Iíve known for two weeks Iíd need to a do a blog post for today, and I went right up to wire with writing this! And do you know why? Probably not, lol, but Iíll tell you. Because my always crazy life has just imploded again. I wonít go into too many details, and we all have crazy lives, I know. The most time consuming of my issuesóbesides writingóis my cats. Beautiful, spoiled, opinionated, naughty cats. I only have two nowóat one point I had thirteenóand these two I raised by hand. Thankfully, the days of bottle feeding are over. In fact, long over. My boysóSam and Benóare older cats now and chronically ill. Ben is in kidney failure, and my job for him is to extend his quality of life for as long as I can. Every two days I hang up an IV bag of Lactated Ringers and give him fluids under the skin to help take some of the load off his kidneys. I hate it; he hates it, but it helps him. For now.
Sam is chronically ill, but not terminal. Nevertheless, he requires more hands on care and many vet visits. He has IBDóin cats this closely resembles Crohnís Disease in humans. I medicate him twice a day, and he fights meóliterallyótooth and nail. But these cats are my babies, and writers need companions, right? Hemingway. Cats. They go together.
So where am I going with this?
Just that, no matter what, the words need to keep coming. And they do. I have a slew of projects Iím working on, writing as fast as I can because I want my stories in the world. I have a strong sense of urgency. We never know what life is going to bring us. Thatís also the natural pivot point of a story. Or at least it should be. A character living an ordinary life that suddenly changes in a way the character doesnít anticipate and probably doesnít want. And this is the crucible of true character. How does the character cope? What can I, the writer, throw at him to strip him down to his core and reveal his true need, the dream of his heart? The dream of my heart is to give him his happy ever after and put it in a package I can give to you.
Besides the crises with my cats, I have had my own crises to deal with recently. Iím sure many of you can relate to having too many things going on at once. Stuff happens on top of stuff, and we do what we need to do. So while Iím dealing with my stuff, I keep writing, and I realizeóIím lucky. Writing these stories is my dream come true. Iím weathering my storms and so are my cats. Life is a crazy thing. We spend a lot of time rushing around or spinning our wheels until something changes it. When this happens in a story, the character has to make a choice, and the choice is usually terrible and wrecks everything the character thinks he loves. Until he finds what he really loves deep down inside him, and better yet, finds the courage to embrace it.
In my newest release, Jesus Kid, my character Ori, is running fast and hard from both his destiny and a secret he cannot bear to reveal. That secret hurts him badly, but it also means he has a heart to hurt. A lot of bad things happen to Ori, lol, but I promise heíll have his happy ending. The happy ending is the best part of writing romanceóeven when itís sci-fi romance.
Well, thatís all for this post. I have to go and make more story words now. Wishing you all happiness and love and a wonderful new year!
Thirty years ago, an asteroid stuck the Earth. Now killer plants hunt the last surviving humans.
Ori Scott is a young junkie running from his motherís prophecy that heíd one day save the world from the killer plants. Her preaching made him a laughingstock and now he hides in his drugs. But he canít hide the change in his veins. They are turning green, and the prophecy is dragging him into a dark struggle between invisible forces. Set up on bogus drug charges, Ori is taken to a secret facility where he becomes a test subject in experiments to discover an antidote to the alien plantís sting.
Jack Doll is a cop with a vendetta against the plants that killed his best friend. All he has in the world now is his old friendís lover, Rive. Together they form an unbreakable bondóor so he thought. Jack has never liked Riveís friend, Ori, but he believes in Oriís innocence and doesnít understand Riveís strange indifference to Oriís conviction. Struggling with his suspicions, Jack canít help digging into a mystery that draws him closer to Ori than ever beforeóand closer to somebody who has secrets to hide.
Alone and scared, Ori is grateful for Jack Dollís friendship, and his longtime crush soon blossoms into love. But Ori has no plans to accept his fate. He wants to escape, and he doesnít care if he takes the cure with him.
Kayleigh Sky is a m/m erotic romance writer.
Kayleighís stories are tales of struggle and pain, loss and despair. Love is won in the battle to rise out of the depths of darkness. Victory is in the sweet bliss of happily ever after.
Once upon a time Kayleigh hid out in a cold dark garage reading a book her parents forbid her to read. She was nine years old. The book? Giovanniís Room by James Baldwin, a story of love between two menñwell, actually the story was a little more complicated than that, but hey, she was nine.
In the dark of the garage, a light, a passion, a sheer joy for love in all its manifestations awoke.
And love between two menñHot!
Kayleighís men are often broken, always brave, and always memorable.
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