Let’s Talk About Sam, Baby…Let’s Talk About Her and Rayne…

See what I did there? Now, that song will be stuck in your head all day. But hey…what better way to start a discussion. Since the release of It Pours, I’ve had many comments in regards to Sam and her role in Rayne’s life. I can’t tell you how much I’ve loved reading the insight into these characters. After reading my last email I had the idea to do this blog post as a way of an open discussion between any of those who wish to join in versus a one-on-one discussion between myself and a single reader.

We’ve all had that person who comes into our life where we question to ourselves the purpose of their appearance…and sadly sometimes disappearance. What brought them to us? Why were they put before us? Will they be a prominent long term addition or are they simply here to show me what I could not see? In Sam and Rayne’s case–will they come back? (Psst…I know the answer to that one.)

So, here it is a short little blog to hopefully start some discussion. I’ll leave the blog up indefinitely for comments but over the next several days, I’m devoting my time toward this blog so the conversation can be as if we are sitting at a table sharing coffee or cocktail. Let’s have some fun while the girls are away!

Oh, by the way, is that song still stuck in your head?

 

49 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Sam, Baby…Let’s Talk About Her and Rayne…

  1. Hello Ms Caine all the way from Durban, South Africa. I have thoroughly enjoyed your books, they are extremely well written, evocative and, yes, suspenseful. I say that because I am sure that I am not the only of your readers who is rooting for Sam. I am convinced that Sam has a big role to play in Rayne’s life, once Rayne has completed her journey of discovery. And I am desperate to read about their happy, eventful, ending! Suspenseful and looking forward to the next instalment! All the best, Bev

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  2. I believe you have that one person in your life who is YOUR person..they are there to teach you life’s lessons…love..heartache..gift of giving and taking..the ability to be the true you that no one else may know but you need to experience so you do…they might be there for an eternity and then they might be there for just a little while and that is another lesson in itself..some people believe and have love at first sight with just one person but on my own personal belief level I believe you need to learn to lose to learn to really love..appreciation..dedication…devotion..more lessons YOUR person teaches you in passing through your life…and not saying they won’t come back one day and not be YOUR only person..I think Sam is Raynes person..she will be a better woman..partner..lover and friend in her future and maybe even with Sam but that unfortunately is locked up in CD’s creative mind..and yes that song is on repeat in my brain!!

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    • Cheryl…you are so right! So right! And isn’t that one of the hardest lessons to learn? The lesson of being able to lose to learn. Lose that stability you had found. That strength you had found. That love you found when not even looking. Perhaps one of the hardest lessons ever is to be able to lose that yet have faith it is what was meant to be for your path…even if that path is one huge circle back to each other. Even if.

      Ooopsie so sorry for the song! If it helps, I’m still singing it myself.

      Let’s talk about ……..

      Cd

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  3. Hi Bev all the way from Durban, South Africa. Wow, that’s a piece away as we say here in the south. Thanks so much for your comment! I am all smiles this morning. To be honest with you, I have to admit that Sam had a small role to play in this series. But as I continued to write her character I found her to be more and more needed in Rayne’s life. It sounds silly sometimes when I say it as I am the one who wrote them yet I found Sam and Rayne’s chemistry to be easy to write. So midway through the first book, Sam’s role changed. She will have a much bigger part to play in books III and IV. I do hope you will enjoy reading of their continued story.

    Cd

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    • I was pretty heart broken by that as well.. But the more I think on it, the more ok I become that she wasn’t. I think it’s good for Rayne to have a few experiences that don’t include Sam. It will help her understand just how right things are with Sam if they happen.. **fingers crossed*

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      • I love your fingers crossed. Made me smile! I knew there would be some hard feelings toward Mo becoming such a crucial part of Rayne’s life. A part that Sam was to be. But I am so happy you have seen beyond that and realized that maybe they both had to have a few new experiences. Experiences that may bring them together or at least help them to find a path for having each other in their lives in some way.

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  4. I love Sam- and I love their chemistry. I’m super happy she will appear in the next books. It’s hard to imagine a better pairing for Rayne, but your mind is pretty creative. I look forward to seeing how it all turns out!!

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    • Hello my fellow writer you. If you truly love someone…let them go…if they return, it was meant to be. Didn’t someone say that at sometime. The trick is do they return?

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      • Not sure the series should end. πŸ™‚

        I’m amazed at how many team Sam people are on here. I mean, of course that’s the right choice.. But did you ever imagine such a reaction CD?

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    • I am so happy you joined in. Thank you for popping in! You know I love talking to you about the books. So the series shouldn’t end eh? But I really have another book I want to write. A paranormal, historical fiction. I’m really excited about this one too.

      As for Sam….Hmmmm I think she has been up to somethings during It Pours. Remember she had changed? She wanted the dream. She discovered that she wanted the fairytale. Maybe she has had some like experiences as Rayne. Maybe even some that will find her on the path back to Louisiana.

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  5. I really loved Rayne’s character. She is an amazing person who really cares about the people in her life and at the same time she does have her drawbacks which she overcomes but I didn’t really like Sam’s character. I found her to be a hypocrite. I mean she didn’t like it when Rayne was hanging out with her boyfriend but at the same time it was ok if she went out and had fun. Rayne shouldn’t give in easily to Sam.

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    • Awwwww…the first to not be on team Sam. Interesting point of view about Sam. I have to agree with you. Sam had some growing to do. She didn’t necessarily give Rayne much of a chance to accept herself while standing beside her to do so. She had constructed a wall of protection around her heart. Maybe she needed time to grow just as much as Rayne?

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      • Agreed that Sam definitely needed to figure some things out. hopefully she’s found peace with her parents (maybe too much to ask for) and is happy with her specialization. I have to say though, I’m glad she wants the fairytale, but I hope she hasn’t found it. It has to be Rayne.

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    • Ohhh geez, I didn’t see Sam like that at all. But maybe it’s because I was Rayne and I’ve been in Sam’s shoes.. At different times in my life.. Sam would have given up going out and having “fun” in a heart beat had Rayne been ready for that. And I don’t know. Maybe it makes me a hypocrite but it’s one thing (at least to me) to be in a “committed” relationship when you are clearly in love with someone else vs. going out and letting off some steam. Plus, I don’t think (it wasn’t mentioned in the book) Sam went out and had “fun” after she admitted to herself how she felt about Rayne.. While she was in denial,sure, but towards the end, I don’t think so.

      Ok, you struck a cord. Sorry πŸ™‚ we are all friends here. I’ll quit my rant now.

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  6. Ok, I could respond directly to this reply so I’m responding here. This comment “Experiences that may bring them together or at least help them to find a path for having each other in their lives in some way.” has me totally freaked out!

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  7. Rayne needs to learn to be her own person. Sam, Grant and even Mo are people who expect things from Rayne but they don’t really understand or support Rayne the way she needs to be supported. When Rayne was with Sam all she needed was a little bit of time to understand herself but unfortunately she didn’t get it. Sam was the first one to make the move and not Rayne and Sam refused to fight for Rayne and let her go when it was so obvious that she (Rayne) didn’t feel for Grant as much as she did for Sam. Also Sam wasn’t a person who could be trusted to be in a committed relationship.

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    • I like your thoughts on Rayne, Arya. She did need that one person who would see her struggles and well…her…throughout it all. Each person in her life, except for one–Memaw, saw what they wanted to see. What they needed her to be for them. It was time for her to step away and figure out who she really was.

      Cd

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  8. You know, I actually wrote one of my biggest (and hopefully a little bit insightful) review on your second book than all my other reviews up to date. Your book made me think. I had to process where you were taking us in the journey through your story. I didn’t always agreed or were happy with where you seemed to steer us, but that’s the thing with great stories, they surprise you when you least expect and show you that there is a very good reason for things to go the way they do. And having my expectations throttled by your ability to tell a good story is priceless. Can’t wait for book 3 (is it still coming by the end of December? And if so, any way to pre-order it?). Regards from Brazil and keep up the amazing work. πŸ™‚

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    • Hi!

      Thank you so much for your comment! I would love to know which review was yours. That is if you do not mind sharing it with me. I have often wanted to ask reviewers questions. I believe it is a way to grow in my writing. But, other authors have said this is a big No-No. You do not contact a reviewer. So I would love to know which was yours and maybe ask you a few questions. My overall goal is for the readers invested in the series to see growth in my writing and feel happy they stayed with the series until the end. I read each and every review. I think it’s a great way to discover the negatives and positives to your writing. I truly wish It Pours had more reviews. Hopefully more will come in. πŸ™‚

      Although it sounds as if I may not have taken the book in the direction you were hoping for, I am glad I surprised you. This series is not what you would call suspenseful but if I can make it surprising yet retain the reality of it then I will be on cloud nine.

      The book will not be available by then but I hope not too far after. I will keep you posted on the pre-order when it is available.

      Thank you again for your comment. It was a wonderful way to wake up!

      Cd

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    • As I am quite terrible at websites, I completely missed this comment. I’ve now got a helper with it so let’s hope this won’t happen again. πŸ™‚

      Yes. In It Pours Sam had met someone she was interested in. Nothing compared to Rayne yet by falling in love with Rayne, she knew that she wanted more than a casual relationship. She wanted it all.

      Thank you so much for stopping by to ask!

      Cd

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    • Hi,

      You aren’t the first to tell me this. Some people haven’t really liked Sam and hope to see Rayne further her relationship with Mo. You did say a key word in your statement…growth. We can all grow, not necessarily change but grow. As much as Sam wanted to seem put together enforcing on Rayne it was she that had to grow into herself and be stronger to be who she is, it was also Sam who needed the same growth as well. Violet was starting to come around in the end of It Pours. She had watched her best friend cry and be broken over Rayne. Her defenses were up. She and Rayne will have their time in After the Storm.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

      Cd

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  9. I cannot wait for the third book to come out. I am definitely on team Sam! I love how in the first two books, life gave both Rayne and Sam the chance to explore each other’s perspectives.

    At the start, Rayne wanted to stay in her comfort zone – she chose to accept Grant’s proposal because it was stable and predictable, which Sam could not offer. She wanted the long haul immediately. But in It Pours, she got a dose of what it’s like to live in the moment and not have to think so far ahead. This was seen in her relationship with Mo, asking her to stay even if there was no promise of a solid future. In the same way for Sam, she wasn’t exactly looking for anything permanent at the start. Sex was just sex. But this changed when she met Rayne.

    Rayne and Sam couldn’t make it work because although they were in love with each other, they wanted different things at different times. I am desperately hoping that in the next series both Rayne and Sam would want the same thing at the same time. That would be magical.

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    • Hi,

      I love your perspective on those three characters. Might I add? Well done. I believe life gives us the people we need when we need them. The timing may not always be ours. But if we wait with eyes open wide we hopefully will get to see the truth in the timing. Also I want to thank you for the review on Goodreads. I think that was you. You’ve got a very unique user name (that I love) so I picked up on it right away with this message. I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write a review. They help so much! Not many people know about these books so thank you for helping to get the word out! πŸ™‚

      Cd, Procastiwriter

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  10. When is After the Storm coming out? Cause over here it is given coming soon but in Goodreads it’s like 1st published December 2016 and then expected publication 1 March 2017. Slightly confused!

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    • Hi Meghna,

      I can completely understand your slight confusion. I would’ve been more than slightly. πŸ˜‰ This has been a long road to the point of being able to comment on the future of the series. I do apologize for the premature posting of a release date. I’ve had some publishing changes that will delay the publication of After the Storm. I do apologize for this and hope that your interest in following the series will not diminish. I will be posting blogs, hopeful teasers and information as I have it. Thank you again for your interest in the series! It means more than I can say.

      Cd

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    • Hi Sasha,

      Thank you for posting a comment. I do apologize for the premature posting of a release date on Amazon. Recently, I’ve had some publishing changes that have occurred which will delay the publishing of After the Storm. Thank you very much for your interest in the series. I hope the delay will not diminish your interest in Rayne and her little group.

      Cd

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  11. Sam was somebody who was a coward no offence to those who like her. She said she was in love but at the same time refused to fight for her?? Then what is love? If Sam thinks by just saying that she is in love with Rayne is enough and not face the difficulties then she is definitely not worthy of Rayne’s love. I just want Rayne to be with somebody who cherishes her for who she is and not with people who think sex is just sex.

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    • Hi Diana,

      I love “hearing” the passion and fire in your comment about Sam. I feel your frustration with her choices. It makes me smile to know I was able to create characters that left you with real emotions. So, thank you very much for your comment.

      Now about that Sam…Sam only thought she knew who she was until she met Rayne. Aren’t we a creation of our environments sometimes? Maybe not fully but doesn’t at least some aspect of those around us creep in? She had been around her father who showed no true love or feelings for either her or her Mother. Her Mother showed no true actions of a mom. She lived in a household where self-gratification was the way of life. There’s more to Sam than what we got to see in the first book. We get a glimpse of it in the second. I think that is why I chose to revamp the series to write Sam’s story next. She has much growth to do. I think we need to walk beside her as she does. It may or may not lead her back to Rayne to be that woman you describe. Maybe that DJ is going to be the one for Rayne but let’s take a look in on Sam in the meantime. πŸ™‚

      Thank you again for stopping by the site,

      Cd

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  12. When will the latest book be released and what brought about the change to write about Sam’s point of view? Definitely agree with the comments made about Sam being an idiot for letting Rayne go but hopefully she comes backs to Rayne with more courage and yes fight cause they seem like soulmates.

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    • Hi Chris,

      Sadly, I can’t give a definitive date on publication but I do so hope you stick with me in this journey. Writing this series has changed my life in more ways than I can say. As for Sam, I really wanted to share her growth. She became such a pivotal character that I thought we needed to see her life during the time Rayne was accepting hers. I thought we should see Sam’s healing of heartbreak as hers may have broken even more than Rayne’s. Wouldn’t it be great if these two could find their way again? Not every day you meet a soulmate.

      Cd

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