Boy, this was a long week, but I made some wonderful discoveries on one of my stories so I’m feeling good (even if I’m a bit exhausted as I head into the weekend. It’s a good kind of exhausted.)
I thought it was time to post an update on my writing progress:
My new Friends-to-Lovers Story
I still don’t have a title for this one. The outline is complete and the rough draft is at 45,000 words. I’m planning (or shall I say hoping) for this one to end up around 70-80,000 words (quite a bit shorter than my other two novels). As it stands now, it’s got a lot of sexual tension, a minor suspense thread (not even sure I’d call it suspense, but I’ll see how it turns out), and is the fastest I’ve written anything so far. I’m really excited with what I’m coming up with that wasn’t even in the original outline.
This one features Walter Simon from MORE, although it’s a stand-alone story that does not require the reader to have read More. It’s a full-on erotic suspense, and the first draft is currently at 31,000 words. I’ve been taking a short break from it while I flush out the draft for my friends story, then I’ll be back to Walter’s. I had a tentative title, but there is already another Loose Id book with that title, so I’m rethinking it.
The final edits have been completed for BREATHE. Last I heard, we were still on schedule for a November 16 release at Loose Id. I’ll be posting an excerpt to my site this weekend. When I do, I’ll post a link here on the blog too.
For anyone who may have missed it, I posted a free short story to my website. It’s titled “A Lesson in Truth“. It’s an erotic m/m romance featuring graduate student David and his advisor Michael as they discuss their future during a late night in Michael’s office.
I’ve also completed another short titled “The Break In.” I’m either going to post it as a freebie or expand it a bit and submit to some of the epubs that take shorts. I’ll let you know when I decide for sure.
More MORE Books
Two additional stories for the guys of MORE are in the planning stages, but I’m not currently working on those.
I’m hoping to have either my friends story or Walter’s ready to go during the first half of 2011, and the other finished later in the year.
For my quote of the week I’m sharing another one of my favorites from an m/m romance. This one is from Ransom by Lee Rowan. It’s the year 1799 and two shipmates in His Majesty’s Navy, Davy and Will, have found they are alone and in each other’s arms once again.
His lips tingled, the sweet hot touch of Davy’s mouth drawing his tongue deep inside—like kissing a girl but nothing like it, no courtesy, no caution, just a blinding urgency, almost the bloodlust of battle.
But he didn’t want to kill Davy or hurt him—God, no, he just wanted to get closer, somehow. He could feel his own blood racing, could sense another pulse through the thin barrier of cloth between them. He had never in his whole lonely life felt so close to another human being, but there was a familiarity about this, as though he knew exactly what to do. It was incredible, glorious, and hovering just out of reach was the tantalizing promise of one tiny bit more, and he wanted it desperately.
From Ransom by Lee Rowan
You can learn more about Lee Rowan’s work on her website.
MORE is a 2011 EPIC finalist in the Mystery, Suspense, and/or Adventure Erotic Romance category. The EPICs are an annual award given by the Electronically Published Internet Connection. Winners will be announced at the annual EPICon Convention, March 10-13, 2011.
Congrats to all the finalists, including several fellow Loose Id authors! I’m honored to be included in the finals with such amazing writers.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might know how much I liked the movie Shelter. Here’s a lovely montage that I just stumbled across. It’s set to the song “More Than This” (from the soundtrack).
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstacy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.
From YouTube: “Broadway stars rock out in a celebration of life, in the wake of LGBT suicides across the nation. Please SHARE this original song and video to help send a message of hope and support. Song available October 19th on iTunes, with all download proceeds benefiting The Trevor Project”
Today I’m the guest author at Loose Ends, the Loose Id author blog. I’m talking about my writing yesterday and asking you which authors pull off amazing sex scenes. Stop by and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you.
Occasionally for my quote of the week I share one of my favorite lines or moments from the work of another author of m/m romances. This week’s quote is from Death of a Pirate King by Josh Lanyon. It’s the fourth book in the Adrien English Mystery series.
This is from somewhat of a reunion scene between Jake and Adrien. (I must like those reunion moments. I know I’ve quoted at least one before.)
“And for once I had nothing to say. Jake’s mouth found mine, his lips molding hot and soft to my own. His tongue tentatively tested the seal of my lips; I parted them and he pushed inside. It was startlingly sweet and achingly familiar, like finding harbor. Like I had been waiting decades for this, traveling leagues, Odysseus sailing at long last into the blue crystal waters of Ithaca—and never considering the trouble ahead.
I lifted my lashes and met Jake’s tawny stare. Another switch flipped, and with something like shock I felt my cock rising as I finally turned back on.”