Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Book Cover Reveal: Match Day

If you follow me on Facebook you already know there will be a brand new Mercy book in July. If you don't follow me on Facebook... well, now you know.

I started writing Match Day last year. I stopped writing Match Day at fifteen thousand words because there were so many books coming out that were just like it in trope.

I called it my accidental honeymoon book. One man gets jilted at the altar but has nonrefundable tickets to use.  Best friend goes on honeymoon with him. They spend the cruise figuring out they have feelings for each other... yeah... that trope. 

Is that really a trope in gay romance? Has gay romance been around long enough for that to be a trope... does it matter... it's a trope.

I wanted to write something light and fluffy then. I stopped writing because there were way too many dudes in tuxes on a beach covers. I didn't want to jump on that bandwagon that I didn't know was a bandwagon until the wagon had left the bandroom.

So I stopped writing it and moved on to other things. I finished Last Man Standing and sort of fell apart after that.

I still wanted to write something light and fluffy and I found this fifteen thousand word file in my abandoned projects file. I still remembered the plot I'd half formed for the story.

I pulled it out, and a month later that fifteen thousand is now over sixty thousand words.

And it's spawned a sequel that is almost twenty thousand words as of last night.

So Match Day spawned Long Way and I'm hoping to pull Long Way in at around the same word count. It's a spin-off sequel with new MCs because there's a character in the end of Match Day that told me he had a story too.

Besides the jilted groom goes on honeymoon with best friend, what is Match Day about?

Well, brand new doctor, Zack Sorensen is about to start his residency. Which is where the title comes from. He plans to get married, get the house, get the family started and all that before he does... except his fiancee doesn't show up. 

Best friend Brian O'Daly is left with her cruise tickets when Zack leaves. He decides to surprise his friend and meets him at the ship.

They drink a lot. They share a bed. They go island hopping. 

They have sex.

There's a couple of twists.

It's cute and fluffy dammit. CUTE AND FLUFFY... said while wielding a chain saw over my head. AHAHAHAHA! 

And it's coming in late July. Or as soon as I get it rewritten and edited.

I can't talk about Long Way yet. It would spoil Match Day. They are related. Really related. really really related related.

But here's the gorgeous cover the gorgeous and talented Jay Aheer did for me.... I asked for a cover that looked like a surf t-shirt. I got exactly what I wanted. It's gorgeous and it fits the story and I might do a whole series of accidental vacation stories just because I need cute and fluffy in my life right now.


Friday, June 9, 2017

June in the deep south

Did you ever watch Good Morning, Vietnam? Do you remember when Robin Williams did the fake weather report from the 'man on the street'...

"Hey, can you tell me what's your name? "My name is Roosevelt E. Roosevelt." Roosevelt, what town are you stationed in? "I'm stationed in Poontang." Well, thank you, Roosevelt. What's the weather like out there? "It's hot! Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking." Well, tell me what it feels like. "Fool, it's hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It's damn hot! It's so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It's that hot! Do you know what I'm talking about?" What do you think it's going to be like tonight? "It's gonna be hot and wet! That's nice if you're with a lady, but ain't no good if you're in the jungle!" Thank you, Roosevelt."

 Well, it's kinda like that in Lower Alabama, LA for short. It's hot and humid and sunny right now. Usually, it's hot and humid and storming. The frog aliens in the pond across the street from my house have been screaming for rescue. It's damned creepy at night. And the bugs... y'all, we've had two incredibly mild winters, which means we have bugs. Lots of bugs... ALL THE BUGS.

So, it's summer in the deep south and I have the air conditioner set at 73 degrees but the dog has to go out and it's hot and humid and you get two feet from the door and your clothes are sticking to your body in a not very nice way. That's what it's like here... I swear he says hollandaise in my shorts... that makes sense, put some hollandaise in my shorts and do some crotch pot cooking. It's hot as crotch outside.

I'm one writing session away from finishing a brand new book.

Holy non sequitur, Batman.

I don't have anything else to do, it's too hot to do much unless you have a pool, we don't. We have a community pool. And one car. Which is at my husband's work. And I'm not walking all the way to the front of the subdivision to go to the pool just to need to go back after the walk home. Did I mention how hard it is to breathe in humid air? Damned hard. The air is about 90% water most days. You can drown in that. Not really... it's great for the skin, though.

So, about this book.

It's MM. Around 60,000 words. Just a fun romance. Set on a cruise ship. For an accidental honeymoon trope... one guy got stood up at the altar by his best friend's sister... best friend goes on cruise with him... sort of Drunk on a Plane and Somewhere on a Beach, inspired... find out they've had feelings for each other... yada yada... It's not erotic. Not by the definition of erotic... there's some sex. I kept it short and sweet most scenes. Just a romance. Only a wee bit of angst. Tropical locals. Bahamas. I watched a bunch of ziplining videos. I love youtube.

So... that's about it. All caught up for now. I should have this finished tonight and off to beta readers. I hope to have it edited and ready to go by mid-July. Tentative release date will be July 11th.

YAY first non-series book in nearly two years.

I have no idea what I'm going to write next. I have several new ideas banging around in my head. We'll see what sticks to the wall.

Cover art coming soon. And I'll keep you posted on that release date.

Hope your summer is off to a great start... or winter if you're in the southern hemisphere.