The Outsider Chronicles, #2
New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Release: September 9, 2014
When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.
After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.
It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.
Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.
But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.
Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.
He’s become . . .
FACTS ABOUT DAMAGED GOODS
By Nicole Williams
· Given what Liv’s profession is for a while during the book, I had to do some extensive research that was rather interesting and showed me just how little I thought I knew about this profession.
· What Liv calls Death Valley since she’s so very fond of the place she grew up, is a fictional town in Nevada. I wanted to create a fictional place in this instance as I wanted readers to be able to relate it to their own sinkholes they may have lived in in the past.
· My husband was in the military for six years, so he was able to answer a lot of the questions I had about Will and what he would have gone through and experienced when he was in the military.
· I have rough outlines for books for each of Will’s brothers, although I’m not sure if I’ll ever write them. For me, I just had to know what their whole stories were, even if I was the only person who knew them.
· Reese was originally named Charlie, but I wrote this book months before writing HARD KNOX (in which the female lead is named Charlie), so this Charlie’s name got changed to Reese and really, it suits her better.
· From all of the research I had to do on rattlesnake bites, I wound up having snake nightmares for a couple of nights!
· The last chapter in the book involves a sky lantern. On a trip to the Oregon Coast, I watched several people send them up into the night sky, giving me the idea for how I wanted to end Will and Liv’s story.
· Given Will’s character, he’s been the most difficult male lead to write so far. I found myself constantly re-writing lines or scenes pertaining to him.
· I think Liv will probably be my most controversial female lead to date based on the choices she’s faced with and the decisions she makes. I think readers will either love or hate her and there will be little in-between.
· Cherry might be my favorite secondary character I’ve ever created. For more reasons than one!
About the Author
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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