Tethered (Intertwined Series #2)
By Jenn Marie
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 16th 2017
A previous lifetime. A malevolent curse. A love they can’t live without. Will their past claim them once more? Elizabeth and Adam are about to find out…
Elizabeth and Adam survived the century old curse that nearly claimed the lives of their counterparts, Josephine and Braden, but at what cost?
As the veil between timelines continues to diminish, they yet again find themselves in a race against time to cheat death in the past in order to salvage their futures. But with the curse given form, everything is changing, leaving them vulnerable to new threats. No longer are the dangers of their former lifetime contained to the Jefferson Plantation—a land fraught with peril and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.
Until now …
Having changed the past, history has rewritten itself, extending the last day of the haunting to August 31—their new expiration date. Without the aid of visions, though, Elizabeth and Adam must find a new way to uncover their past, leaving Adam to scour the plantation for clues, while Elizabeth learns how to access Josephine’s subconscious.
Meanwhile, the Callahans—a vengeful family intent on keeping Elizabeth and Adam apart—will stop at nothing to preserve their bloodline and keep the curse from destroying their family. Will their ruthless antics prove tragic once more?
Now more than ever, their love will be tested as Elizabeth and Adam contend with the forces of the curse and fight to save their counterparts in 1905.
Will they overcome the odds stacked against them? Or will the curse claim them for good?
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Amazon US — https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073R391HZ
Amazon UK — https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073R391HZ
Intertwined (Intertwined Series #1)
Release Date: July 3rd 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Quiet seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Parker is looking forward to another mellow summer with her goofy relatives: sun tanning at the beach and staying out of trouble. Which is why the thought of her younger cousin participating in what is, clearly, a setup disguised as an initiation, worries her to the point of intervention.
One that backfires … big time …
Mistaken for her cousin, Elizabeth finds herself transported to an abandoned plantation, a place deeply haunted with unresolved mystery and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.
It is there, locked in the pitch dark, where she finds herself paired with the strange and mysterious Adam Hunt—an unexpected trespasser with his own agenda. Together, they find a list of instructions—follow the clues to various possessions in the house, store them in the backpack provided, and find the key that will grant escape.
Having snuck in to document the haunting, Adam offers to help her find the key so long as she helps him record paranormal activity along the way. But as they make their way through the house, they soon discover unexplained anomalies …
For the first time in the plantation’s recorded history, the haunting deviates from its known cycle of events, thrusting Elizabeth and Adam in a series of perilous circumstances that ensue long after the night is over.
As the last day of the haunting draws nearer, and as forces beyond their control ignite their growing attraction, Elizabeth and Adam must work together to uncover the plantations mysterious past before its too late.
Or die trying.
Warning: Occasional coarse language. Intended for Mature Young Adult audience.
The process of writing a sequel (how it varies from a first book or standalone)
Soooo, you’d think having fleshed out the first book in the series and laid the groundwork, that writing the sequel would be easier. So not the case! In fact, in some ways, I found it harder!
In addition to developing the existing story, you have to weave in all these little snippet reminders of what happened in the first book, so the reader isn’t lost and wondering what the heck is going on. Which, in my experience? Much easier said than done. I found myself constantly backpedalling, wondering if I should clarify something, which in the end, really slowed down the narrative and bogged down the story. It didn’t help that I received mixed feedback from my betas. Some wanted more clarification; others wanted me to get on with it.
In the end, I took my editor’s advice and focused on moving the story forward. That’s the crux with writing a sequel and releasing it several months after the first book. Readers forget! But you can’t let that get in the way of telling the existing story. Once I realized that, the rewrite process became much easier. Just write the story and let the action within reveal the need for recap. It’s more organic that way. It’s not a guarantee that readers won’t be lost, but at least it gets the story told, and hey, maybe it will prompt the reader to read the first one again 😉 Or, even better, read it for the first time.
The most important takeaway, being that this was my first sequel, is to outline! I hate outlines. That make me feel stifled. But honestly? They really do help. I wrote the first draft of TETHERED by the seat of my pants. Initially, it worked for me, but as the story progressed, I inevitably encountered plot holes and had to go back and plug those up.
In either case, whether writing a standalone, a first in a series or a sequel, outlines make all the difference in terms of focus and direction.
About the Author
Jenn Marie currently lives in sunny California with her wonderful husband and their runt kitty, Chloe. When she’s not writing Young Adult Fiction, she can be found reading, plotting or spending time with her crazy, lovable family. Current obsessions include the movie, Frozen, the New Girl series, Arcade Fire’s latest album, and avocados. Seriously, she can’t get enough of it! Writing, for her, is a passion that refuses to be under prioritized. No matter what’s going on in her life, whether good or bad, writing is always there to lift her spirits.
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