry wasn’t a huge priority for me for a while. I still did it, but I did it slowly. I focused on my mental and physical health first and foremost.

Writing fiction and poetry is part of how I look after my mental health, but the pressures of publishing can sometimes distract from that.

So, instead of rushing to publish Return to New York, I decided I’d get a version of that I was happy with, send it to beta readers, then move on to writing What Happens in Barcelona.

Originally there was going to be an overlap in the timelines, so it would’ve helped with that.

Instead, the overlap that was going to be in What Happens in Barcelona you can now read on this very site under the name What Happens in Texas. (The next part will be coming on Friday!)

Doing it this way meant that I had more time to focus on writing and the pressure was all off. Writing was fun again!

When we put too much pressure on ourselves, the stuff we love can very quickly turn into stuff that we hate—we can end up losing the very thing we loved about it in the first place.

I knew that with a long enough break—and the right project—my love for writing would return. And it has.

Now that Return to New York is finished, I’m going to focus on editing What Happens in Barcelona. When that’s ready to go back in the drawer, I’ll work on what comes next. While I’m not ready to share what happens beyond Barcelona just yet, when I have decided on the order, you’ll be the first to know.

In the meantime, you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t have to wait as long between Return to New York and What Happens in Barcelona as you did between What Happens in London and Return to New York!

If all goes to plan, What Happens in Barcelona will be out early next year 😉

Now, I’d better get back to editing if I want to maintain that timeline!

Oh, and don’t forget to preorder your copy of Return to New York! 😉

Check out more stories from the What Happens in... universe.

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!

Continue reading “What Happens in Texas: Part 1”

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!

Continue reading “What Happens in New York: Meet Hollie Baxter”