FORBIDDEN MOON—Gladstone Shifters Book 4
Word count is now 16,000+ and I’ve just finished chapter six. I’m finding that each book in the series gets more complicated as I add characters, record life changes, introduce new story threads, and play with various drama points. The added complexity makes for slower writing at times, and it can be overwhelming!
Actually , this has happened for each of my longer books. It’s really not that much of a problem (though I worry about it anyway). If I neglect to mention something important, I stop the story, write up the missing part(s), and then find just the right insertion point. Sometimes this requires rearranging, deleting, or adding even more text to make it seamless. In the end, no one would ever know the changes were made.
Pacing is also proving to be something of a bear this time around, as I have both the main dramatic story thread unfolding as the major new romance/mating is revealed. Sometimes this dance turns out to be a lot of fun, tugging the reader back and forth while the tension and heat build. The struggle is resisting the urge to deliver all the good stuff up front, because who doesn’t like the juicy tidbits? Of course you do, and so do I.
Check back here for my thoughts and progress updates.
Coming Up Next
RETURN OF THE DRAMAN (working title)
The sequel to Rise of the Draman is bubbling away on the back burner. The plan is to craft it as a collection of shorter works as I did with book one, with Croft a bit older (perhaps pre-teen). Readers are demanding more stories and I have a bunch of great ideas already. I won’t be able to get started on this one until sometime next year.
I envision this as a series of Sci-Fi novels or novellas with a common backstory linking them together. Cool aliens, awesome new worlds, and humans in distress. You won’t believe some of the awesome stuff I have planned. Great space opera without all the singing!
This will be a series of shorter works with a mix of genres: fantasy, paranormal, Sci-Fi, and romance. Pay a visit to the shoppe and pick up a little something to take home. Every customer is guaranteed to get more than their money’s worth! And what about that mysterious shopkeeper and her “cat”? Irresistible reading in delicious bites!
I have toyed with the idea of something seasonal for Christmas or Valentines. It would require a lot of advance planning to get it written, edited and launched at the appropriate time, but it’s a good back-burner idea. There’s certainly no lack of romance ideas in my files! I’m thinking something with older men or perhaps bear shifters – because who doesn’t like some serious cuddling?
My Galactic Neighborhood novels need revision, more editing, and new covers. I have no idea when I will have the time or money to pursue this project. Meanwhile, the books will be available as-is.
Canceled – Retail Men
Green’s Thumb is now a standalone, but it, too, requires an overhaul – including significant new material. It remains available for purchase as-is for now. (Cover was changed 6-26-2020).
Reader feedback tells me fans really appreciated a 50+ gay romance, and there aren’t a lot of books out there for this demographic. I’m gathering information for a new series featuring silver characters who find their special someone. It’s my desire to take a realistic and humorous look at life, love and sex for men over 50. Not sure when I can get to it, but I may be able to squeeze in a short stand-alone silver romance for Christmas or Valentines Day.
More Paranormal/Fantasy – Future books may include bear and cat shifters, elves, fairies, brownies, genies, giants, merfolk, cupids, and unicorns. I’m eager to write about all of them! (some of these ideas may show up in the Curiosity Shoppe series – see note above).
Types of stories I won’t write
You’ll have to find a different author if you are looking for books with angels, demons, witches, vampires, or zombies. They just aren’t my cup of tea.
Out of Print
My first novel, Second Chance Earth is no longer available for purchase. Why? See my blog post for the explanation.
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