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Giveaway, WiPs, and a Cause

(Cross posted at Slash & Burn)

Finally, a writing update. It seems like it’s been forever since I told myself it was time to refocus on a new story. Usually, the day job slows down before July, and here we are with July well on its way, and I’ve still not seen that free time at the office.

But that’s neither here nor there. I’ve managed to leave work at work more often lately, and have news of two new works in progress. Yay!

First, I’m working on a new light and fun contemporary M/M. I’m not ready to reveal more, because these two men are being stubborn and making me work hard to drag a story out of them.

The second project is a deviation from my norm. At the encouragement of the lovely Dorothy Shaw, I’ve been writing a M/F paranormal story with her. Dorothy’s first M/F erotic romance is due out in August, and can be pre-ordered HERE for only 99 cents.

To celebrate finally rediscovering my muse, I’m giving away a copy of my last book, Hounded By Love from Loose Id. Leave a comment to enter, and then check back here next Sunday to see if you’ve won. As usual, you must return to claim your prize, and choose your format, including, potentially, paperback.


Work in Progress: Untitled sequel

The End.

Wow. This was a long time coming. Coming, heh. I’ve finally finished the first draft of the second book in the Personal Demons series (the sequel to Man Whore). It still doesn’t have a title, but it does have a “The End”. There are at least two chapters that have a note that says “Incomplete Chapter”, and there are dozens of other notes about checking for consistency between the two novels and the ones to come later in the series, but overall I have a first draft completed. Yeah, I know, it’s a funny interpretation of completed, but other writers will understand.

Let’s take a look back. Man Whore was released March 12th, 2011. After a certain trollish incident that same week, I didn’t’ work on the sequel for about six months. The second six months were like pulling teeth – writing a few paragraphs here and there. After a while, I tried writing other things. I raced through edits for Hounded By Love. I wrote a freebie for the Goodreads M/M Romance group. Those seemed to be the speed bump I needed to cross. The remaining words were still tough to pull from my Muse, but they’re out now. They’re done.

Is it ready? Oh, gods no. While editing is tough work, getting that first draft down on paper is the magical part of storytelling, so the hard part is done. If you’d like a sneak peak, here’s a teaser: http://piaveleno.com/2012/08/16/teaser-work-in-progress/

It’s a cut scene, but I’m hoping to get it back into the manuscript – probably in one of the still incomplete scenes. Either way, its’ a fun scene. Go ahead and read, while I work on the second pass through the manuscript and continue to stress over what kind of name I should give the damn thing.

Have a great weekend, cari miei!


Teaser: Work in Progress

I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of writing. It’s been tough with the Day Job sucking up a lot of my brain power, leaving me tired and lethargic during my free time. Screw the Day Job! (No, not really, but I am working on better balance this month.)

Here’s a sneak peak at book two of the Personal Demons series. This sequel to Man Whore has been a long time coming. (No pun intended.) I’m about three quarters of the way through the first draft, but I’ve also been doing some heavy edits and revisions along the way, so I’m hoping once I hit The End, it won’t take quite as long as usual to get it ready for submission to my dear acquisitions editor.

It will get done, dear Readers. I promise.

(SPOILER DISCLAIMER: This is a sequel. I have chosen this passage because I believe it to be vague enough to not spoil anything for this work, or for Man Whore, but still be interesting and fun. However, if you’re very particular about minor spoilers, read on with caution…)

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Adam paced with his phone pressed to his ear. “They’re not answering,” he said.

“I didn’t expect them to.” Morgan poured more whiskey into his glass and then set the bottle on the floor beside his foot. His other leg was folded underneath him on the futon, but he wouldn’t pick comfortable as the word to describe his position.

“It’s Adam. Call me.” He shoved the phone back into his pocket and scowled at Morgan.

Morgan said, “They said they’d call when they had something. They will. I may not be able to tell them apart but I know Cayne and Layne, and they do what they say they’re going to do.”

“I need to know what is going on!”

“So do I.” Morgan swallowed the last of his whiskey and reached for the bottle at his feet.

“For different reasons,” Adam mumbled petulantly.

“Fuck you, Adam. I want to know because it’s you. Sure, I have selfish reasons, but mostly, I want you to be happy again. You’re not exactly the best company lately.”

“You wouldn’t let me be miserable alone in my apartment.”

Morgan set the bottle aside without opening it. He stood and crossed the room, dropping the empty glass on a table before reaching the spot Adam was wearing into the cheap carpet. “Come on, baby. I’m not good at finding the right words. I don’t want you to be miserable. I don’t want to be miserable. We’ve done all we can do for now. Sit down with me and relax for a while.”

“How can I relax?”

“Well, with that attitude, I doubt you could.”

Adam glared at Morgan. Morgan trailed his fingers down Adam’s chest. “Let the twins do their thing. They’ll find answers, or a direction for all this energy you’ve got pent up. You’re still the same guy you were a month ago.”

“Am I?”

“Are you?”

Adam scowled, and Morgan pressed on. “Play devil’s advocate. Show me your great lawyering skills. Argue the other side for a while.” Morgan slipped his fingers into Adam’s waist band and tugged him towards the futon. “Tell me why we shouldn’t sit around being wretched assholes to each other all night.”

Morgan’s fingers slipped away when Adam stopped moving. They stood perfectly still, staring at each other for several seconds. Morgan lowered his eyes, his gaze travelling down Adam’s body like a lewd caress. The barbell through his tongue clinked against his front teeth as he licked them. He looked up again, saying nothing. He looked expectantly at Adam watching him slowly surrender as his posture slumped in defeat.

“Okay, you win. I want to do more research but the library is closed and so is Between Dimensions. I believe Cayne and Layne when they shot down my idea of talking to my priest. I don’t want to tell too many people I’m losing my mind anyway.”

“You are not… what’s that term? You have to represent your side to the best of your ability?”

Adam laughed, but it was weak and wary. “You watch too many Law & Order reruns.”

“Exactly. I know the law. Don’t make me hold you in contempt.” Morgan propped his fists on his hips and cocked an eyebrow. A smile snuck across his lips as he attempted to look stern.

“There is nothing left to be done tonight. Plus, counselor, being a cranky jackass to my cute boyfriend isn’t accomplishing anything.”

“Cute? Pft! Is that the best you can do?”

“He’s cuter on his knees.”

Morgan’s mouth fell open and Adam laughed – really laughed – at Morgan’s surprise.

“A good orgasm or two would not deter my progress, and may even distract from the annoying fact that I can’t do anything about this tonight.”

“That’s much better.” Morgan sauntered closer and hooked his fingers in Adam’s belt loops, pulling him forward. “Let’s have a good orgasm or two.”

“Two.” Adam cupped Morgan’s face in his hands and drew him into a long, heated kiss. He didn’t break it until Morgan pressed against him, his fingers digging Adam’s shirt from his waistband.

Morgan moaned, throwing his head back as Adam worked his way down his neck with wet, open-mouthed kisses. “Mm, yeah, baby.” Morgan tugged Adam’s shirt up. “That’s more like it.”

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Oh yes, I would stop right as it’s getting steamy.

Have a great weekend, dear Readers.


Coming This Week

  • Work is progressing slowly for the current WiP (untitled sequel to Man Whore) but watch for a Teaser this week.

Have a great week, cari miei!


Quickies. AKA News.

     Fallen is now available in Audio format!

Download audio files from Silver Publishing with this nifty buy button:

 

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Today is my day to Slash & Burn. Drop by and read about how I get around the tendency to fail at New Year’s resolutions, and share your promises to yourself for 2012.

Click here to Slash & Burn.

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On the Works in Progress front, I’m nearly done with the still Untitled M/M punk rocker story. I’ve fallen into that pit of revision where I fiddle and fiddle, never deciding it’s “done” and ready to be submitted. It will go out within the next couple of weeks.  Keep an eye out on this blog for more information about Hecate’s Hounds.

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Lastly, as we rang in the New Year with friends, the sand trucks rumbled by as the roads froze. It may be winter here, but you can still enjoy a sweet, sexy summer fling. Make You Sweat is now available at all of your favorite distributor sites:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AllRomanceeBooks, Fictionwise, and Loose Id.

Probably others too, but those are my favorites. Plus, Amazon and B&N have it on sale. Save a buck!

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Happy New Year, dear Readers!

Ciao,
Pia Veleno


Will It

Doubt creeps in, sneaking slowly, like those silly horror movies, where the giant tarantula or a hungry python slowly approaches the sleeping human.

I don’t log in to check my sales figures every day, or not even once a week, but I did last night. I suspect there may be a delay in figures since I’ve had more people tell me they downloaded the book last two weeks than are showing up on the report, but still, even if I rounded up, I’m a bit disappointed.

Yes, I know, this after I wrote in the last blog entry that I expected slow reception. No, today I won’t take my own advice. I’m puzzled by low sales because CRANK has faired well. Okay, so CRANK is free, but…

Anyway, today I’m combating the doubt. I’m not giving in to it. Not completely. I can’t not write, even if I chose to give up the publishing goals. I can chose to keep stories to myself or free online so I don’t torment myself with revisions and line edits, but I’m not at that point either. Today I’m simply venting frustration so that I can approach those revisions with a clear head.

As for progress, I’ve set aside C&A to stew. It needs some work, and I think I know where, but clearing it from my mind for a week or two will help solidify those needs. It’s also going back to being called Untitled because, while I don’t hate “Crowded and Alone”, I don’t love it either. Perhaps I’ll post the blurb and let my wonderful readers come up with a title. Would you be interested in that?

In other writing news, I did write that Valentine’s Day submission. It involves an angel, a group of blood-thirsty demons, and shadowfire magic (borrowed from an upcoming release). I’ll let you know (of course) if it’s accepted and when it’ll be available if it is.

Lastly, I’m nearly finished with the Summer Lust revisions. I am excited about that story. I received wonderful feedback from Loose Id when they declined the manuscript, and through that, I believe it’s a stronger story. I’m grateful that the editor who caught my query took the time to write a personalized response. Keep your fingers crossed that this revision does the trick. I think it might.

Will. I think it will.

Will. It will.

Ah, that’s a bit better. Just blogging about writing has relieved some of the lurking doubt. It’s still out there, but it’s drawn back a bit. Perhaps a skim through those revisions will banish it to the shadowy corner where I can’t see it if I don’t look.

Ciao,
Pia


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