The Third Oddities Book

So I’m writing, not as quickly as I’d like to be writing, but nevertheless making progress on my books in progress. I’m at the halfway point of the 3rd Oddities book now, and I have a few options in the coming chapters of the characters from previous books I could bring in.

I’m debating on who would be best to help Derwin and Elliot in their latest endeavor, and therefore, I’m putting up a poll for readers. Is there a particular character you’d like to see return in Book 3? This book will focus on that shadow organization mentioned in Book One, and the larger threat to Oddities in Nis.

I’d love to hear some feedback. Thanks! And yes, the picture is what I imagine Lacey to look like. I haven’t found pictures for the others yet.

 

 

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Life’s Hurdles

January was a disaster.

I started a new job making less than half what I made before in a call center where every second is monitored and controlled. (No really!) It’s a large financial institution, so they’re very strict. It’s basic customer service and what I was doing in my twenties, so I feel like I’ve leapt back a decade. I’m trying not to feel like a loser, which is difficult because I’m not even making enough to pay all the bills.

Then on top of that, on Friday the 20th, while driving at night in pouring rain, I was sideswiped by another driver who took off afterwards. And it wasn’t my car, but my partner’s car, and therefore her insurance, so I felt even worse. Car’s now in the shop so we’re having to share and she’s having to drive me to and from work. I’m fine, but I really didn’t need this crap.

Then we both had the flu. Recovered now, but all of this meant that my writing and editing goals for the month went right out the window.

And guess what? My fun still wasn’t over!  The first week of February, while my partner was driving my car, some old lady backed into it. So that’s another car to fix and another having to deal with an insurance claim. Again, happy that nobody was hurt, and this time there was a driver at fault who had insurance. But UGH!!!  Enough already!

I’m not even going to bother posting word counts at the moment. Just know that the third Oddities book is coming along okay–it’s at about 19,000 words in the Word document, plus a bunch of pages that are hand written and need to be typed in. I’m in the second round of line edits for the second Oddities book, which is set to be published May 29. And I’m slogging (SLOOOOWWWLY) through the first round of edits for my weretiger m/m novel, set to be published May 15.

So just letting everyone know that I haven’t disappeared, but my online time these days is almost nil.

The last news is that I received my rights back from Torquere Press for my m/m/m novella, “Friday at the 7-Eleven.” I have someone to format it and I’m working on a new cover, and then I’ll republish it. (It’s still up on Amazon under Torquere. I’ve asked that they take it down.)

Thank you for all the reviews. That’s one thing that’s helping me get through this difficult time. I appreciate all of them.

 

Dreams and New Characters

I’ve been having some strange dreams lately. One of them, I can’t really explain–I had a dream about trying to pull an octopus out of a bucket to return into a tank. It kept grasping hold of my arms with its suckers. The next morning my partner was watching a documentary about giant squid. Then a friend of mine posted something about squid later the same day.

I had calamari last night. Still not sure why all the tentacles are coming up right now.

The other dream is one that is pretty typical for me when I’m “giving birth” to new characters. I was in a pool, and I had to rescue a baby who had fallen in, to rescue him or her (didn’t remember the gender) from drowning. I often dream of babies when I’m having a creative surge on a new project.

I’m really excited. During this week, I wrote up two new character profiles–the men who will be the main characters for Books 4 to 6 in my paranormal mmromance series, The Oddities. I’m still writing Book 2, but I realized that I needed to look ahead to figure out the world story plot arc, and know where and how to introduce the characters that will carry later books. I’m particularly excited by the possibilities that Calvin brings to the series. Yeah, it’s gonna get dark!

So let me introduce you to a new pair of protagonists: Stefan Morales and Calvin Norbright.

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Stefan Morales is a good friend of Elliot Leed (from Books 1 to 3 of the Oddities series). Like Elliot, he comes from living off the streets and a background as a rentboy.  He’s retired from that gig, currently working as a stripper and exotic dancer instead. He rides a motorcycle and acts like a bad boy, rebelling against the mainstream.

There’s a lot more than that to him, however. Born to another prostitute, Rosa Morales, Stefan grew up mostly on his own, watching his mother succumb to alcoholism. He was pulled into the foster care system, and bounced in and out, on the constant quest to find his dad and then himself. That’s how he met Theresa and followed his mother’s path, selling himself to survive. He tasted the worst kind of betrayal when he found his mother again, only to have her reject him.

But that’s behind him. At 24, Stefan is proud to say that he’s made it on his own; he has his motorcycle, his own apartment, and a job, even if it is stripping. He no longer worries about his past; now he’s looking to the future, and someone to share it with. As a whore he was indiscriminate, but he knows for relationships, he’d prefer a man. He just has to let his walls down.

That’s going to be a lot tougher than he thinks.

 

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Calvin Norbright, on the other hand, is a nerd, firmly caught in the snare of the totalitarian government. To most, he seems like a really sweet guy, and for the most part, he is. He’s got a soft heart, and he really wants to help people and make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, his Oddity doesn’t let him. Calvin is a unique, never before encountered Oddity, with ties to the Underworld and demons that his government captors are trying to figure out. Whenever Calvin ventures near demons, something dark takes over him. He scents and tracks them, kills them, and then drinks the demon blood. The first time this happened he was nine years old. After finding him covered in demon entrails, his parents promptly turned him over to the authorities.

After such feeding frenzies, he has amazing telekinetic abilities. Now at age 23, he’s been used to demolish old buildings, incite fires in demon-held properties, and even bring down dragons in the wilderness. He’s also been used to take out rebel human infractions against the government. Including women and children.

Calvin hates this existence. He wants some kind of control of his cursed Oddity, and freedom from the abusive government. Most of all, he wants to find peace, and love.

 

A bit late–March WIP wrapup

Real life was crazy last week, so I didn’t get up my monthly work in progress post. So here that is, and then later this week I’ll talk about some new characters I’m developing for the Oddities Books 4 through 6. (What are the Oddities books, you say? You’ll find out in September, when the first one comes out!)

Just to give an update on things, lately I’ve been working on edits to my weretiger novel I just finished, Forest of Thorns and Claws. I should hopefully finish that this week, and by the end of next week I expect to have it submitted to my editor. Meanwhile, I just received the line edits for Murder First Seen (The Oddities Book One) so I’m making my way through that as well. I’m more than halfway through writing the second Oddities book, which is why I’m trying to look forward and figure out how I’m going to finish Derwin and Elliot’s plot and romance arcs by the end of Book 3, and where I’ll need to be at that point for the world’s story arc. (Which brings me to the pairing who will carry books 4 through 6. But I’ll talk about that later. It’s pretty neat stuff.)

So anyways, here’s the latest on my current WIPS, as of today:

1. Forest of Thorns and Claws (weretiger M/M), Finished at 62,857 words, four more chapters left to edit.

2. Fraud Twice Felt (The Oddities Book 2, paranormal M/M suspense), now at 50,475 words, estimated to be about 90k. Due to publisher by October 1.

3. Fae Fortunes (YA M/M paranormal), currently at 39,507 words, estimated 65k.

4. Deena and the Professor (Trudy Judd, BDSM romance), Six out of 10 parts written, first 5 parts published, currently at 826 words on Part 7 (estimated to be 8k).

5. Fantasy novel currently at 79,747 words, total will be 110k. Right now this one is the lowest of my priorities.

Monthly WIP Writing Update

This month is crazy, and as far as my writing is concerned, there’s not much happening. I’ve been acting as project manager at work and supervising temp workers, and at home there’s been drama, so I’ve been having to fight for every free moment to write. Nevertheless, I’m continuing to make progress!  My goal is to have “Forest of Thorns and Claws,” my MM Weretiger novel, out by Christmas. I’m also still waiting on word from a publisher on the first book of the Oddities series as I work on the second book. I’m hoping to hear within the next few weeks!

Also, I’ve got a little poll for everyone. I’ve been working on a serial, M/F alpha male, submissive female BDSM romance. Since I’m starting to focus more on my LGBT titles under this name, I’m debating whether to publish this serial under this name or another name. What do you guys think? Do you care if some of my books aren’t LGBT? Do those of you who read MMromance read any hetero erotic romances?  I’d appreciate some feedback before I make my decision. The serial is just about halfway done.

Thanks!

… and apparently WordPress’s Poll function no longer works. So please comment below!

Works in progress:

  1. “Forest of Thorns and Claws,” (MM Weretiger), currently 39,323 words, estimated length 50,000.
  2. “Flotsam and Jetsam,” (MM YA Paranormal), currently 33,586, estimated length 65,000.
  3. “Vice and Exploitation,” (Book 2 of the Oddities series, MM Paranormal Mystery/Suspense), currently 17,034 words, estimated length 90,000.

and also:

  1. “Deena and the Professor,” (M/F BDSM serial), currently 2.25 out of 5 episodes done, estimated total length 80,000 words.
  2. Fantasy novel (other pen name), currently 73,788 words, estimated length 115,000.

 

Updates on projects

Full steam ahead!  Okay, today I finished two short stories, one for another pen name, and the other is the sequel to The Foreman. I’ll let that sit for the rest of the week, send it off to my writers critique group, beta it, and get it published. I’ve already made the cover, so I’ll be posting that next week. I’m debating when to publish it because of my upcoming surgery.  I may wait until I’m back to work, say around April 20th or so.

In other news, I sent off Murder One: Book One of the Oddities Series, my M/M paranormal suspense/mystery to Riptide. Eep!  My first novel submission!  Yeah the wait’s going to kill me. But I’d really like this book and the series to find a good home.

And last, I’ve been researching vice cops, prostitution rings, and Samoan names for my Don’t Read in the Closet novella, which must be written AND edited/beta’d by May 1st. That’s going to be a tight deadline, so I’ll be putting a few other things on hold until I crank out this baby. Then I can get back to working on the m/m weretiger novel and the YA paranormal, as well as the next book in the Oddities series.

So here’s the other cop in the DRinC novella. (Yes, he’s a well-known wrestler, but nevermind that. This is a character, no relation to the wrestler other than appearance.)

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February update on goals

Man, this week I’m all discombobulated because of the holiday on Monday. Barely got anything written yesterday as well, but I’ve still been moving along pretty well on my projects and WIPs. Since I can’t think of much else to talk about today, here’s a rundown on where things are:

1. The New Hire (sequel to The Foreman, M/M short story):

4489 / 7500 words. 60% done!

2. Forest of Thorns and Claws (Weretiger M/M) :

17564 / 50000 words. 35% done!

3. Flotsam and Jetsam (YA Paranormal M/M):

15300 / 60000 words. 26% done!

Plus I’m almost done editing the first book of the Oddities series, “Murder One” and getting the synopsis together to send this out. Now back to writing!