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Spare the Rod available for preorder! (Finally!)

It feels like it took forever, but Spare the Rod is finally done! Well, it still has to go through edits. But from a writing perspective, it’s finished. I can’t tell you what a huge relief it is, knowing this book will finally see the light of day. And it’ll be out in time for the holidays, which is wonderfully appropriate.

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Gray Andino is a Denver cop with a pain kink and a history of falling in love with the wrong people. He’s jealous of his friends’ newfound happiness, but with a brain that won’t shut up and a need to argue everything, finding his own soul mate seems impossible, so he settles for meaningless sex and doling out pain with willing subs.

Subs like Avery Barron.

When Avery asks to stay with Gray for a few weeks, Gray reluctantly agrees. Avery may be the perfect sub, but as an accidental roommate, he sucks. The younger child of rich, indulgent parents, Avery is an entitled slob with a disdain for rules, a lack of ambition, and an obsession with social media. Gray tolerates his presence, but when Avery breaks one of Gray’s ground rules, he punishes him and takes away his phone.

Deprived of his usual echo chamber, Avery feels lost until he discovers a local tap house, a piano, and his buried love of music. The more Avery plays, the more the community around him blossoms. For the first time in his life, Avery has a purpose and goals for the future. But the thing he longs for most — Gray’s love and respect — may be forever out of reach.

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Update: Heretic Doms Club

I know the original projected release date for Gray’s book (Spare the Rod, book 3 of the Heretic Doms Club) was June of 2019. I’m sorry to say, that isn’t going to happen. The first draft of Spare the Rod is finished, but the book needs massive revisions. And I do mean massive. Unfortunately, I have another deadline looming (for the new Tucker Springs book), so Spare the Rod has been placed on hold indefinitely. Once I’ve finished this current book, I’ll get back to it. Best case scenario, I’m able to release it around September of this year. Worst case scenario is about June of 2020. Most likely scenario is somewhere in between.

I know this isn’t what people want to hear. Believe me, nobody wishes this book was done more than I.

Thank you for your patience.

State of the Author

As usual, I’ve been pretty lax about posting on my blog, so I figured it was time to do a sort of “state of the author” type of update.

Heretic Doms Club

Book three of the Heretic Doms Club, Spare the Rod, is almost done. This is going to be a long one — probably around 150k by the time I finish. It’s going to need a lot of revisions, and then (obviously) edits. Best case scenario, it’ll be published in early April. Worst case is more like June. As soon as I know for sure, I’ll let you know, believe me. I’ll be shouting it from the internet rooftops. John Solo and I hope to have the audio ready for release around the same time.

I have to say, Gray might be the end of my career. I know a lot of readers think they’re ready for his book, but I have a feeling a certain percentage of you will decide you don’t like Gray at all. All I can say is, Gray put the “heretic” in the Heretic Doms Club, and he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder at the moment.

Book four, No Good Deed, will have to wait. There’s one other project I need to sneak in before Charlie gets his turn (see below), so unfortunately book four probably won’t be ready until 2020. (But hopefully, early in 2020.)

Tucker Springs

Tucker Springs has been moved from Riptide Publishing to Dreamspinner Press. Book one (written by L.A. Witt) is available now. Second Hand (written by Heidi Cullinan and me) is available for preorder now. It comes out January 8th. There are no big changes. We did discover one small timeline discrepancy. Sorting that out required the addition of one small scene. But overall, the story remains as it was before.

Never a Hero will be released on or around July 5th. I haven’t done the edits on that one yet, so I’m not sure how extensive the changes will be, but I do anticipate some pretty big revisions. We’ll see.

That project I need to sneak in between Gray and Charlie’s books? It’s a new Tucker Springs book! All three Tucker Springs authors (me, Heidi Cullinan, and L.A. Witt) will be writing brand new novels in the Tucker Springs universe. Those will be released in 2020. (Mine is slated for January 7th, to be exact.) Not sure exactly what mine will look like, but I will say this: now that Coda and Tucker Springs share a publisher, it’s possible you’ll see some familiar Colorado residents show up for a visit on the Western Slope. 😉

Due to contractual obligations, the original Riptide versions of the audio books will still be sold. There won’t be any new versions of the audio books, although the three new novels will have audio through Dreamspinner Press. Clear as mud?

Coda

I’m smack in the middle of re-editing Promises for its mass market release. It’ll have a new blurb and a new cover. (I loved the old one, but the publisher feels it should be updated for the mass market version.) Not sure when exactly it will be released, but sometime in 2019. [Note: I’ve just been informed that we’re aiming for a May release.]

Promises was the first book I ever wrote, and it had a lot of sloppy writing in it that needed to be cleaned up. But don’t worry! I doubt most readers will notice the changes.

All but one, that is.

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 so pivotal to the entire setup. But now that I know what I know, Cole’s visit felt wrong. It didn’t make sense to me that Jared wouldn’t mention Matt to Cole until the next morning. So Cole’s scene has been expanded just a bit, and darling, he couldn’t be happier.

Speaking of Cole, the mass market version will contain a brand new short story called Meant to Be. It’s sort of a prequel, where we get to see how Cole and Jared met and became friends.

Everything Else

Honestly, I’m not sure there is much else. Between Tucker Springs and Charlie, I anticipate being plenty busy in 2019. The one other project I’ve been considering is an anthology of short stories set in the Oestend universe. But I can’t make any promises in that regard at the moment.

I’ll be at RARE in Rome in September, but at the moment, that’s the only convention I’m planning on.

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Feel free to drop me a line in the comments below, or email me at msexton.author@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments. Thank you to everybody who still reads/buys my books. I truly appreciate your support.

Terms of Service is available today!

Terms of Service is available now! Haven’t read One Man’s Trash yet? You’re in luck. It’s free on Amazon from now until June 29th.

Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about control, respect, and love. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll be forced to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

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Terms of Service is Finished! (Sort of)

I’m thrilled to announce that I just wrapped up the first draft of Terms of Service. This book nearly killed me. I know, I say that every time, but this time was worse. I made it all the way to 56k late last year before trashing the entire thing and starting over. I’d originally planned to release it in February, but that clearly didn’t happen. Finally, the first draft is complete!

Now, that doesn’t mean the book is done. I have a lot of tweaking to do, but that’s fine. I can revise all damn day. But getting to this point — first draft complete, needing only a bit of polish — is a HUGE step for me. I totally want to celebrate.

Terms of Service will probably be about 123,000 words by the time I’m truly done fiddling with it. Although it’s part of the Heretic Doms Club series, it isn’t nearly as dark or gritty as One Man’s Trash was. Terms of Service will be released on June 25th. (Hallelujah!!) It’ll be available in audio right around that time as well. I’ll have a preorder link for the ebook ready very, very soon.

I have a couple of other announcements I’m sort of sitting on. Trying to decide on the right time to share those. I think another week or two. For now… here’s the blurb for Terms of Service. 🙂

Dr. River McKay moved to Denver with his husband, Terrence, hoping to give their failing marriage a new start. A year later, Terrence is gone and River’s left brokenhearted. Now, he’s decided it’s time to get back in the game. A chance encounter at the hospital introduces him to Phil, a strong-willed pharmacist who isn’t impressed by River’s degree.

Phil can’t deny his attraction to River, but dating is out of the question. Phil only does one kind of relationship — domestic servitude, where he gives the orders and his partner obeys. To his surprise, River agrees — not because he likes the idea, but because anything’s better than being alone.

They know the arrangement won’t last. Phil’s set in his ways and incapable of showing affection outside the bedroom. River’s unused to obedience and still in love with his ex. But their time together will change them, making them question everything they thought they knew about control, respect, and love. When the unexpected threatens to tear them apart, they’ll be forced to choose between the comforts of the past and a future they can only find together.

ONE MAN’S TRASH: Opening Excerpt

Today, I thought I’d share an excerpt of the opening chapter of ONE MAN’S TRASH, which comes out in just four days!! (I’m seriously freaking out about this one. I have a feeling you’ll either love it or hate it.) Also, the audiobook, narrated by Joh Solo, is DONE. It should be available for purchase any day now.

You can learn more about ONE MAN’S TRASH here.

Scroll down past the picture for the full excerpt.

 

 

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Probable Delay for Heretic Doms Club, Book 2

My original plan was to release book 2 of the Heretic Doms Club series (working title, Terms of Service) in early February 2018. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll probably have to delay that release date.

After taking most of 2016 off, I was hesitant to commit to a four-book series. For better or worse, I talked myself into it. It seemed like a no-brainer, really. I had small starts already on books two and three. I had a rough outline for each of them. My only real concern was book four, which I hadn’t much thought about yet.

At this point, book four is the least of my worries!

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” 

Book 1 of the Heretic Doms Club, One Man’s Trash, comes out in just two weeks. My original plan was to have the other books in the series released every three months. Seeing as how I finished the first draft of One Man’s Trash back in June or July, I figured that gave me plenty of time to wrap up Terms of Service time for February, and even get a good start on book 3 (Gray’s book, so far untitled) before the end of the year.

Seemed logical at the time.

What Went Wrong?

Unfortunately, there were several factors I failed to take into account when I decided on this release schedule. First, my October was much busier than usual. October is normally a really productive month for me, but this year, not so much. Granted, I wrote over 18k words last week at a writing retreat, but it couldn’t make up for the fact that the rest of the month was a bust.

Second, I didn’t account for the fact that these books are longer than my usual contemporaries. I usually publish three or four books per year, but most of those books fall below the 60k mark. My contemporaries especially tend to be short (with Between Sinners and Saints being the one exception.) (My genre mash-ups, on the other hand, always seem to come out long! Song of Oestend, Release, and their sequels are all over 100k.)

But, the Heretic Doms Club books seem to be exceptions to my norm in more ways than one. One Man’s Trash is around 110k. Terms of Service is currently sitting at about 56k, and it’s *maybe* halfway done. It’ll probably be well over 120k by the time it’s done.

It’s still possible, right?

Logic says I could bust my ass through November, NaNoWriMo style, and still get the first draft done by Dec 1. The problem is, for an early February release date, I’d basically have to start edits immediately, which I hate. I’d much rather take at least a month (maybe two) to find beta-readers and work on revisions. Now, *maybe* I could still make that work — revisions through December, into rushed edits by January, and then get that final version uploaded at the very last minute for an early February release — but man, that is really not how I like to work. At. All.

The current state of my WIP.

Besides, that all assumes the story is progressing nicely. And unfortunately, that brings us to the biggest thing of all I failed to consider: this story is a hot fucking mess. I’ve been wrestling with it for months now, and while I may have 56k words, I’m not sure they’re very good. I’ve been tempted more than once to ditch the entire thing and start over. The only reason I haven’t done it yet is that I still don’t know how to fix it.

In conclusion…

I hate being wishy-washy. I really do. I hate breaking promises I’ve made to readers, and I hate failing at goals I’ve set for myself. Even now, writing this post, there’s a little voice in the back of my mind telling me that if I stop fucking around and just buckle down, I can make that release date as promised. Part of me really wants to get these books OUT.

But I just don’t think that’s realistic. When I look at what my family has planned for the next two months (HOLIDAYS are coming, for fuck sake!), I have to accept that finishing this book is a long-shot at best. And even if I managed to get this one wrapped up in time, I’d already be behind schedule for book three.

So maybe it’s better to say now, up-front, before book one even comes out, that these books won’t be released every three months as originally planned. Every six months is probably a far more realistic goal. I just have to hope readers are still interested in meeting the rest of the members of the Heretic Doms Club six months from now. (And six months after that, and six months after that.) I’m not even going to give a new release date. Terms of Service will be finished when it’s finished. That’s all I know. Once that happens, trust me, I’ll be shouting about it from the rooftops.

As always, thank you for your ongoing support. If you haven’t yet preordered One Man’s Trash, you can do that here.

Cover Reveal: ONE MAN’S TRASH

I’m so excited to share the cover art for my upcoming novel, One Man’s Trash. Thanks so much to Garrett Leigh for her work on this. This is without a doubt the grittiest, most erotic contemporary story I’ve ever written. I think this cover captures that beautifully.

You can find the blurb and preorder link lower in this post.

 

After four tours in Afghanistan, Warren Groves couldn’t settle into civilian life. For the last twelve years, he’s survived by working odd and often illegal jobs for some of Denver’s less fortunate. His personal life is equally unsatisfactory. He can barely remember the last time he had sex, let alone the last time he got to use somebody hard and rough, the way he likes. Fate intervenes when a favor for a friend leads him to a pretty young rentboy named Taylor Reynolds.

Taylor’s spent the last few years on his own, working as a hustler, going home with anybody who’ll give him a warm meal and a place to sleep. He enjoys having a bit of force used against him, and he makes Warren an offer he can’t refuse — all the sex he wants, as rough and dirty as he likes, in exchange for room and board.

At first, Warren thinks he’s struck gold. Taylor’s the perfect roommate — he cooks, he cleans, and he’s dynamite in the sack. But Taylor has some dark demons in his head and some even darker cravings. Falling for somebody as volatile as Taylor is dangerous enough, but when Taylor’s urges turn truly self-destructive, it’ll be up to Warren to decide just how far to let things go.

PREORDER IT HERE

For more information on One Man’s Trash and the rest of the Heretic Doms Series, go here.

ONE MAN’S TRASH Available for Preorder

I don’t have a cover yet, but I do have a preorder link! One Man’s Trash is dark and angsty, very raw, and easily my most erotic contemporary novel to date. 

After four tours in Afghanistan, Warren Groves couldn’t settle into civilian life. For the last twelve years, he’s survived by working odd and often illegal jobs for some of Denver’s less fortunate. His personal life is equally unsatisfactory. He can barely remember the last time he had sex, let alone the last time he got to use somebody hard and rough, the way he likes. Fate intervenes when a favor for a friend leads him to a pretty young rentboy named Taylor Reynolds.

Taylor’s spent the last few years on his own, working as a hustler, going home with anybody who’ll give him a warm meal and a place to sleep. He enjoys having a bit of force used against him, and he makes Warren an offer he can’t refuse — all the sex he wants, as rough and dirty as he likes, in exchange for room and board.

At first, Warren thinks he’s struck gold. Taylor’s the perfect roommate — he cooks, he cleans, and he’s dynamite in the sack. But Taylor has some dark demons in his head and some even darker cravings. Falling for somebody as volatile as Taylor is dangerous enough, but when Taylor’s urges turn truly self-destructive, it’ll be up to Warren to decide just how far to let things go.

PREORDER IT HERE

For more information on One Man’s Trash and the rest of the Heretic Doms Series, go here.