The BIG Announcement (Some Of) You Have Been Waiting For!

You may have heard rumors. You may have wondered at my vague tweets. I’ve been keeping it under wraps until it was done, but I suppose it’s time to tell the world my dark little secret:

I have finished the sequel to Strawberries for Dessert.

(Insert happy screaming and champagne here.)

You know that last line in Strawberries for Dessert? The one you all keep reminding me of? The truth is, I’ve known the greater story surrounding that line ever since I finished the novel, but for some reason I never felt compelled to write it down. Then, back in October, I rode home from GayRomLit with Carter Quinn, and he convinced me it needed to be done. It was fun revisiting my boys, but nonetheless, this is the last book I have planned for Coda. I have zero intentions of writing further books in the series, so if you love Jon and Cole, make sure you thank Carter Quinn. This book never would have existed if it weren’t for him.

This is a 40k word novella. It’s called Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding. Unless something completely unexpected happens, it will be available approximately June of 2013. I’ll share more details as they become available.

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47 Responses to The BIG Announcement (Some Of) You Have Been Waiting For!

  1. Jessica says:

    OMG this post totally made my day! I loved your Coda series but Strawberries for Dessert was my favorite book; Cole and Jonathan are so incredible. I’m so happy that you decided to do a sequel. I will be waiting oh so impatiently but oh so happily for it to be released. Thank you!!! :)

  2. Julia says:

    You are, without question, the most coy, the most butter- wouldn’t-melt-in-your-mouth, the most sneaky Santa Claus at the M/M North Pole. All these last few months with your most disloyally loyal, undivertable, check-her-website-once-a-month-just-in-case, rudely, affectionately persistent fans whining and pinging about a sequel, even in the immediate swirl of other new releases no doubt excellent but NOT Cole and Jonathan….and you serenely smiling back “maybe someday, but I just can’t see it any time soon.”

    E — VIL!

    Well Done!

    I would comment further on specific vague wavings off, red herrings and genuine simulated disinterest in general, but I have run out of commas.

    Wait! This isn’t going to be Cole and Jonathan visiting a cyberpunk adoption agency, is it?

  3. Dennis says:

    Yes! YES! YES! A sequel!!!!! If Carter Quinn can persuade you to write a sequel to SFD, maybe, just maybe he can coerce, persuade, bribe, arm twist (you get the picture LOL!) into sequels to the other Coda Books. I can’t believe you’d just abandon such wonderful characters and storylines as you have created with the previous books. So, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that maybe sometime in the future you’ll reconsider your position. I just finished Between Saints and Sinners and like the previous novels, absolutely loved it. I would even welcome a continuation of that storyline as well. Marie, you are such a good writer. Your characters are well developed, multidimensional and are far from being shallow. Your stories also flow extremely well. One only has to read the reviews of your novels to see that. That’s how I initially got hooked. Thank you so much for sharing your Coda world with the rest of us. I can’t wait to read the SFD sequel.

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  5. Andrea M says:

    This is a total surprise and so very, very welcome. I’ve entered it on my calendar for purchase.

  6. katrin says:

    Carter – you are my hero .. now i will reread all books and then i must wait … wait … wait ..

  7. Marie Sexton says:

    Thanks, everybody! I’m so glad you’re all excited! :-)

    I officially signed the contract today with Dreamspinner. The book will be available in June or July of 2013.

  8. Debbie says:

    Doing the (( Happy Dance))! I can hardly wait for more of Cole & Jon. I just want to say thank you :) Promises was the first m/m book I read and I’m totally hooked. Marie you are a lovely writer.

  9. Lily Grace says:

    You just gave me a heart attack. Seriously. I love all the Coda books, but Strawberries, gosh, I don’t know how many times I’ve read it. It’s just one of those books I reach for whenever I’ve had a bad day, or need something that will really cheer me up. An all-time favorite.
    I just want to squish Cole in a huge hug, but I’m sure he’d be absolutely horrified. lol

    This is such awesome news! Thanks so much, Marie!


  10. You know I can’t wait :) btw, I nominated you for a Liebster Award. It’s a silly blogging thing.

  11. Teddy says:

    I’m so excited :) Strawberries for dessert is my favorite book of yours I seriously can’t wait for the sequel!! Thank you so much for deciding to write about Cole and Jon again :)

  12. Phoenix Rowe says:

    Love it! All the relationships you write about are so diverse and interesting (and damaged and fracked up). This one was such a surprise to me in that I really liked it but if I’d met these two characters on the street I probably wouldn’t have given them a second thought. I found myself glad for the experience of their journey.

  13. Venecia says:

    Yippee! I am so happy, I love love Cole and Jon. Can’t wait for this to come out, thank you Carter and Marie of course.

  14. angela says:

    OMG thats fantastic news!! i am so excited.. cant wait for June tho its so far away.. lol Whahooo marie high five**

  15. madison says:

    Marie… I LOVE IT, thank you for not leaving us hanging with Cole and parenthood. I can’t wait for March, I wish it were releasing today!

    Are you having any other books pubished before the Christmas holiday?

    you are great!


    • Marie Sexton says:

      I’m afraid not. This year was a bit of a loss. My next release isn’t until March, but then I think I’ll have four between then and July. :-)

      • madison says:

        looking forward to it… I have read Sinner at least 20 times as well as your other books… I can’t wait 5 books next year!! :)

    • madison says:

      I was so greatful to Carter, I bought his book! :)

  16. Marie Sexton says:

    I fell behind on replying to everybody, but really, I’m just glad you’re all excited! LOL.

  17. hannah says:

    If it takes Carter Quinn to get you to continue with a series, well hell, lets keep Carter Quinn around.

  18. Sadonna says:

    YEA! Thank you to Carter Quinn for whatever you said to Marie and to you Marie for continuing this wonderful story. I love Cole and Jon and cannot wait to read it. But I guess I’ll have to wait a little bit anyway 😉

  19. Enny says:

    This is like an early birthday AND christmas present!!!!!!! So excited!!!!!!!

    Strawberries for Dessert was the first m/m book I ever read and around 2000 books later, it’s still my favorite one.

  20. Eulalia branco says:

    Can’t wait , I love Cole I am sure this book will be as good as your other ones , can you write about Matt and Jared ? They are my favourite boys ever read their story about 6 times can’t get tired of it
    All my love

  21. Theresa says:

    SOOOOO happy to read this! “Strawberries for Dessert” was my first book I read of yours and I fell in love with not only the characters but your writing. HUGE thanks to Carter for his part in making this happen…on and maybe I should thank Randy and Sam for recommending “Strawberries for Dessert” in the first place on Heidi’s page and helping me discover one of my favorite authors LOL).

  22. Jambrea says:

    Thank you, Carter. Thank you, thank you thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And…um…thank you. Ahhh…I guess I can thank you too Marie… ROFL!!! I’m WAY too excited about this story!!! *SQUEE* I’m so happy to hear that we get this one last book and that it is my favorite characters. *happy sigh*

  23. Bubz says:

    Oh Marie. Thank you.


  24. Lcw says:

    THANK YOU. I think they are my very favorite couple ever. Cheers

  25. Judi P says:

    * deafening squeal*
    I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY!! Eeeekk!! Yay!! I shall totally be looking forward to it!! YAY! YAY!!!

  26. Stephanie says:

    Ahhh! I’m SO EXCITED!!! I adore Strawberries for Dessert and have been dying for a sequel… now my wish has come true~! I cannot wait to get my hands on it and read it! Please June, hurry fast! 😀

  27. Susan says:

    This answers the question I suggested to you! Thanks for one more in a great series!

    • Marie Sexton says:

      Hehe. Well, that was part of the reason I was planning a newsletter, was for this announcement. :-)

  28. Sheila Clarke says:

    I really can’t wait to read this !!!

  29. Jayhjay says:

    Can you hear me yelling from there Marie? Oh I so adore Cole and Jon. How exciting! Can’t wait to read it and congratulations!

  30. Sabrina says:

    Yay!! It was definitely a complete story as is, but I am very excited to see them continue their story.
    My thanks to whatever help you had putting this story down on paper.
    Have a great holiday season!!

  31. Cheryl says:

    You tell us this in December, when we have 6 months to wait?! That’s half a year away! We’re going to need a to need a lot of excerpts to get us through.

    • Marie Sexton says:

      I know. Sorry. I debated waiting until I had a cover, but I’m not that patient. :-)

      • Cheryl says:

        I’m patient with everything except waiting for books to come out. I guess I’ll look at this as a personal growth opportunity.