Family Jewels, new cover art, what’s up next

You know that book I started years ago, and kept picking away at on and off? Family Jewels? I actually finished it! I put it up for pre-order and it’s releasing tomorrow. Here are the details of the filth:

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Family JewelsRiley Cameron is the original poor little rich girl but with access to everything money can buy, she still feels something is missing.

When she visits her father’s jewellery business to liberate a favourite bauble from the office safe, she may well have found this ‘missing something’, in the form of Acting Manager, jeweller, lapidary and Dominant, Devon Scott.

Riley’s equal in all the ways that matter, Devon wants commitment not secrecy, but Riley knows if he finds out about the past she’d hoped was locked away like a tiara in a safe, she could lose something more precious than gold.

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It’s M/F BDSM-lite, so a little kinky but not exactly hardcore. Think less whips-and-chains, more submission and mindfuckery. It’s only 99c (or 99p if you’re in the U.K.) for the forseeable, so pre-order here:

Amazon Kindle US | Amazon Kindle UK

It’s also set to be available for ‘free’ in Kindle Unlimited once it’s published, so you may want to read it through that program instead.

Also, I decided to change the cover art for By the Book, which is one of my older books, just to freshen up the look. At the time of my writing this, the book page on Amazon still shows the previous cover art, even though I’ve received an email saying the updated version of my book is now available for sale. Ho hum.

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BTBTwo’s company; three’s allowed.

Reece Hutton conducts his life between the covers – of books and beds. A librarian by day, in the evenings he’s a man whose tastes are anything but vanilla. So when local writer Daniel Cross appears in the library one afternoon with the aim of doing some research, Reece has a hard time not noticing how attractive he is, or what feels like chemistry between them. They exchange a few words and Daniel’s business card, an interlude which Reece puts down to networking rather than flirtation.

After all, he has his girlfriend Georgia to go home to and her best friend: a threesome to help his birthday go literally with a bang. Reece, being a gentleman (most of the time), has no objection to returning the favour, especially as his new friend Daniel seems all too willing to be their third for the evening. Georgia sees their triangle as nothing more than a temporary bit of fun but Reece…? He’ll eventually have to own up to breaking the unwritten rules of their relationship or close the book on a growing attraction to Daniel.

Amazon Kindle US | Amazon Kindle UK

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What else is – ahem – coming up? Well, I’ve just started writing what I hope will be a novella. I know, I know. You can stop laughing. I’m trying to discipline myself and stop the over-writing. Actually, I shouldn’t call it that. It’s not over-writing if the story requires it; that suggests the text is bloated with many surplus chapters in it. What I mean is, I always seem to under-estimate how many words the story requires. Aaaaanyhoo, I’m hoping the manuscript I’m currently working on will be a short novella. It’s one of three (thus far) linked story ideas I’ve had, with crossover characters making guest appearances in each other’s books. A series but not quite, if that makes sense?

[Edited to add: I just received a WhatsApp message saying “The term you’re looking for at the end of your blog post is ‘companion series’.” So yeah, that. 🙂 ]

And after editing an 80k whopper like Family Jewels, I could do with my next book keeping itself short!

More stories. Nice ones.

After my previous blog post I thought it appropriate to move on to what I’m working on these days. It’s going to be pretty hard getting back into any manuscript I began months back and in one case, years, but it would be a shame to just leave them unfinished. They may not make me rich but they certainly won’t earn me anything, merely taking up space on my hard drive.

I have two books for which I bought cover art way-back-when. I’ve mentioned them both before but as I’ve deleted all previous blog posts in the spirit of fresh starts, I’ll recap.

The book I started writing years ago is called Family Jewels. It’s embarrassing how long ago I started work on it. Something like five years. As things stand, it’s loaded into Scrivener and totalling 54k words, although how accurate Scrivener’s word count is, I don’t know. I’ve noted in the past that it differs from MS Word’s but not by too much. I have another 5 chapters to write. Shouldn’t take too much typing time, but of course I’ll need to get back into the story first, which will require re-reading what I have of the manuscript so far and going over my notes with a fine-tooth comb. M/F, BDSM-lite, meaning things get a wee bit saucy but not what you’d call kinky.

The other project for which I have cover art is Deep Screw, a M/M sports romance. Three chapters to fully write and another to wrap up (more or less done). As my current word count sidebar widget suggests, I’m 67% through with another 11k words to write. As this is the shorter of the two books with (probably) the smaller number of words needed for completion, this is the one I’ll choose to go back to first. Re-reading what I’ve already done won’t take as long as diving back in to FJ.

There’s that, and the fact Bronwyn Green read my previous blog post, saw the sidebar widget and DM’d me on Twitter, “OH MY GOD YOU HAVE A BOOK CALLED DEEP SCREW YOU NEED TO WRITE THIS NOW.”

I’ll post the cover art for DS when I’ve finished the first draft. As I’m only just getting back into this, I don’t want to over-estimate my writing speed and stamina, especially as I now have a day job and other things with which to concern myself, but at a rough guess I’d say I’ll be done with DS by the end of October.

Which leaves me just enough time to make a decision on whether or not to participate in NaNoWriMo this year…