Finally everything has slowed down and I can get back to writing Rey’s story.

I’ve been writing this story for a while, and it’s good to get back to it. This is one of those stories that you piece together rather than run off all at once, and the pieces are coming together nicely.

I told you the one sentence blurb a while ago, but here’s a bit more about it:

Reynaldo Gunnar is the biggest cattle rancher in the Nitivali. For the past twenty years, he’s driven his herd round that domed city, overwintering home with the couple he loves.

But a day out of the auction fields, an encounter with a new, young, pretty hand begins a chain of events which changes his life. And when he finally reaches home, what he finds ensures his future will never be the same.

 

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Guess I’m in the 21st century now. 😉

You’d think I’d have more time for writing these days: book #2 is merrily on its way (even getting some sales!). NaNo isn’t until next week.

So why only a few sentences?

Fucking marketing.

It seems to take up my whole day – social media, especially. By the time I get to the writing, I’m wiped out. Plus I guess I’m doing a bit of looking over my shoulder. Even though the kids are grown, the idea of them seeing their Parental Figure writing hot stuff gives me pause.

(another reason for the pen name)

How are you all doing?

 

I never knew publishing a book was so much work. Between that and the day job (yeah, it’s at home but it pays the bills) this blog has to be feeling neglected.

But I have had a few nights to get some writing in, which is always good.

I’m mulling over a title. How does Ghosts of the Past sound? It sums up the book pretty well but I’m worried it sounds like a paranormal. What do you think?

 

51jMrOM6TBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ While doing research for my novel I ran across Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden and bought it.

This is the story of a widowed bisexual detective, Kyle Dubois, who is investigating the murder of a young man. The body is found by Jesse Morales, who just finished college and wants to write mystery novels.

Jesse wants to learn as much as he can about crime investigation to write his novels; Kyle wants this kid away from his crime scene.

What they both want is to be with each other.

Jesse wants to help; Kyle wants Jesse safe. Jesse is dealing with his obnoxious co-worker ex; Kyle is dealing with the death of his wife, his bi-virgin status, and insecurity at the age difference between them.

But Jesse is a persistent little cuss, inserting himself both into the crime investigation and into Kyle’s affections, to the point that things get much too serious – and deadly.

There are some fairly funny scenes (Kyle has to deal with his slightly homophobic yet good-natured partner) as well as some excellent description.

The only real criticism I have is that it dragged a bit at the beginning. But halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. Definitely reading more from this author.

I give this four thumbs up!

four thumbs up

While doing research for my bisexual erotic romance novel, I ran across Marketing Beef: A Gay Romance by Rick Bettencourt and bought it.

Marketing Beef is about an accountant named Evan McCormick who falls for the new guy at work (who is way above his pay grade). A complication involves financial scandal in his company; as the accountant, Evan falls under suspicion.

From the title and blurb, I thought the story would take place in the office. Most of the novel took place while camping, though, and I kept wondering when they were going to get back to the office. I enjoy camping, but the business issues framed the camping trips rather than being an integral part of the plot. While their ‘big fight’ revolved around the scandal, the issue felt tacked on.

The main character and plot lines sometimes seemed contrived – painfully shy yet has multiple former lovers, all who ‘somehow’ end up at the same place? Hmm.

There was one place where I had to page back because of confusion about ‘what body part is going where’ … which may have been an editing issue more than anything else.

That said, the novel was entertaining and had several very funny scenes (‘egg’ in the hair, anyone?). It’s a good solid novel which anyone who enjoys m/m romance would like.

I’ll give this three thumbs up. Nice work.

 

three thumbs up

 

Some people call this the “log line” or some other such thing, but it’s basically one sentence which tells what you book is about. I think I called the “one sentence blurb” somewhere else.

For example, the story of The Hobbit might read:

A hobbit is persuaded by a wizard to accompany eleven dwarves in order to break into their former home, which is currently occupied by a dragon.

Or something like that.

So what’s my upcoming wild ride? Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

A cattle rancher returns home to find his lover dying and must renegotiate his relationship with his soulmate: her husband.

I’m writing a more mundane novel for NaNoWriMo (book #2 in my series), but once I’m done with that this one is next on the queue.