Guest Post by Patti O’Shea – With Book Give Away!

Today, I’m thrilled to have the fabulous Patti O’Shea here to talk about her new novel Edge of Dawn, the subject of deleted scenes (I’m interested in your thoughts on this subject, too) and, yay! giving away a copy of the first book in her Gineal series, In the Midnight Hour. This is a great series, so if you haven’t read it yet, here’s your chance!

Let us both know your thoughts in the comments.

Also, if you don’t leave a way to contact you via your comment profile or leaving an email address, then please commit to checking back on or before Monday, July 6 to see if you’re the winner of Patti’s book.

Take it away, Patti!

Cover of Edge of Dawn by Patti O'SheaBefore I get started, I want to announce that to celebrate the June 30th release of EDGE OF DAWN, I’m giving away a copy of IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, the first book in my Light Warriors series. A winner will be randomly drawn from all those who leave a comment.

I was having a hard time coming up with blog topics, so I put the question out on Twitter: What would you like to see an author talk about? Among the responses was the suggestion that I discuss scenes that were deleted from EDGE OF DAWN. Cool, I thought! It’s like DVD extras, but for my book!

There were two scenes that immediately came to mind, but for this blog to make sense, I need to explain. I write paranormal action/adventure romance and my current series is about a society of magic users and more specifically the troubleshooters whose job it is to fight demons and other evil beings. The Gineal remain hidden from humans, but work to keep us safe just the same. Logan, the hero in EDGE OF DAWN, is one of these troubleshooters and he’s assigned to protect a woman, Shona, who doesn’t know she has suppressed magical abilities. His bosses want it to stay that way, too.

But back to the two deleted scenes. The first was the original opening where Logan is at a Sunday barbecue at his parents’ house, and during dinner, he gets a call-out to fight a dark-force creature. I had this scene partially written, but abandoned it because 1) it was boring. Sure, I enjoyed watching Logan’s interaction with his brother, sisters, and parents, but no one else was going to share my fascination. 2) the call-out part of the scene was repetitive for people who’d read the other Light Warrior books. Maybe most wouldn’t remember, but some readers would and I knew I was repeating myself. I hate to do that.

The second scene that isn’t in the book was never written, but I had it playing in my head for most of the period in which I was writing the book. I imagined it would come later in the story, when Logan was emotionally committed to Shona even if he wasn’t aware of it yet. I saw him bringing Shona home to meet his family and their interaction with her. I saw how protective he was of her, but his family was welcoming. And they were curious because Logan had never brought any other woman home.

Again, it was more family dynamic stuff, but I think I could have made that aspect of the scene work. Why did I opt not to write it? There were a few reasons. The biggest was the timing in the book–it just never fit in anywhere. The other reasons were logistical. Logan is supposed to keep the fact he can do magic a secret from Shona, so he can’t use his transit spell to bring them from Seattle to Chicago in a matter of seconds and a plane ride means more than just one Sunday dinner. Having them spend a weekend in Illinois would bring the suspense to a screeching halt. It would be like yelling “time out” in the middle of the book.

You might have guessed from reading this post that I’m really into the relationship between my characters. I’m always fascinated by the male/female pull between my hero and heroine, but in EDGE OF DAWN, I also found myself held rapt by Logan’s family and how they all related to each other–which is probably why I wanted to write so many scenes exploring this. But it was Logan’s ties to his twin, Kel, that grabbed me hardest and wouldn’t let go.

Logan only has a few scenes with Kel and only mentions him a couple of times, but wow, I was hooked fast. There was love, and worry, and frustration, and teamwork, and all this other good stuff. These two are close, but much to Logan’s frustration, Kel is trying to put distance between them and he doesn’t know why. It seemed natural that when I finished Logan’s story, I started Kel’s. And this was fascinating, too–I was able to see the family dynamics from a different perspective. Fun for me!

BTW, just so you know, I did sneak in a family barbecue scene, but put it in the epilogue where it doesn’t slow down the pace of the story.

So let me ask y’all a question. Keeping in mind that most authors (okay, I mean me) cut scenes because they don’t work, do you like to see those deleted scenes on their websites? Are there any other things you particularly like to see on writers’ sites about a book or its characters?

Share

Tags: , ,

12 Responses to “Guest Post by Patti O’Shea – With Book Give Away!”

  1. Chas Warren says:

    Would I like to see those deleted scenes on author's websites? Are there any other things I'd like to see on writers' sites about a book or its characters?

    I would love to see the deleted scenes. Not only because I'm a big enough geek that I would consider it as seeing the "non-canon" parts of a character's life, but because, as a writer myself, I would appreciate the insight that this gave me into the writing process.

    I would also like to see the plotting outline that the author used in crafting the novel, assuming that an outline existed.

  2. Jill D. says:

    Hi Patti!!! I was introduced to your books last year by Kristi J of Ramblings on Romance (it's a pretty popular romance blog). I read Ravyn's Flight and really enjoyed it. I don't usually read sci fi romance, but this book swept me away. I haven't read your new series yet but it does sound intriguing.

    As far as deleted scenes go, I think you can't go wrong if you add a few to your website. Fans who are in between your books would love to have something to tie them over. Plus, I just love to get into an authors head, LOL!

    When I search an author's website I am usually looking for upcoming book release information or series information. If you write a series, it would be wise to have a FAQ section on the series, listing series reading order and if you think it is important to read the series in order. Those for me are the two biggies. A brief summary of the series would be helpful too.

  3. chickamoo-rnb says:

    I would love to read the deleted scenes. It gives a little more insight into the story.

  4. Cybercliper says:

    Hi Patti – I love to read the deleted scenes on author's websites. If it's a series, I like to see an overview of the world the characters live in, the what and why of their mission along with a bio of the leading characters.

    And definitely as much information as is available on upcoming releases and whatever the author has in terms of a backlist. Once I find an author I like, I'll buy up everything they've ever done, even if it's outside of my usual genre. Congrats on the new release!

  5. Chris says:

    I have to admit I've never read deleted scenes. If it didn't fit into the story as published, I tend to pass.

    Of course, I'm also someone who absolutely won't read excerpts, either, because I hate spoilers.

  6. Patti O'Shea says:

    Chas,

    In my case, there wouldn't be much of an outline because I'm not a plotter, but that's interesting about using the work that didn't make the book as a learning tool.

    Patti

  7. Patti O'Shea says:

    Hi Jill,

    Thank you! I'm glad you liked Ravyn's Flight!

    Thanks for the ideas about the website. I try to mention which books are part of a series by naming the series and which book number it is, but it didn't occur to me to mention that they could stand alone. What kind of series FAQ would you be interested in? About the characters? Secondary characters? The world?

    LOL! Going inside my head might be scary. Sometimes I scare myself! 😉

    Patti

  8. Patti O'Shea says:

    Thanks, Chickamoo!

    Patti

  9. Patti O'Shea says:

    Hi Cybercliper,

    Those are pretty cool ideas about the website, the world, and the characters! That's definitely something I need to consider doing!

    And thanks! I'm excited about EOD!

    Patti

  10. Patti O'Shea says:

    Chris,

    I don't read excerpts either because I have a patience problem, and if I read a sneak peek, I want the whole book right then. The thing about my deleted scenes is that they're rarely full scenes. I usually abandon them early, although I do have a scene for the WIP that is complete and will not make the book.

    Patti

  11. Jill D. says:

    Patti, I think it would be important to let readers know the setting of the series. The time period it takes place and location. Also, is it the same protagonist throughout each book, or is there a different hero and heroine for each book. I don't think you have to be very detailed. A little information can go a long way. I think just the basics should be the priority.

    Kelly Armstrong comes to mind right away who has a very nice website that you might want to visit. I like the way she markets her Otherworld series. I will think of some other authors for examples.

  12. Patti O'Shea says:

    Jill,

    I checked out Kelley Armstrong's website quickly (I'm at the Evil Day Job) and you're right, it's wonderful! There were so many cool things there that I wanted to stay and explore and I haven't read any of her books yet. That's a great kind of site to have!

    I appreciate any other examples you can think of! I did check out author sites when I had mine redesigned, but I was so tight on time, that I didn't get to look at as many as I would have liked.

    Thanks!
    Patti