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because the publisher of the first edition went out of business, or because the original contract is (for some reason) no longer valid.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
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 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?
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.
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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Today, I thought I’d talk about music. More specifically, I thought I’d talk about which songs helped inspire certain stories or characters.
Not 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.)
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.
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.
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:
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.
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. 🙂
You can find all five titles here.
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?
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.
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.
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.
As 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! 🙂