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Old news includes lots of work on new stories, several of which are out in submission queues and at least one of which is haunting my dreams as we speak. So you know, the more things change and all that.
To celebrate, here’s a short excerpt from the story. Remember, it’s about a shy psychologist named Daniel taking a well-deserved vacation. Instead of beaches and margaritas, he’s tossed into an adventure story he did not plan at all:
(material copyright me. Don’t be a dick.)
(Hawk has just bumped into Daniel in a nearly deserted bar. No one is that clumsy…)
(Hawk:) “You know, I’ve been asking myself the same question, and I’ve decided the answer is fate. I think I was supposed to meet you, Daniel.” Hawk set his feet on the ground and leaned toward Daniel, his eyes flashing in the fading light. “I’m glad I did, anyway.” A slow smile spread over his features, lazy enough that even Daniel knew he was being hit on. He had a hard time believing his good luck. Maybe there weren’t that many gay guys on the island. Maybe he should quit worrying about it and let the man do his work.
“Yes, fate. You have a certain look about you. I think you’re interested in a little adventure. Am I right?”
Daniel had come to the other side of the world to escape the drama and pain of a caseload of patients. He’d come to relax. “Depends. What kind of adventure?”
Hawk took another swig of beer and gazed out at the beach behind Daniel’s shoulders. “Oh, you know, the usual. A little danger, a little excitement. Exotic location, unexpected discoveries. Maybe a little romance.”
“So, Indiana Jones then?” Daniel tried to be flirty.
“Maybe. Less car chasing, more treasure hunting. Like Lara Croft.”
Daniel decided to go for broke. “Too bad. She’s not my type at all. I’m more of an Indy guy. Square jaw, crooked smile, sexy hat.”
Hawk laughed, turning his gaze from the beach to Daniel’s eyes. His smile was more genuine, less swagger. Which of course made him even sexier. Damn. “I don’t disagree, Daniel.” He kept using Daniel’s name. Daniel knew the trick, he used it on patients. Using someone’s name implied intimacy, let them feel respected and heard. Knowing that didn’t diminish the effect. He’d certainly like to get more intimate with Hawk. “I do like a little romance,” he said, forcing himself to maintain eye contact. He might not have Hawk’s swagger, but he wasn’t afraid of what he wanted, either.
Unexpectedly, Hawk jumped from the chair and held a hand out to Daniel. “Good, let’s go.”
I have received the cover for The Ruby, and I think it’s pretty cute. I like phantom Hawk there in the background:
The Ruby is tentatively set to release Wednesday, July 25th. I affectionately titled this one “Indiana Bones,” and my favorite line from the story goes like this: Treasure! Intrigue! Plots! Caves! So, you can imagine, it’s a bit on the silly side. I like to think of it as an entertaining jaunt through a tropical paradise with mosquitoes big enough to eat your face and a sexy bad boy trying to go good. Kind of.
In any case, we’re nearing release for this short erotic m/m story from Torquere Press and me. Won’t you join Hawk and Daniel (whose vacation has been downright RUINED by all this business)?
Got another rejection yesterday, but it was so nice, I can’t feel sad about it. I mean, a little, but the positive rejections are so much better. I feel like a Real Writer ™ with every step like this.
I’ve been working on Worse Things, I have about 10 percent redrafted now, in first person. I’ve never written a second draft before. I’ve always worked off the first draft and added/subtracted as necessary. Some of this work is that kind of simple editing, but a lot of it has to be rewritten because of the changes I’ve made (a character has changed drastically, not to mention changing all of Caroline’s POV chapters to first person). It’s a little ood. It doesn’t feel as much like editing as I expected, it feels more like writing another first draft.
On the plus side, I’m not finding that I suddenly hate this story, which sometimes happens when I go back to edit. I still pretty much love this story. I love Caroline’s character, and the world I’ve put her in. Apparently I’m happiest as a writer when I’m torturing my characters. Interesting.
Oh and did I mention:
THE RUBY IS RELEASING AT THE END OF THIS MONTH
OMGGGG *kermit arm flail*
I will have a story out! I wish I could give you an excerpt, but I want to be certain all the final editing is done before I do. Wouldn’t want to give you words that won’t be in the final (I hate that, when they do that in movie previews).
As soon as I have final details, I will put them here and everywhere. So excited to have something releasing!!
Other than that, my crazed June is turning into a much more sedate July. Lots more time to write. Monsoons are raging here in the desert, the afternoons are dark and ominous and perfect for writing about demons who eat people and the poor girl who carries them. So, onward!
Okay phew. I am very happy to say that I’ve sold a m/m erotic short to Torquere Press. It’s a story currently titled The Ruby (its working title was Indiana Bones, cause I’m classy like that.)
The Ruby is the story of Daniel, mild-mannered psychologist on vacation on the exotic Isla Luz. Somehow, and I think he’s not sure how even now, he gets taken up by a shady character named Hawk and dragged on the adventure of a lifetime. Turns out that Hawk is the kind of guy that even Daniel can’t refuse.
I don’t even think I could have refused Hawk. Check out the inspiration for his character:
Am I right? Sheesh. That’s Christian Kane, currently of Leverage. Great show, loads of fun and a lot like a better-looking A-Team.
More about Hawk and Daniel as I know it, so please stay tuned. I’m super proud to be able to bring these adorable dudes to you.
Lastly, please check back here on March 25th! I am hosting a seekrit author for the Erotic Romance Scavenger Hunt. There are tons of giveaways (including mine) and tons of hot hot excerpts to be had. All the information you need is here: http://miho-li.blogspot.com/p/erotic-romance-scavenger-hunt.html. I’m jealous I can’t participate Good luck and happy hunting.
I am so excited about a thing, but I need to be sure all the bits and bobs are dealt with before I share so… yeah.
I wish, still, that the success feeling wasn’t so tied to getting published. Because I’ve had a lot of writing successes lately.
I submitted yet ANOTHER story to an anthology, news on that to be delayed until after summer. Rocking the new material.
I started a new one, this one not an erotic piece but a work of spec fic about the afterlife. My first spec fic since I finished the first draft of Worse Things.
On Worse Things, I’ve got at least one big problem with the manuscript solved, and can jump into a new draft far more confident.
Today I spent the morning redesigning the site. I finally added pages for the books, go figure. You can see their covers now, which in the case of The Bell Curve is a great thing. I love that cover, all boobs and penile space ships and stuff. Pulpy sci fi perfection.
Lastly, I’ve been reading a LOT. I know this is the advice and the wisdom from all writers–if you want to write, you must write and you must read. I’ve been reading faster than I can review lately, and I’ve got a backlog of great stuff to talk about. As I read I find story ideas percolating, so it must be working. I’ve been focusing on scifi, spec fic and urban fantasy and paranormal romance lighter on the romance heavier on the paranormal (er… some of these can interchange). If anyone has any recommendations for me, I’ll take them!*
I’ve also been knitting the biggest lace shawl in the universe for a wedding. Because of that, I caved on my never ending quest for good audio books at the library and joined Audible instead. That way, I can read and knit at the same time. The shawl is coming along beautifully, and the book is hella entertaining (The Magicians, Lev Grossman).
All of this feels like being a Real Writer ™. Every day is a step forward, if only a baby one.
*Are we friends on Goodreads? If not, hit me up! I love to see everyone’s reviews and recommendations.
Every time I type that I giggle. Curse of the dirty minded.
So, I got a rejection on Waking Kiara and you know, that sucked. But that’s okay. Right along side the “aw bummer” feeling was a more positive one. I feel like getting rejections puts me on the road to being a writer. I wrote, I revised, I submitted, I got rejected. I’m really doing this, doing it the way it is supposed to be done. Can’t learn if you don’t fail, you know? Wasn’t my first rejection, won’t be my last either. Each one gets me closer to being where I want to be and makes me a better writer. Honest to goodness, the worst part was that I got the rejection while at the dentist’s office. Smart phones are sometimes the devil.
(still sucked. There was pie.)
In the interest of being back on the horse, I submitted her again. Courage, imaginary blog reader, that’s what it takes. Courage and pie.
I also managed to submit a short story* to a different publisher. I didn’t talk about this story much here, but it was super fun to write. It’s called The Ruby, a m/m erotic romance tale of pirate treasure and vacations gone awry. I was calling it “Indiana Bones” before it got a title, which aptly describes the silliness level I was aiming for. The best part of this one was that I reused a location I’ve written before, in A Pirate’s Legacy. It was like going home, if home were an imaginary tropical island.
Another call caught my interest so I’m working on a sub for that too. It’s super short, 3K is the upper limit, and due soon. I kind of like the process of writing in a relatively clipped timeline. It forces me to work frequently and efficiently.
In short, I think the writing thing is going well. I’m not *quite* looking forward to rejections in my inbox, but I’m glad to be working. Every story gets me closer to that million word mark, right?
*if a story is 18K, is it a novella, a novellaette, or a short story?