oops, sorry about last Friday. The day simply got by me before I even got 1/2 my to do list done...which included the Friday Five. I'm so sorry.
But I'm back today, so let's get this started...
Today is the first day in September, so I'm going to recap what I've been working on.
In August, I wrote 43,539 words.
I'm happy with that number.
About half of them were finishing the first draft of Snowcroft Restoration and then I began writing Found at the Jazz Club.
So, this is where all my current writing projects stand (in order of how I think they'll release):
*Intertwined Hearts (mmf - Snowcroft #3)...with the editor...approx - 128, 000 words. It's a beast, so it's taking a bit to get through all the publishing steps. Planned release...maybe late Sept but more likely to be early Oct.
*Smolder (mm - Texas Paranormals #1) - approx - 18,000 words. This is a vampire themed novella coming out in an anthology with Less Than Three Press. It's completely done as it's gone through edits. As I hear more about the details of release, I'll pass them on.
Expected Release...Oct, 2017
*Snowcroft Restoration (mm - Snowcroft #4)...first draft done... approx - 95,000 words. This one needs big rewrites to get it on point with the rest of the series and for smoothing the suspense line. This story is Law's and Ian's so it ties in hard with all the books that have come before it. You'll still be able to read it as a stand-alone, but I need to do lots of rereading and fact checking to make sure I have all the details right. This is a BIG novel for Snowcroft. By the time it goes to my editor, I figure it will be about 100,000 words.
Planned release...November, 2017.
*Found at the Jazz Club (mf - Found #2.5, but may become #3)...work in progress...right now it's at just over 18,000 words. I predict it will stay under the 40,000 word mark which is about twice as long as I'd planned, but it MAY end up being even longer. This is a really fun may/december holiday romance that I'm loving writing.
Planned release...November 2017
*Shiver (mm - Texas Paranormals #2)...work in progress that's about halfway written. I'll be working on it after Jazz Club. Although it's a follow-up to Smolder, I'll be releasing it myself. This is a deer shifter story inspired by real life. (more details to come).
Planned release...December 2017
*When Love Comes Back (mf -When the Mission Ends #5)...work in progress. I'm only listing this one because it's what I plan to be writing on by the time October rolls around, so you'll be hearing about it.
Planned release...February/March, 2018
It's been a while since I've recommended good books on here. But this week there were two new releases that I loved. So I thought it was appropriate to share...
These are both mf stories, but completely different from each other. Although they were both FABULOUS! Highly recommend!!
Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan
Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole
Let's Talk Writing and Music...
I'll admit it...music inspires my writing...a lot.
Right now, I'm writing Found at the Jazz Club. This is a story about an unexpected, drunken Vegas marriage between Emily and Brady. Emily is Mac's agent and bff in Found at the Library and there was a glimpse of these two meeting in Found at the Bookstore. Despite their drunken wedding, these are two people who didn't plan on getting married...much less getting married to a stranger. So, they know nothing about one another...and neither can remember the wedding.
But it turns out, Brady is a really famous musician from a legacy musical family...three generations of his family have been song-writers and instrumental in the music industry. The family is known for their soundtracks and modern music too (think the Newman family...Randy and Thomas Newman specifically).
Brady was in Vegas just trying to find musical inspiration because he's been blocked. Emily helps him hear the music in his head again. So...music is HUGE in this story...and I have a big playlist for it (a LOT of the Road to Perdition soundtrack from Thomas Newman...go listen to it...it's haunting).
But in my search for inspiration, I found this song. The song is PERFECT for Emily and Brady....and then I watched the video...OMG, sobbing. While the singer for the song is female, the video tells the story of a tragic mm love story. So moving and beautiful...and sad.
So, it seemed fitting that this song is THE soundtrack for Found at the Jazz Club...an mf story within what was supposed to be an exclusively mm series. What can I say? Love is love and the love story is there, I follow the muse.
(And speaking of that...I think we'll probably see some of the characters from this book in future mm (maybe even mmm) Found stories.)
Cover Reveal: Intertwined Hearts
Men of Snowcroft #3
Cover Photo: HotDamnStock
Cover Designer: AMDesignStudios
Three people who’ve given up on love...
After a brutal, late-night attack in his restaurant left Chef Hudson Richmond too traumatized to even enter his restaurant again, he escaped to Snowcroft. Now he’s trying to find a new normal when the reality of his world is a man’s touch makes him sick and his dream has become his nightmare.
Leigh Vaughn lives in a man’s world running Vaughn Construction with her brother, Jamie. She’s tried to be feminine and failed over and over again. Growing up with only her brother, father, and construction crews to guide her, Leigh has no idea what a feminine wile is, much less how to deploy them. But when Jamie and Trevor begin to research finding a surrogate to carry their baby, she knows this is something she can do. Hell, it’s not like those parts are getting used for anything else.
When this small town came looking for a new police chief, David Warner jumped at the chance. After too many years spent working vice in the city, he’s burnt out and jaded. And his love life has been even more depressing than his work life. He’s made one true connection in the last five years, but she disappeared without a trace the next morning.
Three people who have given up on love, may just find a new beginning where they least expect it...in Snowcroft. But love is only supposed to happen in twos. How can they make it work with three intertwined hearts?
Coming October, 2017
Cover Reveal: Snowcroft Restoration
Men of Snowcroft #4
Cover Photo: CJC Photography
Cover Model: Chris Nogiec
Cover Designer: AMDesignStudios
Two years ago, Law Wyman went undercover for an FBI investigation that went sideways. It cost him both the love of his life and his sanity. The nightmare still haunts him, and so does some unfinished business...Ian Mayne, the son of the man who ruined his life.
Two years ago, Ian had to face the truth about how his father spent a lifetime torturing and trafficking LGBTQ teens. Ever since, Ian has done everything he can to make up for his dead father’s many sins through his law enforcement job. Too many paid in horrific, horrible ways at his father’s hands while Ian kept the truth about his own sexuality hidden.
Law is doing all he can to save Ian, but Ian has no idea about Law’s history with his dead father. When the truth comes out, it could cost them both everything.
Two men...both horrifically haunted by what happened. Is it possible they can find healing together? Only if they have the courage to face their demons and each other...
Coming November, 2017
Have a great weekend everyone!