Next Best Thing Challenge

I’ve been a bit of a slacker lately when it comes to posting on my blog. I haven’t forgotten. I just sort of let things slip through my fingers while I struggle to finish my ‘latest and greatest’ and still enjoy summertime before the minions return to school.

Imagine my surprise when lo and behold, Christina McKnight tagged me in the “Next Best Thing Challenge”. This is just the sort of thing I needed to help get me on the right track and get my butt back to posting. Thanks, Christina!

For those of you that don’t know Christina, I highly recommend that you check out her blog titled “Life – Love, Family, and Passion”. I’m following and you should be too. If you want to keep up with Christina via Twitter, you can find her HERE.

So, on to the rules of the challenge…

  • Answer the 10 NBTC questions below
  • Spread the fun and tag 5 awesome people to participate

Easy, right? Yeah, I thought so too.

My latest and greatest is finally taking shape and I hope to have it in your hands soon. I’m going to whet your appetite by answering these questions for this work-in-progress rather than beat my already published book to death…

1. What is the title of your book/WIP?

My current work-in-progress is titled Ghosts Don’t Wear Silk Stockings. I’m hoping for a September release.

2. Where did the idea for the book come from?

Under the bed, where all the best ideas are kept.

Seriously? I don’t know! One day I sat down with the intent to write an erotic romance story. I gave up on it about ten pages into the story and decided that an erotic romance author I am not. About a year later I was browsing my files and came across that half-hearted attempt at erotica and while I cringed at the erotic parts, I realized that I liked the idea and I could take it in an entirely different direction. So, I played around and wrote a bit more and next thing you know, I’ve got a bit of a wacky tale of finding love in all the wrong places.

3. What genre would your book fall under?

This is definitely of the paranormal variety. Is there such a thing as paranormal chick-lit?

4. Which actors would you choose your characters to play in a movie rendition?

This is a toughie. I don’t know actors well enough to cast them as the characters in my book and I’d probably be wrong if I tried. Ha! I’ll get back to you on that one…

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Eeeks… only one sentence? I’m not very good at this part but here goes…

Brianna ached for marriage and her happily ever after but what she got was one smoking hot demon promising immortality, a moody ghost complaining about her choices, and an ex-boyfriend that refused to drop dead.

6. Is your book published or represented?

Not yet. Want to recommend a home?

7. How long did it take you to write?

The first version took a few months of stops and starts. Then I handed off the first twenty chapters to my beta readers while I bit my nails and focused on the ending. I scrapped the ending and after feedback on those first twenty, I scrapped most of that too. The story I end up with will not resemble its original. Crazy but true. I’m up to version five and it’s taken somewhere in the vicinity of eight months to get this far. Some of that time I spent writing. Some of that time I spent cursing my story and wondering why I call myself a writer.

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

I’ve not read anything I can compare this to. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing? I like to think that it’s Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series with a paranormal twist. You might disagree, however.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Janet Evanovich meets Stephen King? (The mind boggles, doesn’t it?)

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

If you read my book, you’ll lose weight, look good, and feel great!

Okay, not really, but it sure sounds good, doesn’t it? That would pique my interest.

If you enjoy paranormal suspense with a comic twist and a sexy hero that makes jaws drops and toes curl … then my story might be worth a read. If you appreciate an author that takes something ordinary and puts an unusual spin on it, well, I might just be your girl. Most of all, if you consider this blog post even remotely entertaining then by all means, give the book a try.

Now on to the five awesome people I’d love to see take part in this challenge! You guys are superstars…

Mae Clair

Megan Trennett

James Garcia, Jr.

Karen Einsel

M.L. Falconer

12 thoughts on “Next Best Thing Challenge

  1. Mae Clair says:

    Too funny that we were both tagged at the same time and tagged each other! I ADORE (like I’m seriously envious!) your one-line synop. How the heck did you do that? Gad, this was a fun post! In reference to #6, I’m going to toss Lyrical in your direction. I’ve been highly pleased!

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Awww… thanks, Mae! I’m glad that you enjoyed the one-line synopsis so much. I’m notoriously bad at trying to sum up an entire novel in only a handful of words so I was worried that it would come off sounding too silly. I just tried to focus on the main problem for my MC and there you go… those three characters pretty much do it. 🙂 Yes, it definitely was a fun post and I am envious of your cast of characters. You’re all set for the movie version!

      Thanks… I’ll have to look into Lyrical. 🙂

  2. L.j. Kentowski says:

    OMG… You are hilarious Stephanie. And I LOVE the Stephanie Plum series. I actually just watched One For The Money the movie. Of course, it’s no way near as good as the book. Can’t wait to read your book!

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Thanks, L.J. 🙂 Can you believe that I still haven’t seen the One for the Money movie even though I was so crazy about the books?? I am still upset that they cast Kathryn Heigl as Stephanie Plum. ha! But they did film the movie in the Pittsburgh area so one of these days I’ve got to get around to watching it for that reason at least. Movies are never as good as the books though, are they?

      I just purchased Guardian of Fate yesterday, by the way, and can’t wait to start reading it. 🙂

      • L.J. Kentowski says:

        Yeah, I really wasn’t happy about the whole cast. Just didn’t fit my picture of them, but I imagine that’s hard to do for everyone.

        Thanks so much for getting a copy of GOF. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. M.L. Falconer says:

    Awe Stephanie, you crack me up. Your one liner is phenomenal! You better publish this fast, cause I have to lose twenty pounds by October, and I need all the help I can get with that.

    Can’t wait to read it. Let the mind boggling begin. 😉

    • stephanieingramauthor says:

      Haha! I will try to get it out there ASAP so you can drop those 20 lbs. 😉 Thanks, M.L.! I’m really excited that my one-line synopsis is so well-received. Maybe I’ll have to stick with that later on when the book is ready to promote. 🙂

      And by the way, you can tag me anytime. I don’t mind at all.

  4. Christina McKnight says:

    Steph! You’re too funny! Janet Evanovich meets Stephen King?! LOL

    I get all my ideas from under the bed, too. Although, there is not much room under their for an erotic episode…or is there? Thanks for participating…and plugging my blog 🙂

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