Yes, his story is coming! I don’t have an official blurb but I will say...he’s going to meet Jessie Dupree! She’s the woman who works for the task team that goes out and retrieves those Gift Females. It should be getting a release date REALLY SOON! Whoo Hooo!!!
This has been a crazy month for me. LOL. We went to Romanticon (SO MUCH FUN!!!) and we came home to sick kids. They shared. It took me a bit to get over what I think was the flu so I’m SO far behind where I wanted to be on other book projects. That bums me out. I’ve been putting in insane hours...trying to play catch up but I don’t want what I’m working on to suffer so I don’t know if I’m going to make my set goal of turning in a book by the end of this month. I’m trying though. Honestly. I hate to say it but I haven’t really slept with Mr. Laurann in like two weeks. I’ve been up all night and still working at my computer when he wakes up. Poor Mr. Laurann has been wonderful though. He just kind of smiles at me and shakes his head when he comes to give me a morning kiss and urges me to ‘go to bed’. I know a lot of people think I write fast... I don’t. Honestly. I just put in some intense hours. I’m book obsessive. I admit it. I love to write, I get emerged in stories, and yeah...I spend way too much time at my desk. I gained 3 pounds since I haven’t been working out or used my treadmill AT ALL this month. Mr. Laurann jokes that he’s going to figure a way to set up my keyboard and put a monitor on the wall so I can use it and type at once. I think he gets tired of hearing me wince over not being able to use my new treadmill.
I’ve also been busy going online to house hunt. We’re planning to move next year so I’m all excited!!! We outgrew our current home within a year of buying it since we literally moved in...and I discovered I was pregnant with our son, kid #4. We only have 3 bedrooms and ONE bathroom. 1,200 square feet. 3 cats. It’s been tight living but we’ve made it work. I love the layout of our home but there’s just not enough bedrooms, bathrooms, and my office is 1/3rd of our living room. I’m shoved between our living area and the kitchen with the dining room behind me. In other words I’m writing while life is going on around me, literally. Someone is using the big screen TV to my right, someone else is getting a snack to my left, and we set up computers on Mr. Laurann’s desk in the dining room for him and the kids (it holds his desk, the dining room table, and my treadmill - luckily it’s a big room...) but yeah. It’s kind of nuts and that’s why I work with headphones on. Heavy metal pouring through my head is easier to work with than hearing video games, kids talking, or whatever show they have on. I had to actually ask Mr. Laurann to stop watching Fraiser in the living room and move to our bedroom for his viewing pleasure. I love that show and it distracts me because I glance to my right...and yeah. I take off the headphones to hear it and then I turn in my chair...put my feet up on the back of one of our recliners, and I’m watching it with him. I tend to get out of my chair, go settle next to Mr. Laurann, and don’t get my work done. In other words...I need a real office with walls and a door so I am not distracted. LOL!
It’s been fun, let me tell you. I made a NEED list for the new house. We’re looking at 5 bedroom (a room for everyone so the kids no longer have to share - and MY OWN REAL OFFICE...with walls and a door!), at least 3 bathrooms (no more waiting in the hallway to use the bathroom when someone beats you to it!), and where we’re looking is far less expensive than where we live now. We can get a really bigger house for a LOT less. I am holding off on saying where our new location will be so that’s news for another time. It’s out of state, a few of you know, but shush...LOL! Anyway, we can get a huge house in other words for what we are paying now. Over 3,000 square feet so that’s really big compared to what we have. Most of the ones I’m looking at are around the 3,800 square footage range. A pool in the backyard. The kids will LOVE that. They hate the idea of leaving their friends, I hate that part of it too, but the truth is...Southern California is really expensive. The area we live in is...extra expensive. We looked at houses here and can’t touch anything, even small homes, for less than $400,000 in good areas. I’d rather have a huge home with tons of space and pay half that. I do like to eat and I need electricity! LOL! (No electricity...no internet and computer to write on)
Now I just look forward to buying and moving, getting settled in, and not having to stress out about it anymore. I just want to be able to concentrate on writing. I have a list of books to write. There will be more Zorn. On my list...Coto, Vinlotti, and Vhon. More Mating Heat books. I’m working on Cousin Brand’s story - and let me tell you...writing that first chapter cracked me up! LOL! There will be brother stories. I’m getting requests for Alpha Elroy too. That man needs a good mate who isn’t a bitch in every sense! LOL. More Cyborgs. More Raines. And of course, when I’m caught up on updating the original 9 New Species books and the 3 that I had started and never finished...I DO plan to write brand new ones!!! I even have other books...yeah...but let me catch up with my ‘to write’ list before I unveil a few other series I wrote before I was published. Five current series is my limit. Before I unleash a new series...I want to get those books written for the other ones so I’m not juggling so many at once. I had thought to hold off on New Species, they’ve been sitting in files for a lot of years, but I had sent them to my CP, to a beta reader, and another author friend of mine. They strongly encouraged me to stop holding onto them and get them OUT there so I did. I’m glad I listened even if dealing with a much younger writing me has been frustrating, sometimes depressing (oh man have I learned a LOT in the past 2 years working with my editors), and fixing all those old mistakes I made is daunting. I’m working on them though, fixing them, smoothing them out, and adding in modern technology while writing new books for my other series at the same time. I usually edit in the mornings to take out my old mistakes and write new stuff in the evenings to get both done. Sometimes I switch that up. I'm getting a lot done and that's all that matters. LOL! I’m currently about 80 percent done with the 5th book...and am trying real hard to get it done in the next 4 days (yeah...good luck with that to me...LOL!) I'm also really close to finishing Cousin Brand's story!!! (GRIN)
I should have great news... a release date for Justice... really soon! Also, at Ellorascave they added the first Volume of Something Wicked This Way Comes to their coming soon pages! I have stories in all four of them. I think that first one is the futuristic alien story. I think. I could be wrong. Anyway, he’s HOT! Trust me. LOL. None of the stories are linked to any current series. They are stand alones with no connection to other books BUT two of them are vampire stories and the guys know each other. LOL! They aren’t linked besides that. You can read them in either order. The fourth story is about a werewolf. That was so much FUN to write those stories! I am so honored to be a part of this anthology set. It was a challenge because I wrote four of them and the limited word count was TOUGH on me but it was super exciting. I hope you give them a read. When I have an official release date...I’ll let you know. The first one is slated for a Nov/Dec release but it’s not nailed down on the exact day.
I hope everyone has a great week and the next post will include Justice’s release date!!!