Friday, December 13, 2013

Codi Gary ~ MAKE ME CRAZY Guest Post

Miranda “Rand” Coleman has seen the way love can wreck a person and wants absolutely no part of it. When her granddaddy dies suddenly, he leaves a clause in his will that has her married in three months or she loses her inheritance. Unwilling to give up the Double C Ranch, she starts to set her eyes towards the eligible men in town, with little luck in finding a man she can stand for a minute let alone a year. Until she sets eyes on the new veterinarian and enlists the help of her womanizing best friend, Jake, to help.
 
Jake Hansen is a single guy who likes his women pretty and uncomplicated, with no plans to settle down anytime soon. When he decides to help Rand hook her man, he has no idea the effect watching Rand change would have on him. Especially when she starts letting her gorgeous brown hair down and showing off a body he didn’t even know she had. Before too long, Jake isn’t just lusting after his best friend, he’s feeling downright possessive. But when it comes down to the wire, will he get over his issues and step up to the alter…or lose the only woman he was ever meant to love?

 
This is the first book in a new series.  Book 2 will be released in March 2014.


It Takes A Village To Make Something Crazy…Good!
When I first wrote Make Me Crazy, originally called Pure Perfection, I was coming off of an “OMG, I just got signed by Avon” high. The book was very different, and although it wasn’t picked up, I sat on it for six months as I wrote, Things Good Girls Don’t Do, knowing that someday, Rand and Jake’s story would be told.
 
Six months go by, and I’ve already written my next Rock Canyon Romance, and am just waiting for the go ahead from Avon. One day I pulled open my word and there was “Perfection,” waiting for me to open it up and get to know my characters again. As I started reading, I decided that there were some things I could improve on. It was during this time that I went to RWA and met April O. from Books with Benefits Blog. We clicked and started emailing back and forth, mostly about a guest blog for Things Good Girls Don’t Do, until suddenly we were discussing our “nerd” obsessions (and man crushes). What can I say, we just clicked.
 
When April told me she was starting an Indie Press with her best friend, she asked if I had anything I’d like to submit. I asked her to give me a week.
 
The first thing I did was change the town’s name to Loco (FYI there is a real Loco, Texas, but my town is 100% fictional). Then I asked two close friends of mine to read over the first three chapters and give me notes. Without the feedback Jaclyn Hatcher and Ellie Macdonald gave me, BWBP might not have picked it up. I owe them, big time.
 
After sending in my three chapter and synopsis submission package, I didn’t have long to wait for the go ahead. The next two months were a collaboration between April, Amber (my editor), and I to create a town, characters, and a story that people would fall in love with. When it finally came time to send the ARCs out into the world, I was a crazy mess.
 
As the reviews came in, the vice around my heart loosened. Overall, people were enjoying Rand and Jake, and that’s all I was hoping for; to create a book readers would smile about.
 
In conclusion, if there’s a manuscript that keeps tugging at your heart, but hasn’t found a home yet, don’t give up! Find some Beta-readers, a critique group, and take a second look. Sometimes a book isn’t dead, it’s just waiting for you to love it again.
 
In conclusion, if there’s a manuscript that keeps tugging at your heart, but hasn’t found a home yet, don’t give up! Find some Beta-readers, a critique group, and take a second look. Sometimes a book isn’t dead, it’s just waiting for you to love it again.



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An obsessive bookworm for twenty years, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family. Visit her website www.codigarysbooks.com for latest news, social media, or just to say hi!


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4 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a fun book, I'm going to add it to my TBR list! :)

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    1. Hi Ada.

      Thanks for stopping by. It's on my TBR list too. Be sure to come back and let me know what you think, after reading the book.

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