Accidental Serial: It’s not the same as spilling hot oatmeal on you lap like I already did this morning

The idea for Getting Him Back (which has a shiny new cover from Carina as a result of the accidental serialization I’m talking about) was one of those random plot bunnies. It hopped in while I was driving to a seasonal job, listening to Steve Grand in the car. The next morning, it had teeth and it wasn’t hopping anywhere.

It felt like something light and novella length and I felt Carina would be an awesome home for it so I sent off a proposal (with a synopsis that proved to be about as accurate as a thirteenth century map of the world). The characters, though, were even more fun than that bunny had promised. I loved Ethan and fell for Wyatt just like he did. As I got near the ending, my critique group said, “Are you writing another novella with them? You’ve got potential for a series here.”

“A series? You mean like about their friends?”

“Duh, about them.”

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My crit group pulls no punches, which is why they are awesome.

But I’d never written a series continuing with the same characters. How did you do that unless there were external plot problems to be solved? But they saw my weakness. Wyatt.

“You could do that one all from Wyatt’s point of view.”

I looked at my packed tight plans and schedules for books to be written and proposed and released.

“You could do it in a couple weeks,” they enabled assured  me.

When the fabulous Angela James (my editor at Carina) read Getting Him Back, she suggested a second book too.

Again, I launched into the story completely intending to wrap up everything with a shiny bow at the end.

Angela and critique, “Is there more?”

Well, yeah, there is. They’re happy for now, but they’re also nineteen. They have issues. So my one little bunny has done what bunnies often do if you let them. Here’s hoping we all get a nice bow after Ethan and Wyatt tell me what happens during their summer sublet, but I’m not holding my breath. Or apparently holding my oatmeal bowl correctly.

 

 

 

 

Quote Quiz September 18

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I’m going to give you a favorite line from a book (well, one of my favorite lines) and you tell me who said it and what book it’s from. If you need a refresher, they’re all on my website

Using random numbers, I’ll pick one correct entry to win a $5 US Amazon gift card.

For example, if the quote was “Reindeer bray,” the correct answer would be Fred in The Christmas Proposition.

Rules: You can enter up to three times. Comment here, tweet @ka_mitchell, and/or leave a Facebook comment (each entry needs containing the correct answer). I will notify the winner here on whatever media they won from. It’s up to you to contact me with your email address so I can get you your prize. The contest ends September 20, at 12:01 AM EST. I’m not responsible for anything resulting from your prize (so don’t set yourself on fire) and this is void where prohibited, no purchase necessary. Ready?

Who said this and in which book/novella/short story?

“Let’s get this clear. You and I both know the only one who hasn’t had his dick sucked in Webber Park is Darryl. So you can stop your gay-baiting shit right the hell now. Or do I have to prove something to you here?”

Teaser Tuesday

For anyone who enjoyed Put a Ring on It and is hungry for more with the guys, here’s a snippet from Risk Everything on It, Jax’s story. There’s also Dane and Spencer and Hannah, the doll Jax’s agent overnighted to him.

Jax had gone to bed that night and woken up still wrapped in that smell. Not just sex, but sex with him. A rich decadence that didn’t mean an extra four hours in the gym if he indulged in it. And man, he’d indulged in it, including an excellent round with his hand as he relived the memory that came with that scent. It wasn’t until he had to get up and sign for the FedEx box that he remembered he had other things to do than smell like sex all day.

Not that he’d had any kind of success with the damned doll. He tried to wrangle it into a natural feeling prop, but no matter how he held it, interacted with it, the performance was wooden. He even gave it a name. Hannah.

“Real babies’ arms cannot possibly be this stiff and hard to put sleeves on.”

“I’m guessing they can actually hold their arms fairly stiffly.” Dane said.

“What are you doing to it now?” Spencer appeared behind them and gently lifted the doll off the dining room table.

Jax stared at him. Overlong pale blond hair, tanned skin, hipster chic scarf over his T-shirt, Dane’s long-time boyfriend didn’t look anything like the suburban dad Jax would be auditioning for, but somehow the baby looked natural tucked in Spencer’s solid muscled arm.

Quote Quiz

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I’m going to give you a favorite line from a book (well, one of my favorite lines) and you tell me who said it and what book it’s from. If you need a refresher, they’re all on my website

Using random numbers, I’ll pick one correct entry to win a $5 US Amazon gift card.

For example, if the quote was “Reindeer bray,” the correct answer would be Fred in The Christmas Proposition.

Rules: You can enter up to three times. Comment here, tweet @ka_mitchell, and/or leave a Facebook comment (each entry needs containing the correct answer). I will notify the winner here on whatever media they won from. It’s up to you to contact me with your email address so I can get you your prize. The contest ends September 14, at 12:01 AM EST. I’m not responsible for anything resulting from your prize (so don’t set yourself on fire) and this is void where prohibited, no purchase necessary. Ready?

Who said this and in which book/novella/short story?

“If you’re going to play gay chicken, you’d probably be better off playing it with someone who isn’t actually gay.”

Extra clue: I had this book in my head because I enjoyed some Berger cookies this week.