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Nepenthe - Fun Fact 5


Does this picture ring any bells? Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't.

I posted it last August on Facebook while I was on vacation at the beach.

I was in love with the word and the fact that it was on a beach house.

Which brings me to the final Nepenthe Fun Fact.

In Nepenthe, Lucy calls Corey and tells her about the name of the beach house she's staying in with Grant and his family.

The name of that beach house?

NEPENTHE.

How did I come across the word?

It was the name of a beach house across the road from the one I was staying in last August. My sister and I had looked at the word every time we sat in the rocking chairs on the porch and finally, I mentioned it.

We looked up the definition and both thought it was perfect for a beach house.


And ta-da, that's the connection to how the word gets mentioned in the book for me to tie it into the story.

Hope you've enjoyed these fun facts! I did! :)

Nepenthe - Fun Fact 4

You know how the first chapter came to be, more about the process of writing Nepenthe, about Olivia's driving, and now it's time to learn a little about how some characters got their names.

I purposely placed the fun facts about Kristalyn and Olivia's driving before this one because you'd need to know those for the story behind this one.

Kristalyn is a NASCAR fan. (I've yet to understand this, but maybe I will after she's dragged me to a race.)

Anyway, after reading about Olivia's driving skills and me realizing the girl didn't have a last name, of course, NASCAR came up in our conversations. Honestly, I owe this fun fact to Kristalyn.

The most obvious character with such a last name now that you have NASCAR on the brain is Dr. Stewart (Corey's psychiatrist). Olivia is the other character. I didn't like how most sounded with her name, but I ended up finding Bayne and liked Olivia Bayne.

And there you have it! Only one more fun facts to go!

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Nepenthe - Fun Fact 3

Have you ever been riding in a car where someone else was driving and you wanted to pressed your own foot to floor as if you could hit the brakes for them?

Or maybe you'd grab what some call the "oh, shit" handle because you needed something to hold on to just to feel safer?

Olivia's driving was originally a bit wild, but nothing too scary. The way I wrote it Corey's original reaction didn't really fit what I described.

I ended up tweaking it to fit his reactions and Olivia became a maniac-like driver whose passengers walked away, speaking of near-death experiences.

It became a fun trait about her, which is mentioned every so often in the book.

And, really, that's it for that fun fact. If you missed the first or second fun fact, then check them out. Be sure to enter the giveaway to win ebooks from the Bracing for Love series as well!
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Nepenthe - Fun Fact 2

Day two of fun facts! Go here to read the first one. This FF has a great little story behind it.

A year ago, Kristalyn of the blog, The Sarcastic Palmtree, followed me on Twitter. A few months later, there was a tweet about YALLFest and about wanting to go. We ended up deciding to go together.

From there, our friendship grew.

As I've said before, writing this book made me nervous. So nervous, that I wasn't going to write it.

If you read Nepenthe, then you know this book is dedicated to Kristalyn and she's got a hunk of my acknowledgments.

I asked her if she would want to critique the chapters as I wrote them. She said yes. With every chapter, I sent her an email. While she read it and constructed her own emails in return, I was writing the next chapter. We did this throughout the book, molding it to be the best it can be.

This was the first time I've done something like this and it was such a fun experience. Not only did I get back helpful feedback, but I gained a best friend.

Thanks again, Kristalyn!

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Nepenthe - Fun Fact 1

Hey, y'all! Finally, I've gotten all the Nepenthe fun facts done and ready to share. There are five in total and I'll be sharing one per day along with a little more detail about each fun fact.

So, let's get started!

I have 30 WIPs saved and I'm only currently focusing on three. Some of these are two years old. I'll start and then stop, finding another story that is actually ready to be told, or one that is way better than what I started.

Most of these will never see the light of day, but I keep them in case pieces of what has been written can work in another story.

Hence, this fun fact.

When I started writing Corey's book, I knew when along Bracing the Blue Line's timeline I wanted it to start. I first had to think what could happen, what sort of mindset he would need to be in, for his siblings to pay him a visit.

*insert light bulb flashing over my head*

I remembered the beginning of another story I started that would fit perfectly. After a little altering to better fit Corey and his story, I had the beginning of a first chapter.

There you have it! That's our first fun fact. Come back tomorrow, same time, same place, for the next one!

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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 11

Well, here we are. A day before the big day with the very last fun fact. I hope you've enjoyed seeing them all and learning a bit more about how this book came to be.


This is so, so true. I don't have a favorite. There's no way I could choose between my guys!

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While I don't have favorite, you might be able to choose one. I'll leave you and the last fun fact with this:

Captain Neil Lawson
Goalie Grant Faison
Defenseman Winston Brooks
Who will be your favorite?

Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 10

We're nearing the end of the fun facts. In fact, tomorrow is the last one! The day after that? Well, you'll have Bracing the Blue Lines in your hands and you'll rather read that than another fun fact!


You may have caught on by now that I love some old TV shows. M*A*S*H*, The Brady Bunch, Mister Ed, Bonanza, and The Big Valley. Ever since I heard the girl's name, I've wanted to use it in a book. It sounds so pretty and before this show, I'd never even knew of that name. I fell in love.

When Neil's one night stand needed a name, Audra was at the top of this list. I don't know why, but it fit her character before I knew what she was like.

Check back tomorrow for the very last BtBL Fun Fact! Be sure to go look at the BtBL Pinterest board to see all the teasers.
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P.S. You should totally go check out all those TV shows if you've never watched them before!

Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 9

We've been talking about some behind-the-scenes fun facts, mostly concerning the names of my characters and today is Winston's day.


Oh, I felt bad about this one. Everyone had a last name, but him. Poor Winston, right?

Wait.

It gets even worse.

To find him a last name, I scrolled through my Facebook friends and tested out their last names with his first name. No one was safe! That's how I ended up with Brooks. So, to the person I'm friends with that has the last name Brooks, thank you! :)

By now, we know how everyone got their name.

Everyone but Audra, which is Neil's pregnant one night stand.

Check back tomorrow to find out where her name came from! Be sure to continue following the BtBL Pinterest board for daily teasers.
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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 8

Here's another behind-the-scenes fun fact, & it's about Neil!


It's always funny how these things work out. Once the baby had a name, I realized Neil needed a last name. He was just Neil for a long time. Last names right here lately don't come to me until way later in the book. It's odd, but it's how it works sometimes.

I was at a point where I wasn't sure what would end up happening with Neil. I like names that sound like they should go together, so I came up with a last name for him that I liked with the baby's name as well, just in case.

So, there you have it! That's how Neil became Neil Lawson.

Check back tomorrow for a BtBL Fun Fact about Winston! Be sure to continue following the BtBL Pinterest board for daily teasers.

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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 7

As promised, today's fun fact is about Grant. If you missed the first, second, third, fourthfifth, or sixth, go check them out!


Many of you know that I live in North Carolina. The second or third fun fact said that part of Grant and Lucy's story was written before any of the others and that I wanted to start with their names first, then think of a story.

Well, Lucy's last name (Kennedy) just seemed natural. It flowed and I was in love with it immediately. I was already imagining the different personality traits she could have, and what her background might be, and why Grant was going to start doing those small favors for her.

Grant's last name honestly happened by accident almost. I went out with an old friend and drove by that town. I tested it in my head and then spoke it out loud and then boom. Grant had a last name.

Tomorrow's fun fact will be about Neil, so be sure to check back tomorrow and continue following the BtBL Pinterest board for daily teasers.

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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 6

The next few fun facts are the behind-the-scenes type. We'll be talking more about the names of my characters and where they came from. If you missed the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth, go check them out!


All you really know at this point is this: Captain Neil Lawson wants to run for the hills when a one night stand shows up on his doorstep, pregnant with his baby. His past haunts him before fueling him into being a part of this girl and this baby’s lives, but it won’t be that easy. 

Regardless of what happens, the baby needed a name. If you watch the TODAY show, particularly Kathie Lee and Hoda, then you know they have a feature called Johnson & Johnson's Baby of the Week. (Or something like that.) Anyway, I was watching one morning, knowing that baby needed a name, and then I heard it. 

The perfect name.

And that's how I found it! Names are important, but scouring baby name sites just wasn't working for what I was searching for. I didn't know what that name was until I heard it in the segment. 


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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 5

I love this fun fact, but if you missed the first, second, third, or fourth fun fact, go check them out first. My sister probably won't like this one, but she should watch what she says! This is proof that what you say around me might be used in a book. ;)


Okay, this obviously needs an explanation. My sister sometimes says, “I love you like a back alley hooker loves crack.” There’s a particular instance when I was trying to think of an analogy and somehow, I ended up comparing a “back alley hooker” with a queen. It’s a really bad analogy, says so in the book, but I used it anyway because it always made me smile and think of my sister.

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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 4

The fun facts continue! If you missed them, check out the firstsecond, and third.

As I mentioned yesterday, Winston’s and Maddie’s story wasn’t quite working out on it’s own two feet. It evolved a few times before I merged their story with Grant’s and eventually, Neil’s. After that, it progressed and changed more and more.


Every time I thought I had it all figured out, something else didn’t seem right to me. At one point, what was wrong with Winston’s story kept me from writing the other characters' stories. So, I tweaked and tweaked and tweaked, and tweaked some more. 
Then, finally!
I fixed all the little bugs that were bothering me. I'm really happy with all those changes and hopefully, you'll enjoy them too.

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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 3

It's day 3 of Fun Facts! If you missed them, check out the first and second. If you're ready to see the third fun fact, then keep reading!

One day last year, I changed things up a bit. Instead of thinking of a story idea or characters first, I wanted names first. I wanted to build characters and a story simply from their names. I came up with Grant Faison and Lucy Kennedy. From there, a story grew.


It was going to be my first male-only POV book, but I found it extremely difficult to get very far without wanting to get inside Lucy’s head. So, for a while, I would skip ahead to certain scenes and write those in Grant’s POV. After a while, it seemed I was going nowhere fast with a bunch of scenes, but nothing to connect them together. I set it aside and started working on You Before Me.


Then, I decided to start Winston and Maddie’s story, only that wasn’t quite working out either. (You’ll learn more in tomorrow’s fun fact.) After a bit of brainstorming, I decide that Winston and Grant should come together in one story. It took a while to figure out details on how to make it work, which is how Neil got added to the mix.

Long story short, Grant and Lucy unsurprisingly waited until things clicked for me, so I could tell their story in Grant’s POV like it should be told.

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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 2

Yesterday, I shared the first fun fact and now, I'm back to share another!


Titling books keeps getting harder and harder, I’m sure of it. Having 3 POVs in this book seemed to add an extra complication, in my eyes anyway. When I was trying to think of a title that was fitting for the overall story, and each story individually, it was impossible. I didn’t like anything I came up with.


So, I seeked help. I asked a few people who had read it for their ideas and one of those people was a beta reader of mine. Heidi is a pretty amazing person, and I loved her even more when she sent me a list of possible titles. One of those was Bracing the Blue Line.

Thank you so much, Heidi, because without you, I’m positive I would still be tossing title ideas around. You’re one of the best!


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Bracing the Blue Line - Fun Fact 1

To countdown the days until release, I thought I would share a fun fact every day about Bracing the Blue Line. Hope you enjoy it! Here is the first one.

Way back in January, I held a Name the Next Duo contest. Picking character names can be quite hard sometimes and I thought holding a contest for readers to submit names they liked would be fun! And it was!  

There were a bunch of awesome submissions, but I narrowed it down to my two favorites. Thanks to Kim C. and Jessica P. for Winston and Maddie’s name! Maybe I’ll hold another contest in the future. :)

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Fun Facts about North Carolina

All the following statements and more can be found at this website.




  • The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the oldest State University in the United States.
  • Cape Hatteras is the largest lighthouse ever to be moved due to erosion problems.
  • The first English colony in America was located on Roanoke Island. Walter Raleigh founded it. The colony mysteriously vanished with no trace except for the word "Croatoan" scrawled on a nearby tree.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem.
  • The Venus Fly-Trap is native to Hampstead.
  • Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
  • The first English child born in America was born in Roanoke in 1587. Her name was Virginia Dare.
  • Pepsi was invented and first served in New Bern in 1898.
  • James K. Polk, born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, was the eleventh President of the United States.