Contemporary Fiction Author, Infrequent Blogger & Retired Clown

Let the Games Begin! [NaNoWriMo]

Here we go!

The 2012 National Novel Writing Month competition (better known as NaNoWriMo) is under way!

I started writing at midnight — I’m determined to make this the first year I *win* NaNo, instead of just participating.

I’ll be posting periodic updates with some free downloads of my WIP along the way, so stick around.

In the meantime, here’s the final (for now) plot outline:

Two years ago, Jacquelyn Ryan left New York City in a (possibly) stolen Lexus SUV carrying (in no particular order) an unused wedding dress, (possibly) stolen golf clubs, an enormous mutt named Otis and her three year-old son named Milo.

At the Florida/Georgia state line, she took a hard left and drove until she hit the ocean. Along the way, she passed a long line of cars fleeing the coast ahead of a coming storm. But while all those folks were evacuating from a silly hurricane, Jacquelyn was evacuating from something much bigger.

Her life.

Now she’s settled nicely back into her life as Jac Dawson, native of Crab Island — albeit with a few changes. She still resides at her family’s old Florida motel, the Crab Inn, but now she shares the two double beds and kitchenette in Unit 5 with Milo (and Otis). She works for the island’s largest employer, Florida University (commonly referred to as Crab College) promoting the school and its athletic department.

And though her plate is always full — balancing life as a single mom, working a full-time job and trying to keep her mama and granny from killing each other — Jac is happy.

Until the day her tiny quiet island explodes in the wake of a student’s murder.

When questions arise about the timing of the grizzly murder and the reappearance of Jac’s brother Skeeter (fresh from his latest stint in rehab), Jac is caught in between. As the residents of her tiny island home draw a line in the sand (almost literally) and choose sides, Jac has to decide if she thinks her brother is innocent or guilty.

But the choice is not a straight-forward as it seems. Milo’s fate has recently become tied to that of his uncle, which leaves Jac no choice but to defend her brother, regardless of what her gut is saying.

Can Jac convince the rest of the island that her brother is innocent when she’s not sure she believes it herself?

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