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What’s up for 2020?

Happy New Year! Being the first day of the New Year, it seems like a good time to catch people up on what’s going on with me and my books, and what you can expect from me in 2020.

NEW

Spare the Rod has finally been released. You can find that here. The audio will be released sometime later this month.

Roped In has been re-released. This book was originally published by Amber, then by Riptide. It’s now been self-published by L.A. Witt. It has not changed from the Riptide edition.

CANCELED

In previous posts, I talked about a new Tucker Springs story. It was actually supposed to be the book where Matt and Jared made a visit to Tucker Springs to visit Bryan, who you met in Meant to Be. Well… I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Multiple issues have led to that book being shit-canned. I’d kind of still like to write that story, but there are a lot of behind-the-scenes issues to deal with, so I’m not sure it will ever happen.

UPCOMING

I’m finishing up a scifi story that I co-wrote with Cari Z. It’ll be called The Lost Ship of the Tucker Rebellion. It’s more of a scifi about two brothers than a romance, but it does have a romantic subplot. We plan to publish that in late March or April of this year. Stay tuned for more details.

In theory, Charlie’s book (No Good Deed, book 4 of the Heretic Doms Club series) will be released this year too. Not making any promises on that. If it happens, it’ll be late in the year.

Also, if my calculations are correct (which they only are about half the time), the contracts with Totally Bound for the Oestend series are up this year, in which case, I’ll be self-publishing those, with audio, possibly with new covers, and possibly with new stories to go with them. We’ll see.

KEEPING UP TO DATE

The absolute best way to stay up-to-date on my books is in my Facebook group. You can find that here. Even though it’s on FB, I promise it is 100% drama free.

That’s everything. As always, thank you for your ongoing support. I hope you have a wonderful year!

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.

Preorder it here!

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.