Sometimes it feels like I’ve been working on the same thing forever. That’s an exaggeration, but I have been working on the Wicked Play series for two years now. Yes, two years of writing stories that are all related, yet changing with every book. And I have at least six months left before I’m done with the series.
Does it sound like I’m whining? Yeah, it’s both great and awful. Seriously. On one side is the pros of knowing a world, characters, their stories and then getting to see how they change as the series progresses. By now they are like a second family to me. I love them, curse them and cry for them. Logically I know they’re fictional characters, but at this point, I’m so emotionally attached to them it’s almost creepy. I actually started to cry a few weeks ago when my critique partners suggest I kill one of them off. WHAT!?! How dare they!
On the con side is knowing the world, characters, their stories and having to maintain them for so very long. Does it sound almost the same as the pro? Yeah, it is. The intricacies of carrying a series over seven books is grueling. Keeping the world details straight right down to every character’s voice and behavior while evolving them over time is challenging. I have to keep the focus of each book on the two main characters while still giving glimpses of the past characters AND introduce new ones AND pass time and mark changes in the world and lives of all the characters. Talk about mentally draining.
So what am I working on right now?
I’m doing promo work for book 4 in the Wicked Play series, Bonds of Hope which releases September 9th. This book was very hard to write because it’s a ‘bridge book’. It has all of the characters from the first three books and brings in the key club characters for the next three books. But it’s truly about Marcus Reese (in book 1, referenced in 2 & 3), a professional Dom and new partner at The Den and the surprising bond he finds with Quinn Andrews (new to this book). Here’s the blurb:
Quinn Andrews has a lot to learn about the world of BDSM. Once America’s sweetheart, she has an opportunity to revive her career by playing a sexual submissive in a highly anticipated new series. Quinn is ready to throw herself into the role, and her hometown’s premier sex club, The Den, is the ideal place for a crash course.
At first Marcus Reese is reluctant to take on Quinn’s erotic education, despite his intense attraction to the stunning starlet. While she fulfills his every command perfectly, she’s also a consummate actress—and Marcus is determined to uncover the real woman hidden behind the mask.
Quinn’s been taking direction all her life, so submitting to a Dom comes easily. But it’s not just the most amazing sex she’s ever had—Marcus challenges her to define her own needs and make her own decisions. And when her training is over, Quinn will have to choose between continuing to play a part in her own life, or living by her own rules.
I’m also finishing up edits on book 5, Bonds of Denial. I have to say I adore this book. It’s the love story between Rockford Fielding (in book 2 & 4, referenced in 3) the gruff, ex-military man who’s really a computer geek that can hack into anything and works in the security room at The Den. Oh, did I mention he’s also a deeply closeted gay man? He has to confront this truth when he arranges to meet Carter Montgomery (referenced in book 1, in 3), a professional gay escort who is at a crossroads with his life as his agency contract is about to expire.
I also just started writing book 6, Bonds of Courage. This one is about Vanessa Delcour (referenced in book 3, in 4 & 5), the PR rep for professional athletes and a partner at The Den. She’s a Domme who finds her match in Holden Hauke (referenced in books 2 & 5), a professional hockey player that doesn’t want to admit he’s a sexual submissive.
The plot bunnies are also gathering on book 7, the final book in the Wicked Play series. Noah’s book has to be special and I think I finally have it figured out.
And to round out my active list, I’ve been stewing on a new series that is hammering to get on paper. I’m excited about this one too. Now I just have to find the hours in the day to start working on it. Oy!