Here's the cover!
I've got two chapters posted below because they're a unit, one leading to the other. Thank you guys so much for your patience! I know it sucks waiting for a book. This one took me totally by surprise. I expected the Pykh books to all be about 45k or so, very light and fast novels. I had it in my mind that Carter would talk in this one. And then I chased a plot bunny around, leading to two books in one, but they don't work well enough as separate novels. I'm writing the ending now and filling in some skipped chapters. I'm expecting the book to be about 120k and to be released in September.
Here's the cover!
So I'm hard at work on the next Human Omega book, but it's coming out way longer than expected. It's already at 60k and I have about 40k to add to it before it's done! It's really fun though, I can't wait to show it you. The first book was only 50,500 words.
The first chapter is below, and I think it's pretty cute. Carter is trying to teach Pykh his name. It's not going so well though.
So my book is doing really well. For me, lol. Usually they sell alright for a week and drop off into oblivion after that. This one is surviving week two with it's head above water, so thank you everyone! You're the best.
And now a funny story....
So my family is kind of religious. My great grandfather was a preacher in Oregon during the Great Depression. No one has followed in his footsteps, religion steadily losing its grasp on my family, but my mother is Christian and does not like what I write. At all.
She tries to be happy for my success though. Today I showed her how awesome the book was doing and her face lit up. I don't know exactly how our conversation went, but here's a few funny lines:
"So what's it about?"
"Gay alien male pregnancy romance!"
(all happiness drains from her expression)
"Why do you write that stuff?!"
".... uh... what do you mean?"
"You probably wish you were a man!"
"A gay man. Who is also an alien. And starting a family!" (At this point, I'm just fucking with her.)
"I guess if I want to live somewhere that's good and not evil I can't invite you over."
"Yeah, no, definitely not."
So. That's what being a gay romance writer is like in my family. I totally play into it and have fun with them. My mom tries very hard to be supportive even though she's embarrassed. Thanks Mom.
And thank you everyone who got the book! Seriously. I keep thinking 'today's the day it flatlines' but it hasn't done that yet. It'll be any day now, and that's alright. Thank you!! :D
How does a bad day get worse, you ask?
How about being squished between two huge, naked dudes with their meaty schlongs hanging out and everything?
It's all a matter of opinion, but Carter's day is going pretty badly. He's an engineer captured by bug aliens, now depending on his large, muscled, naked cage mates for food and warmth. They seem sentient, so that's good. But they're also handsy. Which is… complicated.
The military isn't looking for him. Slaves taken by the bug race never come back. Yet, Carter is very much alive, and if he wants to stay that way, he'll need to trust Pykh and Siel, two affectionate aliens with claws, teeth, and size.
I'm so excited to see the book as a final draft!! I upped my print game for the honor. Check out these pages:
The cover is alright too. :)
I can't wait to hold this book in my hands! But I also wonder… Are people going to dislike the writing? This is the first book I've written with Dragon Naturally Speaking.
My paragraphs are a little longer. I get into description more, and I've always heard that's a bad thing. When you're writing with voice, the merest thought becomes text very, very quickly, so you can go into some strange mazes before you know it. I've had to cut a little more than normal from this book.
But I hope people love it because writing with my voice is my favorite method now. I've tried typing again, and it just feels too slow and clunky. I can't get the words out of my head fast enough.
So, If you get the book and start wondering what's different, there you go! Speaking my character's thoughts and dialogue makes the writing process so immersive. Hopefully you guys will think so too about the story.