Working Title: Raven Coulter Book 1
This Book Is In Development
World's Largest Lottery won by two people...a brother and a sister. They form a benevolent foundation and begin the saga of helping others.
It's wonderful when siblings are close. In my family we all have a close sibling we confide in. My grandchildren, a brother and sister, tell each other everything. I wish everyone could enjoy a special bond like this. In this chapter they have a chance to go to lunch to catch up on their very busy lives and Raven tells her brother an alarming bit of information that concerns him deeply. Showing his intense concern and older brother protective stance he had actively engaged in their entire lives. I think how fortunate those siblings are that have a close relationship like this. On another note, Boomer tells Raven some interesting news.
Raven decides one last question is important for granting larger sums of money. Her reasoning is from sound thoughtfulness garnered through her personal experiences and from those close to her and her brother. Every person goes through something. Not everyone can explain personal feelings on paper, so this is Raven's way of sifting through the mental thoughts of the person receiving the money. She has tried to be purposeful in her intentions to make sure the receiver is thinking about the tremendous blessing they are receiving. Do they need to search their soul one last time? Is there something they should let go of to be fully blessed. It has nothing to do with her...it has to do with the person on an internal level. In essence she's asking; are you following God's plan for your life?
My Character, Raven Coulter is moving out of her comfort zone for a more secure setting at the advice of her attorneys. She and her brother have had to uproot and donate everything they own, and change their lives. Luckily, she has a security team that understand how it feels to have transition issues. They are ex Special Forces men with experience and compassion remembering when they had to go to unfamiliar territory themselves.. The change softens, and brings a new friendship around. Jokes and laughter are the best cure for sad and listless feelings of loneliness. They were able to chase away the sadness and bring about excitement for a change and moving forward. Raven is not a child, and certainly not one to complain when she has God to lean on. I wanted her feelings and friendships to show, and her extraordinary love and faith in God. She is bound for Higher things.
The two have been friends since childhood. Both women have had similar lives, except now, Raven is able to help make her friends life better. Of course her best friend is funny and doesn't believe her, so she makes a joke of things. Raven won't give up, even though she can't tell her what it is until they see each other in person. Raven't a bit paranoid about telephones and the internet right now and for good reason. The conversation between the two women gives a definitive display of the two different personalities, but the same in education and perseverance. Both trust each other. Both are wondering if it's the right thing to do until they each know all the facts. It's fun and scary at the same time for Raven and her best friend, Tamara. Would Tamara be the one? Would she trust Raven enough to take the job? A lot of trust-testing going on behind the scenes, sort of how most good friendships evolve.
I tried to imagine what it would be like to go from being jobless and broke to a billionaire in one night. It was as if I could feel the disbelief and the mixed feelings of is this real, or is there something wrong somewhere? Raven's brother, Boomer had intended to make a fun event out of a birthday joke. According to the numbers posted, this was no longer a joke...this was real. Together they thought and created the plan of advancing to the point of claiming the lottery. An amount this large requires precautions and cautious they were. Winning together and working together, kept the family ties strong. They went from shock and disbelief, to jubilation and ultimately cautious. Imagine what it must feel like to fully realize and grasp the fact, you just won the largest lottery in history. This is exactly what I wanted to capture.
I had my very first birthday party when I turned 16. It was a sweet 16 Birthday party with five of my girlfriends. The idea for this scene evolved from my own brother who was the BBQ Man. I didn't think anyone could smoke meat, or cook on a grill better than he could. Raven's brother is giving her an annual BBQ birthday party. Her Brother's talent is cooking steaks on the grill. Raven's girlfriends and best friend, Tamara, come annually for the steaks and fun. This is a special time for any sister, but Raven's is different...her brother is the only family she has and he continued raising her after their parents died while she was still a minor. He loves to make her happy as a sense of brotherly parenting. Her brother, Boomer, has a unique where are you of always making things fun the few times they get together in their now young adult lives, so he thought of a birthday surprise that would change her life forever, so he said!
I was born in San Diego, California, and I've lived on the east coast. I felt Raven's affection for the warmth and the sunshine. The healing powers of sun rays are magical. Raven was exonerated of all doubt about leaving school during final exams once she felt the West Coast sunshine warming her soul and her body.. She took a few personal moments for feeling, and smelling. We all know the statement; "Take Time To Smell the Flowers." She was doing just that. She yearned to take in Rodeo Drive, but satisfied her craving with the thought she would indeed return someday. Her ultimate reason for being there, was the bonus money! She needed a newer car, and this was her down payment money. She was prepared to work and get back as quickly as possible to the East Coast and her finish her final exams, and hopefully, find a new job geared towards her long and expensive education. I hope you enjoy the warmth of the sunshine as much as I did while writing this in Wyoming during a snow storm and chill factor of -3º. I was a bit jealous.
My enthusiasm for writing has existed since high school. It was a way to be creative and a form of escape. My grandfather was always writing short stories and poems of which I found to be fun and interesting. They were always funny, he believed life in writing, for him was to be fun and amusing. He enjoyed making others smile. I feel the same way. That's when I discovered my muse for writing. My English teacher kept my papers for examples to show her future student interesting writing examples. Like Raven, I worked, went to school and wanted a better life and car!
Raven was in the middle of her graduation finals and the bonus was a carrot dangling in front of her to entice her travel across the country. A substantial bonus causes many people to work harder, sacrifice their own plans, or even plan around it. I remember in my own life, working extra hard to get a bonus, or commission. This is one of the paths Raven learns, money isn't all that it seems to be when words are promised!
What fascinates me about this character, Raven Coulter, is her intense focus on her goals and finishing college. Working as a hand model has enabled her to finance her education, but has left her no time for socializing. She and her brother were orphaned in their teens and this has made them both self-reliant. Like Raven, I too am very goal oriented, so I understand her goal-oriented personality. The only excitement in Raven's life at the moment is her secret crush on her photographer, Dante. But she hasn't let on about her feelings for the last three years because he already has a girlfriend. I must say, I loved crafting the complex dynamics between these two characters.
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