Strawberries for Dessert is finished! And by that I mean, the first draft is written. Now I just have to wait for several wonderful people to read it for me and give me their input. Then edit, possibly re-write, edit some more…
Did I say it was finished? Well, close enough to break out the champagne.
Where to begin?
In case you missed it, Jon and Cole’s story has been given a title. Unless I change my mind (which has been known to happen) it will be called Strawberries for Dessert. I’m so excited about this book. I just passed 50,000 words on it today, and right now, it almost feels like it’s writing itself. I love this point in the game, where all of the pieces start to fall into place (hang on while I find some wood to knock on). I hope to have the first draft done within the next week. All I can say is, I sure hope you’re all ready for more of Cole!
The Letter Z has just entered the editing process with Dreamspinner Press. I also received the first draft of the blurb for the book. I hate blurbs. Really. I can’t say it with enough emphasis. I hate blurbs. It’s hard to know what to reveal and what to keep quiet, and to drop just enough information to interest readers, but not so much that you give the story away. One more time: I hate blurbs. But they must be done. The Letter Z is expected to be released in e-book format sometime in May. I’ll post more info on that right here, as it becomes available.
I’m going on a writer’s workshop cruise in late May with the fabulous Lynn Flewelling! Info for the cruise can be found here. Anybody care to join me? I’ve never been on a cruise before, and I absolutely can’t wait.
On a more personal level, my husband and I have decided to sell our house. We hope to have it on the market by the time we leave for the cruise. And in case you’re wondering, yes, we must be insane. I have no idea what we were thinking.
So, to sum it up, over the next six weeks, all I have to do is finish Strawberries for Dessert, get through the editing process on The Letter Z, get our entire house ready for the market (and let me tell you, right at the moment, it is a disaster), and pack for a cruise. Oh. I forgot to mention that we’ll have family in town for my daughter’s sixth birthday about three days after we get home from the cruise. And, I’ll be hosting a Dreamspinner Press table at the Des Moines Pride Parade the weekend after that with my fellow DSP author Heidi Cullinan.
Like I said: insane.
Well, I brought it all on myself, and the only thing to do is quit fooling around here and get busy. Besides, I hear Cole calling me. He’s such a pain in the ass. And darling, that is not a sexual innuendo.
I was lying awake last night, thinking about Jon and Cole. I had a couple of interesting revelations about how I seem to have a food theme going which I never really planned on. I woke up this morning and started chatting online with my friend about this. And suddenly…
Ta-da!! I have a title!
Cole and Jon’s book is now officially called Strawberries for Dessert.
And I just start to giggle every time I think about it.
The Letter Z has officially been accepted by Dreamspinner Press! It is only 32,500 words and so will not be available in paperback, but the ebook will be released in May, 2010. Hooray!
I make one little comment on Marie’s Facebook page, and the next thing I know, she’s hounding me to make a post on her blog too. It’s awfully tiresome, but I did agree to do it. You’ll have to forgive me though darlings if I just copy/paste what I already said over there. You see, I really am in a bit of a rush at the moment.
Marie’s thinking about taking a second shot at writing my story now. Well, it’s about time, isn’t it? The problem is, who’s going to tell it? First she thought it would be Jonathan, but we all know he can be so uptight. Well, I guess you don’t know, but if The Letter Z ends up being published, you’ll find out. Trust me. His narration is bound to have us all in yawns. So now Marie thinks maybe I should do it.
The truth is, I’m just not sure she has it in her to follow me from Phoenix to Paris to the Hamptons and back again. She’s not exactly well-traveled now, is she? Such a shame, too, because I really am terribly fun. Vail she could do, but I hardly go any more. It’s just not as entertaining now that Jared’s seeing that big angry cop. Marie’s also prattling on about how I might not really know enough about my own flamboyant affectations, and my habit of using them to hide my real feelings. She says she needs Jonny for that. Oh my. I must admit, I have absolutely no idea what she’s going on about. I’ve really stopped listening to her altogether. I’m sure you all can relate.
I guess Jonny and I could do what Zach and Angelo did and take turns. And darling, that is not a sexual innuendo. But Marie never intended to make a habit of the dual POV, you see. I could send her back to that slowly-turning planet she and her hubby have been cooking up, but really, we might all be waiting ages for her to figure that out, and darling, I just don’t have the time.
Speaking of time, I really do have a plane to catch. There’s a house in Kapoho calling my name. And I hear Marie’s brother-in-law has a roommate I might want to meat (and no dear, that wasn’t a typo).
Just a reminder that I will be hosting a virtual release party on the Dreamspinner Press blog site on Friday, March 5th, 5-9 EST. The blog is here. You’ll be able to read excerpts, ask questions, and purchase autographed copies of A to Z (click here to request that your copy be signed). I might also be giving away a copy – I just have to figure out a good way to determine winners (I’m open to suggestions). And I’ll be posting a tiny little short I have about Matt and Jared. Please stop by and leave a comment (or two or three). I look forward to chatting with you all. Happy reading!!
Promises is up for Book of the Month over at Dark Divas Reviews. Please consider stopping by to vote for it. The poll is here.
I will be hosting a virtual release party for A to Z on the Dreamspinner Press blog! It will be Friday, March 5th, 5-9 EST. The blog is here. You’ll be able to read excerpts, ask questions, and purchase an autographed copy of A to Z. I might also be giving away a copy or two. AND, I might even post my short story about Matt and Jared while I’m there. Please stop by. I look forward to chatting with everybody!
If so, be sure to check out Dreamspinner Press tomorrow on Twitter. Their question will be about Matt and Jared. Answer correctly and you will be entered in a drawing to win a Daydream of your choice.