The new and improved 2nd edition of Promises is now available for preorder!
Why a 2nd edition?
I’ve had a lot of readers ask what the point of second editions is. In many cases, the 2nd edition exists because the publisher of the first edition went out of business, or because the original contract is (for some reason) no longer valid. But the first edition is still the property of that specific publisher, whether they’re in business or not. So the author can choose to publish a 2nd edition, or to have the book out of print forever. Of course, most of us opt for the former. For almost every one of my books that has a 2nd (or even 3rd) edition, it’s one of those two reasons.
BUT, Promises is the exception. The 2nd edition of Promises exists because it’s now receiving mass market release. That’s exciting! The thing is, Promises was the first book I ever wrote, and boy, did it show. Plus, editing in the ebook world just wasn’t as good in 2009 as it is now. We (the publisher and I) wanted to fix it up before releasing it into the broader book world. Believe me, if I ever happen to see Promises on the shelf at Target, I want it to be the best version of the book it can be. And that meant new edits.
What about it is “new”?
The next question most of you will ask is, “Has anything changed?” The best answer I can give is, everything has changed, and nothing has changed at all. I deleted a billion exclamation points. I cut a lot of dialog tags and corrected filtering and passive voice as much as I could. I made tons of tiny changes. But the story you know (and hopefully love) is the same as it was.
All but one small scene.
See, back when I wrote Promises, I had no idea I’d be building a series around it. I certainly didn’t anticipate Jared and Cole’s friendship becoming the lynchpin of the whole Coda universe. But now that I know what I know, it seemed odd to me that Jared wouldn’t mention Matt to Cole until the next morning. So the scene with Cole has been expanded just a tiny bit, much to Cole’s delight. 😉
The 2nd edition of Promises also includes a brand new Coda novella, Meant to Be. This is basically a prequel to the Coda stories. I’m sure I’ll write a blog post at some point on why exactly I opted for a prequel. But not today.
Promises also has a brand new cover. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to share that publicly yet or not. But you can see it early by joining my Facebook group.
The audio version of the book will also be remade, this time with John Solo narrating!
Stop talking and give me the goods!
Oh yeah. There’s a new blurb too. 🙂 Here it is. Scroll to the bottom for the buy link.
Can a man who loves his small hometown trust it to love him back?
Jared Thomas has lived in the mountain town of Coda, Colorado, his whole life. He can’t imagine living anywhere else. But Jared’s opportunities are limited—the only other gay man in town is twice his age, and although Jared originally planned to be a teacher, the backlash that might accompany the gig keeps him working at his family’s store instead.
Then Matt Richards moves to town.
Matt may not be into guys, but he doesn’t care that Jared is. A summer camping and mountain biking together cements their friendship, but when Matt realizes he’s attracted to Jared, he panics and withdraws, leaving Jared all too aware of what he’s missing.
Facing Matt’s affair with a local woman, his disapproving family, and harassment from Matt’s coworkers, Jared fears they’ll never find a way to be together. But for the first time, he has the courage to try… if he can only convince Matt.
Includes the Coda series prequel novella, Meant to Be
Jared has simple goals for his freshman year of college: make friends, lose his virginity, come out, and maybe fall in love. He doesn’t anticipate getting caught between his friend Bryan and Bryan’s flamboyant ex. Through the awkwardness, Jared learns love doesn’t always mean sex and the most meaningful connections might have nothing to do with romance.
Promises will be released on May 14 by Dreamspinner Press. ORDER IT HERE
So, was the blogging challenge a success? Yes and no. Given that my primary goal was simply to give myself something to do each day, the answer is yes. The blogging challenge game me a reason to sit down at my keyboard after sending my kid off to school.
At the same time, the challenge was a failure. I hoped that forcing myself to write a bit each day would help jump-start my creativity, but it didn’t quite work. What I’ve learned is that blogging uses an entirely different part of my brain than writing stories. So although I had fun, I won’t be continuing with the “one post per day” theme.
So, I’ve been sitting here, racking my brain for something to talk about today. I started wondering if there was some old story tidbit I could share, like a deleted scene or something. So I went trolling through my old files, looking for something fun.
Which Book to Use?
The first version of Promises had a much different ending. Initially, Matt kept hanging around Jared, but trying to deny his attraction. He kept failing, of course, and ending up with his tongue down Jared’s throat, then sort of punishing Jared for it. In the end, Jared gave him an ultimatum and told him not to come back until Matt had made a decision. That version of the ending had some serious problems (which is why I didn’t use it), but there was one really great scene on Christmas that I regret having to cut. So, my first thought was that I’d share that scene. The problem is, I wrote in Word way back then, and my filing system wasn’t great, so I can’t find any of my old Promises scenes or notes.
Today’s topic is supposed to be about my shoes. I’m not even kidding. Many of you know how much I love shoes, but making a whole post about them seemed sort of boring, so I’ve decided to go a bit more metaphorical.
Popular Conventions for Conventions
Anytime a conference or a convention rolls around, somebody trots out the usual old advice: “You’ll be walking a lot, so wear comfortable shoes.” Anybody who’s ever met me at a convention knows I never listen. It’s one of my only chances to wear some of my funkier shoes, and I’m not about to pass that up. Wear your slippers or your Crocs if you like — to each their own! — but I’m pulling out my Irregular Choice, thank you very much.
In this case, I’ll go ahead and choose the less comfortable option.
For my Italian readers:
Un libro della serie Coda
Il giovane Dominic Jacobsen sospetta di essere gay e ne ha la conferma quando un ricco ragazzo proveniente da fuori città sale sul sedile posteriore della sua GTO. Gli basta una serata con Lamar Franklin per convincersi di aver trovato l’uomo dei suoi sogni. Sfortunatamente, quella serata sarà l’unica cosa che avrà prima che l’altro lasci il Colorado.
Quindici anni dopo, Lamar torna a Coda, dopo aver messo fine all’ultima di una lunga serie di pessime relazioni. È solo, depresso e tormentato da telefonate notturne anonime. Ormai sul punto di arrendersi, si trova faccia a faccia con il passato.
Da quando aveva diciassette anni, Dominic sogna di incontrare di nuovo Lamar, ma questo non significa che sia pronto per vivere una storia. Affrontare i pettegolezzi tipici di una piccola città e i soliti drammi di una grande famiglia è già difficile, ma ciò che più lo preoccupa è perdere la custodia della figlia adolescente, Naomi. L’unica soluzione è assicurarsi che lui e Lamar rimangano amici e nulla più. Dovranno tenersi addosso i vestiti, qualsiasi cosa accada.
Semplice. Che si riveli un bene o un male, Lamar sembra però pensarla in altro modo.
Accanto will be released by Dreamspinner Press on October 25th.
PREORDER IT HERE
Five of your favorite romances from Dreamspinner (including Promises) are being released in hardcover! They’ll be available on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), but you can pre-order them now. If you place your order by November 19, you’ll also receive an autographed book plate.
Hmm. I’m thinking they’d make great Christmas gifts. 🙂
Saturday, August 22
3:00 p.m. [Police] responded… to check the well-being of a 60-year-old man who had gone “totally bizarre.” The caller said he was worried about the man because he recently started wearing cowboy hats, painting his nails green, and yelling at people.
(Read the full article here.)
Sunday, August 30
12:30 a.m. [Police] responded… for a report of a naked man with a beard who broke into a man’s apartment, raided his fridge, and then left.