This is something of a confession. The last few months have been a bit of a mess for me. Visa stuff and family stuff and medical stuff, none of it very serious but all of it distracting, and my brain’s been turned to mush. I haven’t written much of anything since I finished Balls Up. I’ve got the sequel, Bottoms Up, all plotted out, but I’ve only got 15k written and it’s become increasingly clear in the past weeks that it isn’t right. There’s something missing and I can’t put my finger on what, but right now the book is sub-par. I’ve tried powering through but until I know what the problem is, I can’t fix it. So I’ve decided to pull up my big girl pants and made the difficult decision to shelve the book for the time being.
Instead, I’m turning my attention to a couple of characters who are speaking to me: Ryan and Sameer. I’m plotting a prequel to the Blowing It series right now, with them at the helm. This will be my first time writing full-on contemporary BDSM, so it’s going to be an interesting challenge, and I hope I can do it justice. (I’d better, or there will be a queue to lynch me, with AJ at the head!)
As of now, the book is untitled, but I’m hoping all that will change in the next couple of months. I’m aiming to release in November, but I’ll be keeping the blog updated with progress so I should have more information soon.
I’d like to thank everyone who’s following the series and apologise to anyone I’ve disappointed with this announcement, but I promise there will be a third Owen and Magnus book. Their story isn’t done yet, it’s just percolating a little longer than anticipated.
For now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a whole plethora of research to do….
Helena Stone · August 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm
I’m so sorry this is happening to you and I’m so glad you’ve decided to share it with us. I’m fighting with this story that just doesn’t feel quite right and have been for over a month now. I’ve been happily accepting both review and beta requests because it means I just don’t have the time to do a lot of writing for myself. Probably not the right approach to take 🙂 But, it helps to see that it happens to others as well, especially if the other is somebody whose writing I greatly admire.
I’m about as excited about Ryan and Sameer’s books as I am at the prospect of Bottoms Up so to me as a reader this feels like a win-win situation.
Kate Aaron · August 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm
TJ · August 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm
I am a huge fan of AJ and discovered your work through her. I love your writing style it flows so easily. I fell in love with Owen and Magnus. I hope all the Visa stuff winds up quickly and we can say “Welcome to the States” to you soon.
I am not a wordsmith but I really appreciate those who have the ability to make us think and feel with just words. Reading to me isn’t just something you do for entertainment or for learning. It is something vital to my very soul. Owen and Magnus will step out of the shadows when it is time. Follow your heart. It will lead you where you need to go.
Meredith King · August 20, 2015 at 12:31 pm
You know I adore you and would read a napkin full of nonsense if it came from you. I think you’re being wise with your choice to put it on the back burner until you’re in the zone. It shows how committed you are to those characters and your professionalism. The immigration situation… I get it. It is like a Dementor, it sucks out your soul. Fortunately it won’t last forever. I’m excited to read this new adventure and I’m sure it will be brilliant! xoxoxo
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