Tuesday, July 9, 2019

#60 Inside the Emotion of Fiction: "BLIND LUCK" by Olivia Gaines

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****Olivia Gaines’s BLIND LUCK is #60 in the never-ending series called INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION where the Chris Rice Cooper Blog (CRC) focuses on one specific excerpt from a fiction genre and how that fiction writer wrote that specific excerpt.  All INSIDE THE EMOTION OF FICTION links are at the end of this piece. 

Name of fiction work? And were there other names you considered that you would like to share with us? Blind Luck. In this series, I toy with the notion of as humans we are all flying blind through life and a four-letter word can change everything we know and believe. This story is part of a bigger series which merges specialized technicians, very apt and capable in what they do, but men and women who live solitary lives. Our anti-hero Brody Johnson specializes in finding and retrieving items others have taken from their rightful owners. He’s lucky in that manner. That should give you an idea of where the story goes from there with a four-letter word that alters his journey home.
Has this been published? If yes, what publisher and what publication date? The story was released on May 14th through Davonshire House Publishing.

What is the date you began writing this piece of fiction and the date when you completely finished the piece of fiction? I have been working on this series since 2017, when the first book was published titled Blind Date. I sometimes find the novellas to be more difficult to write than the novels. Novellas require precise language, story arcs and character development. I don’t have the luxury to spend 12 chapters on my heroine coming to grip with how she feels about the hero. Either she likes him or she doesn’t. He wants a thing and she needs his help. I cut through the muck to get to the parts people skim over anyway, to recount the story from an omniscient perspective, allowing the reader into the action.
Where did you do most of your writing for this fiction work?  And please describe in detail.  I have a dedicated work space in the corner of my bedroom that has two windows which overlook my front yard in Southeast Georgia. I very  rarely use the desk in my office. Most days I can be found at the kitchen table, with notebooks sprawled around me, and a hot cup of coffee at my fingertips. The flowers on the corner of my desk are artificial because who has time to put fresh flowers in a vase everyday when my hero is urging me to put his words on the page. The old wooden desk, is kind of an antique that I found at a country store on my travels. A few reference books adorn the one corner that I call my dust collectors. My favorite pens are nestled in a silver box. I take out one every now and then and practice signing my name. Although I am in love with https://www.getnovelize.com/

I still love the joy of jotting down notes in my reference bible of all characters and plots Olivia. It is my best bud. I have named my journal Thursday, just like my car from my first best selling novel, Thursdays in Savannah.

What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? I never listen to music while I work. However, I do have a theme song for each of my heroes. Anytime I need to come back to a character in a series, I cue up his theme song to bring me back to him, that feeling of being in his presence and essence of the man. Yeah, it’s weird, but it works.
     My mornings start with a cup of hot coffee and a morning chat with the characters as I make my veggie and fruit filled smoothie. After that, I’m at the kitchen table, my surface is open and I’m off to wonderful worlds of bad guys trying to be good men, or lonely men living off the land in need of a wife. In the middle of all of that, my mind wanders off to a random memory of a hilarious incident that I will incorporate into the story.
     I take lunch at about one in the afternoon to watch a good old-fashioned cowboy movie or show like The Virginian. An hour is all I get before setting back to work. Daily word goal is 6,000 words. Anything over that and my brain is sludge.

What is the summary of this specific fiction work?    Mr. Yield is a technician who specializes in retrievals. Hungry, he stops in at a small roadside eatery in Missouri for a bowl of grits, three crispy strips of bacon and a cup of coffee. Already angry at the bullet hole in his leg courtesy of Mr. Stop, the last thing he wanted was trouble.

     Trouble came calling with the start of an antique watch, a woman named Millicent and obsessive Sheriff. It was just his blind luck that all three were about to change his life.

Can you give the reader just enough information for them to understand what is going on in the excerpt? In the following excerpt, Mr. Yield, still hurting from the gun shot wound to his leg, has finally arrived home. He hasn’t come home alone, the woman, Millicent and her son Chad are with him. He’s tired, hungry and just wants to sleep. Brody, aka Mr. Yield, has become a protector for the lady and her son, and now they want to repay him as best they can.

Please include the excerpt and include page numbers as reference.  The excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer. Chapter 9 – Page 59
Yield only nodded as he leaned his back against the headboard while a ham sandwich materialized on his lap, with a peeled orange, a handful of chips, and a cold beer. A soft smile formed at the corner of his mouth because it was exactly what he would have fixed for himself. He ruffled the boy’s hair as he told him thanks.
“Mom, if you want to soak in the tub, I got Mr. Brody,” Chad said. “I’ll keep an eye on him while you take your bath.”
“You don’t mind, Chad? Brody?” she asked, hoping they wouldn’t.
Both of their hands waved at her, shooing her off. Hungry, Brody lifted the sandwich and took a bite. It was almost perfect, just a tad of spicy brown mustard, not too much mayo, and a slice of tomato. The boy made the sandwich exactly like he preferred it and for the first time, he felt it. The connection which Gabriel saw between him and the kid.
Chad, wearing a long sleeve tee and sweat pants, kicked off the worn-out sneakers and climbed up on the far side of the bed. He gently passed the remote he had in hand over to Yield. Pressing down on the microphone button on the remote, Yield spoke into the device.
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” Yield said, and the television flashed on, and he moved the plate to the center of the bed. Chad took a chip as his eyes focused on the big screen of television and the theme music started. Brody Johnson didn’t see much of the movie as he drifted off the sleep. Small hands tugged on the covers, pulling them up to his chest. He touched the man’s forehead with the back of his small hands, checking for fever, just like his Mamma does to him when he was feeling bad. Content that Mr. Brody wasn’t feverish, the boy relaxed a bit.
Chad took the plate to the kitchen, making himself a sandwich as well before returning to the bedroom and climbing in beside his new dad. He happily munched on chips and his own meal, sipping on a bottle of water, keeping watch over Brody Johnson as he slept.

Why is this excerpt so emotional for you?  And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? I actually cried when I wrote this scene. Brody is such a tough no holds barred kind of man who says what he means and means what he says. He doesn’t vacillate on decision making, hence the code name, Mr. Yield. Chad, the boy breaks him down making the hardened man realize he still had love to give, especially to a child who needs him.

Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? The remainder of the scene is very poignant for me as Millicent realizes she no longer lives in a tattered trailer with paper thin walls scared for her life. The fridge is full of food versus left overs from the Waffle House where she works. The tough man who protected them is resting peacefully. Chad has a room of his own. For the first time in his little life, he feels safe as does his mother. Still, neither wants to take a chance, so they sleep close by Brody.
“In the morning, I’m making waffles,” she said, locating the laundry room. “I’ll do a load or two in the morning as well.”
She explored the family room and his office, inhaling the scent of his cologne and loving everything she saw and touched. Her eyelids felt heavy, which ended her exploration of the house, and slowly she made her way down the hall to locate the room Chad had chosen as his own.
“Holy shit, this is my baby’s bedroom?” It reminded her of a scene set for rich kids who attended an exclusive prep school where the teachers turned into vampires and bit the children. His suitcase wasn’t in the middle of the floor as she’d expected, but in his closet. Pulling it out, she was surprised to find it empty. Millicent checked the dresser and found her son had put his few items of clothing away. The drawers swallowed the meager contents of three pairs of underpants, two pairs of socks, and a couple of tee shirts.
“Life has been hard for us,” she noted, going across the hall to carry the boy over to his room.
In the master bedroom, she stood at the foot of the king-sized bed, watching them both sleep. Instead of breaking the picture-perfect moment, Millicent crawled up the center of the bed, bending her knees to slide her legs under the covers and scooted close to Brody. He exhaled and draped his arm over her hip.
“For this Oh Lord, I give thanks,” she said softly, touching Brody’s hand and lacing her fingers into his.
Once last check ensured that both her guys had covers, and she leaned her head against the pillow, feeling safe for the first time in many years, and went to sleep.
His leg was asleep. That tingling feeling started when he turned and the blood all started to rush in. The left arm ached a bit as he tried sitting up, but couldn’t because something was holding it down. Instead of reaching for the light, his hands softly patted to feel what was on his arm, only to discover the body of his new wife.
The boy was in the bed, too.
“Well, just for tonight,” he said, freeing his arm. Brody double-checked the cover situation making sure everyone was shielded, and he moved closer to Millicent’s body, the warmth seeping into him as he snuggled up, closing his eyes. “Dammit, I’m married and a father.”
He went back to sleep with a smile on his face.
Other works you have published? The Technicians thus far is a three book series.

Blind Date: The Man was given an assignment- to take care of Shanice Olleh. However, he never expected to find a child or the woman he sent to handle, be so attractive. Making a call which could end his career or his life, he forever alters Shanice's life after one blind date.
Shanice Olleh agrees to a blind date with her boss's friend, but the evening shifts when a hired hit man takes an interest in his mark.
Blind Hope: Cotter Wihlborg made a promise that he intended to keep. He kept his word to Caleb Morrow to take the sealed box home to the dying man’s wife and kid, arriving to find both in dire straits. The house was in shambles, the cupboards were bare and the widow was on death’s door. Nursing her back to health, Cotter found himself falling in love with the land, the kid and also the woman. Both he and the widow had a secret, leaving them clinging to a blind hope, that each would find forgiveness for sins unspoken.
Blind Luck: Mr. Yield popped in at a small roadside eatery in Missouri for a bowl of grits, three crispy strips of bacon and a cup of coffee. Already angry at the bullet hole in his leg courtesy of Mr. Stop, the last thing he wanted was trouble.
     Trouble came calling with the start of an antique watch, a woman named Millicent and obsessive Sheriff. It was just his blind luck that all three were about to change his life.

Anything else you’d like to add? I also have a brand-new best-selling series about the boy next door with a twist. The series is Love Thy Neighbor, ranging from serious family secrets to juts a really fun read.   Find out more here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RT73XTR/

     Olivia Gaines is a USA Today Best Selling and multiple award-winning author who loves a good laugh coupled with some steam, mixed in with a man and woman finding their way past the words of "I love you." An author of contemporary romances, she writes heartwarming stories of blossoming relationships about couples not only falling in love but building a life after the sensual love scene.
2015 Swirl Award Winner, Best Erotic Romance, Thursdays in Savannah.
2017 IRAE Award Winner, Best Contemporary Romance, Wyoming Nights
2019 IRAE Award Winner, Favorite Series, The Men of Endurance
2019 IRAE Award Winner, Reader's Choice Award
2019 Nominee, Top Female Authors, The AuthorShow.com
     When Olivia is not writing, she enjoys quilting, playing Scrabble online against other word lovers and spending time with her family. She is an avid world traveler who writes many of the locations into her stories. Most of the time she can be found sitting quietly with pen and paper plotting more adventures in love.
     Olivia lives in Hephzibah, Georgia with her husband, son, grandson and snotty evil cat, Katness Evermean.
     Learn more about her books, upcoming releases and join her bibliophile nation at www.ogaines.com
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