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With June gone in a
haze blaze, it seemed like a good idea to take stock of where I am and reassess where I plan to go.
This time last year, I hadn’t had anything published in a year. I didn’t publish anything at all in 2012 and was determined to sell something new before the year was out. Before summer 2012 ended, I had a contract for three novellas with Harlequin’s Nocturne Cravings, and the other me sold a historical romance to Samhain.
In the first six months of this year, I’ve seen two of my novellas published: Seducing the Jackal and Hunting the Jackal from the Sons of Anubis series. My alter ego, Mallery Malone, saw Devil’s Angel, an Irish medieval romance, released in April. (It’s awesome. You should go buy it and tell your friends to get it too!) November will see the third jackal novella, Claiming the Jackal, released.
I’m thrilled to pieces with that. I know that I can’t do that whole resting on my laurels thing. For one, that leads to laziness. For two and most important, that leads to a year like 012. I don’t want to have a year like 2012, with nothing out. So here’s what’s in the pipe to complete/get to proposal status this year.
- Proposals for the next three Sons of Anubis stories. While I would love to do a full-length novel with all the action and angst I can throw in, I love writing these novellas. So I have ideas for Aya, the high priestess; Alonso, Hector’s brother; a human female, and possibly a lost Daughter of Isis.
- Proposals for spicy contemporary romance project. I’d like to tell you more about it, but I’m playing this one close. It’s two book ideas right now, with a possibility of two more. But they are contemporary romance, the heroine in each are good women who made bad decisions, and there’s a Tuesday Night Survivor’s Club theme. I want this proposal done by the end of July, if not right before RWA2013.
- SHADOW HUNT. I’ve been promising this for a long time, and I know people are tired of hearing me say it’s in the pipe. Well, it really is. I posted a 200-word excerpt of it this past Tuesday over on my Facebook Author page. I am going to self-publish it, and my goal is to have it ready for sale and promoting by the time the Coastal Magic conference rolls around in February.
- SHADOW FLIGHT. This is a short story that I originally released in the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance II under the name The Majestic. I want to expand it a bit and offer it as a limited time freebie prior to the release of Shadow Hunt, because it sets up the story in SH nicely. I’d like to have this one ready to go by Thanksgiving, if not earlier.
- THROUGH THE WEDDING. This will be a novella-length sequel to Through The Fire, and will focus on Brandt and Willow as they fall deeper in love and plan their wedding. It will reintroduce you to their friends and family and will kickoff what I hope to be two self-published novella series: THE HUGHES of HAMILTON, and the SERENA BAY series.There are lots of people whom I left hanging in TTF, and they deserve their stories. I hope to have Through the Wedding ready to go by Slam Jam 2014.
- AA/IR HISTORICALS? YES PLEASE. So in talking about Slam Jam yesterday, I also talked about this lovely article in the NYT about a black nurse and a German POW who fell in love in Arizona of all places, and I kinda inspired an idea which I tweeted about with an editor, who told me to write it and send it to her. So now I have to. And it revived a series idea I had the last time RWA was in Atlanta, a series I couldn’t get anyone to take interest in because “Beverly Jenkins has the AA historical market on lockdown.” Which Ms. Jenkins herself will tell you is ridiculous, and who buys one book and says, “that’s it, I’m not going to look for anything else in this genre until this author puts another book out”? Yeah. So if someone is actively looking for AA/MC historical romances, and I have ideas for some, you darn tootin’ I’m gonna try to get mine to see the light of day.
- Hey, MALLERY WANTS TO WRITE ANOTHER BOOK TOO. I came up with Mallery back in 2006 or so, when I wanted to try my hand at writing spicier stuff, and was curious about epublishing. That novella, LADY SINGS THE BLUES, is still making money, I can’t retire from the day job, but it’s paid a hotel stay here or there. And I left a sequel languishing on my hard drive. And a sequel novella to the Irish medieval wants to see the light of day as well.
So yeah. Twelve projects, half of which are to be self-published, the other half I’m going to try to sell. The proposals have to go out first and he other projects will depend on me selling those and discovering what the completion deadlins are. While they’re being shopped, I’ll be working on my self-publishing stuff. While still writing for the day job.
And you guys thought I was passing time playing Candy Crush Saga. Hah!