I haven't posted much about my own work on the blog recently because I wrote so much about "Chase of a Lifetime" for a while I didn't want people to get bored. That's why I tried to keep the posts about COAL mainly limited to technical things, like editing the book for publication and working on the actual Kindle publishing process. I know a lot of authors are curious about this and I wanted to explain my experience step by step.
Writing and publishing COAL has been a great experience for me. I've learned a lot along the way, and I'm still learning. If you think submitting a manuscript to a publisher is hard work, you haven't lived until you've published a book on your own. In the past, I always knew there would be an editor and a copy editor to cover my back if it needed covering. With COAL, it was only me.
But it was a good challenge, and I'm doing it again. I haven't stopped writing for the publishers I've been working with for a long time. I have a new release coming out with Loveyoudivine.com titled, "Cowboy Mike and Buddy Boy," and I just signed a contract with Ravenous Romance to write a new novel under a pen name. Unfortunately, I'm with the school of thought that believes you don't ever reveal a pen name. So I won't be posting much about the new Ravenous project here on the blog. But it's the first time I've ever used a pen name in m/m fiction, and I'm actually having fun with it. The main reason for the pen name is because I'm now writing in a sub-genre I've never written in before. It's more for readers, so they don't get confused, than it is for me.
The new indie book for Amazon Kindle I just finished is titled, "Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street." It will be released sometime this summer, probably June. It will be a .99 Kindle e-book, just like COAL. This one is a little different than anything else I've ever written because there's BDSM in the storyline...a lot of BDSM. But I would consider it light BDSM. Though I've written BDSM erotica before, I never tackled a BDSM m/m romance. I was always cautious about doing this because it's so important...to me...to combine the BDSM and the love in such a way that it moves the story forward. It wasn't easy to do. And it's one reason why I've never been fond of reading BDSM m/m romance. But I have always been curious about it. In this case, we'll find out when the reviews start coming in.
I will be posting more about "Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street" as soon as I get closer to a publication date. Right now I'm working on information to send to the cover artist, and I honestly have no idea what to tell her.
Here's the raw version of the blurb for "Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street."
Jonah Sweet has a secret need to be dominated and punished, with whips and chains and leather cuffs. He also has a graduate degree in puppetry from a good university, but can’t find a job and is still with his mom and dad in Queens. So he signs up for cooking school, hoping to learn a trade. But it’s nothing like he thought it would be and he winds up flunking everything from cutlery to hard-boiled eggs. The only other skill Jonah has is the ability to read other peoples’ thoughts, which he knows isn’t going to get him very far.
On the day of an important cooking exam, Jonah meets David Abernathy, the owner of the cooking school and a billionaire who owns restaurant chains, casinos, and real estate. The harder Jonah tries to impress David the worse it gets. But handsome David Abernathy sees something in Jonah. With no explanation at all, David sets Jonah up in an office, buys him a brand new wardrobe, and brings him into his unusual home on Delancey Street.
Though Jonah is stunned by all this, he’s even more stunned by the fact that he can’t read David Abernathy’s thoughts. But Jonah is in no position to turn any offers down. He takes the job in spite of David’s rude, nasty disposition and his erratic rants. From there they enter into an unusual relationship filled with bondage and discipline and more love than either one of them could ever have imagined.
When David introduces Jonah to a little boy in a wheel chair and explains his past, Jonah only falls deeper in love with David. He discovers a gentle side of David no one knows about. But will intense love and exotic sex be enough to compensate for David’s complicated personality and his vicious need to control everything? And will Jonah ever be able to put up with David’s public outbursts and his violent moods?