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Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Genesis of a Book - Second Chance by Martha O'Sullivan #equills

I could say that the genesis of Second Chance and my Chances trilogy started when, at the privilege of a family friend, I discovered Lake Tahoe over a decade ago. But its conception probably occurred long before that. As an only child, books were my default playmates. And if a novel ended abruptly or I found the conclusion unsatisfactory, I would simply continue the story in my head. So I could attribute the trilogy’s origin to fate, kismet, or the luck of the draw.  But it’s more seminal than that. It really started in my childhood imagination.

In those days our imaginations had little competition for our attention. There were only a few television stations, no video games and the computer of today was a thing of science fiction. My imagination could soar infinitely. Characters, layered in observation and steeped in expectation were formed with each new acquaintance. The framework of a story was subtlety built as innocence became experience and naivety became discernment. And a serendipitous cross county trip in my affecting teenage years started a love affair with California, a frisson that continues thirty years later and provided the perfect backdrop for it all to come together.  I hope my Chances trilogy will take you there. And you’ll leave a little piece of your heart behind too. 

Martha O’Sullivan’s Chances trilogy is available now from Red Sage Publishing. Second Chance, the trilogy opener, is a reunion/love triangle romance that keeps the shores of Lake Tahoe blazing hot long after the sultry summer sun has set. Chance Encounter, the trilogy's second installment, heats up San Francisco’s chilly days and blustery nights with white-hot passion and pulse-pounding suspense. And in Last Chance, the conclusion of the trilogy, lifelong friends-turned-lovers melt the snow-packed Sierras into lust-fueled puddles despite the single-digit temperatures of the Lake Tahoe winter.

Here’s a blurb from Second Chance: 

Lindsay Foster has convinced herself that marrying lifelong Paul Webster is the right thing to do. But an inadvertent reunion with Brian Rembrandt rekindles the unfinished business between them. And Lindsay finds herself torn between the life she's always wanted and the man she'll always love.

Brian's up for that fight; he's used to getting what he wants. And he still wants Lindsay.
But this love triangle has an extra side. Lindsay's best friend Moira Brody has a game-changing secret.  And she's not the only one.  Even Brian is no match for what happens next. The chain of events set in motion on the tranquil shores of Lake Tahoe come to an astonishing end on a foggy San Francisco night. And alter the course of four lives forever. 

Second Chance and the Chances trilogy by Martha O’Sullivan is available at:

Martha O'Sullivan has loved reading romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing her own novels is the realization of a lifelong dream for this stay-at-home mom. Martha writes contemporary and erotic romances with traditional couples and happily ever after endings. She is the author of the Chances trilogy from Red Sage Publishing. Her current work-in-progress in a sweet and steamy Christmas novel set in Costa Careyes, Mexico. A native Chicagoan, she lives her own happy ending in Tampa with her husband and two daughters. Find her on the web at:

The Chances trilogy by Martha O'Sullivan (

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1 comment:

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Welcome, Martha. Love your inspiration. You sound a bit like me in my own childhood and the story telling bug. And hi to a former Chicagoan from a current Chicagoan.