I’ve been kind of quiet. That’s because there is a LOT going on. I had a new sexy southern Gothic out as Rinda, but in other big news, I’m making some changes, streamlining how I do things. I’m also jumping with both feet into the M/M romance world. I’ve been moving that direction a long, long time and when friend and fellow lover of m/m romance, Jocelynn Drake and I came up with some stories we could not stop talking about, we decided to do this together. And wow, did we find we work very well together. I’m so excited about our first book! It’s in final revisions now and we’re putting together our websites, etc. You can find us in several places–still mostly under construction. We’re not on FB yet, but our Tumblr is HOT. <G> http://drakeandelliott.tumblr.com/ Our website is www.drakeandelliott.com and we’re on Twitter. Come follow and keep up with our latest news. smile emoticon https://twitter.com/DrakeandElliott
Though I did say I had to set both this series and The Kithran Regenesis series aside, I didn’t mean this was a permanent situation. In fact, I’m finding myself working on both in between other contracted projects. I also write as Rinda Elliott. Dani Worth is the pen name I used for my more erotic work and it’s possible I’ll be blending the two names in the future now that my kids are older. They were the main reason for having the two writing names when I first started publishing these. (Plus, I write YA as Rinda. )
But I have a book coming out in July called Raisonne Curse and it’s a spicier Rinda m/f book. Click on the cover to read the blurb and a long, sexy sneak peak!
Because most of my Dani books are m/m/f with one m/f, I don’t want readers thinking I separated the names because of the alternative relationships. I didn’t. I honestly don’t even like calling any love story alternative. To me, they’re love stories whether they are m/f, m/m/f, m/m… you get my drift. In fact, I may be coming out with a m/m romantic suspense series I’m co-writing with another author and it’s possible I’ll be doing those as Rinda. (Yeah, I’m teasing.) Like I said, my kids are older now and they certainly know what I write now and don’t care. They are also old enough to deal with local fall out over mom’s love for ALL kinds of love stories. ;) My kids are independent, open and strong-minded, loving and wonderful–luckiest mom ever!
So, I’m getting some curious readers here lately and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the very fun bundle of post-apocalyptic stories I’m in with the new Kit Rocha release Beyond Innocence. Out today!!! Man, I love their covers–check this one out! Click on it to go to Amazon for the blurb!
The bundle is a part of this fantastic contest called Love After the End of Things and it includes a Kindle loaded with 13 post-apocalyptic romances including my After the Crux. Click here to enter!
So any readers who enjoy After the Crux and end up reading the sequel Sole Survivors, I just wanted you to know there will be more books in the series. I had to set them aside to handle an apocalyptic YA trilogy contract with Harlequin Teen and a couple of other projects, but they will happen. Especially if interest in them picks up. In fact, here’s a short snippet in the rough of Tripp and Cad from the first two books. Crux #3 snippet.
I recently introduced a good friend to the M/M Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux. She’s a writer–one with a very popular series–but she hadn’t read a lot of erotic books with bisexual characters before she’d picked up my first two Kithran novellas. In fact, she hadn’t read a (doesn’t this feel like it should be an?) m/m/f menage book at all before and she just loved them. She’s still one of my biggest fans, which is fun. But we’ve become friends now.
(BTW, she was so inspired, she’s now written a wonderful contemporary m/m/f menage! Seriously, it’s good.)
So, we’re chatting and I’m telling her that I truly love this Cut and Run series. I reread the books…even joined a Goodreads group for their fans. She gave the first a try about two weeks ago. She’s in the reread stage already. There are 8 books out. Ten and a novella if you count the spinoff series, which I do. The emails have been hilarious and I’ve been called evil for introducing her to the illness.
But I’m thrilled. Thrilled that I helped a reader discover a new series to love. So, I thought I’d throw up a blog post to my readers who may not have discovered the books yet.
You can check out the books, see reviews and reading order here. And um…welcome to the sickness!
I’m pretty jazzed that ORIGIN got reviewed in Romantic Times Magazine! And it’s a nice one, too. Check it out.
Some authors feel we should keep some of the behind-the-scene realities away from readers, some share everything–some even share too much, in my opinion. LOL. I’m sort of somewhere in the middle. But, I also feel readers deserve to know whats going on when a series they love abruptly slows down. I had to do that with both The Kithran Regenesis and Crux Survivors.
But they certainly are NOT over.
I’m always hoping that something will breathe some life into these series, which is why I’m happy when new reviews pop up. I absolutely LOVE writing these books and the last one in Kithra, REDEMPTION, will be another long and emotional roller-coaster like ORIGIN. The next Crux Survivors is already partially written and it will be the same.
I had to set these aside because there just aren’t enough readers for them. When we spend the months writing, revising, editing, and promoting and a book doesn’t pass a couple hundred in sales, the writer is basically going into the hole. It would be cool if we could write books without having to worry about income, but that’s not living in the real world. And unfortunately, a lot of the real world still feels it’s okay to share e-copies of our books online. I’ve actually seen a book that has only sold 200 copies get downloaded illegally more than that on one site alone. It’s heartbreaking, but this is an ongoing battle that will hopefully end in a solution before a lot of really talented authors have to quit giving us the stories we love. As you can see, I’m a reader, too. Big time. This worries me from that standpoint as well.
But as for my two sexy series with Samhain–these are heavy niche stories. Space opera, m/m/f menage (mostly), post-apocalyptic… So, the readership is already going to be small. I do believe, however, there are more readers out there who might enjoy them. It’s just a visibility issue. That’s why I get pretty excited when a new reviewer finds some joy in my stories and shares.
Recently, Red Hot Books has reviewed all four of the books so far in The Kithran Regenesis, so I’m sharing the last one. I really enjoyed writing Origin–loved that I made the book more than twice as long as the first. It gave me the opportunity to really delve into the characters. Seemed this reviewer agreed.
The best thing fans of a series can do is help spread the word. Put out reviews–especially at Amazon, blog about the books, tweet. It’s word of mouth that gives a series life. So thanks to all the readers who have done this with my books. You guys rock!