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Tess Gerritsen

I was crushed to hear that author Tess Gerritsen has decided to stop blogging for a while. As you can tell from the short list on my sidebar, hers is a blog I gladly recommend to my readers. After visiting it on a weekly-or-so basis for a couple of years (at least until recently, when my world went south), I became convinced that she is a genuinely wonderful person – intelligent, sensitive, compassionate, talented, generous, charming and honest. And pretty funny too.

Her blog posts usually served several functions: to give a glimpse of her as a person and as a writer; to chronicle the evolution of her current work in progress, from genesis to title to marketing plan; and to allow us an inside view of the publishing biz. Anyone who is an aspiring author, or a published but struggling one, or even a bestselling author like Tess, could find camaraderie, advice, and a kindred spirit. And readers could also enjoy that inside view of a different career, while also having their appetites whetted. Especially fun for readers is/was the fact that Tess tries something different with almost every book, and from reader reactions, it appears that for each one of those books, there’s a dedicated subgroup of Tess Gerritsen fans that regard that particular book as her very, very best. In other words, something for everyone.

Very cool.

I’m leaving the link up in the sidebar, partly in hopes that Tess will start blogging again soon, but also so that you can find it if you haven’t yet discovered it on your own. Take the time to read a few months’ worth of posts, and I defy you to remain unimpressed. In addition to all of the qualities I listed above, you’ll find she’s also very brave – brave enough to have put herself out there, trusting that the genuineness of her words would touch us. And they did.

So I don’t agree with those who say that closing her blog is a sign of weakness or a lack of courage. Are you kidding me?

And for those who call her thin-skinned, well, you know how I feel about that. It’s one of my favorite qualities in an author! *

So read her blog. Oh, and of course, read her books and find your own favorite!


* I ranted about the “thick-skin” issue back in June of 2006. Since then, I’ve gotten even more ranty about it because those who demand that quality of us are so truly short-sighted, and sometimes hypocritical. You want an author with a thick skin? One who doesn’t react deeply – maybe even overreact – to life’s hurts? You want our writing to be sensitive, moving, etc? So, how do you expect us to find that within ourselves if we were so tough? Sheesh… I for one don’t want to read the work of a truly thick-skinned author. Be thin-skinned, but ultimately resilient. Feel it deeply, then recover as quickly as possible. That’s the most that can be asked.

P.S. As you know, I’m not a paid member of livejournal. The free membership only offers limited links on the sidebar. At first, I was bummed about that, but I’ve come to appreciate it, because as time goes on, I find I don’t want to recommend blogs – even ones that I personally visit and enjoy daily – unless I feel comfortable with their regular commenters as well as the bloggers themselves. There’s just too much volatility and obnoxiousness in some communities, and while I can choose to visit (and leave quickly or watch with morbid fascination when it gets ugly) I would hate to refer one of my readers to a volatile blog on a day when something ugly just happens to be unfolding in the comment section. So I’m actually grateful to livejournal for limiting me (and of course, grateful that they host me for free at all!)

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ext_96659
Apr. 23rd, 2008 06:09 am (UTC)
I completely agree with you!
So sad that Tess closed down her blog. I can't bear the kind of Internet bullying that some commenters perpetrate - and it's not just on Tess's site, sadly. There's so much vitriol out there.

I also agree that an author needs to be thin-skinned. If we weren't, we wouldn't be able to write with depth and sensitivity. I really feel for Tess. Must be so hard to deal with all that flaming.

Sigh. Oh well. Here's hoping people start to value kindness in commenting :) And thanks for a great post.
katedonovan
Apr. 24th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: I completely agree with you!
It is sad, isn't it?

We're witnessing a bizarre cultural phenomenon where some commenters feel so free to be -- well, just as you said, vitriolic.

So yes, let's hope the pendulum starts to swing in the other direction soon. I actually enjoy spirited debate, conflicting opinions, and biting humor when done with intelligence and finesse. But good grief, what we're seeing is often far removed from that.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kate
(Anonymous)
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
In support of Tess....
I read this post about two weeks ago. It upset me then and every since then. As a general rule, I have never blogged and/or read too many of them because the content of many are troubling, at best and do great damage. It's very sad because words are so priceless and are to be treasured when spoken with foresight, and forthrightness and humor and with a grain of salt.

Yet, there are people who believe that it is their "right" to attack via the written word. As adults, we are responsible for the words that we choose to use. And, we ought to give each other some leeway and some grace that maybe someone said something on a bad day or in a silly mood or introspective one. It is truly stunning that this country seems to be in an attack mode to just about anything.

I shant get on my soapbox on this particular matter. I WILL say that I have been praying for Tess, daily, and for all others who share their hearts with readers.

Writers don't just share words, they share the best of themselves with us. They offer a tiny piece of their souls and ask nothing in return, save that we treat said offering with kindness and care. They get far less, in return, then they gave. For, every emotion that we feel from their words, are first felt by them.

I know the post about Tess was written back in April, but it is June and there are many, many, many who care and are appalled by what we have read. I sure hopes she blogs again. We ought not let the smallness of some, quiet the largeness of our hearts.

I am sure that my words will be viewed with disdain, by some. But, hopefully, they will reach the eyes of persons who have been wounded by words. Ah, but words are a powerful thing. They are simply wunnerful and scrumptious!

keep writing....

Jeanette

P.S. Your installment in the Athena Force series was outstanding!! Wonderful!! Made me go out and grab ALL the Athena books, including as many in the old Bombshell line that I could get.....yikes, but was it delicious, or what??
katedonovan
Jun. 3rd, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Re: In support of Tess....
Hi Jeanette,

I love your observation that we should give people some leeway. It seems so obvious, doesn't it, yet the internet doesn't always allow for it.

I remember when I was a kid, and I'd come home from school and complain about some bully or mean person, and my mother would say, "Maybe he/she didn't have any breakfast."

It was frustrating, since I wanted sympathy for ME, not for the bully. And frankly, I'm not quite as patient and understanding as my mom was. But still, it was a good point of view, and one that I came to cherish.

Thanks for weighing in on all this. And also, thanks for reading CHARADE -- I really appreciate what you said about it!

Kate
(Anonymous)
Jun. 4th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: In support of Tess....
I certainly hope that Tess comes back. We women need to SUPPORT each other. Period.

You, know, Kate, these folks that bashed her are OBVIOUSLY not Athena alum, eh?.....:)

Speaking of which, I sure hope you start a thread, soon, on Charade as I am dying to talk about Sasha!! She was so cool. And, boy, them going after Teal and the end!!! I won't give it away but it gave me shivers. To be honest, I was so involved in the story that I could have given a hang about the romance in the story!...

And the storyline about her father and what REALLY happened to her mother. Just gave me chills. What was on that tape.....uh, oh, not trying to give things away...

OOOps, was sposed to be supporting Tess. Tell her from Jeanette that like my mom always said "I don't mind you talking about me because that means you have stopped talking about someone else and are giving them a break". They can talk about me now, eh?

Jeanette
katedonovan
Jun. 5th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Sasha
I love hearing you talk about Sasha, Jeanette!

She was so much fun to write, but she and I got off to a very rocky start. When they gave me the general plotline for the story they wanted me to write, they said she was a Mafia princess informing on her father because she believed her father had her mom killed.

My first reaction? Ugh, she doesn’t sound like someone I’d like to read about, much less write about. I told my editor that maybe they should give that particular story to someone else, but she convinced me that I’d do a good job, and she said she really wanted me to write those Teal scenes since she thought I’d have a good voice for that.

To make matters worse, the All-American type hero isn’t my favorite to write either.

But I played with it, and played with it, trying to give Sasha the kind of layers that could make her accessible to me, and suddenly --- WOOSH, it just took off. I realized I loved writing her. She’s gutsy in a different way from my other gutsy heroines. It was tons of fun. And I even sorta fell for Jeff (in fact, I really, really fell).

That’s why I love hearing that you enjoyed it. I was so worried I couldn’t pull it off – for myself, or for readers, or even for Sasha herself – and it has turned into one of my favorite writing experiences ever.

It would definitely be fun to do a thread where we talk about what happened, spoilers and all! That business with the taped message – well, I was was halfway through the book before I even knew myself what was on that tape, and when I wrote that scene, well, it was one of the most emotional (and unexpectedly so) writing moments I’ve had.

Thanks again!

Kate

(Anonymous)
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Sasha
Kate,

Sasha is on of the most human, and truthfully written character that I've read. I certainly hope that we have not heard the last from her. I loved her relationship with Teal and have been wondering if they'll continue having a strong relationship.

I loved the paradox of her loving her family but recognizing their flaws and still loving the ones that she was helping send to jail. I want to know what's going to happen between her and her dad.

Also, is she and Jeff going to work together again? Will he let her be the best that she can be or will he try to be the hero and stay in her way. And, goodness me, what the world happened AFTER old whatshisname woke up and realized he had been drugged and will he go after Sasha....

Will Sasha's family ever find out that she was the one who turned in her family member?

Really, Kate, it is certainly not nice for you to leave me hanging like this!! I had to take Charade to work so that I can relive those last four or five chapters. Yikes, but you would have cracked up seeing me all scrunched up on the edge of the chair, scarfing chips and sodas, whilst feverishly whipping pages!.....hahahahahahahaha!!

And, thank you, for writing Sasha with honesty and not varnishing her or giving us a sob story so that we could feel sorry for her. We got to know her for ourselves and it really made me think about family loyalty and love vs doing the honorable thing. Delicious.

Are Sasha and the general's sister ever going to fight? Is she going to get to use her karate?

It would be ssssooooooooo awesome to have a sequel about Sasha and her parents before her mom was killed and all the goings on of their family.

I am really curious as to how you managed to keep her so strong, yet so vulnerable at the same time. Will she have to start the grieving process over, regarding her mom, after finding out the truth of how she really died?

I really do think they need to do a sequel, where Sasha is in some hot water and of course, Jeff has to come to her rescue.

Beautifully written...

Jeanette

P.S. I had about a million other questions but will be nice and spare you....:)
katedonovan
Jun. 7th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: Sasha
You're right, Jeanette, a sequel would be fun. But since it's Athena Force, I don't own the copyright, so it would probably have to fit into the big plot of another Athena series.

I think you identified the one that would be the most fun -- Vlad wakes up, realizes what has happened, and goes berserk with revenge. And his sister would be anxious to help if it meant she could fight Sasha. That would be a wild scene!

I'm starting to like that idea a lot.

Meanwhile, I am sure that Jeff and Sasha have a future ahead of them, as a great kick-ass team and romantically. I think he fell in love with her the moment he met her.

Your idea for a pre-quel cracks me up. Although I can't imagine seeing her with her mom, it would be too painful. But it would be fun to see her with her Mafia girlfriends, and remember, she had a crush on Carmine in those days -- so I guess the love scenes would have to be comedies!

But seeing her at the Athena Academy -- I'd love that.

Wouldn't it be fun if Athena Force did some prequels about those early days at the Academy?

Thanks for all the inspiration!
Kate

(Anonymous)
Jun. 7th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Sasha
Kate,

I've been thinking about Sasha's mom and how her last days must have been. Knowing that she was going to trade her life for her daughter. That kind of love, just really made me sad for her. She knew she'd never see Sasha married or have kids but wanted her daughter to have those options.

And, I am really wondering how Sasha feels now, about her life, knowing that her mom sacrificed herself for her. Is she guilty, angry? Wouldn't she grow angry with her dad, all over again, knowing that his actions, in fact, led to her mom's death. I think BOTH her dad and old whathisname should have killed themselves!

I'd like to See Sasha in Vegas. With.....hhmm......can't quite recall whatshername, you know, the card shark who had to find out who killed her dad in 'Stacked Deck'. I think they'd be great friends.

Won't go on and on, tho I could. I did want to let you know how much I enjoyed those action scenes!! Can not tell you how much I sweated whilst she was in that hallway! Yikes.....*delicious shiver*.....

Did Shannon ever find out what happened with Teal? Would you write a prequel about Sasha or follow up if you were asked?

Okay, I shant bore you anymore with Sasha questions. I've enjoyed your blog and have done a wonderful job, for me, of not commenting on everything. I enjoy people and communicating so it has been really hard not adding comments to the other stuff in here.....hehe.....

Great success in all your endeavors.....

wondering what's next in the horizon for Sasha,
Jeanette

P.S. One final question: do you enjoy hearing from your readers or do you not want to know what folks are thinking? And, did you enjoy Charade as much as I did. Meaning, if someone had written the same book, would you have enjoyed it as much?

P.S.S. Your book was so delicious that I didn't even have to change the ending. I have rewritten endings in my head, a million times, because the hero did or didn't do or the heroine said or didn't say. Not a thing I would have changed with Charade, except that it ended

Be blessed.....
katedonovan
Jun. 7th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Sasha
Hi Jeanette,

I’m glad you liked the action scenes. I had to write a couple of actions scenes per book (at least) for my 4 Bombshells and this Athena book – but the easiest ones by far were for Charade and Exit Strategy. It helps to have a heroine who can physically take care of herself, as opposed to my other bombshells – ID Crisis and Spin Control – where the heroines had to rely almost completely on their brains. (I wrote another Bombshell called Parallel Lies where the main character could defend herself physically too, but mostly with firearms – poor Sasha didn’t have that luxury over there in Kestonia!)

I would jump at the chance to write a sequel to CHARADE if Silhouette asked me to!

And believe me, I love getting feedback from readers. I’ve been very lucky, because I’ve never had a reader contact me just to say that they hated one of my books (except for one anonymous commenter on this blog . I chalked that up to the old “didn’t have any breakfast” excuse. Plus, his/her big anonymous complaint was that I should have stuck with one story in CHARADE rather than having detours – so I suspect she/he didn’t realize he/she was buying the third book in a 12 book series. That’s a legitimate complaint if that was his/her expectation.)
It’s fun to hear what worked in a story, and it’s okay to hear what didn’t work either. I’m thin skinned, so it stings a bit, but doesn’t permanently wound me.

Famous last words, right? I haven’t really been savaged by readers, except in a review once, and that reviewer was motivated by something other than the book itself, so I was able to recover from it pretty quickly. I don’t know how big-name authors deal with that sort of thing on a continual basis – ugh! Luckily, I’m a little name ; - )

Before I started officially writing novels, I used to re-write endings to books and movies in my head all the time, just like you do! Sometimes it was because I didn’t like the ending, but often, it was just so the story wouldn’t end at all, but would keep going and going forever. It was the same process that you used with CHARADE, wondering what happens next for Sasha and Jeff et al. Now that I make up my own stories, I almost always get an idea for a sequel when I’m halfway through a draft of a manuscript, and I know it’s because I see that ending on the horizon, and I don’t want the story to end, ever.

And yes, I would have loved Charade as a book, even if someone else had written it, I think. Or as a movie – that would have been terrific.
I’m so glad you stopped by here. Feel free to ask any questions, any time! I could talk about my stories nonstop forever (just ask my husband, because when I’m in the middle of a book, it’s more real to me than real life, and I talk about it constantly, which I’m sure is a bizarre experience from his point of view. )

Kate

Oh, and P.S., the May release from Athena Force is a book called Beneath the Surface. And guess who is the heroine – Shannon! I haven’t read it yet, so I don’t know if she finds out (or figures out) the truth about Kestonia, but I’m guessing she does, either on-page or off. I really liked writing about her character for her minor role in CHARADE, so I’m sure it was great fun to write a whole book around her.

(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Sasha
Kate,

Er, I ALREADY have your Parrallel Lies and was TRYING to save it for next week. Alas, you have forced my hand and now I have to stay up reading it! I also have Beneath the Surface but haven't started yet because I read them so fast and am trying to enjoy the show. To be truthful, your book just put the skids on everything but Sasha.

Also, you have gotten me into trouble as I have been trying to limit my book buying to a couple of books per week. But, I snuck on after work this morning and bought four. I TRIED not to visit your site so as to not to get my question asker, asking again but you just got her started up. SSSSooo, I just HAD to go and buy Exit Strategy and Spin Control. I just had a major pouting session due to not finding ID Crisis. But, I am in further trouble because I saw all your other books and it was all I could do not to order them all right now. Especially with gas as high as it is and food.

But, I work hard and need my playtime! I am in the health profession and am a private caregiver for a combative 86 year old who has tons of physical needs. Believe me, he could take Sasha and Teal all by himself!...lol...it takes two of us, working twelve to fourteen hours a day, twenty four hours a day just to care for him. The job is so stressful that it was the main reason I took up my reading passion, once again.

Anywho, as a treat, I have been recollecting old books and finding new authors. My little brother stole all my books, years ago and sold them. And, I had gotten so disenchanted with weak heroines, who swoon and fall all over themselves and are in love after the first meeting that I stopped reading for years. I am so thankful I stumbled over Athena Force, then the Bombshell line. Wonderful.

I have been extending endings in books and movies my whole life. My dad used to take us to the movies and ask us what we learned. Movies weren't just movies. They all had a message. Also, he took us to the library every day and took us to all the museums and presidential sites all over the country when we were young.

I know what you mean about the characters being real. They are like really good friends that I can go and visit anytime I want to.

As for you, you are destined to be up there with Nora Roberts. So, I can say that I knew you when, eh? And remember us little people, wouldja and keep on posting...

I have always been teased about my love of books. As a child, and now as an adult.....*shrug*......it's just nice to be able to yak with someone about a book, without first having to explain that you're not loco for likin' 'em....:)

(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Sasha
You know, Kate, you have done a great service to the Italian community, of which I am not one. You didn't stereo-type Sasha and made her a marvelous woman. Her childhood didn't define her, and she didn't hide from it, either. You showed that I person can thrive, no matter their circumstances. And, can use those circumstances and get goodness out of madness. Was great to see.

As for Charade being the third book, I really liked the way that you wrote it so that it could be enjoyed as a stand alone but a nice bridge for the ones before and after. I have enjoyed the brief stop.

Now that I think about it, I think I already have your Exit Strategy. Yikes. I'll just give it to my client's sis, who is also my boss. She is 82 and a reader and we enjoy passing books back and forth. I think it's neat that age is no object when it comes to reading. I was just chastising her, this morning, because she is on a reading hiatus so I can't get her to read any of the series so we can blab about it. Thus, I am forced to blather away to myself or find someone else who loves reading, and loves to talk about what they have read. Am not sure which I enjoy more. The reading of the book, the anticipation of how the book is going to be, or reliving it once it is read....*delicious shiver*....my coworker thinks I am a looney tune for spending hours on end blathering away to myself or my client. He pretends he does not care, but everytime I get to work, I hold his hand and yak at him about what book I am reading and what the characters are doing. I catch him smiling every now and again. So, you are bringing much good and much light and much humor to a tough environment.

I did want to ask you if you love/loved being a lawyer as much as you do being a writer. And, if your hubby has ever gotten jealous over your leading men in your books!

take care,
Jeanette


P.S. You are truly a gracious woman. You did not have to take the time to respond to my comments. Am sure you are extremely busy. I see where Sasha got her heart. You just don't know what you have done for my heart these last little posts. My client is in rapid decline and I have cared for him for over three years and he has grown on me. So, seeing him this way is really difficult, and it is truly hard to keep a smile pasted on my face and keeping him encouraged when I want to boohoo, myself. He and his significant other lived together for over 30 years. We took care of her, also, until her death, last June. In fact, the first year anniversary is coming up. I miss her smile and it's hard for him. The other day, he called his sister in the room and said he just wanted to see if she was still alive. His significant other died while they were both in the hospital, so he never got to say goodbye. We were also taking care of him, in the hospital and didn't get to see her much. So, I hold his hand every day and tell him not to be scared and say prayers for him and tell him stories, even when he has been a real boob. Not trying to get all maudlin. I just wanted to say thank you for being such a gracious hostess.

Be blessed......
katedonovan
Jun. 8th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Identity Crisis
Hi Jeanette,

Do you have an email account? If you do, send me an email at my hotmail address and we’ll see about getting you a copy of Identity Crisis. I think you’ll enjoy Exit Strategy and Spin Control more if you read them in order.

I tried to write them as stand-alone books, just in case one or more became unavailable, but still, Identity Crisis is worth reading. It’s the first of the SPIN books, and arguably the most unusual, or at least, it seemed unusual when I started writing it and was afraid it would never sell because it was a little quirky. I’ll always be amazed and grateful that Silhouette took a chance on it for their Bombshell line – and then bought two more in the series! Everyone seems to think Exit Strategy was the best, and I suppose I think so too, but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Identity Crisis.

Kate
katedonovan @ hotmail dot com (just take out the spaces and make the “dot” a “.”)

P.S. Your client is very lucky to have you in his life.

P.P.S. If you had asked me ten years ago if I loved being a lawyer as much as being a writer, I would have said “no” very quickly. These days, I have to really think about it – not because I love writing less, but because I’ve had some very rewarding moments as a lawyer, and I’ve come to appreciate it more than I used to. I’ve always loved the theoretical part of law, but I resisted the practical applications, probably because I didn’t think I’d be too good at those parts. But oddly enough, I really love having clients and giving them concrete advice that helps them. Maybe I grew into it or something.

But if I could be a full-time writer, I’d do that in a second. After all, I would still be able to create characters who are attorneys, and that way, I would still get to play lawyer in my head – the best of both worlds!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Identity Crisis
Kate,

Of COURSE, my client is fortunate. I tell him that EVERY day. Just kidding......

Thank you for your thoughtful gesture of finding Identity Crisis for me. You should have trusted that an Athenian would find it, tho. It shall be winging it's way to me by morning...hehehe....

Thank God I am almost late for work. I thought of at least ten questions about your comments about lawyering vs writing. Yikes but that was close.......whew!!......

Which came first, the lawyering or writing? Inquiring minds has gotsa know, dontcha know??

Jeanette
katedonovan
Jun. 9th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Identity Crisis
Which came first? It depends if you count the "girl detective" books I wrote in grade school and junior high. In those days, I actually wanted to be a librarian -- can you imagine being around all those books, all day long? Sigh...

Somehow I stumbled into law school, and after I graduated and passed the bar, I went to work for a legal publishing company, writing articles about groundbreaking cases, and analyzing/summarizing different areas of law, especially constitutional law. It was a good job, and the best part was, they let me work from home when my children were born, so I was able to juggle work and kids without leaving the house. I started writing stories again, and eventually got a few published, thus leading to dreams of full-time writing. Alas, I didn't quite accomplish that yet, so I ended up getting a "real" lawyer job, and that's been good for me. For one thing, it forced me out into the world, and to my surprise, I've survived!

I can't wait to hear how you like the SPIN books.

Kate
ttnette38
Jun. 9th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Nikko/Niski
I am extremely aggravated as I just mailed a wonderful plot twist that I had going on in my mind about Nikko and Niski and can't figure out how to use this blasted LiveJournal!....ack....

Anywho, I think that Nikko and Niski should help Sasha escape from the general's evil clutches. He, of course, is livid at the deception and sent his sister to kidnap Sasha. Niski has overheard their dastardly plot and implores Nikko to help as it is Sasha who garnered the permission for them to get together.

SSSSSSoooooo, they somehow get word to Teal and she comes in and helps kick some tail! I have no idea who Teal's romantic interest is. Maybe a secret operative who has been covertly infiltrated with the general for years....*delicious shiver*.....

Jeanette

P.S. Oh, yeah, I was sposed to be commenting about THIS posting, eh? LOL

P.S.S. What does it feel like to see something that came from your heart, gracing shelves and entertaining millions. Inquiring minds and all that.....
katedonovan
Jun. 10th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Nikko/Niski
LOL, that's a good one!
ttnette38
Jun. 11th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Nikko/Niski
Okay, Kate, I thought of another plotline.....

Niski overhears the general's sister plotting Sasha's demise. After a torrid embrace with Nikko, hehe, she tells him about it and wonder what they coud do. The general will track Sasha down as she was sold out by one of the mafia families who were angered at her speech and the mafia folk decided to take down her dad so are working with the general and his sis to do so.

Meanwhile, Sasha and Jeff have about three or four of aforementioned, torrid scenes, and......*shrug*....no real plot, just wanting Sasha/Jeff to have a bit of fun after all their death ducking and such.

Of course, Jeff now get's kidnapped and Teal gets wind of it and grab a coupla Athenians and go on the rescue hunt. Am still waiting for a good cutie for Teal. Will take a strong man to deal with her gifts.

N-E-Way, not sure how they get him back to Kestonia...hhmmm....probably fooled him by saying they had Sasha. And, it would be plausible as she is out of town visiting her dad or something..........

to be continued.......
ttnette38
Jun. 11th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
An even better one....
Kate,

I just thought of a WONDERFUL plot.....

Arachne somehow finds out about how Sasha's mom really died and decides to have some fun with Athenians, once again. She masterminds a plot to kidnap Sasha's daughter and frames her father's rival for the dastardly deed. Arachne makes it out to be that, indeed, revenge will be meeted out on a daughter and bloodline of Sasha's dad.

Meanwhile, Jeff is angry at Sasha for not cutting ties with her father, knowing that he is still not legit and Jeff is mad that his daughter is caught up in the mafia scene after he has gone to great lengths to keep her away from such things. Some wonderful angst betwixt Sasha/Jeff ensues for half the book, along with all kinds of action scenes trying to get the daughter back.

Arachne has also blackmailed the general into helping and that's how Niski finds out where Sasha's daughter is as Nikko confesses to her and expresses his sadness over having to help destroy Sasha and her family, seeing as how Sasha brought he and Niski together. Niski manages to find out where Sasha is at some big gala and gets word to her. Teal gets to rescue Sasha/Jeff's daughter. How delicious and ironic, eh?.......a lovely twist and completion of a circle....

*J pats herself on the back, believing she has come up with a winner*....
katedonovan
Jun. 12th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: An even better one....
I'm picturing Sasha and Jeff's little girl -- darling, and of course, mischevious. What a cutie!
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