Making somewhat slow but definite progress on Blood Bathory: Absence of the Sun. Action stuff takes a lot longer to write than relationship material, at least in my opinion! Probably because there’s less dialogue — our boys have never had a lack of things to say! When we get this finished, it’ll be time for Cinnamon and Seduction, the fourth of the Recipe for Romance stories, and then back to Blood Bathory for the third novel, Into Nothingness. Somewhere in there will be at least one Halloween story and probably two for Christmas, although it’s hard to imagine, with it only being the beginning of April! It’s a blessing that we never lack for plot bunnies!
Cover Art for Heart of Stone!
Not only have we gotten the edits (or at least the first set) back from Dreamspinner for our historical Western, “Heart of Stone”, but yesterday we received the prospective covers from the artist. Wow! She did an AMAZING job, and one of the covers was PERFECT for what we wanted. 😀 I’m almost vibrating (shaddup!) with anticipation to hold the book in my hands and see it for real! We haven’t received the actual publication date yet, but the edits were pretty clean (just long, since the story is much longer than anything else we’ve had published to date!), so hopefully that means it won’t take too much longer through the production process. Fingers crossed! It’s going to be a reality at last! 😀
We didn’t have a publication this month (woe! But that’s how the schedule worked out, alas), but we do have one coming next month, in Dreamspinner Press’ “Closet Capers” anthology. We’re rather excited about this one, since it’s a light-hearted “mystery”, and it pulls in one of our favorite themes to write. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that appearances can often be deceiving! Hopefully everyone will enjoy the story, which is entitled “The Whole Kit and Kaboodle”.
Then in May, we have the novella from Torquere — “Fennel and Forgiveness”, a sequel to “Bay Leaves and Bachelors”. June will give us “Love’s Cabers Tossed”, in the Dreamspinner Press’ Day Dose. And we cap off the summer with not one, but TWO novels, our first in print! A historical western, “Heart of Stone”, is coming from Dreamspinner, while “Blood Bathory: Like the Night”, a paranormal action adventure, will be published by Torquere.
We’re excited to have so many works on the way, and more to come. In the works at the moment is the third story in the “Recipe for Romance” saga (which started with “Bay Leaves…”), and a sequel to Blood Bathory. So stay tuned, and thanks to everyone for reading our stories!
Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows is out today! And later we will be announcing the winner of the free copy!
First up today – don’t forget our Valentine’s Day Giveaway – a copy of our forthcoming story “Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows”! You can enter multiple times, so keep putting your name in there! The contest ends February 12th at midnight, and we’ll announce and inform the winner on February 13th!
To enter the give-away, please GO HERE!
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On a different note, I thought I’d talk a little bit about writing and “real life”. Both McKay and I have day jobs — although I’m certainly hopeful that could change one day if we are successful enough! I’m a systems engineer, which means I build, develop, and maintain hardware and software for “big iron” computer systems. I also have two children, although my youngest is now a sophomore in college. While McKay and I had been writing together for a very long time, a lot of things came together about the time my son graduated high school, and it coincided with when we decided to “go pro”.
I think the hardest part with trying to fit in professional writing (as opposed to fanfiction) with real life is that there is far more urgency with the professional work. Most of the time we are working under a deadline we want to make for a particular call for submissions, which can be a little problematic if something comes up at work and I get stuck having to deal with it (or McKay has the same thing happen). Of course family still intervenes, “empty nest” or not. My daughter’s wedding this past December of course cut into writing time rather significantly (not that I begrudge it!) but it can be kind of stressful. I know that the writing comprises a self-assumed responsibility, but both McKay and I feel that we want to keep momentum up, to keep writing and getting our work out there. We have stories to tell, and characters clamoring for attention, and it’s HARD to go for a time without writing. I imagine it’s the way some people feel about exercise — they get cranky and don’t feel right if they don’t get their “fix”, and it’s the same way for us. Writing is an outlet, and we enjoy it. When it’s no longer fun, it’ll be time to stop.
Anyway, I would be interested in knowing how other people view their writing in relation to the rest of their lives. 😀
Our latest novelette, Caribbean Blues, is now on sale! It is the story of Jon Lawson, a man who is safe, secure, and — according to his ex — stuck in a rut. When his ex breaks up with him just before a planned vacation to the Bahamas, Jon decides to go anyway, just to prove to himself that he can be spontaneous. But he gets more than he bargained for when his private Dolphin Encounter session with sexy marine biologist Derrick Mason leads to a passionate holiday affair. Derrick is everything Jon could possibly want, but when Derrick asks him to risk everything for love, can Jon find it in himself to take a leap of faith?
We had a lot of fun writing this one! The dolphin encounter Jon experiences is actually based on a real place in Port Lucaya, where you can interact with dolphins in a sheltered cove. The dolphins aren’t captive; they are there of their own free will, and it’s incredibly special knowing that they’re almost as fascinated by humans as we are by them.
Anyway, if holiday romances and happily-ever-afters are your thing, check it out!
On January 30th our Color Box story, “Caribbean Blues”, will be released by Torquere. We received the author copies, and it looks great! Both of us have agreed that the cover for it is our favorite so far – it so perfectly captures the pensiveness of Jon, one of the main characters, and the beauty of the sky and sea in the tropics. I have a particular fondness for this one, too, since the location in the story is based on a place I’ve been to, the wonderful UNEXSO (Under Water Explorer’s Society) in Port Lucaya, The Bahamas. I won’t give too much away, but if you love the ocean, and dolphins, and stories about falling in love in beautiful places, I think you’ll really like this story!
We have two more stories to add to our upcoming publication schedule! First, on April 22, we will have “The Whole Kit and Kaboodle” published by Dreamspinner Press in the “Closet Capers” anthology. This is a collection of light hearted mystery stories. Our second story, released on May 8 by Torquere, will be “Fennel and Forgiveness”, a semi-sequel to “Bay Leaves and Bachelors”. 😀 So stay tuned! We have something coming up almost every month!
So we currently have two submissions in and are waiting to hear back about whether they’ve been accepted or not. It’s still hard to fret with anticipation, even with the nearly uniform good news we’ve had over the last few months! You just never know whether something is going to fit the bill the way you anticipate, so it’s still a rather nail-biting experience.
We currently have a just completed story awaiting edits, as well, and I’m about to go off on vacation for a week, and take the novel nearest and dearest to our hearts with me for another round of edits. I’m really hoping that when we submit it we’ll get an acceptance, but again… you never really know!