Emptiness engulfed Olivia after her youngest daughter Lucy moved out of the house to university. With no regrets or thoughts of resentment, Olivia walked away from her marriage, reaching out for emotional support from her brother, his wife, and her daughters. Olivia took stock of her financial situation, embracing an uncertain future with faith everything would fall into place. Andrew Walker proved her faith to be well founded. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ET7S322
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I know this has taken some time, and some frustration on my part waiting for the revised versions to be uploaded to Amazon, but now all is done.
I've edited out around 10,000 words from Olivia, and let me explain why. Firstly, I realised a year after first publishing the story, the somewhat graphic sex scenes tended to take something away from the love story and underlying life lessons both Olivia North and Andrew Walker experienced. Of course sex had to be part of the story, however, it needed to be in the context of a natural extension of the relationship they developed, and nothing more. Secondly, I continue to look for ways to improve my writing and I believe I have done so by cutting out text superfluous to the flow of the story.
This story is so close and dear to my heart. I love the characters and I love the setting for the story. I know the locations well and each has a special place in my heart.
I hope new readers will enjoy Olivia's story and come to enjoy the book as much as I've enjoyed the process of writing and polishing what I truly believe is a great love story. Many will also see the lessons in the story that may make us think more deeply about our own lives. Click here or on the pic to visit Awakening Olivia North on Amazon.
I've spend the past two days revising Chapters 14-30 of Awakening Olivia North and I guess it will take me a few days more before I'm completely happy with the revisions.
I make no apologies for being a sentimental person and an incurable romantic. A few minutes ago I read the final two chapters and became quite emotional. I adore the characters in this book and following their journey serves to reinforce what I believe are messages we should all pay attention to as we follow our dreams and become more authentic.
I'll let you know when I complete the process and I hope the editing boradens the audience for a story I love so deeply.
It's funny how my thoughts and motivations change over time. I'm back rewriting sections of Awakening Olivia North for the following reasons.
I think Olivia is first and foremost a love story, and a very good one. I think in trying to incorporate erotic lovemaking throughout the book, I ended up with a story torn between a beautiful romance and one that was at the same time trying to appeal to a more narrow audience who may normallly only read comtemporary erotic sex novels. I was struck by one review I received in which somone I respected poited this out to me and commented the latter chapters of the book contained somewhat repetative sex scenes that may not only detract from the overall feel of the book, but may in fact turn off the audience who would otherwise be attracted to the tender romance and reawakening of Olivia's sense of self as her realtionship with Andrew progresses.
Also, each time I read sections of the story, I feel I can improve my writing. Awakening Olivia North is a constant work in progress, and I make no apologies for that.
I hope to have the revisions completed within this month and will keep you posted.
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