Here we are!
As promised, here’s the second story from the Lawbreakers Collection.
This amazing story from the amazing January George is The Storm and The Sea (isn’t this a great title???)
I also had the pleasure to have January for a little peek inside her life, writing time, and story.
I have a three-year-old, a husband, and a full-time job, so finding time to write is kind of like panning for gold in a puddle in Delaware. Most of my writing takes place, yawning and sucking down coffee, at nine-thirty at night after the kiddo is asleep and the dinner dishes are done. Despite my limited time, I, like many other writers I know, have several projects going at once, and a bunch more floating around in my head. I was knee deep in a coast guard pilot/real estate developer romance, when inspiration for The Storm and the Sea, my contribution to the Lawbreakers box set, hit me like an icy blast.
I mentioned I have a three-year-old, and I imagine that most parents will understand this next part. The idea for this book came from watching the movie Frozen forty-seven million times. My daughter is obsessed with Frozen. And Elsa and Anna, and Hans and Olaf and Kristof and Spen, as she calls him, as she lists off every character every time she talks about it. I was trying to sneak in some writing time while she was distracted by the movie, but with Anna and Kristof in the background, a story started to come together in my mind.
The earliest versions kicking around in my brain were very similar to the actual plot of Frozen, a girl had to get out to the Bayou to have her father sign/do something so she could marry her fiancé but when she’s stranded in the Bayou with the captain of a boat, they started to fall in love. I tossed around the idea, couldn’t come up with anything I liked, so I tucked it away and went back to my work in progress. But as the fates would have it, the lovely ladies of this box set were looking for another author. I write a lot, but am usually completely paralyzed by the thought of sending my babies out into the world. So, I edit and edit and edit and edit some more. And then I rewrite and toss it, and edit it more and then give up on it. So, when given the opportunity, I decided to put on my big girl, brave pants and toss my hat into the ring.
Of course, now I had to write the book. And I had to incorporate some kind of illegal activity into it. Most of my previous attempts at mystery or suspense were, ahem, pretty horrific. But I was going to try again. I wrote a lot of it during National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo, and I’m not going to lie the first few drafts were pretty horrific again and I started to panic. But then all these glorious ideas started swirling around my head and it all started to change. It got more complex, the characters more devious, and suddenly, everyone had a secret. What are they? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.
I had a really great time writing this, and have especially enjoyed working with the amazing writers in this box set. I hope you all enjoy the book, and for you fellow Frozen parents, I stuck a few Easter eggs in tribute to my inspiration, let me know if you can find them!
Thank you, January! And here’s the story.
A multimillion dollar art heist. A mysterious mastermind. A woman hellbent on revenge.
After an impulsive decision lands her in hot water, Adrianne Broussard is desperate to get to the far reaches of the Louisiana Bayou to make things right. But a tropical storm is barreling up the Gulf and she can’t find anyone willing to take her.
When Ronan Doyle’s fishing boat is locked up by a shady dock owner, he’ll do just about anything to get it back, even take a mysterious blond out in the middle of a storm.
But when they’re left stranded in the unforgiving swamp, and their secrets start to unravel, will they find the strength to trust each other, even if it puts them on opposite sides of the law?
He jumped the cabin steps in one leap, wrenching open the door. “We’re taking on water. Life jacket on, now!” Ronan pulled on his own, not waiting to see if she followed directions.
“What was that?” Adrianne cried, her knuckles white on the steering wheel.
Ronan shook his head, snapping the clasps before he turned to her. He shot a look over his shoulder. The smaller craft struggled in the waves, closing the distance. His fingers moved deftly down the black plastic clips, snapping them across her chest. “We hit something. We’re going down. I don’t know how deep it is, but we can’t stay here.” He scanned their surroundings. They were about thirty yards from land.
Adrianne clung to the backpack like it was a buoy. Tears glistened in her eyes. “Ok.”
Ronan framed her face with his hands. “I need you to do exactly as I say, ok?”
She nodded. She still wouldn’t let go of that damn backpack.
He pulled her behind him. The boat listed, the horrible sound of torn metal groaned below them. “We’re going to jump. Swim for the shore with everything you got.”
“I—I can’t,” she stammered.
Ronan glanced over his shoulder. The boat was close, its lone occupant fighting against the wind. Once they were in the water, the carcass of the Fiona would block them, but not for long. He smiled sheepishly at Adrianne. “Sorry about this.”
She looked up sharply. “What?”
He picked her up and unceremoniously tossed her overboard.
January George has been writing since she was a child, but fell in love with happily ever after while traveling through Europe at thirteen when she ran out of books and discovered Harlequin. She lives in Upstate New York with her husband and children.
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