Well, What Do We Have Here? A Blog?

I take certain things very seriously. Like… I can’t grow if I don’t push myself. See my blog. It’s been almost a month since my last post, and that’s got to be the longest I’ve stayed away. That’s a definite record for me, which is also kind of like pushing myself to the next level, right? XD The break was badly needed, though, and while I’ve been largely sporadic over at Twitter, I kept away from anything beyond Gmail.

I’m currently on a historical / alt history gay romance kick and have been binge-reading the past few weeks. Half the time, since there really aren’t a lot of authors who publish consistently in this niche, I’ve also been re-reading old favorites and enjoying them immensely. I say more so than when I first read them, if anything, probably because I’m no longer a wide-eyed noob this time around, and I can be a little more discerning and critical (in a good way) about what I get my hands on.

Everything’s been giving me even more inspiration as to what I’d like to do next year. As mentioned before, I’ve been dying to write more gothic stuff – as in classic gothic stories with lots of atmosphere and world-building and tons of fun playing around with tropes. Since I’ll be free from second edition re-releases next year, I’ve got a lot more time to play with, which means a much more relaxed pace in my writing and publishing schedule.

I went back and forth with my publisher regarding my focus for next year, and while I told her I’ll be writing more YA titles, I’m opening myself up to the possibility that I’ll be needing a break from writing young adult fiction for 2016. Whatever I end up doing, it’ll be gothic in theme, for sure, and I’m also open to concentrating on either long novellas or short novels. Depending on how things work out for me, time-wise as well as health-wise, that is.

Since August just started, that’s still far into the future. For the time being, I need to get the last two books out of the way for this year before kicking back and easing up on my goals. I really am feeling the effects of two or three years’ worth of re-releases and new material back-to-back. I can’t wait for October to roll around, which is when I’ll be working on stuff for next year. Or I can just take the month off. I’ll have the luxury of choosing when the time comes. It be great, people. It be great.

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Speaking of gothic stuff, the next novella that’ll be coming out is tentatively called The Flowers of St. Aloysius, which will be released in e-book format and then paired up with Ansel of Pryor House for a two-novella print book. Like Ansel, it’s alt history folktale-y reading, this time set in France – or some place vaguely French, anyway. For the purpose of the plot, it’s really not necessary to be too precise as to place (see: traditional fairy tales).

It’s also inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter, one of my all-time favorite stories. In this case, though, the garden and the converted old stone chapel represent something else, not literally poison (like Hawthorne’s story) or death. There’s quite a bit of allegorizing* in St. Aloysius, though one can definitely still read the story along more literal lines as a fantasy novella. Either way is good. :D

Since the POV in the story alternates between two boys, the romance is also there from the get-go, unlike in Ansel, where Cedric remains elusive and mysterious till the end of the book. The contrast between Brys and Michel is done on purpose as well. At any rate, watch this space. As I’ve only started working on the novella, I don’t have much to share for the time being.

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‘Desmond and Garrick’ E-Book Giveaway

Okay, here we go – trundle on yonder to The Novel Approach and click the Rafflecopter icon. As I mentioned, both books 1 and 2 are up for grabs, and the same will be done when book 2 comes out next month. In brief, you’ve got two chances to win both books. Innit special, or what? Good luck to everyone, and if you’ve already gotten a copy of the 2nd edition, I hope you enjoy the book. PLEASE NOTE: BOOK 1 ENDS IN A CLIFFHANGER. As it is with the Henning series, it’s one long book that’s been divided into two. Think the Lord of the Rings trilogy. That sort of thing.

Now Available: ‘Desmond and Garrick (Book 1)’, 2nd Ed.

And so Desmond and Garrick (Book 1) is now available over at JMS Books. While the new release discount is 30%, the current month-long special celebrating the publisher’s 5th birthday will extend that discount all the way to the end of July. That’s the special offered for e-books purchased directly from the site. If you prefer paperbacks, it’s free shipping throughout the month for print books, and the print copy of Desmond and Garrick (Book 1) will be available at the end of the month.

It’s 1815. Garrick Mortimer is a scholar extraordinaire, an underemployed and starving genius, who agrees to sign on as tutor to Desmond Hathaway, the youngest son of a vampire family living in Yorkshire. Desmond, heartbroken by another boy’s callous treatment of him in school, rebels against Garrick’s attempts at educating him and does everything he could to chase Garrick away, which proves to be a greater challenge than he first thought.

When Desmond’s older brother returns from Italy for a visit and brings with him a small group of talentless and self-absorbed poets, life in Dryden Abbey turns upside-down, mainly when Desmond meets Leigh Blaise Sherbourne, a sullen vampire poet.

Throw into the mix a desperate mother’s plea for grandchildren, a family-owned torture chamber, a cottage-abbey-and-quarter-castle, and a grumpy family magician, and Garrick finds life in the Hathaway household to be a great deal more than he bargained for.

On Tuesday, I’ll be doing an e-book giveaway over at The Novel Approach. And it’ll be free copies of both books 1 and 2 (book 2 will be out late August) to the winner.