Every couple of months I have a Skype chat with Lynn West from Dreamspinner Press. The subject of conversation? What I'm writing next for Dreamspinner.
But then there are also my self published books...
So I thought I'd let you in what what I'm planning, though I should add at this point - my plans tend not to be written in stone but on an Etch-A-Sketch! In other words - subject to change!!
This month I'm working on a Dreamspun Desires title, and all I'm going to tell you is... Beauty and the Beast. (I know, already there are some of you out there thinking about singing teapots and dancing candlesticks, right?)
I'll be working on another Dreamspun later in the year, a tale of BFF.
In between, I have a story to two ex-army buddies who meet up after 20 years. I've even written a sort of blurb to give you an idea of that one..
Dale and Terry served together in the military. They watched out for each other, even saved each other's necks a few times. They were like brothers. Except when they got out, real life got in the way and it's been twenty years since Dale and Terry parted company.
Terry's son is the only positive thing he has to show for the last twenty years - three failed marriages have left him resigned to being a bachelor. The one constant in his life? His memories of his army buddy. Not a day goes by when he doesn't remember his pal Dale.
Dale has finally tracked Terry down. For nearly a week, he's sat in his car, trying to summon up the nerve to go knock on Terry's door. He has so much to tell his old pal, about his failed marriage, his twin children - and the fact that he came out. Only one thing keeps Dale going - his hopes.
God, he hopes for so much. Now if he can only get out of the goddamn car and go knock on that door...
I'll be working on Secrets #2 with Parker Williams this year, and you may get a surprise when you learn who one of the main characters is...
For my self published titles, I have three things I'd like to accomplish before the year is out.
The fifth Lightning Tale, is all about Kaden, the bartender from Trust Me and Love Me. (I can hear all those readers who were going, "KA-DEN! KA-DEN! KA-DEN!" back when Love Me came out... LOL)
Eight year old Carl Denniger Jr stands at his father's graveside, while his mom falls apart and everyone takes about police and drugs and guns. Daddy wasn't a bad man and what people are saying? Just isn't true.
Seventeen years later, Carl Jr is now Travis, taken from the US by his grandparents to give him a new life. At the age of twenty-five, he is one of the UK's most sought-after and innovative garden designers. When Benjamin Driscoll wants Travis to design a series of gardens for his sprawling country estate, Travis likes what he sees - both the job and the man. Ben is forty-four, very attractive, and if Travis's gaydar is working, he likes men. As the gardens take shape, so does their relationship.
Until the day Travis hears from his 'uncle' James, his late father's partner. James has kept in touch, and when he sees a photo of Ben, he makes a startling statement. Ben looks like Matt, the third partner in their business - Matt, who disappeared when his father died. And when James does some unconventional digging, what he finds shocks Travis to the core. The bullet that killed his father was not police issue. Someone else killed Carl, and all the evidence points to Ben / Matt.
Travis has to know - is he sharing a bed with his father's murderer?
There's the fourth Island Tale, Uncharted Waters. The cover is all done, and no, I'm not sharing that yet. Let's just say some of you *might* recognize one of the models...
Jake and Finn Torrance have only recently moved to the island. Jake's a photographer setting up his new business, while Finn is a computer software designer who knows Sam. When Sam gets them an invite to a party, not long after they've moved to the quaint little village of Niton, they jump at the chance. A party means men, new toys to play with... Jake and Finn love to play, but only when they're together, and when they're done, the toys go back into the box and the married couple get on with their lives - until the next new shiny toy appears...
When Jake spots the cute man chatting with Taylor, the host, he can't resist flirting with him. The fact that Eric is straight isn't about to stop him. And when his husband catches Jake in the act, he has to agree Eric is definitely their type. But Finn advises Jake to leave him alone: it's obvious Eric doesn't want to play.
A few hours - and a lot of alcohol - later, Eric finds himself in an unexpected predicament when two guys come on to him. The kiss that follows blows his mind.
Eric's world is about to be turned upside-down.
So, there you have it, a taste of what's (hopefully) to come this year.