No, not the end of our world. I mean THE END of the wild, Texas Hold 'em world of T.R, Shade, Casey, Dante, and Runt.
After much consideration I've decided to publish the final chapters of SHUFFLE all at once on tomorrow's Texas Woman Blogspot and Texas Shuffle Blogspot. I just don't have the heart to break up the final action and believe me, there's plenty left. In fact, it has more twists than a rodeo bull.
I wrote SHUFFLE with my daughter Code Woman and the whole process was a hoot. Writing a book was on my bucket list, that inventory of things you want to do before you get too old to do them. Plus at the time, she and I had a lot of stress in our lives.
My mother had taken a serious fall and was living in a nursing home. My daughter had caught the heel of her cowboy boot (not kidding here) between the pipe step on her truck and the door frame. She broke her ankle FORWARD! She couldn't put any weight on it for six weeks after the operation so she was out of work and couldn't even drive. Code Woman does database coding for a major insurance company. It was a hard year and writing helped us get through it.
We based T.R.'s character on my daughter - except T.R. has my hair. Code Woman has lots of interesting friends and we used them to our advantage. Mother and her parrot actually came to my daughter's wedding reception. Casey, Shade, Dante, and Runt are all names of friends and relatives. My broom really did burst into flames after fighting a fire on a neighbor's farm. So many of the little details are true and it was fun working them into the storyline.
So set aside some time this weekend to finish SHUFFLE. If you enjoy it, leave us a comment. It's the only form of payment she and I will receive for many hours of work!