Friday, September 14, 2012

Do Over


Congratulations to "Linda H." the winner of Rebecca's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

How many times have you wished for a “do over”?  You don’t like the way some episode in your life came out, and you wish you could change the outcome.  I’m guessing the most common fantasy in this regard involves a conversation you had—where you think of what you should have said hours or days later.

Of course, authors get to change the world all the time, at least with their characters.  You write a section of dialogue, then think of something better and alter what your hero and heroine are saying to each other.  Or you have someone try to kill the hero and heroine, then think of a better way to stage the scene.

In my latest Harlequin Intrigue, I based a whole book on the fantasy of getting a second chance.

As HER BABY’S FATHER begins, Sara Carter is trying to drive herself to the hospital in a snowstorm.  She’s in labor, but the father of her child, Jack Morgan, is dead.  He’s from a rich family who have turned their backs on her when she needed them most.  After her car skids off the road and plows into a tree, she knows she and her baby are going to die.  But angels sent to escort her to heaven decide to send her back ten months in time.  To her astonishment, she meets Jack Morgan all over again.  She knows what he doesn’t—that someone is trying to kill him.  Can she save his life this time around?  Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

I had a great time with this concept.  Sara’s got her second chance, but reality keeps shifting, starting with her saving Jack’s life when a robber attacks them on the street.  That’s not the way it went down last time, and Sara doesn’t know what’s going to happen next.  Not only that, she’s afraid she’ll make Jack think she’s paranoid as she tries to convince him that someone he knows is out to murder him.  Yet maybe it’s going to be worse this time around.  Are both of them going to end up dead?  Or is she going to be accused of his murder?

I had just as much fun with the book’s setting as the basic premise.  It takes place in Ellicott City, a 250-year-old mill town about fifteen minutes from where I live in Maryland, the kind of place where you drive right out of the modern world and into the past.  I’m lucky it’s so close by.  And HER BABY’S FATHER gave me an excuse to stroll the narrow streets and drive up into the steep hills above Main Street.  It’s kind of like going to an ancient European town.  Main Street is deep in a river valley, lined with two-hundred-year-old stone buildings that have been converted to shops and restaurants.  There are antique dealers and quirky boutiques you won’t find anywhere else.

Of course, since I’m a romantic suspense writer, the setting makes me think of murder and mayhem.  I send Sara and Jack to dinner down by the old railroad station, then have them attacked on the street by a guy who’s using robbery as an excuse to kill Jack.

How do you like the idea of getting a do-over?  And is the setting of a book important to you?

I’m giving away a copy of my January Intrigue, SUDDEN INSIGHT.

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20 comments:

  1. HI Rebecca! I love the idea of a do over, however, I believe that everything that has happened in my life has brought me to where I am am! As for the setting, it is not important to me. I love to read books that are set anywhere! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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  2. Sounds like you are happy with your life. That's great!
    Rebecca

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  3. I don't always like the outcome of events in my life, but I'm at peace knowing that at the time I did the best I could do. Hopefully I learn from my mistakes and do better the next time. A good motto is: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. But I love the idea of your book and can't wait to read it.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  4. I'm on page 31 of Her Baby's Father and I only stopped there because it was midnight and I needed to get some sleep. I'll be back at the reading later today.
    I would have to think about a do-over in life but I don't think I would want one like Sara's! I can think of a couple of things in my life that I would do differently if I had a second chance.

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  5. I can definitely think of things that I should have done differently.

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  6. I'd love a do-over. Several of them, if anyone is handing them out.

    Not for anything as momentous as keeping a formerly dead boyfriend alive (although I love that concept-I have to read this book!).

    Just mundane stuff, like buying the big jackpot lottery ticket - oh wait, I don't remember any winning numbers. Ah, but I have the internet for that!

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  7. Wow! I love the concept and will have to read your story. Glad I read your post

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  8. Hi Rebecca,
    Yes, do-overs in writing are a given while our own past is history. I guess the best idea is "to not" do something again.
    Having said that, please enter me for a draw of your book.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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  9. I had a lot of fun w/ the "do over" aspect of the book. It wasn't so much fun for the heroine!

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  10. Oh this book sounds wonderful... imagine going back and knowing about events already... seeing if you could prevent tragic events from happening...
    I have some things in life I wished could have been different or if I had done something different, but I do not know if I would truly want the ability to have a do over.
    Thank you so much for sharing with us today Rebecca! :)

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  11. There is one part of my life I really like to do a "do over". I think the outcome careerwise would be better. There is a high probability that I would be happier but it would be at the expense of walking out on my family.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. I think do-overs would be nice. The book sounds god.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. There are a lot of things in my life I wish I could do over. I love the premise of this book and I can't wait to read it.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  14. I am sure that most of us have some part of our lives that we could have done differently , but, it is always exciting when the opportunity arises to revisit that situation and get the chance to do it better. Sounds like you live in a lovely part of the world.

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  15. I like the idea of a do over. And the setting is only as important to me as it needs to be for the story to work.

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  16. Your book has an interesting theme, I'm so intrigued. I thought the heroine will meet another man, but turn out she will get back to past time and trying to save the hero.

    About "do over" I think I have several phases in my life in which I would like to have a different outcome, but I guess here I am, safe and sound and living great, I know my life is not perfect but hey, so much to be grateful for. :)

    the setting I think it's important, because it has a great influence to the plot and will be more convincing to the readers about how real the story is, also the story will become more solid.

    pinglecoon at gmail dot com

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  17. I love the idea of second chances and do-overs. We rarely get them in real life.

    The setting can play a big part in stories - the wild, misty moors or a Regency ballroom or a back alley. It literally sets the scene.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  18. Yes, I often think of setting. I've set some crucial scenes in grave yards.

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