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The Wicked Thorn is FREE!

 

I have been extremely busy writing my first comic book novel, Wave, helping my sons’ with their comic book novels and finally starting on the next book in this series, The Wicked Shadow!

I am happy to offer The Wicked Thorn for FREE over the next five days and I hope those who haven’t read it yet, enjoy this new story I have written. It’s a completely different genre from my usual paranormal romance, but I loved writing every minute of it.

Enjoy! Like! Share!

 

~Shannon

 

The Wicked Thorn is Released!

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Well, it has taken a lot of blood, sweat and tears, but The Wicked Thorn has been released!

This book has put me through the wringer. I had so much fun writing it, but I was also plagued with anxiety and insecurity.

I have no idea if anyone is going to like it, but I am finally getting past that worry because I actually love it and I can’t wait to write more in this genre.

Although, honestly, I’ve kind of made this genre up.

Is it first and foremost a love story? Yes!

Is it a crime romance? Sort of.

Is it a contemporary romance with crime and vigilante justice? Yes.

Do I hope that you love it as much as I do? Yes!

 

Official Blurb:

*The Wicked Thorn Strikes Again*

*A Thorn in the Mayor’s Side?*

*The Wicked Thorn Saves Family from Burning Building*

*New Task Force Assembled to Catch Boston’s Wicked Vigilante*

The headlines were screaming and the city was reeling from the appearance of a new vigilante in town!

Boston was ripe with corruption and criminal activity after the economic downturn. The police, though, had a new threat as the rise of a vigilante, nicknamed The Wicked Thorn, threatened to undermine their entire department. The masked hero was quickly gaining admirers, but could he truly save his beloved city from crime?

Bry McKenna is a best-selling young adult author that seemingly has is all going for her at such a young age. Her fans see her as a fresh voice in this genre, but in private, she is struggling to break free from her family’s overprotective, watchful eye and become more independent. As she spreads her wings, she not only finds her voice, but she also meets an intriguing, charming new man.

As her life crosses paths with The Wicked Thorn, and she becomes more entangled with vigilante justice than she ever dreamed of, will she be able to accept him and his life, or will she walk away before she in too deep?

Join Bry as she enters this foreign and violent reality. A world where vigilantes are real and the need to protect those they love are even more passionate than she could have ever imagined.

*The Wicked Thorn is intended for mature readers.*

*This book contains violence and sexual scenes not intended for a young audience.*

 

~Shannon

 

The Wicked Thorn Part One

 

It’s almost here.

I can’t believe I just wrote that sentence.

The Wicked Thorn started taking shape in my mind almost a year ago and to see it finally be ready to publish is insane to me. I never imagined that I would write such a novel. I was perfectly happy to continue writing in the paranormal romance genre for a long time.

I enjoy it and I think I’m pretty darn good at it, but sometimes ideas grab a hold of you, and they refuse to leave. I have talked about how and why this book came to fruition. You all know my twin boys are in the comic book business.

Did I ever really think I would create my own vigilante universe? Absolutely not.

 

Have I been worried since I started writing this book that people may think it’s too far from the norm for me and hate it?

One hundred percent.

In the end though, if I am going to be the writer I want to be and practice what I preach, I must abide by  my own mantra, and that is, write for yourself.

In a way though, I didn’t just write it for myself. I wrote this book for my boys and for my daughter, who loves superheroes as much as her brothers. I wrote it because I’m the mom who takes my kids to the first night showings of every comic book movie and I also went along with my sons to see Batman: The Killing Joke in the theater. Netflix premieres of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage? Yup, you’re staying home so we can binge watch.

This is my life and I am immersed in it every single day. Discussions on what is happening in the comic book, gaming, and movie world are a daily staple in this household. I help write and edit content on my boys website and I also have been guiding them as they start the process of publishing their first novels.

I suppose it’s really not that surprising that I would want to add my own twist on this genre. Unfortunately, there really isn’t much out there to compare it to and I find myself stressing out over how to classify and tag this novel on Amazon.

Contemporary romance/ crime romance/action romance?

But enough about that. Let’s get into the good stuff.

So, who is The Wicked Thorn?

I suppose he’s a cross between Batman and Nightwing. He’s not as dark as Bruce Wayne, but he does love his gadgets and is unmatched in hand to hand combat. He also loves his city and he is determined to stop it from rotting from the inside out as it is plagued in crime and corruption from the recent economic downturn.

This book is set in Boston and I had fun using it as a background for my story. I adore the historic city and growing up only a few hours away, I have walked those streets many of times. I checked the map as I was writing and memories of my numerous visits would always make me smile.

I also loved writing the female heroine. Bry McKenna is unlike any character I have ever created and it was a joy to write her point of view. I also had the best time getting to know her family, the more I wrote her story.

It wasn’t all hearts and roses. I second guessed myself all the time. I sent out an emergency email to my friend Cathy, who reads my books, and I knew I could count on her to be blunt with her honesty.

Her thoughts were that she never had read anything like this, and while she has seen movies similar, she had never actually read it in a book form.

She also told me she loved it and not to stop writing it.

This was the first book that I have ever been insecure about and I think it was because I didn’t have the paranormal aspects to fall back on. I also spent almost an equal amount of time between the male and female protagonists.

Plus, there is a lot of action, which as you know, is my Achilles heel.

I pray that my readers give this book a shot and I also hope that they love it as much as I do. I have no intentions of leaving this world I just started to create and really just want everyone to come along for the ride with me.

But, it’s back to formatting and next time I will talk more about where I want this series to go and the challenges I will have to overcome the further I get into this exciting new project!

 

~Shannon

 

Writing a Stand Alone Novel vs. a Series

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“Learning never exhausts the mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

 

I have written thirteen books and one cookbook.

Not bad, right?

Interestingly enough though, The Wicked Thorn is proving to be quite a challenge and also a great joy.

It truly feels like I am starting over again in many ways. I am not writing a series, where I can tease certain things, and slowly reveal major revelations over three, four or six books. No, I have just one shot to make sure everything I want to say and write is wrapped up in a large, shiny, package.

Writing a stand alone novel is difficult. I have always had the opportunity to gradually introduce my characters and plot, but this is quite different. I keep second guessing myself on certain scenes, like whether or not this should go in or that should be introduced. It is simply something I have never had to ponder over before and it’s definitely playing with my head a bit.

I enjoy fast paced novels and I always have tried to stick to that preference when I write, but this book is not a story I can rush. I find that I enjoy writing more in depth scenes and dialogue (Although honestly dialogue has never been a problem for me).

I am also tackling my nemesis…the action scene.

Where it was once a groan inducing part of my job and I just have to get this over with, I now am taking my time because it is such a huge part of the story. I have to admit that I have been reading comics and graphic novels to get a feel for the genre. Thankfully my boys have an endless supply of material and knowledge.

I also have to keep repeating my mantra that you must always write for yourself and not for profit, or commercial glory. I have no idea if anyone is going to want to read about a vigilante and how he tries to, not only save his city from crime, but also as he attempts to have a relationship.

My heroine is different as well. She is young and a tad naive, but I am slowly getting to know her steel spine as I write her character. How is she going to handle not only falling in love for the first time, but also finding out her new love lied to her and is a vigilante?

And I have to start and finish their story in one novel.

I’m almost halfway through writing the book and I’m beginning to feel more comfortable, and more confident, but self-doubt can be hard to overcome.

This is a learning experience for me and I have to say that I am loving every minute of it! I will talk more about this book and the others that are going to follow, the further I go along.

I hope and pray that my loyal readers are ready for this change because I know that I am embracing this whole new and exciting chapter!

 

~Shannon