I should have been writing, I know. I've got a whole bunch of things, not just Marcus and Blake, waiting for some love and attention.
One of them, though, is The Solstice, one of the Tales from Rosgarde I started writing in preparation for NaNo. It took a... little longer to finish than anticipated: I completed it around midnight at New Year. Quite aptly.
And now, in an uncharacteristic fit of optimism, I edited it and published it! Well, set it up for preorder. It comes out Friday 22nd May.
It was going to be Amazon exclusive, like the others, in order to be enrolled in KDP Select, but with the backlash against Jeff Bezos' news that he is now a trillionaire (!!!) I know quite a few people are now avoiding Amazon. So, to everyone's dismay, I dusted off my passwords to Kobo Writing Life and Smashwords and logged into Google Play Books, and it's now available to preorder from there too.
Do I imagine queues of people desperate to preorder? Not on your life. And it's currently giving me a headache because it means lots of links on book pages instead of one or two, and Smashwords never actually gives you the links to the pages for their expanded distribution just to be awkward so I can never track down a link to Apple Books / iTunes / whatever the hell they're calling themselves now.
Couldn't I just submit through Apple, now they've finally opened their registration to us plebs without a sainted Apple device?
No. Because Apple couldn't run a piss-up in a brewery, if that archaic and ridiculous sign-up process is anything to go by.
So Smashwords it is, for that anyway.
And what else?
Well, there may be a paperback on its way too... I really can't imagine anyone buying it, but I felt like having fun. (And yes, I really do consider formatting fun. 😀 )
So now it's just a matter of waiting, and then pretending I didn't Do The Thing because this always strikes terror into my little withered heart.
So if you like your m/m romance with boys who're angry, arsey and quick to fall in love, it's a short read, it has smut (ooooh) and it'll be relevant maybe once a year or so. Who knows. Maybe if I write more of the longer Rosgardian stories, it may one day warrant a page of its own...