Shorter blog post today. By the time you read this, I will be far, far away from home in Germany where I’ll be at Euro Pride Con, hosting a panel on Sex and Sexuality in MM Fiction with Abi Roux and hoping people aren’t making fun of the awkward American.
Couple of updates for you:
Ravensong, the sequel to Wolfsong, is finished! Well, sort of. I finished the first draft, anyway. When I get back home, I’ll start revisions and such before I move on to my next book. But, for the most part, it’s done. This book turned out to be a hell of a lot harder to write than I expected. But that was my fault, because I ended up trying to make it sound like Wolfsong when it clearly wasn’t. Ox is…different. The way he talks, the way the thinks. Gordo is not Ox. For a while, the story wasn’t working because I kept trying to write Gordo like I’d written Ox. Once I figured out what was wrong, I went back and got rid of a shit-ton of stuff (which any author will tell you hurts like a mofo) to make the story fit better. Once I did that (and took a break to write another book entirely), I finished. There was a sweetness about Ox and Joe. It’s not the same for Gordo and Mark. They are gritty and broken and the world’s biggest assholes (especially Gordo, omfg), but I got them the happy ending they needed (or, at least, on the road to one). Funny thing was that Gordo’s story helped me figure out where I’m going with the last two books. Believe me when I say it’s not going to go the direction you think it will. The plan for Ravensong at this point is June 2018. I know that’s a year away, but it’ll give me time to make Ravensong the best story possible.
Which brings me to what’s next:
A Destiny of Dragons is out June 30th.
After this, there will be a short break until August, where you will finally get to see what I have in store for you in the last Bear, Otter, and the Kid story in The Long and Winding Road. (Hint: sad tears, happy tears, all the tears).
(Another hint: Isaiah makes a return appearance after we last saw him trying to get up in Bear’s bidness in Who We Are.)
November will bring you the next book in Tales from Verania series after Destiny in The Consumption of Magic. (I will probably have to go into hiding when this book releases because of…reasons.)
And that’s it for 2017.
Early 2018 will bring the last book in the Tales from Verania series (at least from Sam’s perspective) in A Wish Upon the Stars. The big finale which changes everything.
After that, I will be doing something that I’ve never done before: self-publishing for the first time. The Bones Beneath My Skin is an enemies to lovers queer romance about a big, cranky Marine on the run from some pretty bad people who want what he took from them: a strange little girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader. They happen to squat in a cabin owned by a man who returns there to pick up the pieces of his crumbling life, only to be pulled in on an adventure that defies belief. It’s funny, sad, weird and full of explosions. It’s also set in what I think is one of the strangest times in history: the mid-nineties.
Then Ravensong next summer.
Big, big things on the horizon, right?
Starting with Sam, of course, and the destiny he doesn’t want but has no choice but to accept.
It’s going to be a wild ride. I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve got up my sleeve!