Monday, May 28, 2007

Completed: Keeping Time

Yesterday, Vivien and I completed a short novel for Amber Quill Press. It was a really great change of pace after writing Touching Silver (I'll blog more about that later, after we send it off to our editor).

One thing I love about our books is our variety. We have m/m, m/f, and m/m/f. We have stories that are fluffy and fun and stories that are dark. We have contemporaries and paranormals. We have urban settings and settings in the country. I think the only thing we haven't done yet is a historical, and I'm sure it's just a matter of time until something strikes us. I know some authors make a name writing in one or two genres. And that makes its own sort of sense. It's one way to garner a large and loyal audience. But I think I would get bored if we wrote in the same genre over and over. Vivien is great because she's always open to new ideas, new approaches, and experimenting.

Keeping Time is one of our experiments. First, we went with an older woman/younger man, and the age difference is significant. Second, it's our first interracial romance. Which didn't really have much bearing on the story, but it's still a first. Third, we played with format by presenting chapters as emails and chat transcripts. We didn't overdo it, though. Just enough to make it interesting. But one thing didn't change--one thing never changes. I love our characters.

Anyway, Trace indicated he's going to slot it for an early September release. It might be released the day before my birthday. Which would be pretty cool.

Here's the blurb

Ana Seger first meets Ben Scalia over an Internet message board dedicated to her favorite band and is immediately charmed by his humor and good-nature. Even when she learns Ben is a few years younger than her, she continues talking to him though email, chat rooms, and even on the phone. Driven by strong lust, she agrees to meet him at a concert, but she’s unprepared for the reality of their age difference, and more, the strength of her desire for him. She tries to end their affair before it can begin, but Ben is more than ready to fight for her, and a chance to show her how good they could be together.

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