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Yard Scotland knows he’s been through too much with Emerald for her not to be his one true love. In a desperate last ditch attempt to win her over, he agrees to pose as the target in her knife-throwing act, even though she picked up the hobby only a few weeks earlier at the urging of the man with whom she’s collaborating on a history project about their town. What neither of them realize is that Emerald is under a mild mind-control spell and Yard isn’t intended to live through the performance.

About This Book

I can’t say much more about the plot without giving away some major spoilers. I did a rewrite of this novel for NaNoWriMo 2017, and while I knew the draft would still be a mess at the end, I realized I need to establish enough historical detail about the town to make it seem plausible that I’m writing from the perspective of a character whose whole job is to know everything there is to know about the founding of the town. Not only is Emerald working on this book about the town, she also works for the Historical Society. (Cheers for my fellow History majors!)

Caledonia was founded by a group of circus performers, and it has become a bit of a tourist trap. I’m trying to weave in a bit of this mythology into the story, even though I need to create that mythology as well. World building is hard!

This book also contains one of my favorite scenes between John and Aberdeen. I wrote the first draft of it for a separate project, a story I started as part of my 2014 NaNoWriMo after I finished the first draft of Volume 1 in 15 days. I try not to let myself think my writing hasn’t evolved at all that a scene that says everything about my characters is one I wrote when I hardly knew them, but I think it’s a sign that they have developed into the type of people I envisioned writing about back when I first started the project.


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