Monday, February 23, 2015

Blogtour: Theory Unproven by Lillian Francis



Today we welcome Lillian Francis with

Theory Unproven





Blurb:

Working with elephants in their natural habitat has always been Eric Phillips dream. Getting what he’s always desired introduces him to Tyaan Bouwer, the bush pilot that flies in his supplies, and Eric discovers the allure of South Africa goes beyond the wildlife and the scenery.
But in an area where bushveld prejudices and hatred bleed across the borders, realising their love will be a hard fought battle. Keeping hold of it might just kill them.





Excerpt

As Eric watched, the man studied the labels and then made a mark on the paperwork attached to the clipboard. Blond hair peeked out from under his hat, fanning out on the collar of his shirt. At no point did he acknowledge the existence of the car, even though he couldn’t have failed to have heard its arrival.

Irrationally annoyed by the well-built blond and his off-putting manner, Eric pushed himself off the car and sauntered round to the other side of the vehicle, closer to the man who was busying himself with his work and ignoring Eric.

His shadow fell across the crates and the bowed head of the— Could this be the pilot? Eric could see no other people near the aircraft. The blond raised his head, a frown pulling the skin tight between his eyebrows.

The man’s gaze settled on Eric briefly before flicking over to the taxi. When he returned to look over Eric once more, the skin of his forehead had smoothed out, but still the man didn’t smile. He nodded in acknowledgement, just once, short and curt, and then dipped his head back to his work and turned slightly away from Eric. With the stranger squatting in the dust, Eric towered above him, the position giving him the perfect view of broad shoulders and a solid frame that Eric couldn’t resist studying.



Abruptly, the man stood and cleared his throat. He dropped the clipboard onto a nearby box, throwing a curious glance in Eric’s direction, and then disappeared back up the ramp. Eric blinked, self-conscious at having been caught blatantly staring, and ruffled a hand through his short dark hair. His embarrassment wasn’t sufficient to keep him from trailing after the man, though, stopping just short of following him into the aircraft to stand near the ramp in the shade of the fuselage.








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Theory Unproven - The Journey

Theory Unproven started life as a short story submission for an anthology call. When I finished the story it weighed in at 13K, two thousand words too long for the submission call, so I stripped it right back to the bare bones, removing as much as I could while still retaining the sense and flavour of the story but I couldn’t get the word count to the 11K required. I sent it in for the call anyway and was not surprised to receive a ‘thanks but no thanks’ response. However, they like the premise of the story and the writing style and if I could get the word count up to 15K they would consider the story for a novella.

If I could I get the story up to 15K! I already had 1400 words I could slip straight back into the story, and an idea for a sequel about what happened to them after their first kiss. (Which is where the original story ended. Hah, it’s not even their first kiss anymore!) I just needed an extra scene and then I’d resubmit and start work on the sequel.

Except once I started writing I couldn’t stop. The longer story demanded proper introductions and more of a build up to their relationship. Tyaan demanded a best friend, someone who could understand the reason he was so closed off and still love him for it. Dammit, the ending needed a sex scene now that so much had been invested in the getting there. The sequel idea flowed so naturally from that new scene that Eric and Tyaan’s story refused to be broken up into two separate pieces.

Did I get the story to 15K? Damn right I did. In fact the year changed on the calendar while I added another 100K before I was satisfied and not all in one go. Did I send it back to the original publishers, no I did not. The story got rested and revised. Rested again. I got in touch with RJ because I was concerned the story was similar to Spirit Bear which was due for release (it isn’t). I played with the story some more. The year changed on the calendar again.

RJ signed me in at the UK Meet this year, looked at my name and frowned.

“Didn’t you send me something to read?”

And the rest, as they say, is history.



About the author:

An avid reader, Lillian Francis was always determined she wanted to write, but a 'proper' job and raising a family distracted her for over a decade. Over the years and thanks to the charms of the Internet, Lillian realized she’d been writing at least one of her characters in the wrong gender. Ever since, she’s been happily letting her ‘boys’ run her writing life.

Lillian now divides her time between family, a job and the numerous men in her head all clamouring for 'their' story to be told.

Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a wind-swept desolate moor or in an elaborate ‘shack’ on the edge of a beach somewhere depending on her mood, with the heroes of her stories either chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons.

In reality, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.










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