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Yet another (slightly) new direction…

Charlie smallIf you’ve kept up with my ramblings here at the blog, you know that most of my writing revolves around the theme of family – and relationships in general.  The entire time I’ve been writing, what’s interested me the most is how we relate to each other, how we bring each other joy and sorrow, encouragement, fulfillment, or pain and depression.  In examining that I look at siblings, friends, parents and children, and lovers, through the lens of contemporary life, science fiction, horror, supernatural mystery… basically, whatever seems to work best as a backdrop.

So when a good friend asked if I’d take a crack at a loving gay relationship, after a bit of thought I decided, “Why not?”  I’ve had gay characters in the background of stories before, but this time, I’ve moved them front-and-center, and the result is If Not for Charlie.

A short, sweet gay romance, about summers of love and loss…

Jeremy Cole is a success, by anyone’s standards: he runs a popular online magazine, and two of his books have hit the best-seller lists. Though he’s quiet and a little clumsy, his family and friends adore him. But throughout his life, he’s known there was something missing – the person who would make him complete. Someone he met years ago, during a summer he spent at the lake with his grandparents. Someone who sent him postcards and dozens of little gifts, someone who led him on great adventures… and then disappeared from his life, only to return a decade later. Someone who comes and goes on a whim, chasing a goal Jeremy can’t begin to understand.

After his grandmother’s death, Jeremy is faced with selling his family’s treasured summer home – and with deciding, once and for all, what to do about Charlie, the only man he’s ever loved.

It’s been gathering a nice amount of interest since I published it yesterday, and I hope the readers who’ve picked it up are enjoying it.  It’s not steamy; like most of my other work it’s… let’s say “safe for work.”  There’s no salty language, but there’s a hearty dose of angst.  And… oh yeah.  A happy ending.  Spread the word.  😉

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Never say “never”…

pic 9When I started e-publishing a little more than a year ago, I thought, “Nah, not gonna do romance.  That’s not my thing.”  I’d been writing supernatural angsty drama for 7 years, and got into e-pubbing with SF (in the Silo Saga, spun off from Hugh Howey’s WOOL books).  I couldn’t see myself writing love stories.  Then, at Christmas time, my cousin made an offhand comment… and I started thinking, “Well, maybe.”

A few months later I published Something Simple.  Lots of fun to write – and it’s interesting to stretch your wings a bit.  But I thought it was a one-shot.  I was willing to let it go at that.  But folks started telling me, “You should write another one!”

SC final smallOkay.  Have another one.  🙂

It’s going to be a trilogy – I’ll have Book 3 done in time for Christmas, if my muse cooperates.  I’ve also got another couple of romances in the pipeline!  So I’ve stopped saying, “Never.”  The most I’ll commit to at this point is, “Well… I don’t know.  Maybe later?”

If you’re interested in checking out my romantic babies, just click the cover images.  And if you’d like to help spread the word?  That would be AWESOME.