Hey there, ladies and gents! With ADAPTING INSTINCTS having recently been released, I thought it was time for me to give an update and let everyone know what's happening on my writing agenda now.
But first, I want to give a huge "thank you" to everyone who's bought ADAPTING INSTINCTS. If you're a friend or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads, you may have already seen, but ADAPTING INSTINCTS broke onto the bestsellers in gay romance on Amazon.com and earned a bestseller star on AllRomance eBooks. Now, staying on the Amazon list is hard, especially for a series book, but just seeing that it made it gave me a big smile. I know as series go on, sometimes interest can get lost in it. That so many of you have stayed with not only the Instincts series, but the Conquest series, too, means more than I can ever thank you all for, and I'm grateful.
So now you might be wondering what's next. When will my next book be out and what will it be. Well, my hope is that my next release will be my fantasy/contemporary crossover, TO THE OTHER SIDE. I sent it off to my editor to see if she thinks it'll be a good fit for the MLR Press catalog, so I'm just waiting on that at the moment. I do really love the story, and it was fun to stretch my writing muscles and trying something different. My main men, Bryson Summers, who is a witch, and Garrett Evergard, an environmentalist and biologist, are pretty special guys. There are a lot of other fun guys in the story, and lots of critters, too. I also foresee more stories set in this world ;-)
With that story sent off, I turned my attention to a project that's been lingering for a very long time...writing the expanded version of A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY. Now, not everyone may know this story. I wrote it about two years ago for the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads and their Hot Summer Days event. So it was never formally published or put out other than on Goodreads and in an anthology, Don't Read in the Closet Vol. 1, on AllRomance eBooks. Even as I brought that story to its concluding point for the group, I knew Ash (my lead singer of the band From Ashes) and Jackson (my sweet country singer) had more to tell in their story. But with other projects demanding attention...Conquest and Instincts...expanding A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY got put on the back burner. Admittedly, I didn't intend for it to be there as long as it has, but I'm not a very fast writer, so I wasn't able to get to it sooner.
Well, now I'm working on it. Yay! What I decided to do, since I know not everyone is part of the M/M Romance Group and many people may not have read the first short version, is I'm polishing up the original version and flowing it right into the new half. This will (hopefully!) create a seamless novel edition of Ash and Jackson's story. I'm trying to not tamper much with the original version, but there will be some changes to it. That's kind of unavoidable since it'll be going through a fresh round of editing. As it's sitting right now, the manuscript is at about 47,000 words, and there's still some more to go on it. I'm going to aim for having it released this year.
Since I'm already seeing The End on A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, it's got me thinking what'll be the next project. I'm still going back and forth between that, but I'm leaning toward either a novella with Brandon and Shunichi from the Conquest series, or Instincts #5. For Instincts #5, I've been weighing between three possibilities for whose story it would be, and right now, I think the scales are tipping in favor of Renart Bellerose, but that could always change by the time I get to actually writing it.
And there you go, everyone! My long, rambling way of saying what's going on in my little writing world. Hope it's all sounding good! And my deepest thanks again to everyone for all your support <3