And then, as if I had never collapsed into a pile of can’t-deal-with-it, I reached a place where the stories in my head were able to drown out the nastiness of our day-to-day experience here in the USA. Some old characters screamed, “Wake up!” and new characters were waiting there to meet me when I opened my eyes.
Hello again inner fantasy world. I’ve missed you so much.
Now, which one of you dirty ladies should I write about next?
This also allowed me to quit procrastinating and put the finishing touches on RITUAL RIDGE, a short book I intend as a precursor to a longer trilogy of stories set in a post-apocalyptic yet somehow still sexy world in which men have become uncontrollable sex beasts to be fought off (or not) by fierce bands of warrior women. If that sounds as exciting to you as it does to me, please check out RITUAL RIDGE.
I released the book quietly last week with no real promotion plan. To my surprise, it started getting Kindle Unlimited reads right away, more than any of my other books have, even siting for a while #69 in “erotic science fiction” in the Kindle store. To be honest, it went higher than that, but 69 seemed like the appropriate screenshot to grab for my purposes.
So now that I’ve dived into writing the follow up to RITUAL, a whole new group of characters are asking me to start in on their lusty tales. I don’t even want to describe this new scenario, but trust me when I say it’s much further away from the relatively sweet shenanigans of my GOOD FRIEND stories than ONE HIT or RITUAL RIDGE. Mainly because it involves demons and magic. I think it will be a lot of fun.
With any luck, you’ll be able to judge for yourself soon.
So yeah, it took me close to a year to do any kind of promotional giveaway for this. I’d like to say it is because the response has been so overwhelming I haven’t had time to properly advertise or promote the book. I’d love to say that, in fact.
What I can say is that I truly love this story and have been developing a trilogy of full-length novels that will follow the further adventures of one of its characters. I guess you’ll have to find out what character lives to figure out which.
In other news, my daily horror/panic spasms at the state of our country have receded enough to allow me to finally eke out a new short story. It’s called RITUAL RIDGE and I’m hoping to have it out within a few weeks, after some beta readers have had their way with it. Like ONE HIT, it mixes a portion of violence into the smut, this time with a hellish post-apocalyptic setting. (And yet it still somehow seems more pleasant than the current administration.)
It’s really a modification of an older plan that I’ve had for some time, but my hope is that if I spell it out here it will motivate me to put it in motion and kick things into higher gear with my writing.
I recently changed direction with my storytelling and published ONE HIT, which is still erotica but is also a story about an assassin carrying out a deadly mission in a much darker world than what I presented before. The GOOD FRIEND series on the other hand is about sex from different perspectives, but everyone in those stories live in what is essentially the real world. Their reality is no more dark than ours. In fact, given the state of politics over the last year, I’d say their world may be a fair amount lighter than ours. If I decided to branch out in that series and include a story that had more fantastic elements or took place in another time it would probably feel jarring.
But I want to tell stories like that.
I have wild things in my head and I want to lay them out on the page for display. Dirty sex stories can happen in post-apocalyptic wastelands and steampunk-themed imagined pasts. There may well be a guild of sex-assassins taking out high profile billionaire bad boys after rocking their worlds in upscale hotel rooms and fantasy-themed suites in the secret realms of the fabulously wealthy. Why not? Naughty games at the highest levels of politics? Sure (might not even be fiction). Sex zombies? Maybe. I think of a lot a wacky stuff and I need an outlet. My ladies need to get it on and conquer men in more realms than those I’ve previously explored.
So that’s where my new series comes in. I’m calling it ONE HOFF.
The “H” is silent.
ONE HIT will technically be #1 in this anthology series, although I reserve the right to change my mind about that as I have a trilogy partially written already in the same world as that story. So maybe #1 will be the next book I write. I already have a story about a time-traveling knight competing for my time with a horror-ish tale about a young starlet lost at sea with a lecherous producer awakening something tentacled and hungry from the ocean depths. These don’t fit in with what has come before. Maybe I’ll write both of those and then cool down with another pleasant addition to the GOOD FRIEND series. I may want to alternate between neighbors doing favors and demons seeking innocent flesh. I suppose I could always write these darker stories under a pen name, but I don’t want to.
So that’s my plan. Like most everything else I do, I won’t seek advice or weigh my options much. I’ll just go for it and see how it all comes out in the wash.
It’s something a little different and I’m excited about it.
ONE HIT is the first short story in what will be a much larger tale. I have a trilogy of full-length novels planned with more than half of the first book written, but I plan to first introduce the world of sex and violence in which these stories take place in a series of novelettes (novellas? I’m not certain of the proper word). They involve a network of mysterious assassins who employ sex as a way to accomplish their objectives. Often, the subject of their attention does not survive the encounter. Sometimes they do. It really depends on the mission. Live or die, the one common element in these stories is explicit sex and dangerous intrigue.
It will be interesting to see how these are received. My previous series, GOOD FRIEND, is quite innocent compared to what I have planned for my sexy assassins and their willing but unsuspecting prey. Nobody gets hurt in the GF universe. While the writing style is the same, the content is a fair amount rougher in my killer tales. They’re not for the faint of hard.
What’s that you say? I got that wrong? It’s faint of heart?
Check out the “books” tab on this site for (s)excerpts from all six GOOD FRIEND titles.
The other thing is that my first book, GOOD FRIEND Volume 1: Neighborly is ABSOLUTELY FREE IN THE KINDLE STORE FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS.
*Free* as in “pay nothing and you can just have it.”
(Of course, I’d like to think that you’d leave me a sweet review, but you don’t even have to do that. No strings attached, like ‘N SYNC, but not for kids.)
So that’s two things but I also would like to point out that Volumes 1-5 of the GOOD FRIEND series are also currently available in Kindle Unlimited. So if you have that I invite you to embark on a journey of sexual confessions and exploration through the wonder of ebook smut. They include stories of nosy neighbors, cocky coworkers, wild workouts, and hypnotic hunks!