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June 11, 2012

I haven’t blogged in over a week so I thought I might post an update of the things I’ve been up to lately.

I just handed in the second edits on Home Work – Life Lessons book 3. After being wrong about the time it took to get Unexpected Demands released, I’m still not going to make predictions, but it’s moving along. I also got a look at the cover. I don’t have a jpeg of it yet, but it’s posted on the cover artist’s website: Winterheart Design I love the picture of Tony on this one.

This is the blurb:

Mac and Tony thought the hard part was over. They’re together openly as a couple, sharing a home and building a life with their two children. It’s what they dreamed of. But daughter Anna struggles with the changes, Ben is haunted by old secrets, Mac’s job in Homicide still demands too much of his time, and Tony is caught in the middle. It’s going to take everything these men can give to create a viable balance between home and work. Especially when the outside world seems determined to throw obstacles in their way.

My second LiAW story, Show Me Yours is through final edits and should release in July, although the exact date is not specified in advance – I’ll post here when it does, with a link.

The YA LGBT Books group on Goodreads, of which I am a moderator, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week. I posted a little 6K story about two teen boys and a cat on the June story thread. One of our members has also compiled all the short fiction pieces by group members, including eight or nine of mine, in one thread here. We also have contests with book prizes and special prizes of a custom YA story written by me (and another by John Goode of the Foster High books.) So if you have an interest in YA LGBT stories, you might drop on by.

I have a 20K short fantasy M/M story, Gift of the Goddess, that will be in a Storm Moon Press anthology that is beginning edits. No publication date on that one yet. So plenty to keep me busy (even without the four novels in progress.)

Thanks to everyone reading and reviewing my work – I’ve had some truly lovely reviews lately and they do encourage me to write more.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2012 6:31 pm

    Cannot wait to read more on Tony & Mac. The cover looks fabulous Kaje! One of my favourite couples without a doubt!

    • June 11, 2012 7:18 pm

      Thanks! I hope folks will like it. The ending is a bit HFN, but that just means I have to write a book 4, right?

  2. June 11, 2012 10:36 pm

    Oh, that cover is nice! Go, Minneapolis! 😉

  3. Carnell permalink
    June 12, 2012 3:25 am

    Glad to hear from you Kaje!

    I like the cover and cannot wait to read more about Mac and Tony (seems like it’s going to be a angsty one). And already excited to know that book 4 is already planned (Wait…that not is what you really said?? :P)

    Sounds like you have been very busy and that is great for us because it means we will have lots of stories to read from you soon 🙂

    Thanks for the links!

  4. June 12, 2012 10:40 am

    Yay, lots to look forward to. 🙂

  5. rdafan7 permalink
    June 12, 2012 11:29 am

    I Agree with the rest, I really like the cover for the next “Tony & Mac” book, and can’t wait to read it!

  6. June 15, 2012 8:57 pm

    Hi, Kaje. Thought I’d stop by and visit your blog. Any time you’d like to do a Writer Wednesday guest post on my blog, you’re so welcome. I’m glad we connected at Goodreads!

  7. mcagrimm permalink
    July 5, 2012 9:52 pm

    Just finished reading the 1st 2 Life Lessons books – loved them both, especially the 2nd. Can’t wait for the next.

    • July 11, 2012 6:43 pm

      You should definitely read the two Mac/Tony short stories on this website too 🙂

  8. July 5, 2012 10:14 pm

    Thanks everyone – I’m looking forward to getting book 3 out; I hope you enjoy it.

  9. July 11, 2012 6:41 pm

    I really like the new cover 🙂 So excited to read it when it comes out, I need my Macony fix ha. Just a quick question to Kaje, did you have any input in choosing the models who portray Mac and Tony on the covers, and if so, do you imagine them when you write or do they look different? Thanks

    • July 11, 2012 10:38 pm

      For this series, I sent in a character description with the first book. I had actually written the book several years before I decided to submit it, so I had a mental picture of the guys but for me it’s more about words than images. The artist chose a couple of guys and made a mock-up. She sent that to me for a comment. The guy she picked for Tony was the same one we used, and I really liked his look. The first “Mac” wasn’t a good fit – too self-confident and polished and hairless. I asked for a redo and she came up with this Mac. After the first cover, I do kind of imagine them this way, but actually Breaking Cover was also written a few years ago, long before I saw the pictures. So the image really only had any influence on Home Work.

      The artist for MLR his been very accommodating as far as the cover guys go – I did chose the “Paul” guy for Unacceptable Risk, although not the particular pose. And I chose both of the guys for Unexpected Demands ahead of time, and she was willing to use them. The supply of pictures of guys on the stock photo sites is somewhat limited. I get input at the early stages, but the finishing of the cover is done by the artists. So for Home Work, for example, I saw a mock-up with the guys and the bridge, but not the exact layout or the sunset behind them.

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