So it’s June, and why it feels like LATE AUGUST I don’t even know. Seriously I don’t mind summer and I don’t mind some nice hot days, but it’s been over 95 for 947 days in a row and will continue until the end of all things 😐
Also our air conditioner was out, which made me a cranky Avon because NO. It is very hard to want to do anything that isn’t nap or complain when it’s that hot. Luckily, we got a great storm last night and! the air is fixed. This is why I don’t blog, you guys. It’s like, “here is some tedious minutia about my day.” I mean, that’s basically what Twitter is and I LOVE Twitter, but the character limit keeps me in check. (Probably it doesn’t.)
So despite the heat that is never going to end and will bake me into cinders, there are exciting things afoot! If you haven’t seen it already, Empty Net has a cover — and a release date of September 2nd! I’m super excited about this book, y’all. Isaac is probably my favorite character in the Scoring Chances series, and I really hope people will enjoy his story. There are some heavier issues involved, which I will address when it’s closer to the release date, some of which are very meaningful and personal so I plan to do a post about it. A serious one, even 😐 But I really just love Isaac and I hope others will, too! There’s lots of Max and Misha in the fourth book, too.
I do have plans to include a little story about Isaac in my newsletter set between the third and fourth book, and that will probably be available in July. You can sign up for my newsletter if you like by clicking here. I don’t spam you, promise. In fact I’m also a very intermittent newsletter sender. Look, I have books to write and Twitter to spam, so…. >>
Other than Empty Net, I’ve got a few other things in the works! There’s going to be an audiobook for both Breakaway and Let the Wrong Light In by the end of the summer, which is just…it’s amazing. The narrators are both great and I think are going to do wonderful things with the books. It’s so weird to hear people give voice to my characters, let me just tell you. Scott R. Smith, the narrator for Breakaway, sends me files as he goes along. I listened to chapter two and hid behind my hands when Jared and Lane kissed in the elevator, and I think I blushed. So that’s going to be fun to listen to the later chapters where they do a lot more than kiss, haha! I can’t wait to hear how they both sound, this whole experience is really interesting!
Breakaway and Save of the Game are also going to be translated into French!! How cool is that?
The fifth Scoring Chances book, tentatively titled Coach’s Challenge, is underway, and after I scrapped my initial plan it’s coming along quite nicely (Please note I will not be saying this in about two weeks, once the first draft is done and I hate every word of it 😐 ).
In October, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a charity anthology to benefit the You Can Play Project, which advocates for LGBT inclusion and respect in sports. The NHL partners with the You Can Play Project and the anthology, Changing on the Fly, will include seven stories about hockey boys in love, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the YCPP. My story is called “Next Season” and is about a trade deadline move that sends a big-name player and a not-so-big-name prospect to a new team in Philly.
Finally, I just got word that my novella, Whiskey Business, will be published by Dreamspinner Press in their “States of Love” collection. I chose my home state of Kentucky, and the story is about a small town distillery selling out to a bigger one in Lexington, and the clash between the residents of the small town and the guy the company sends down to make sure it’ll be worth the company’s while to do all this work. The company man and the local owner of the still clash a bit at first, but things end up as smooth as good whiskey.
I had so much fun writing this one. I realized after I sent in my proposal that I’d named my main character Ryder Waites (“that sounds good together,” thought I, not realizing it sounded familiar because the Rider-Waite deck is a pretty famous deck of tarot cards) and so I just went with it. It’s a quirky little novella and I got to put in a lot of hometown love, reference insane Wildcat basketball fans and mention Skyline Chili. I got so many great suggestions for pun names for the businesses in Gallows Grove, too! I wish this town was real.
There are a few other things in the works, but for now, I’m working on finishing up the next hockey book, revising a story about an FBI agent and an art thief, and playing with a few other things. Busy busy, but I still find time to play Futurama: Game of Drones on my phone and spend too much time on Twitter, so. Business as usual around here.
Hope everyone is having a great summer (though it’s only day two, really) and that you’re not also melting into cinders from the heat (or, for those of you who live in the Southern Hemisphere, freezing into icicles). I know I say this literally at the end of every blog post (all…four of them, shhh) but thank you to everyone who has reached out and said hi, chatted at me about my books or just books in general, hockey (which, is it October yet??) or whatever else — and of course, for reading my stories! I’m always so thankful and appreciate it so much <3
/longest blog post ever (see, this is why I’m way better at Twitter :D)