I submitted Battle Born, which is the final book in the Robbie & Sam world. The list goes Weathering the Storm, then Head Above Water (out November/December of 2016), then Battle Born which is about Robbie's older brother, Daniel. That one will be out in 2017. I know, such a long time to wait. It really is. I feel you.
I'm writing Being Free currently. It's a short 15k young adult story about a ftm trans boy who has decided to come out on his family's yearly beach camping trip to Assateague Island. I grew up going to this perfect little island off the east coast every year and spending time with the wild ponies. It was here that my love of horses really began to be nurtured as my dad would sit with me for hours on the beach when I was a toddler and tell me about the horses and read me Misty of Chincoteague, which is the sister island of Assateague and where the ponies are swam across some shallow water every year to be auctioned off. This short story is cute and sweet, but it's also about finding the family that deserves you, not about the one that you were born into and I'm spending a lot of time thinking about my dad while I'm writing it. Being Free may end up being a novel, if I can find some more meat for it. But right now the idea is solidly at a short story. I hope to have it submitted on Friday.
Then next week I'll be doing two quick 10k short stories, both gay romance, one fantasy with a fae and one right now a contemporary. But that one might become paranormal if contemporary doesn't feel right for it. I've got it plotted out but it could easily become something other than two normal guys meeting then falling in love.
I like starting novels on the first. That's what my habit has been and if a previous month's work starts running over the first I get a bit irritated. It's part of my need for control and how very much I like order in my writing life. Not so much in anything else, as the messy state of my desk can attest to, but when I'm writing I like my deadlines and my start dates.
The novel I'm starting in August will be a gay romance May/December (by 15 years), and it will have some BDSM elements. BDSM is such a spectrum that I'm never sure how to put it so let's just say that this book will have BDSM in it but it won't be one of the big focuses like it was in Marked by Grief. I've been asked a few times to do a sequel to that novella and I have thought about it. If I can get myself back into the kind of place Kit is in then there will be. But right now there are no definite plans for a sequel to that book.
That novel will be submitted at the end of August.
As far as co-authored works go, here's that line up...
Vona Logan and I have a series that is nearly done. The first book is being edited, the second books is about to be edited, and the third book needs to be written. It's contemporary with dairy farmers from New Zealand and guys from Manhattan clashing. It's a lot of fun. I'll be sad to see this series be over.
Cari Z and I are constantly in talks for some new project or other. We've always got something cooking. Once we settle on something definitive I'll talk about it here.
Jess Roth and I have a short lesbian cyberpunk story that we've been slowly working on. That will be out next May in the first Out in Colorado Fiction lesbian anthology. Just in time for Denver Pride Fest. I love that event. It's hot and exhausting but it's such a massive party.
A.J. Marcus and I are working on the second book in our Patching Up series through Extasy Books. They're short stories about shifters in the Northwest United States. The first one has otter shifters. Otters are so freaking cute.
That's it for now. I guess you can see why people in the Out in Colorado group sometimes call me the co-author whore. I can't help it. I love writing with other people. It makes the stories go so much faster which means I get to do more projects. It's a win win and someday I won't be two years behind on my ideas. Someday I will be caught up and when a new idea comes into my head it won't have to go at the end of the list to be worked on sometime in a few years and I'll be able to give it the attention it actually needs when it first starts screaming at me. I can't wait for that to happen.