Thursday, February 28, 2013

Squeaking In One Last February Post!

Yes, I've been hiding, but not on purpose. I've been super busy writing, and alas, writing and dinking around online just don't mix well, at least not for me! I have four manuscripts going at the moment, and sometimes feel like my head's going to explode!

A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood is all finalized and ready for its April pre-release date, so now TA Chase and I are working on our next International Men of Sports book, titled Chasing the King of the Mountains. The country for that one will be France, and one of the heroes is a cyclist competing in the Tour de France. The other hero is a journalist. Just started it yesterday, and it's already coming along nicely!

I've also been working on my story for this year's GRL Unconventional anthology. Yep, we're back, and this year, we've all set our stories at the Melia Hotel in Atlanta, which is where the retreat will be held. Our characters wander through each other's books, too, so you'll get to see them throughout the six stories in the antho. My story is about halfway done, so I'm hoping to wrap that one up this week!

Because I didn't have enough to do, I decided to plot out and start writing a new mystery series as well! I have a five book story arc, and I'm well into the first book. It was really interesting doing that much plotting since I usually just wing it. But with them being a mystery, there are a lot of layers, so I got out the old yellow legal pad and pen and did some crafting.

One last big project of mine was building another website. No, not the Devon Rhodes one I've told you all about in my last post (and hope you've been over to check it out!). I've decided that I have enough girly-part stories in the works to warrant another pen name just for my MF and MFM stories. So I snatched up the domain for Stacey Lynn Rhodes, built a website, and will be adding on to and re-releasing my Seasoned Women collection under that name over the next year (one per season :) ). They were originally all short stories, so I now have the chance to really flesh them out to novel length--very excited about that!

That's what I've been up to...besides the day job and being a mom and all that jazz, lol. What do you all have keeping you busy during the last months of winter?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ta Da! Yes, I Built a New Website! Exclusive excerpt of Sticky Wicket there too!

High time, too. The old one I quickly put together in 2009 and, yes, I kept it up to date, but it was pretty clunky and not very user-friendly. This one is much easier to navigate, and I'm happy with how it turned out!

To celebrate, I've added a new, exclusive excerpt only on my website for my next release, A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood, co-written with TA Chase!

Come check it out HERE today and let me know what you think! :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

The first of many Future Tales with my Amazing co-author TA Chase

Yes, we were on a rampage! And the end result is that TA Chase and I finished the first book in our International Men of Sports series, A Sticky Wicket in Bollywood, in a little over a week. It's at around 55k, so my longest book by far. We had a great time writing it in tandem on a shared doc, even creating dialogue back and forth between our characters in real time.

Here is the tentative blurb:

A handsome Bollywood actor must choose between his career and a rugged cricket player from his past, who he’s fallen in love with…again.

Rajan Malik has the world of Bollywood in the palm of his hand--a beautiful girlfriend, starring roles, adoring fans... He should be happy, but behind the facade lies a man conflicted and exhausted by the pressure placed on him by his ill mother, his agent and society. His life is not his own, and all he wants to do is escape.

Indian Premier League cricketer Ajay Singh can’t believe how bad his university roommate Rajan looks when he spots his picture in the paper. They had parted on bad terms. Still, he’s moved to offer Rajan his support by renewing their friendship.

But friendship was not all they shared back then. Though Ajay is out, Rajan isn’t willing to give up his carefully cultivated Bollywood image to be with him publicly. And with very little privacy, it won’t take long for someone to find out they are more than friends.

Their renewed secret affair is fraught with difficulties as they deal with the death of Rajan’s mother, the secret of Rajan’s till-now absent father, a jealous friend, intrusive social media, and threatening notes from someone who seems to know all about their private lives...

It’s a bit of a sticky wicket they find themselves in. Will it be too late when both men finally realise that they’ll need to compromise, or they stand to lose everything?