This week I crossed a professional milestone! Up until now, the longest book I’ve written is Starting Point at 92K words. But my current WIP, Yanni’s Story, has breezed past that and is currently at 106K!! There’s probably another 12K to go, maybe more.
Yanni’s Story is written in three sections called Acts. Given he’s studying acting, I thought it was appropriate LOL. Each Act shows Yanni’s growth and recovery from being in an abusive relationship. I’ll share more of this when the first draft is done.
And I could split Yanni’s Story (yes, that’s the name of the book) into three separate books, and it would be more in tune with the Spencer Cohen Series (which Yanni’s world is a part of) if it were three books, but truthfully, it would read better as one book. So it will stay as one book. 🙂
I’m still aiming for a release in late Aug/early Sept. Fingers crossed my editor won’t suggest massive re-writes LOL
For my Italian readers, Cuore di Terra Rossa 3 is out today!! That’s Red Dirt Heart 3 to everyone else 😉
A reminder that I’m taking pre-orders for signed books at GRL in October, when I’ll be in Denver, Colorado!
You can find the pre-order form HERE.
Also, a HUGE thank you to my audio listeners for making Cronin’s Key such a successful release! It spent three weeks straight at #1 on LGBT audio, so thank you!!!
Okay, so I won’t be here next week, so there won’t be an update. I’ll be away with my son’s tennis but also for a bit of a family vacation as well. I’m going to try like crazy to have Yanni’s Story’s first draft done so I can have some down time. I’ve written 65K words in the last month, so my hands (and brain) would probably appreciate the break 😉
Have a fabulous week! Until then… <3
Good morning!! Yes, it’s only four months to GRL!! I’m so excited to see everyone again and to meet new friends. A little freaked out about travelling to the US alone, but I’m sure it’ll be fine. I travelled from the US back to Australia by myself without a hitch, so I’m sure it’ll be fine! I leave home at 5:30am, fly to Sydney, then to LAX, for a grand total of 20 hours travelling time! Ugh, I’m sure it will be as sucky as it sounds LOL
SIGNED PAPERBACKS AT GRL
As Colorado has sticky selling/trading regulations, especially for non-US residents, I won’t be selling any books at GRL. However, If anyone attending GRL this year in Denver would like signed paperbacks, you have two options: You can bring your own copies and I will happily sign them, or you can pre-order them using my pre-order form (like last year). To ensure no money changes hands in the US, all purchases and financial transactions are to be taken place beforehand, and I will then have your signed books for collection at GRL.
You can find the pre-order form HERE
To allow for ordering and shipping, please note the cut off period for ordering signed paperbacks from me is September 30th.
Quick writing update
My WIP, Yanni’s Story, is now at 86K words. I’m thinking there might be about 20-30K to go, so yes, it will definitely be my longest story. My longest book to date is 92K so this will easy pass that. 🙂
I’m aiming for a late Aug/early Sept release date, all things going well. That is subject to change, but I’ll keep everyone posted!
Not sure when I’ll do the cover reveal. I may wait until I’ve finished the first draft and have some feedback from my beta readers. I don’t want to release the cover with an actual release date if I need to do major rewrites. Fingers crossed that won’t happen LOL
I’m still working on getting that free story posted, so stay tuned on that. I haven’t forgotten, I promise. I’m just trying to work out the best way to post it so it’s reader friendly. There should be approx. daily (very short) chapter updates every day for a month, which should be fun!
That’s it for today! I hope everyone has a fabulous week! Until then…
I cannot believe how fast this year is going! It feels like I’m doing these Monday posts every second day! 😉
So, what’s been happening this week? Doctor appointments, kids’ sport (oh, and school lol) and writing! I somehow managed to write 12K this week!
A quick WIP update is that Yanni’s Story is now at 62k words and I’m very pleased to announce that Yanni and Peter have kissed! Once! LOL I’m truly thinking this will be a 90k-100k story. My longest story ever is 92k and I do think this will exceed that. 🙂
I might even share the cover soon! I’m hesitant to share it in case I jinx myself LOL. I’d hate to share it, have people get excited, then to get writer’s block or something… but I really love the cover and can’t wait to share it!
I got creative with some paperbacks and want to explain a few things…
Red Dirt Heart Imago is only 18k words long, so to beef it up for paperback, I added the Red Dirt Christmas story as a bonus to the back.
But, because I love the Red Dirt Christmas cover so much, and a lot of readers told me they do too, I decided to put it in paperback with Red Dirt Heart Imago as the bonus story at the back.
Excuse the terrible photography LOL but I hope the pics make it clear as what you can expect in each book. Both books have 138 pages and should retail for $7USD. They have been approved through Createspace and should be available at Amazon very soon! I was hoping to have the link for this post, but it wasn’t to be. I will update asap!
I’m thrilled to say Cronin’s Key has been sitting at #1 in the LGBT Audio spot for a week!!!
Joel’s narration is incredible, and the reviews have reflected this! I’m so excited to announce that he has just started on Cronin’s Key II 🙂
I’ve never considered audio when writing, and I’d have loved to be a fly on the wall when I told Joel he had a dozen different accents to master LOL But he nailed each and every one! I can’t wait to see what he does with CKII. And Red Dirt Heart 3 soon after!
That’s it for this week! I won’t be posting next week as I’ll be away. Be safe, be kind. <3