After the quick succession of Something Forbidden and Unconventional, I’ve had more than a few readers ask what to expect next. Being a firm believer of managing expectations, here’s me being proactive.
I don’t talk much about it in the public space, but I do have a life outside of writing erotica. That life is about to get more busy in mid-December, when my wife and I are adding a second child to the clan. When we had our first (now almost three), I actually managed to carve out some productivity on my iPhone. This time around, I suspect that won’t be the case, but we shall see.
I’m also actively looking for a new job. I’m not going to get into those details, but basically, I’d like to get back to my creative roots that I somehow got promoted out of. Prospects are looking pretty sunny, and my success in the publishing space has not only given our family a nice cushion (so thank you all for that), but has also taught me some applicable lessons in publishing, formatting, and front end web design.
This is the section you probably care about most (don’t feel guilty, I would, too), but it’s important to understand the life changes above to understand the updates here. Don’t worry, while my free time may become limited in the next few months, I still plan on publishing at least a few new books.
So the bad news first. I’ve moved my current work in progress to the back burner. It’s still there, and I’m still intensely interested in seeing it through to the end (it’s another story in the vein of Just Watch Me and Something Forbidden), but I don’t think that I’ll be able to finish it before the baby comes along, and it’s such an intense story that I don’t want to rush it.
The good news is that I’ve shifted a few things around so that I will have something out prior to then–and it’s also in the vein of Just Watch Me and Something Forbidden. In fact, it’s kind of a predecessor to those two stories. A few years ago, I began a story about a man who encourages his wife to have a fling with a coworker. I shared part of the story with fellow author Kirsten McCurran, who liked it so much that she decided to write the story from the wife’s perspective. Together, we finished the story. She published hers way back in August 2011, called Because He’s Watching. I never published mine because I just couldn’t reconcile myself with the main character and his obsession. Almost two and a half years later, I’m more at peace with him (although I’m never going to be a huge fan of his). I’m well over halfway through the edits and it’s looking good.
In the meantime, pick up a copy of Because He’s Watching over on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords today. Ian’s side of the story, Because He’s Watching: Ian’s Obsession, should be out before we celebrate the new year.
After that, it all depends on the baby’s schedule and how fast I can write. Like I said, I’ve got the WIP that I just put on the back-burner. I’ve also got a fun story about two couples who get snowbound for a few days (and sexual hijinks ensue) that’s over half-complete. And about a thousand other story ideas that could become shorts, at the very least. Watch this space for what’s next!
Finally, I’ll be participating in the 2013 Scorching Christmas Fantasy Event over at Scorching Book Reviews (which just launched their new site and it looks fantastic!). Throughout the month of December, characters from your favorite erotic and romance books will be divulging their kinky Christmas fantasies. Linnea Sorenson, of Unconventional, and her husband will be sharing a fun and possibly illuminating Christmas…on Christmas Day. That’s right, I landed December 25. Don’t miss it!