Songs of Strapped #3

Today is a twofer, one I already posted on Facebook a while back, but I wanted to add it to the blog.

Here is song one to add to the soundtrack by my homegirl, Fiona Apple. Seriously girl, you got me through teenage heartache and bitterness like no other. 

This song is called The First Taste and it’s mentioned in a scene in the book. I think it sums up the tension between Shyla and Taylor perfectly.

Second song is another Alex Clare song, which also gets it’s own shoutout early in Strapped: Too Close. Before this song was everywhere I was listening to it and thinking about Shyla and Rick’s relationship (how hipster of me).


Time to add some visuals!

I intentionally left images of faces from Strapped’s cover because I want people to create their own image of what Taylor, Shyla and the rest of the gang look like.

That being said, I, just like any reader to have an image (of course I do, how else could I create a description?). So that being said, I have been on the hunt to find an actor or a model who closest fits what Taylor looks like in my mind’s eye. I think I may have found him. Again, Taylor is a unique looking person in my mind, but this might be the closest person yet. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, David Gandy.


Jesus, Mary, and Jerome he is smokin’! He even does the whole crooked smile thing. I think he has the perfect mix of good looks, but also a little rough, not too pretty. I also have someone for Eric, but I’m going to save that one for another post.

*Tried to find original source to credit, but couldn’t.

Halfway through Book 2!

So, yesterday I passed the 50k word count on book 2! Strapped was about 119k words, so even though I don’t know exactly how long this book will be, this feels about halfway.

Some really intense stuff happens at this point of the book, so I have been writing ferociously. The dishes don’t get cleaned, laundry gets backed up, and I start to fuse to my chair.  I love writing these intense scenes. I wish there was a hidden camera because you would see me making the facial expressions of my characters, mouthing dialogue to myself, taking deep sighs, fanning myself, or shaking my head. Half of the time I don’t even realize I am doing any of the until I catch myself or turn to see my husband staring at me like I’ve lost my mind!

I also believe I have settled on a name, but I put it in a ziplock bag to let it marinate for a while before releasing it to the world.

This is of course the first draft, to be revised by me several times before it goes to the beta readers, but it is the craziest part for me, because while I have a vague outlines, I let the stories unfold as I write them, so I am often just as surprised as readers are when certain scenes happen! Hence, my exasperated reactions.

Oh and here’s a quote to stoke your appetite:

“I want to be a good guy Shy, but you make me want to do bad things. Now bend over for me.”


Nina G.