In real life, next is one of my favorite words. Think about it, you're in line at the bank, waiting to cash your check. You've already endorsed it, and it's burning a hole in your pocket. There are three windows that have a "closed" sign, and the line moves forward about as fast as traffic on the 405 in the middle of rush hour. Suddenly the teller calls: "Next!" And it's you! Your turn!
Or maybe you're at the pharmacy, waiting for your prescription to be filled. Or at the post office.
Hot diggity-dog! Yes! That's me, next!
The only expression that may be even more exciting to a writer is: "The End." After toiling for weeks, months, maybe years, on a manuscript, you finally get to the point where you can type those words. The End. Wow! You're done!
Well, okay, not quite. There are still multiple rounds of editing, and proofreading, and approving the cover, and thinking about marketing....But, seriously, nothing is as satisfying as reaching the milestone marked by those two little words.
So today I’m celebrating. I've written "The End" on my latest novella, Beyond the Ivory Tower. The release date is November 11, but you can pre-order the book now on Amazon.
You know the best part about one-clicking? No lines. You’re always next!
Beyond the Ivory Tower
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Mature content, 18+. Heat level: 4 (out of 5)
Length: 40K words
If there’s one thing math professor Anna Lazarev believes in, it’s the value of higher education. So when her younger sister announces she’s dropping out of college, Anna places the blame squarely on the man who inspired her sister’s rebellion.
Venture capitalist Ethan Talbot claims the US academic system is broken. His solution? Pay top students to “opt out” and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams without wasting time and money on a university degree.
In a passionate battle for the hearts and minds of a new generation, Anna will do whatever it takes to prove Ethan wrong. But when his demands take a more personal turn, will she sacrifice her principles to come out on top?