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The Unlikely Prospect
Hello, Internet! I’m Lex Chase here with Sandra to talk about my new release and gasp first contemporary The Unlikely Prospect!
It’s part of Dreamspinner’s States of Love line, featuring stand-alone stories taking place in each of the 50 states of the USA. Taking place in the state of Maine, it’s the story of loner lobsterman Harper Cook who loves the sea and people not so much. When he’s volunteered against his will for a nude calendar, he didn’t expect his life to get turned upside down when he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah, Sean Blackburn. Sean oozes sex appeal and charm, and things get a little…steamy.
Now, Sandra and I have met quite a few times at GRL. This year we bonded over our love of fountain pens because I was using them at my signings. I use them in my daily life, and there was even a fountain pen store at this year’s GRL hotel! Omg pen crack! I actually came away with a lovely new pen of a Lamy Studio.
What does this have to do with The Unlikely Prospect? I wrote it out in longhand. The complete entirety is written in a Moleskine with a fountain pen. I write all of my stories this way. Each and every one. From short stories to full novels. And my novels range from upper 90s to 100k. For instance, Bayou Fairy Tale, the second book in the Screw-Up Princess and Skillful Huntsman series, was a 98k novel. I wrote the entire thing over a series of two Moleskines.
(Yeah, yeah. I’m one of those people with Moleskines. Lol the Dirty Hipster Notebooks.)
Most writers think I’m insane for writing longhand. They insist they write too slow and their brains think faster than their hands can move. When they type they can keep up. I’m the opposite. My brain freezes trying to find the “right” word instead of just any word.
I handwrite on average 800 words in about 30 to 40 minutes. I can type about… 150 to 200-ish in 30 minutes if I’m lucky. Thank god for Dragon Naturally Speaking!
I’ve even handwritten this post. Here’s a photo!
(For Sandra’s edification, this post is written with a Lamy Studio with a 1.5 stub nib and Diamine Syrah ink.) - Note to readers: This is the Lamy fountain pen Lex purchased at GRL2016, which she generously allowed me to touch and actually use to write her a short note into one of her books. Our fangirling over Lamy pens ranks as one of my favorite moments at GRL2016.
My handwriting is pretty sloppy, but neater than most turns out. Who knew! (Look at all of those spelling and grammatical errors!)
Writing in longhand is also extremely portable and requires zero batteries. But if you’re me, you need a backup pen.
With a laptop, you need a place to plug it in, have reliable wi-fi, be comfortable, not worry if you have to get up and go pee and leave your setup unattended.
My case of pens, notebook, headphones, and my phone is all I need. Packing up is a cinch. I go to doctors frequently, and I sit in my car and write before my appointments. My car is my favorite place to write. Hah!
Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to go analog. I do it every day and to the point I won’t even boot up my laptop until after 10pm.
So try it. You might find yourself loving it. And you’ll have something to look back on years later. (Like Facebook Memories! Only less publicly humiliating. LOL)
About the book:
In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.
When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.
Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.
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About the author:
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. Her pride is in telling stories of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. If you’re going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva, her DVR is constantly backlogged, she has intense emotions about Hannibal's Hannigram, and unapologetically loved the ending of Lost. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. You can find her in the Intarwebz here:
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