It’s been a good while since I wrote about what I’m up to, although as usual that generally means I’m not doing much on the writing front. However, ‘not much’ is not the same as ‘nothing’. I actually have been making progress on two fronts: Worlds Apart After sitting in the electronic drawer, almost finished but waiting a final edit, I’ve finally pulled out the beta comments for “Worlds Apart” and am going through the final draft.
My latest story is at the point where I’d like to get some feedback from some beta readers. A beta reader gets to read a book before it’s published (generally, before it’s even gone to the publisher) and - this is the important part - gives feed back to the author about anything in the story that needs improvement. I had some really wonderful beta readers for the David & Gun series, but as “Worlds Apart” is a very different story, I thought it was time to seek out new blood.
Quite a few things happening at once now, as always: Worlds Apart I just finished the first draft of another book, which I’m calling “Worlds Apart” for now. I even, just a few days ago, made a first stab at the cover. This book is another new departure for me, since the best category I can put it in is Science Fiction, although at its core there’s still a story of the relationship between two men.
It’s been a while since I issued any update, and there’s been a reason for that - beyond simply not having anything to share. I’ll [maybe] get to that in a moment, but first I do have some progress to report. [caption id="attachment_1132” align="alignright” width="187”]Cover - Letting Go[/caption] At long last I put the finishing touches on the first draft of “Letting Go”. It’s a bit shorter than I would like, but it’s long enough, so baring any sudden flash of inspiration - always a possibility but unlikely in the current circumstances - the story is complete.
The new David & Gun book, Letting Go, is slowly coming together. The first draft is almost complete, although there’s still a lot of polish needed here and there. It’s hard to say when it will be finished, since I seem to be spending endless amounts of time tweaking a few passages, but I’m reasonably confident it will be ready some time in the fall, so I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek at a chapter.
The first draft of my next book, Letting Go is well on its way towards completion, so it’s time to start thinking about the cover: Cover - Letting Go Letting Go picks up the story of my last book, Five At Table, more or less where it left off. It continues the tale of David, his husband/Dom/lover Gun, and the three young men that have become part of their family: Tom, Chang and Den.
You’ve probably seen the spate of recent releases in the last month or so, with both Journey’s End and Five At Table now available in all formats. Having two books ready to go at once was something of an accident, the result of setting work on Journey’s End aside, because I wasn’t quite happy with the way one bit was going. I went back to it after I packed Five At Table off to my beta readers, and managed to get past the sticky bits much better.
Here’s another sneak peak at a part of Five At Table (formerly “Baby Makes Three”), which will be released next week (I hope). It describes a trip David makes with Tom, the university student he and Gun are mentoring, while the two are still getting to know one another. [caption id="attachment_794” align="aligncenter” width="600” caption="Some of the ruins of Ayutthaya, the old capital of Siam, talked about in this excerpt."][/caption] David and Tom set out early in the morning to go to Ayutthaya, the old Siamese capital, by train.
[caption id="attachment_640” align="alignright” width="214” caption="Journey’s End Cover (final)"][/caption] Yes, friends, the “Journeys” series is almost at an end. I finished the third and final book, Journey’s End a few weeks ago and it’s now available for purchase from Smashwords and Amazon (see the book page for links). To celebrate this achievement, and for those of you who haven’t read one or both of the first two books, I’m offering them at Smashwords for 50% off for the rest of this month.
I’m finally back at work on Journey’s End, the third (and final) book in the Journeys series. I think the first draft will be completed in the next few days, unless I get really stalled again, but it will still probably be a few months before I’m ready to release it. Journey’s End reunites Piero, along with is lover Plai, from Journey to Angkor with Henry and his partner Kung from Journey to Rai-Lay.