Tag Archives: Promises

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.

If you haven’t joined my Facebook group yet, you can do that here. That’s really the only place on Facebook that I hang out. I find Facebook to be a pretty negative place overall, but you’ll find none of that negativity in my private group.

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.

30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 25: Theme Songs for my Books

Today, I thought I’d talk about music. More specifically, I thought I’d talk about which songs helped inspire certain stories or characters.

Song of Oestend CoverNot all of my stories have musical inspiration. (Blind Space, for example, has no songs associated with it.) Some of them (like Shotgun) have full soundtracks. In a few rare case, a book might be based on a single line. Song of Oestend was written because of this line in “Doolin-Dalton/Desperado Reprise” by the Eagles: “Four men ride out and only three ride back.” (Although by the time I got to that scene in the book, it was two men riding out, and only one riding back. But I digress.)

Most often, I have one specific song that either inspired the entire tone of the book, or worked as the theme song for a specific character. So, without further ado, let’s get to it. (And cross your fingers with me that these embedded Spotify codes work.)

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The Five Senses Blog Tour

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The brain processes all the sensory information we receive and helps us to organise and understand it. We then respond through thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Receptors all over our bodies pick up sensory information, but for people who have sensory integration difficulties, this doesn’t happen automatically, and they may get stressed – or even feel physical pain – as they struggle to deal with all the sensory information coming their way.

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog. I’m so happy to be part of RJ Scott’s blog tour. I admit, my personal experience with autism is quite limited, and when RJ invited me to participate in her blog tour, I had no idea what I’d write. But the above quote made me think of writing Blind Space.

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Winter Oranges Blog Tour

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Winter Oranges comes out in just three days! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this release. Remember, if you pre-order the book from Riptide, you get to download it two days early, which means you’ll have that book on your ereader right away. Sounds like a great way to finish off the holiday weekend, right? (And it’s for a good cause! 20% of the proceeds go to the GLBT National Help Center.)

Also, don’t miss the Winter Oranges Blog Tour. Here’s the schedule:

 

November 30, 2015  –  Love Bytes Reviews
November 30, 2015  –  The Jeep Diva
November 30, 2015  –  GGR-Review
November 30, 2015  –  Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
December 1, 2015  –  Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous
December 1, 2015  –  Sinfully Sexy Books
December 1, 2015  –  Cup o’ Porn
December 1, 2015  –  LeAnn’s Book Reviews
December 2, 2015  –  Delighted Reader
December 2, 2015  –  All I Want and More
December 2, 2015  –  Book Reviews and More by Kathy
December 2, 2015  –  Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
December 3, 2015  –  MM Good Book Reviews
December 3, 2015  –  Boys in Our Books
December 3, 2015  –  Joyfully Jay
December 3, 2015  –  Under the Covers
December 3, 2015  –  The Day Before You Came
December 4, 2015  –  Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
December 4, 2015  –  QUEERcentric Books
December 4, 2015  –  Booklover Sue
December 4, 2015  –  My Fiction Nook

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Of course there will be excerpts and prizes and a few exclusive posts, so please follow along.

 

And finally, Promises is now officially available in hardcover. You can pick yours up here.

 

Happy Holidays!

Promises Now Available in Hardcover!

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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. 🙂

Find Promises HERE. You can find all five titles here.

When My Broncos Win, You Win! (Excerpt from Winter Oranges)

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The Broncos play the Chiefs twice each season (not counting the possibility of meeting in the postseason), and each time, I think about Matt and Jared. I always imagine them in their house, or maybe over at Zach and Angelo’s, practically giddy as kickoff approaches. And I always feel like there should be a way to share that excitement on Twitter. But how? Matt and Jared have a standing bet (you can read the details in Shotgun), but how does that translate to a game between me and the people on Twitter? If Jared wins, we get pictures of hot cops, and if Matt wins we get… pictures of hot math teachers?

18d8251c-bd6b-4dd5-b4a0-d0fbaaeb0b4e-620x474Pietro Boselli aside (and thanks to Carter for that info!), that doesn’t seem like a great plan.

Yesterday, a couple of hours before kickoff, I tossed out a comment that if the Broncos won, I’d post an excerpt from Winter Oranges, and if the Chiefs won… well, I wouldn’t. What followed was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen in years. I’ll spare you the replay (although you can see it here). The short version is, the Broncos were down by seven with less than three minutes on the clock. They then scored two touchdowns in the final minute of the game for the win! Jared and I were ecstatic. WinterOranges_400x600

Matt? Well, not so much. He’s a bit surly today, poor guy.

So without further ado, here’s an excerpt from my upcoming Christmas novel, Winter Oranges.

Oh. I guess I do have “further ado” after all. If you have suggestions for future Chiefs/Broncos games (preferably suggestions that do NOT involve me writing short stories), please share them in the comments.

Enjoy!

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Coming Soon: Shotgun Cover Reveal!

I just received the cover for Shotgun from Anne Cain, and it’s perfect! I can’t wait for you all to see it.

In case you missed it, Shotgun is the newest book in the Coda series. It features a brand new couple, but you’ll get to see plenty of Matt, Jared, Zach, and Angelo, I promise.

ComingSoonAs a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he’ll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.

Fifteen years later, Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar’s ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.

Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenaged daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.

It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.

Shotgun will be released by Dreamspinner Press on May 29. It should be available for pre-order very soon. I’ve scheduled an official cover reveal for Monday, May 4 at The Novel Approach Reviews. Hope to see you there! 🙂

Want to win an illustrated Japanese copy of Promises?

So, it turns out the Japanese version of Promises is illustrated! That’s right. It includes seven black-and-white illustrations, and I have to tell you, they’re AMAZEBAR!! And (good news!) Elizabeth North of Dreamspinner Press is giving away one copy on Facebook. Go here to enter! (Entries must be received by midnight EST on March 28.)

If you want to buy a copy, you can find it here. You’ll have to make a new account with amazon.jp in order to buy, but just watch for the “want to see this page in English” button and click that. 🙂

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I Suck at Blog Posts, or: More Random Babbling

This is going to be one of those totally random, babbling posts. Consider this your fair warning. 🙂

tnee-igI leave in six days for Vegas for The Novel Experience Event (TNEE). To be quite honest, I probably would have canceled once I realized it was Easter weekend, but they don’t offer refunds so I’ll be there with bells funky shoes on. I’ll be on the contemporary panel on Thursday at 2:00, and the cross-genre panel on Friday at 1:00. I’m also helping host a breakfast on Saturday before the signing (please join us!). Otherwise, you can (as usual) probably find me at the bar. Please feel free to come up and introduce yourself at any time! I am never, ever too busy to meet somebody new. I may be hanging out with my friends (because I’d feel like an ass sitting there by myself), but I’m always happy to be interrupted. I mean that. And I hope to see you there!

Lost Along the Way will be out in just a few short weeks. You can PRE-ORDER it from Dreamspinner Press HERE, if you haven’t already. It might be on Amazon by now too. I’m not sure. (And I’m lazy.) Lost Along the Way is part of the Tales of the Curious Cookbook anthology from Dreamspinner Press, which also includes Amber Kell, RJ Scott, Amy Lane, and Mary Calmes. All five stories work as stand-alones and the stories can be read in any order. Most of those are up for pre-order now too, so check them out.

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I’m in the process of putting together a print anthology of short stories. It’s a totally oddball mixture: Too Feel the Sun, One More Soldier, Chapter Five, Apartment 14, and Cinder. I’ve decided to call it Ever After. It should be available in the next week or so, and I’ll have copies at Denver Pride in June, and possibly at GRL in October.

Which brings me to GRL. I didn’t really intend to go this year. Many of you know that I’ve been pretty burned out on the travel, and I hadn’t intended to go to any of my usual events. Then my husband found out GRL is in San Diego this year, and he flipped. He loves San Diego, and he immediately suggested we make a family trip out of it. But of course GRL is during football season, and we have Broncos season tickets. DH is always reluctant to miss a game, but the schedule won’t be posted until sometime in April. So, after much debate, I went ahead and registered for GRL, but we won’t decide for sure whether or not we’re going until we see the 2015 NFL schedule.

Yeah, we’re that crazy when it comes to football.

So maybe I’ll see you in San Diego. Maybe not. Only time will tell.

ロングゲインolIn case you missed me raving about it on Twitter, Promises recently came out in Japanese. Check out my cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? I can’t stop looking at it, and my daughter is really sick of me showing everybody we know. I hope the publisher decides to pick up A to Z too, because I would LOVE to see this artist’s version of Angelo. (I know, I know. You’re all going to mention Cole. But Angelo’s the one I’m really dying to see anime-style. Just the thought of it makes me a bit giddy.)

Once I’m back from TNEE, I’ll be getting to work on Return (the sequel to Release). I’m relieved to say the task of finishing it feels far less daunting now than it did a year ago. (Hopefully I won’t regret having said that out loud.) Return will be available on August 31.

And, I guess that’s about it. Right at this point in time, I need to write about eight different guest blog posts for the upcoming release of Lost Along the Way. I have no clue what to write about. I actually went digging through old guest blog posts earlier this morning, looking for ideas. What I discovered was that I used to be way better at writing blog posts than I am now. Some of them (like one I did for Rachel Haimowitz about my Angst Bank) were kind of fun, and some (like the one I wrote about my daughter playing on the beach) were actually pretty damn good. I’ve been thinking maybe I’ll pull some of those out and post them here. Sort of a lost post revival. Old content is better than no content, right? It’ll be like watching a show in syndication.

Or not. We’ll see.

But for now… I need to clean my kitchen and make dinner and get to work on those eight guest blog posts. What in the world am I going to write about? Any suggestions? Anything you’re just dying to know? Tell me, please!

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you in Vegas!!