For me, the time away was productive. I am now a 3-time winner of the NaNoWriMo contest (finishing the contest with 60+k words written). Best yet, Since Inception (Vanishing, #1) is 57% done and Deep Web (Agent Jen Lanes, #1) is 7% complete.
At 57% completion, I can safely say that fans of Warrior series will love Since Inception. It's not young adult (strictly +18), but it has the same paranormal feel of Warrior series. Making it all the better the story is set in Galveston (because I love the island so much).
Deep Web (Agent Jen Lanes, #1) is not as far along, but I've mentally created the story from beginning to end. I believe fans of Left (Still Standing, #1) will love this series. Below, I'll share the blurb, and later, I'll reveal the cover (which is ABSOLUTELY awesome).
Stay tuned for more about these books as well as my Giving is Better Than Receiving posts scheduled for this month.
Deep Web (Agent Jen Lanes, #1)
In FBI Special Agent Jen Lanes's world, everything is black or white—good or bad. At least it is until she's put in charge of the team assigned with bringing Troy Rhodes, her first and only true love, to justice. The instant Jen comes face to face with Troy, she realizes her feelings for him are as deep, tangled, and confusing as the secret web he uses to broker deals for anything and everything. Legal and illegal.
Jen is the best in her field because she understands the criminal element in ways none of her peers ever will. Making her superiors nervous is the fact that her familiarity with felons' thoughts and actions has nothing to do with her on-the-job experience. Instead, it has everything to do with Ben, her grifter father, and his gang of criminals, who went underground at her house so often Jen considered them family.
In her house hiding out with Peter, his computer-hacking father, is where Jen met Troy fifteen years ago. At nine, he was as tall and lanky as he was afraid for his father. By the time Jen and Troy were teenagers, the two of them had spent more time living together than apart, and they had grown unbelievably close. Even today, Jen's best and worst memories live embedded within each other, so connected that the worst could never be teased away from the best without losing Troy forever.
It was New Year's Eve and they were both fourteen. Their fathers were drunkenly celebrating the success of a job that had paid more than enough to get them and their kids out of the business once and for all. While the men toasted the New Year and planned a life where the four of them could start over, Troy took Jen by the hand, led her to their special hideaway, and kissed her for the first time.
That day, one of tree houses… new beginnings... first loves... pubescent exploration, was the day the world shattered. Oblivious to the rest of the word, they swayed happily among the treetops while agents stormed Jen's house and killed Ben and Peter. Before Jen could process the bloody, violent scene before them, she was ripped from Troy's arms—despite his demands they be allowed to stay together—and thrown into the back of an unmarked car.