First off, I got Pet to the Tentacle Monsters! launched into the world where she must now make her way without further parental input.
Second off, I finally finished and sent to my proofreader a novel that I have been working on sporadically since 2009, my first ever work of erotic fiction, a contemporary ménage that spent most of its existence with the title, Convenience Store Sex Slave! A Memoir. Deciding that title was a little too low-key and elegant for Amazon, I have, reluctantly, renamed it College Bound. (Lisa Henry has a great post on the problems authors run into trying to sell books with explicit titles on Amazon. )
Here is my most recent draft of the blurb:
After a vicious fight with her stepbrother and guardian, Natalie storms out of the family McMansion, never imagining that would be the last time she’d be allowed in the house. A string of truly rotten decisions follows, until she finds herself suspended from school, friendless, broke, and camping out at the convenience store where she works. Worst of all, her college applications are due!
Thanks to a helpful teacher and her own stupendous brilliance she manages to get into her top choice college. Unfortunately, dealing with the financial aid forms proves to be too much for her supersmarts and she is about to lose her spot because she cannot get the money together to pay the deposit.
Enter Gareth Boyd, an old family friend, with an indecent proposal that will pay for everything—if she can meet his price.
I have ordered a new cover, but here, for the sake of posterity, is the cover with the original title:
I expect that the final blurb will include a long content warning, since in addition to starring an extremely foul-mouthed 18-year-old heroine, the story includes ménage, a strongly “Dubcon” premise, and scenes of both nonconsensual intercourse and attempted rape. It also seems clear that I will need to write another blog post on this issue, in particular laying out why within the context of erotic fiction I regard "dub/noncon" and "rape" as distinct entities, though I would never make that argument about real life.
On a lighter note, I have redone my website, and I’m pretty sure this one looks a lot better than the old one. If you’ve OD’d on your daily diet of kitten videos and internet quizzes, go on over—I promise my site will help you waste at least another 90 seconds of your day. Here’s the link:
One thing I did add was a “WIP” page. For those of you who have been breathless for news about my current projects but are unwilling to expend the effort of clicking the link, here is a summary.
Title: College Bound
Genre: Contemporary/MMF ménage
Stage: Final editing
Title: Collared Prince and Other Tales
Genre: M/M alternative history
Stage: 40,000 words
Title: The Demon Lords of Oxford
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Stage: 15,000 words
Title: A Biddable Witch
Genre: Erotic Fantasy
Stage: 85,000 words
Book 1: Blood of Adonis
Prequel to The Heartwood Box: A Fairy Tale
Title: Classified Defiant
Genre: M/M Sci-fi
Stage: 6000 words
Prequel to The Slave Catcher
That's about it for my incredible, thrill-a-minute summer so far. I'm probably going to see Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, which does count as "going out," right? Well, leaving my apartment at least. And I have not lost hope that I will at least step foot on a beach during the month of August 2014. Hope you guys are all having at least 45% more fun than me. Stay Cool.