About that first chapter…
Lately lots of people have been asking me when I’m going to post the first chapter of If I Die on my website, as I did with most of my previous releases. And the simple answer is…I’m not.
I know, I know, I said I would. I thought I was going to. But plans changed, and here’s why:
The opening scene of If I Die has been deemed potentially disturbing for readers who don’t have subsequent chapters to read immediately. Basically, we don’t want to leave you with the shocker/downer that is the opening chapter of If I Die until you can also read the funny, sexy, somewhat shocking, sad, but ultimately uplifting roller coaster that is the rest of the book.
For the record, I don’t disagree with this assessment or this decision. In fact, when I submitted the original manuscript, I fully expected my editor to ask me to cut that opening scene. Or at least pull it back a little. I told my critique partner and a couple of my fellow Dames that I was worried about that first scene. But my editor is super-cool and she understood the importance of what happens and how it affects Kaylee, so she didn’t ask me to pull it.
For those who haven’t read any of the books, in the Soul Screamers series, I address several very serious issues in my own fantasy-coated way. Issues that affect not just teens, but people in general. Issues that I’ve personally experienced in one form or another, personally witnessed, or been fortunate enough to avoid entirely, but still worry about. If I Die is no exception.
But I recognize that on its own, the opening scene may be…disturbing. So you’re not going to see it on its own. Instead, I will be posting specially selected excerpts from early in the book on both the Harlequin Teen Facebook page and the Soul Screamers Facebook page. These excerpts are already scheduled. With any luck, they’ll be fun.
And, of course, we’ve got bunches of other things lined up, including the official blog tour, interviews with me, interviews with the characters, book giveaways, tee-shirt giveaways, and all kinds of other Soul Screamers madness. (And no, that is not a dig at Kaylee.) So stick around. This is gonna be fun. 😉
Note: If you’ve already read If I Die, feel free to leave a comment telling me whether or not you were disturbed by the opening scene, and why or why not. But no spoilers, please. I WILL delete spoilers.