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Keeping Busy

October 9, 2011

I just sent back the galley proofs for Unacceptable Risk, on schedule for the e-book to be released on Friday (Oct. 14th.) I realized I haven’t posted the blurb yet, so here it is:

Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he’s twice damned. Even his Alpha’s grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.

By the time I’m looking at galleys, I’m often pretty over-saturated with a particular manuscript and ready to avoid it for a while, but I kind of enjoyed rereading this one. It surprised me. (Not that there aren’t still things I could have done better, but a hundred rounds of editing probably would never change that.) I think Simon and Paul are my favorite of all the couples I’ve written so far. I’m looking forward to seeing what readers think.

I’ve also been editing my November-schedulled novella Ghosts and Flames in its second round. That one is tied into Lies and Consequences loosely. For those who read that book and remember the story Chris was writing about Ben and Grant the ghost? This novella is how that story-in-a-story ended.

I have a YA short story I’m writing for the Goodreads Gay-Straight Alliance group which will come out this month (under Kira Harp). That needs a bit of polishing and a serious look at whether my fictional teenagers talk too much like middle-aged folks. And I did the final edit for my Christmas short story for MLR.

MLR is going to have a great Holiday short story collection this year. They have 42 (count ’em) stories, to be released one at a time from the middle of November through New Year’s Eve, and then as a collection. The author line-up is amazing; I feel like a fan-girl just from finding myself on the same list as these writers. My story will be second-to-last on Dec. 30th (which is probably good since I have a November release already in the works.) I’ll blog about more details of the collection closer to the date (and when Yahoo lets me into the MLR group site again; Aargh. Love technology.)

Anyway, plenty to keep me busy. Including deciding whether to submit Hidden Wolves 2 or Life Lessons 3 as the next book for my editor to work on. It’s a nice choice to have.

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