Been a while since I posted so I thought I would write an update.
This past weekend was pretty awesome thanks in large part to this A- Recommended Read review from Dear Author for GOOD TIME BAD BOY. When it was brought to my attention on Twitter, first I was terrified, then I was floored. This is the kind of review you print out and carry around in your back pocket forever. Needless to say, I’m pretty proud of my small town romance.
Someone asked if I’ve reconsidered writing another contemporary. Short answer: nah. Long answer: I mean, who knows? I may write another at some point. The genre’s not a natural fit for me. I don’t know that I could have written GOOD TIME BAD BOY without the music angle. So it’s a matter of the right story presenting itself. That’s not something I know how to force. Besides, I think the romance genre could use more standalone books. 🙂
I’ve also been asked about the Bradbury Institute paranormal series. That was something that started out as just for fun ages ago, and it’s going to stay that way. I’ve never had any intention of keeping that on a regular release schedule. I know that’s not how you’re supposed to do self-pub, but, eh, I never was good at playing by the rules. I work on Bradbury stories between longer works, so it’s not abandoned, it’s just not at the top of my priority list.
So what is at the top of my priority list? I had a couple of themes that I wanted to explore – a redemption story, and a story about a female hero. Not a heroine as in the female protagonist, but a woman who is a Big Damn Hero. (This might have something to do with the fact that Marvel won’t give us a damn Black Widow movie, damn it.) (Ahem.) The Magic Born trilogy was a weird hybrid of sci-fi and paranormal, and I’ve wanted to dive deep into sci-fi ever since. So I went through my folders full of story ideas, barely started manuscripts, trunked unfinished manuscripts, and other debris. By combining the threads of seven different story ideas, I found what I was looking for.
So now I’m working on CITY OF SECRETS (title subject to change, because I kind of suck at titles). It’s part crime thriller, contemporary sci-fi, superhero origin story, and romance. The superhero is a woman who escaped from a mysterious lab that performed experiments in human enhancement – gene therapy and cybernetic implants. The love interest/sidekick/dude in distress is a billionaire playboy she saves from a violent attack.
I have no timeline on when I’ll be done with this book, or what I’ll do with it. It’s not the kind of thing I see agents or editors looking for, so I may wind up self-publishing it. Right now I’m not going to worry about what comes after, I’m just going to focus on writing.
That’s all the news I’ve got. I think I’ll go read that awesome review again. 🙂