It`s that time again. Yep, time to lay out what`s up, new, exciting, or just needing to be done. I know a lot of authors have mailing lists and/or newsletters, and that is a super idea that I wish I had the time for. Aside from the fact that I wouldn`t know how to lay out a monthly newsletter, I just don`t have the spare moments to do so. I`m rather fond of my blog, so I figured why not just save myself the aggravation and tell my friends, fans, and family what`s cooking here. I`ll even throw in some nice pictures of pretty things. Here`s one:
Okay, now that we have the gratuitous picture of Henrik out of the way, let`s see do a quick run through of what`s been done, is planned, or is being worked on for August.
Last month I wrapped up the sixth Wildcats book, Final Shifts. It`s now sitting in my files, where I`ll let it rest for a week or two. Then I`ll go back in to start doing first round edits and revisions before I submit it to Secret Cravings. I also wrote a short erotic IR romance titled Tumble Dry, which came in at slightly over 9K, that is now being edited before submission. I`m hoping to send that off in August to SCP for their open Weekend Getaways call.
For August, there`s a new M/M hockey romance that I`ll more than likely begin working on. It`s only a novella, so I should be able to get that in the can before the end of the month. It`s the last contracted book for Ellora`s Cave, so once that one is done I`ll have all the books promised to Ellora`s Cave completed. Huge sigh of relief for being ahead of schedule!
I`m so excited to have some new M/M romances coming out. It`s been a little while and I do love the genre so. My gay romance fans will have plenty to read over the upcoming months so keep a sharp lookout for new release announcements. The four books from Ellora`s Cave are all M/M romances: one a geeky tale about comic nerds with a dark, erotic side, and three hockey romances.
There is also the follow-up for Heir Apparent to begin fiddling with. Hopefully Cam and Jacobi`s romance will be chosen to be part of the next cancer charity hockey anthology. I was thrilled to be a part of Seduced by the Game, so perhaps we`ll get the rest of that story in the next anthology. If not, I may get some cover art done, get it formatted, and put it up as a free read. Whichever happens, I am incredibly proud of that story, and the good reviews it pulled in. Being the only M/M work in an anthology filled with M/F romances was kind of scary. Would readers balk? Some did, as I knew they would. But the majority were super kind, embracing gay love just as warmly as they did straight love.
Lots of good M/M news huh? I do love my man love.
Shifting Sands, a fantasy shifter short story, will be in the Dawg Days anthology from Torquere Press. That releases on August 20th. Previous anthologies I`ve been in with Torquere have given readers the option to buy the anthology, or the single stories. I would imagine Dawg Days will run the same way, but I`ll have to double check on it then let you know.
Once I get the final M/M hockey story done for Ellora`s Cave, I may begin working on a secret project that I hope to pitch to Secret Cravings. I think it`s an awesome idea, as does my hockey guru/beta reader Lydia. Let`s hope the publisher thinks it is as well. Keep your fingers crossed gang!
Speaking of my good buddy, Lydia, she and I are working to figure out another fun project that I hope a few of you will sign up for when it`s time. We`re kind of stumbling along with things, since this is a first for both of us, but that`s part of the fun, right? Bumbling along with buddies as you work out the kinks. I sure think so. This whole author gig is a lonely one for the most part, so when I can involve some people that I care about that makes the solitary aspect easier to handle when it`s just me and the laptop.
I think that may be it for August. *scratches chin while thinking* Well, I did submit a short story for an erotic sci-fi anthology call that had August as the deadline. If my racy M/M tale is accepted, I`ll he shouting about it from atop the cow barn, I`m sure. Other than that, I think that`s pretty much it for the next four or five weeks.
Thanks for dropping by. If I missed anything that you may have wanted covered or answered, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section. I really do love hearing from you guys and gals, and always welcome your ideas and thoughts on my work, so don`t be shy. If you`d like to see something, or want to know about a certain book or series, just ask! One more pretty picture before we go! Who loved this man on Sex and the City? *Waves hand frantically in the air*
See you in September!