Migration: Beginnings – The Audiobook!

It took a bit of time to complete the whole process, but Migration: Beginnings is now available as an auidiobook!  If you’re interested, head on over to Audible to find it.

And if you’d like, ping me (email or Twitter), because I can give you a promo code to get the book at either a reduced price or for free (Audible just gives you the codes – I can’t tell how it actually works!).  They only work in the US or UK, so if you’re outside of one of these two countries, my apologies.

But I’m so glad it’s here!

Beta Read, Anyone?

How would you like to be my new best friend?  ::grin::

So the sequel to Migration: Beginnings is finally at a stage where I can send it to beta readers.  The only thing is, I’m so small time that I don’t have a following like more prolific authors do.  It took a couple of years to get the sequel finished, and even before then, the original book was published in 2016, then rewritten from scratch and republished in 2018.  Yes, I’m a wee bit slow – but I’m working on it!

The new book, Migration: Knowledge, is ready to go, with the exception of a final edit by a professional editor (which is scheduled for mid next month) and currently there’s no cover art.  Hopefully that will be resolved asap as well.

If you’re interested, ping me!  Message me online (Twitter, my website, etc) and I can get you a copy!

BookSprout!

So if you’re wondering why I’ve been blogging a little more, and tweeting a little more as of late, it all comes down to one thing – and that is that I’ve got a book coming out soon. Soon! Okay, so I just finished writing it, and I haven’t even re-read it yet, much less fluffed it up a bit with the things I’m usually bad at in the first pass, or edited out all the superfluous things. But the fact that Migration: Knowledge is now sitting in the drawer (virtual, but still) and ready for me to edit is a big step forward.

Editing will start next week, and in the meanwhile, I’m working a couple of projects. One is writing the prequel to Migration that I’ve always meant to write. But the second part is that I’m starting up a presence on BookSprout. Interested? You can follow me on there. And if you’re interested in doing an ARC version of my first book, you can do that, too.

Progress Is Being Made!

I’ve got a few projects on my plate, even though my plate is going to be full with more work than usual, if my part-time gig goes through.  But I’m going to keep writing and just keep things going!  I’m about halfway through the sequel to Migration: Beginnings, and am in the planning status for just about everything else that I’m going to write.  Keeping busy, as I’ve always said, is definitely a wonderful thing!

To go along with the second book, I’m in the process of turning Migration: Beginnings into an audiobook.  I’ve selected the narrator, and he’s already given me a sample of what the book sounds like.  I’m really digging it!  If you’re interested, you can listen to the sample here!

Oh, Deadlines

There is nothing quite so motivating as a deadline.  I’m down to under 2,000 words to meet my Camp NaNoWriMo for April, 2019, which – bonus – I probably wouldn’t be this far into my next book had I not joined up to do a camp NaNo.  But sometimes you write and write and write, and can only get so far.

There’s a fine line when it comes to writing; are you telling a story, or are you just putting words on a page.  Sometimes it’s okay to put words on a page, as long as you can edit it to a coherent story later on.  And sometimes working with deadlines does make you feel like you’re just putting words on a page.  I didn’t feel that when I’d first gotten into this Camp NaNo event, but I indeed have the last couple of days.

The good thing is, I’m following my plotlines as I’ve laid them out, so at least it seems to be working for me.  And I’ll more than likely get those last 2,000 words in before midnight tonight and beat that deadline.  But even if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world.  It’s making progress on something I love.

My original deadlines for writing were a lot more arbitrary than the ones I have now.  Before, I said I wanted to finish one book in the first quarter of 2019, and then finish this book that I’m currently writing in the second quarter.  Good, noble goals.  But the fact that there was no external element to the first set of goals, but there was for the second (e.g. Camp NaNo) made all the difference for me.

So here’s to goals and deadlines.  They get us to where we want to go – sometimes.

I think the best representation of how I sometimes feel about deadlines was said eloquently by the late, great Douglas Adams:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. -Douglas Adams

Oh my

So I am on Twitter talking to other authors about websites, and – ding ding ding!  I realize that I haven’t posted anything on here in nine months.  That’s long enough to conceive a baby, bring it to term, have it, and contemplate the next eighteen years as a caregiver to a child I didn’t know I had until the start of this blog post.  Yeesh.

Not that Boo and I are capable of having children, what both being dudes and all.  But I digress.

Things have been going slow on the writing front for the last few months, as evidenced by the fact that I haven’t published anything since Migration: Beginnings was re-published in the Summer of 2018.  Thing is, I have so many ideas, that I told someone who is helping me with getting my professional head on straight, that it’s almost like overload paralysis.

But I’m making progress.

I was supposed to be writing the prequel and first book of the romance series that I’m writing with my coauthor Lisa (who wrote ‘A Million Miles Amok’ with me).  But the bug to work on a new Migration book has really captured me.  So that, plus the fact that I’m taking part in CampNanoWrimo with my friend Nazri, means I’m working on that series.  I hope to get the sequel finished by the end of June, and I should be able to make it.  I’m nearly 20,000 words in, and have everything plotted.  It’s just that I throw my own roadblocks up from time to time with how I think the story should go.  Oh well, more time to work out the details with Shavonne (seriously, she’s a great sounding board and instigator of wonderful ideas.  Here’s her website if you’re interested!).

Still have a couple of hours to go on today’s Migration chapter, so back to it.  Catch you all on Twitter!

Book Re-Release!

Migration: Beginnings has been re-released!  The long overdue task of completely rewriting from scratch, as well as including updates that brings it into alignment with the principals of the awesome book, ‘Take Off Your Pants’ is complete.  So the newly edited book, along with the gorgeous new book cover, is live at the online bookstore of your choosing.  Links are below, or you can click on the new book cover below to head over to Amazon if that’s your store of choice.

Migration: Beginnings

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A Migration Moment – Blustered

Here’s a little Migration Moment, a look into Rhys and Jason’s lives together.  Takes place before book one.

“Jason Tambor,” Rhys said as he pulled the car into the gas station.  “Have I told you how much I love you lately?”

“You’d better,” Jason replied.  “Otherwise this is going to be a pretty awkward road trip for the next ten days.” Jason bobbed his eyebrows at Rhys, which never failed to garner a smile.  He pointed towards the bustling store beyond the pumps.  “Want anything?” he asked as he reached for the door.

“No thanks,” Rhys said as he relaxed in the seat.

Jason walked behind the car, Rhys catching his eye in the side mirror.  A moment later, Jason was standing next to his window.  “Oh, Boo?” Jason said as he tapped on the glass.

Rhys rolled down the window. “Yeah?”

“We’re in California,” Jason said as he glanced around.

“Yeah, so?”

“So this isn’t Oregon. You have to pump your own gas.”Rhys blushed.  “I knew that,” he said, then stepped out of the car.  Together five years and Jason could still get him flustered.

Rhys started the pump as he basked in the warm coastal weather.  Theirs was the only car at the pumps until a convertible pulled in behind them.  A woman with oversized sunglasses got out, her long auburn hair, the color of sand that gets stuck to your flip-flops, waving in a sudden breeze.  She was wearing a bikini made out of the same amount of material that went into a roll of stamps, and even though Rhys was gay, the sheer amount of flesh on display made him gawp.  The click-click-click sound as she walked caused Rhys to look down, and he realized her outfit was finished off with a pair of impossibly high heels. His mind flashed the word, ‘impractical.’

“Hi there,” she drawled as she pulled off her sunglasses.  She put an arm under her ample bosom as if making an offering.

“Umm, hi.”  Out of the corner of his eye, Rhys saw Jason stopped dead in his tracks.  And even though he wanted to turn to his boyfriend for help, for some reason, all he could focus on was the sheer amount of flesh suddenly in his personal space.

The woman’s face broke into a broad smile, whitened teeth glistening in the sun as fingers twirled at her hair. “Can you help me?  I’m ever so bad at this kind of thing,” and gestured for the gas pump.

“Uhh,” Rhys said as he blindly reached for the gas pump.

“Wrong tree, sister,” Jason called as he confidently strode to Rhys’ side.  He put a possessive arm around Rhys as he gave the woman his best smile, then nodded to the woman’s breasts.  “Those things don’t work on us.”

And just like that, the stupor that had wrapped up Rhys dissipated.  A blush overtook his face as he made quick work of his own gas pump, then got in the car as the sound of retreating high heels looked for help elsewhere.

Jason handed him a bottle of water as Rhys pulled the car back out into traffic.  He welcomed the coolness, first taking a sip and then rolling the bottle across his forehead.  When Jason snickered, he turned.  “What?”

“You’re cute when you’re flustered,” Jason said, then dropped a kiss against his shoulder.

Beta the new version of Migration: Beginnings

Okay, so when I first got to publishing, I had no idea what I was doing. Then I got a few pointers from people, read some books, etc. And now I still have no idea what I’m doing, but at least I think my writing has gotten better!

As such, Migration: Beginnings was rewritten from scratch for two reasons. First, many people like me who tend to read in present tense can read either present tense or past tense without issue. But people who prefer past tense typically (at least from the feedback others have given me) detest present tense written books.

I know, right? Who knew?

But beyond the entire rewrite, I also went through the principals of ‘Take Off Your Pants‘ by Libbie Hawker and realized that hey – Migration wasn’t ready. So after the rewrite, I then went back and added in stuff that Hawker extolls in her book. And I think it’s made all the difference.

So now that that’s done, I have one last read-through before I’m done. But I’d also like to get other’s feedback as well. So if you’re interested in a pre-release copy of the Migration: Beginnings rewrite, drop me a note and I’ll be happy to get you one as long as you promise to send me feedback.

So much to do!

Occasionally I get into conversations with other writes – those in professional writing, as well as in fandom (because yes, I am still involved not just in professional writing, but in fandom writing as well), and the conversation usually involves things like, “So what are you writing?”

Boy, that’s a loaded question.  It’s like asking a hypochondriac how they are feeling.

I’m still hip-deep in the middle of my Migration: Beginnings rewrite, though I’m chugging along quite well after a quite productive weekend.  I’m almost at 75% complete in the initial rewrite, which is just taking the book from present tense to past tense.  But after that is complete, I’ll be doing a little more tweaking – making Rhys a little more angsty, as well as applying certain things from “Take Off Your Pants” like end of chapter tweaks.

And I’ve got to finish it sometime soon because once that’s done and off my plate, it will still be full!  This is just a sample:

  • Prequel book to Migration: Beginnings, to offer free for folks new to the series
  • The second and third books in the Migration: Beginnings series
  • Four short stories, each 5,000 to 25,000 words, for a book I’m co-writing with my “Million Miles Amok” co-writer Lisa Witte.
  • Prequel and the first book in a male/male erotica series

Hundreds of thousands of words are planned in dozens of stories, just waiting to be written!