I finally came up with an idea that is actually going somewhere, and I’m excited to share a little bit with you.
Here’s a little taste:
Kylie Banning grew up on a dairy farm, and couldn’t wait to get away when she turned eighteen. She’s spent the last sixteen years traveling the world, and now makes a living with her travel blog. She’s on a beach, plotting out her next blog post when she gets a horrifying call from her twin sister, Morgan: their parents have been murdered. Morgan, who stayed close to the dairy farm even after she got married and had kids, is distraught and begs Kylie to come home.
But when Kylie returns home, she finds that everything is a mess. Morgan has gotten over her tears and wants nothing to do with the farm. The police are claiming it wasn’t murder, but just a tragic accident. The farm’s finances are a disaster and some of the men have quit because they haven’t been paid. There are whispered rumors that illegal activities take place on the farm, but no one has any proof of anything. And then there’s the paper that Kylie finds in her father’s desk, a handwritten quitclaim deed signing the farm over to someone else, someone whose name she can’t read.
Kylie would rather hand all of this off to her sister, but Morgan steadfastly refuses to have anything to do with it. Kylie has no choice but to handle it herself.
Pete Carney has his own website design business, owns his home and his car outright and has several thousand dollars squirreled away in a retirement account – and he’s only twenty-six. He’s had one brief wild time in his life – a trip to Australia eight years ago, when he was eighteen and had just graduated high school.
Pete’s father has a gambling problem that drives Pete nuts, but this time it might have paid off. His father won a dairy farm in a poker game, and according to the lawyer Pete spoke with, it just might be legal. Pete’s handled his father’s finances for the last six years, after Pete’s much older sister threw up her hands and declared she couldn’t do it anymore. Winning this farm just might be the thing to put his father on the right track and allow Pete to relinquish responsibility over his father’s finances. But first, he needs to make sure it’s on the up and up.
When Pete arrives on the farm to start asking questions, he’s not sure what surprises him more: finding out that the man who signed the farm over to his father has been killed, or finding out that that man’s daughter is the older woman he had a four-night fling with eight years ago in Australia. He’s had dreams about her for almost a decade now, imagined seeing her again – but never like this.
That’s what I’m willing to share right now. I’m about 24,000 words into it right now, and I figure it’ll probably be somewhere between 50-75,000 words when I’m done. I’m super excited about this idea, and especially the fact that I’m making real progress on it, after so long where I felt like I couldn’t get anything done.
So tell me – are you intrigued? Excited to read it?