Has anyone read Kimberly Raye’s TEXAS FEVER??? (Blaze)
Good story, sexy premise, hunky cowboy hero and hot heroine. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the book, but on pg. 155 the hero replaces the transmission on a wrecked car. Then on pg. 205 he starts removing the old cracked one – again. Oops! I guess gremlins put it back in???
These kinds of things give me nightmares.
In one book I wrote, the hero was a cop and–to keep it authentic for that town–his work schedule had to be taken into consideration in plotting the book. I chose the prime shift, which had him working 6 am to 4 pm Sun-Wed. He was a single father and this put him home in the evenings and on weekends with his son. Everything revolved around this schedule. At one point, I realized I’d started the book on a Thurs (before I’d learned about the work schedules) and had Mack answering a motorist in trouble call – only Mack didn’t work on Thursdays. Oops! One slight revision later… I ended up with a three-month calendar to track my scenes so I wouldn’t goof on his schedule again.
I have plans to expand that manuscript into a series of 5 books. I can’t even imagine the kinds of details I’ll have to keep up with then. While they will be stand alone books, I can only imagine I’ll need more like several years worth of calendars, an Excel spreadsheet and a lot of notes since they will involve siblings of the first couple.
What do you use to try and keep the Oopsies! from happening in your books?