I’m excited to have the cover for Life, Some Assembly Required – The Rebuilding Year, Book 2. Getting closer to the June 9th release date. :)
Like many authors, I’m pretty introverted and don’t usually like being in groups of people, but I’ve met so many wonderful folk among M/M readers and writers, and I do plan to attend some Conferences in 2015:
July 11-12, 2015 I will be in Munich, Germany, at the Euro Pride Con. This will be the inaugural year for this M/M writers and readers event in continental Europe. I remember watching with envy in 2011, as reports posted from the first GRL in New Orleans. I really look forward to being part of the excitement for this first-time Munich con, which will coincide with Pride weekend.
I’ll be speaking on a panel about writing M/M series. (Trying to say more than “Oops, the guys have additional story to tell and it happens…”) I plan to talk about why I stopped with Life Lessons at book 4, the difference between writing one couple and several, and continuity when a sequel hits you years after the first book. (Yes, Ryan Ward, I’m looking at you and Rebuilding Year Book 2.) I look forward to Munich – meeting the other authors, the readers, seeing the city, and hope to see some of you there. Check out the Con Facebook link above for more info. And see below for a link to my post on being an introvert in a crowd.
GayRomLit, the 5th annual M/M writer and reader retreat here in the US, happens in San Diego Oct 15-18, 2015. I’m on the waitlist as an author, but I hope to go as a reader if I don’t get in as a featured author. Reader registration begins March 14 at noon EST. Last year reader registrations filled up in a few days, although wait-list spots continued to open up for months.
ETA – I found out I will be a featured author at GRL after all – hope to see you there.
Today, come by the Rainbow Gold Reviews blog site to read my thoughts on being an introvert and venturing out of my writing cave to meet -gasp- real live people. That’s less of a joke than it sounds. Readers and writers are often shy and quiet and many of you are probably like me, happier on the other side of a screen. But I’m over there to tell you I’ve had fun stepping out of the dark corners to talk to members of our great community at conferences. Plus you get swag ;) https://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2015/03/07/meet-euro-pride-con-attendee-kaje-harper-lgbt-guestpost/
Here’s what’s happening in my writing these days…
~ ~ Life, Some Assembly Required, the sequel to The Rebuilding Year, is keeping its title (yay) and we have a blurb, (also yay – see below) and the cover is in the works. First edits are in my hands, waiting to be finished. We’re on track for a June 9th release date from Samhain.
~ I’m 90K into a new contemporary Mystery with a hint of paranormal, with no title yet. I think this will be about 120K when done, and probably the start of a new series if readers like it. Brian and Nick are not doing things the easy way, and it’ll take more than one book to work their relationship out.
~ With the help of my friend Jonathan Penn, I’m moving forward on commissioning an audio-book for Into Deep Waters. More on that project as it develops. I’m excited and really nervous about doing justice to my own favorite of my books.
~ I’m 50K into the sequel to Full Circle – it’s on the back burner while I wait for Jamison to tell me what the hell he’s up to now. Some characters are slower to reveal their story than others.
~ There will be a Finding Family, Book 3 and a Hidden Wolves, Book 4 in my future too, probably beginning in the summer.
~ I just picked up my prompt for the summer free story writing event for the M/M Romance group. (Melissa’s DRitC free story writing Prompt – claimed by Kaje: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2232777-dear-author-melissa.) This will have a gay F2M trans MC, whom I hope I can do justice, as I give him a guy to love. No freaking clue how long it will turn out to be. I swore “No free novel this year.” I’m an optimist, and hoping for a novella. So many stories, such slow typing speed…
By the way, if you are interested in trying your hand at writing M/M, in a supportive setting, or you are an author looking for a way to have hundreds of readers see your free story, consider joining me in the “Don’t Read in the Closet” event. There are great prompts waiting for stories, from established authors or first-timers. Check it out at M/M Romance – Love is an Open Road. You can also ask me for details.
~ And here is the blurb for… Life, Some Assembly Required: The Rebuilding Year, Book 2:
Finding love in the ashes was easy. Building a life together? Don’t make Fate laugh.
After spending the first part of his life chasing pretty girls, love has finally come to Ryan in the form John, a tall, lanky, red-headed landscape architect with wide shoulders and a five-o’clock shadow.
For the first time in his life, love feels easy. Hell, he even ran into a burning building for John and his son, and he’d do it again if he had to. But telling his father and brothers “I’m gay. I’ve met a man”? That’s a bumpy ride he’s not looking forward to.
For John, loving Ryan is as natural as breathing. Now if only the rest of his life would fall into place. Dealing with his teen son is complicated enough, but with his ex-wife causing trouble and his daughter wanting to move in, John’s house—and his relationship with Ryan—threaten to split at the seams.
Would one month without a new surprise knocking him upside the heart be asking too much? If the sound of Fate’s laughter is any indication, the answer must be yes…
Yeah. June 9. :) Thanks, Linda!!
Now we have to hustle on the cover, edits etc. to meet that date. I’m really excited to do it though. (And me being excited to edit is pretty freaky, so I plan to take advantage.) I’ll reveal the cover down the road when it happens.
Thanks, everyone, for the crossed fingers for an earlier date. You guys are magic.
I’m happy to say, my editor has officially confirmed that Samhain wants my submitted sequel to The Rebuilding Year. The working title is Life, Some Assembly Required. (It’s possible marketing may not like that title as much as I do, so stay tuned.)
Right now I don’t have a release date – Samhain’s calendar is pretty full until Nov 2015, but it should be no later than that. My lovely editor is finding out whether there might be an earlier slot. I’ll let you know when I get a definite date.
Life, Some Assembly Required follows Ryan and John, the kids and their extended family, as they move forward from the end of the first book. In fact, it takes up right from that last scene. I thought originally that The Rebuilding Year would be a stand-alone. I wrote it before I ever considered publishing my work, back when I was just doing novels for my own entertainment, and I’d envisioned enough of what came next in my head. But Ryan has been nagging me for two years to write his and John’s self-discovery and coming out journey a bit further down the line. Torey would nudge me to give her a bit more closure. What’s a writer to do?
Write the sequel, I guess. Done.
And now it’s accepted, it’s coming, stay tuned for date, cover, blurb and all the details.
The M/M Romance Group on Goodreads just finished announcing their Member’s Choice Awards for 2014 – you can read all the results if you are a group member here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2158984-2014-member-s-choice-awards-winners-announced
First through third places, as voted by the members of the group, were awarded in over 40 categories, including some All-time and Hall-of-Fame awards.
I was thrilled to see that readers enjoyed my books enough to earn them several awards:
“The Family We’re Born With” – Best Free Story (1st)
“The Family We Make” – 2nd in “Best Coming of Age”
. . . . . . . . . . … – 3rd in “Best Family Drama”
. . . . . . . . . . … – 3rd for “Best Long Story over 250 pages”
“Laser Visions” – 2nd in “Best Love’s Landscapes Story”
Many of my favorite books won awards… and many others didn’t. We have so many great stories in the genre these days, there’s no way to honor all the deserving ones. If you check out the group look at the nominations (which the mods kindly arranged alphabetically and by category) – So many good books, so little time.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners, and thanks to the group moderators for all the work in running the awards process and making it fun.
I have now uploaded Second Act to All Romance ebooks (https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-secondact-1720044-149.html) and to Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/505244). (Yay!!)
This should give you the epub and pdf formats that Amazon does not carry. Thanks again to Deb, Sara and Jonathan. The 128 versions it took to get there were… educational. I’m still not sure how the Smashwords meatgrinder manages its arcane mis-conversions, but as long as they’re readable now…
I hope you enjoy this light, going-home-again story, and the four guys in it. Thanks to everyone who has been buying, reading and reviewing this, especially now that the holidays are behind us. You guys are the best <3
Now I have some writing to do, with other guys calling to me. Jamie. John and Ryan. Nick and Brian… oh yeah, you haven't met them yet. Well, you will.