Cats – Why I love and hate them ;)

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While writing the DRitC story, the secondary characters started nudging me to think about their stories, too. 🙂 I’ve got some ideas for another book featuring two of Kei’s fellow pride members: Thony and Alan. They play a big role in Kei’s book and I added a big teaser at the end of the story concerning those two.

Both beta readers, as well as the two annoying cats, demand a sequel now. So I plotted a provisional storyline. Any time inspiration strikes, I write everything down that invades my mind. Lets see how it’s working out in the end. I love both characters, for both fight with their own demons and weaknesses. In addition, I want to handle a certain topic few paranormal stories feature when it comes to fated mates. At least, in my opinion. Maybe I’m completely wrong and just haven’t found those books. 🙂 I’ll keep you posted about the progress, maybe offer some teasers from time to time.

I’m currently busy with another project though. A big one. My very first novel has found a home with a publishing house! Squeee! It’s still freaking me out a bit, but I signed the contract so it must be true and not just a dream 😀 After celebrating it with my parents for roughly a week, I can’t tell you how many times we clicked glasses with each other. Now I’m preparing myself for the editing work that will follow eventually.

As for the other book (hopefully part one in the Sweet Snacks Series), it’s still in the editing process. I’ll post news as soon as I receive them, such as a cover or a publication date.

I’ll return to my many guys now. The guys living in my head, that is! There’s no secret harem of hot guys in my basement or something creepy like that 😉

A final sprint…

DSC03581 …down the Love is an Open Road…well…road 😀 My first draft is done and about 50k long. Right now I’m editing the whole thing before I send it off to the beta reader.

I had such a blast writing about my guys, Djimon and Kei. What’s more, some of the secondary characters stole my heart and they’re pushing me to write their stories, too. Characters and their damn haughtiness 😀 Guess they’ll eventually get what they demand. They always do. After all, without them, I wouldn’t be able to write my stories.

Here’s a tiny teaser–previously posted in the M/M Romance group–so you can get a feel for the story. As I mentioned before, it’s a very funny shifter story with the main characters being an ostrich (Dji) and a cheetah (Kei).

TEASER:

“I left my flock several years ago. My father gave me an ultimatum I wasn’t happy about, so I packed my stuff and left. I’ve never locked back,” Dji said, not overly keen on sharing his own story. However, it was only fair. Most mates didn’t hide secrets from each other. What’s more, sharing tidbits about his life with Kei wasn’t nearly as painful as he’d thought.

“Was it the gay thing?” Kei whispered, gently patting Dji’s hands where they rested on his mate’s flat belly.

“It was part of it. The concept of male-male mating is not foreign to ostriches. My father is the alpha of the flock though. He wanted me to be is successor and chose some females as mates.”

“What do you mean, some?” Kei inquired, turning to the side so they could look into each other’s eyes. His voice sounded strained, full of barely contained…temper.

Dji swallowed and silently cursed himself. With his dumb comment, he’d jumped head first into a den of rattle snakes. Clearing his throat multiple times, he shrugged his shoulder in an attempt to appear nonchalant. “Lots of ostriches are polygamous. The males have some kind of harem, with one female acting as main hen and the others as…secondary hens.”

Kei gasped, shock clearly written on his cute face. “Polygamous?? Does that mean you have other mates out there? I’m not the only one?” Well, shit. Okay, so there wasn’t anything nonchalant about having to explain polygamy to one’s mate. A possessive, snarling mate, whose claws were, right now, digging through the thick fabric of his jeans.

“No, love!” Dji hurried to explain. “You’re the only one, I swear. The harem thing only applies for those whose true mates are ostriches, too. At least, I’ve never heard of a harem of mixed races. Plus, I’d feel it if the bond were incomplete. It’s not. I knew as soon as I met you that there won’t be another one for me.”

Kei’s face remained pinched and he crossed his arms in front of his lean chest. Shit, shit, shit. How could he convince his mate of his honesty?

Before he saw himself forced to go down on his knees, again, Kei snapped, “There better not be anyone else. My cat couldn’t stand it. And if you ever include another bird into our mating, I’ll allow Alan to relaunch CWF.”

“What’s CWF?” Dji asked, trepidation filling him.

“Chicken Wings Friday,” Kei said.

My cover is finished as well, I only did a few minor changes concerning the font size 🙂 It feels so good to finally hit the home stretch. Deadlines are an evil enemy, and the faster they approach, the more my mind goes “Nah, I want a nap!”

I can’t wait for June, when the first stories of this wonderful event will be published 🙂 There are a lot of awesome prompts (check them out if you’re a Goodreads member already) and I look forward to reading them!

Good morning/day/evening to all of you ❤

Cover Reveal for Don’t Read in the Closet 2015

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Hi folks! Here it is, the cover for my contribution to this year’s Love is an Open Road Event. The title and MC names have been revealed in a group game a while ago, so I can share this with you now. As you can see, this is a dissertation about wild cats. NAHH! Just kidding 😀 “How to Catch a Cheetah” is about–suspense-packed drum roll–a cheetah shifter, Kei Hirota. Out on a run to stretch his legs, he “meets” his fated mate, an ostrich shifter named Djimon Akintola. And so their journey begins.

This will be a fun read, containing: 1) snarky, annoying cat shifters, 2) a slightly swamped, very big bird, and 3) Loooove

Did I mention snarky cats? Anyway, I crossed the 22k words border at the beginning of the week. When I started writing, I thought the whole story would come close to maybe 25k. BUT my MCs kicked my ass, nagging and bitching, and now it seems I’m only half way through. Oh, well, okay. 🙂 Those two guys deserve it! They’re cute, they’re lovely, they’re painstrikingly exhausting. Not only for me but for each other, too. Let’s just see where they’ll take me.

We have another month to complete out stories. However, I’m shooting for middle of April, for the story will need the attention of a beta, and then there’s the editing….you get the picture.

I’ll return to my guys now 🙂

Have a nice morning/day/evening ❤