It’s funny, at the end of every novel I write, I look forward to taking a break. A chance to catch my breath… and it never happens. I should know better than to think it ever would, but it’s OK. As much as I like to breathe, writing is what gives me the oxygen I need. It’s what keeps me sane. My characters keep me stable.
While I was finishing up Synapse Continuum, the last book in the Alpha Core trilogy, I was offered the chance to do something different. To broaden my writerly horizons. Not one to back down from a challenge, I accepted and I’ve not only found it fascinating but also realized that writing is writing and genre really doesn’t matter. At least not to me. It never has.
Sure, it’s much easier to write in a genre that is specific to your strengths, as sci-fi is to mine, but really, each book is only different in the story it tells. They each follow similar formats and structures. Beginnings, middles, and ends. Conflict and climax. Black moments and happy endings. No matter what genre you write, they all share the same things – great characters that speak to you. That’s it.
With that in mind, I took on this project. It fit into my schedule perfectly. Synapse Continuum released on Feb 11th and I have to submit this one by the end of August. And it’s a novella, which is fine. As I started writing it, I realized I loved my new characters. They were very different from those from my Alpha Core trilogy and gave me the chance to be a little more comical. A lot sexier since this one is a contemporary romance with a twist. More James Bond-y. And it’s for Desiree Holt’s Omega Men world, so hot is a key factor. Something I haven’t written in a while.
The title of this novella is “Devil in the Details” and hero Asher Boyce has already proven to be up to the task of taking on his mission. We shall see what I can throw at him to trip him up.
Besides this novella, I’m also twenty-eight chapters into a collaboration novel with writer Casey Hagen. Our story, “Twice in a Lifetime”, has been a blast to write. It’s the spicy tale of a country-born realtor who needs to realize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and a self-made tycoon who needs to realize that money can’t buy love. Not even from your own family. Their relationship is hot, volatile and funny as hell and Casey and I have had a ball writing it. Hope to have it out by Spring. Sorry, don’t have a cover reveal yet, but will post it as soon as I do.
Keep checking back for updates on my releases and remember, I’ll be doing a day-long takeover on 2/28 hosted by Skye’s Starlets. There will be fun and prizes all day long. Hope to see you there.