Fun Television equals #LethalWeapon

I’ve always been a big fan of action movies with a sense of humor. Beverly Hills Cops, Die Hard, Red, Lethal Weapon (the movie) are just a few that I could watch over and over again, never getting tired of them.

I was very excited to start to watching the show Lethal Weapon, based on the movie. First, I think the casting of the show was excellent. Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford have great chemistry and the rest of cast complement them quite well.

I really enjoy the show. I think it has just the right blend of action, humor, and serious material that I find myself wanting to spend more time with these characters, perhaps more so than in the movies, wishing I had saved up the first season so I could binge and not have to wait another week for a new episode.

This morning, I watched the latest episode and I won’t ruin it for you, but watching the character arc for Riggs is interesting and this episode, the ending of the episode, was very insightful into this complex man who struggles with day to day living. This show has me on the edge of my seat, laughing, and crying all in less than an hour. It really is a fun show. It might not be the best show on TV, but it is one of my favorites.

The unexpected #murder…

The theme here is where there is murder…there is love…

I know. Odd, but in my fictional world, its a reality. But sometimes a murder or death in a book isn’t what I had planned. Wasn’t in the plot, but becomes a moral imperative.

The first time this happened was in Rekindled. When Kaylee returned home, her father hadn’t been murdered and the opening scene wasn’t her standing over his dead body and her ex-husband, Blaine, the Assistance Chief of Police isn’t about to arrest her…nope.

I wrote this book during #NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) and when I hit 50k words at the end of the month I went, huh, my heroine could have left at any time and there was no reason for my hero to even have anything to do with her…no conflict. Bummer. Hate it when that happens.

I was ready to send the manuscript to the shredder when it hit me: What if the one person who had offered to help her out of her sticky situation was now dead and she was the best suspect?” I didn’t expect there to be a murder in Rekindled.

My writing process has changed over the years. I’m pretty much a plotter with closet case tendencies to pants my way through it. Meaning, I usually  know the end, its a matter of figuring out how to get there. But every single time I write a book, something very unexpected thing happens. I was a little shocked at who ‘done it’ when I finished the draft of To Protect His Own (available for pre-order and also you can enter to win a free Print copy at Goodreads!)

Now that the draft of that book is done, I’m on to number 6 in the New York State Trooper Series. It has no title right now. Just “Josh’s Story”. Interesting thing though, the heroine isn’t who she says she is which puts our State Trooper in a very compromising situation and as of right now, no murder. But lets where where the draft takes me… Also, I could use title help, so feel free to toss some out there. The basic premise is: What if the woman you’re sleeping was hired to ruin your career and reputation?

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!