Planning for 2020

I’ve taken a few weeks off to celebrate a very productive 2019 and to spend time with family and friends, but now it’s time to get back to work. I have a lot of exciting things ahead for 2020 that I’d like to share with you

  • Edits and publication of The Holiday Detour

My editor should soon be sending notes on the manuscript to The Holiday Detour, my first novel as Jane and one that is very close to my heart. Spring is allocated for edits, and the book is slated for publication in early fall. I can’t wait for you to read it!

If you’d like a sneak peak at the cover design and blurb, check out this post!

  • Final revisions and submission of the royal romance

If you follow this blog regularly or follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been furiously at work on a royal romance novel – with a very cool twist. I’ve spent the last year reading and watching numerous royal romances, researching European monarchies, and completely rewriting this story when it wasn’t working. The skeleton manuscript was completed in early fall, and I spent NaNoWriMo fleshing it out (and doubling its length!).

After I write, I like to put a project down for a while, so I can re-read it with fresh eyes. Over the holiday break, we spent 6 days driving across the country, and I was able to read the novel again. There are a couple of things I’m not yet fully satisfied with, so it needs a few revisions before it’s submitted to the publisher. But I also like to digest before diving in, to make sure I get it right. I expect the manuscript to submitted to my publisher in early spring, which could mean a fall 2021 release. Once it’s “officially” accepted, I’ll share the title and synopsis with you.

In the meantime, I will tell you it is a little more heavy-hitting than The Holiday Detour, with some serious issues about family dysfunction and the medical establishment’s treatment of non-normative bodies. It’s also a cute romance, so all those serious issues work out for the better. (Of course they do! It’s in keeping with my promise of happy endings for everyone in the LGBTIQA community!)

  • New projects on the horizon

My list of future projects outpaces my ability to write them currently, and I don’t want to give too many spoilers. But I will say that the next project may be a totally different genre from romance (gasp!) or an ensemble romance that breaks the mold of the traditional one-couple, two-character POV model. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Reading goals: so many books!

I just got access to a treasure trove of LGBTIQA fiction, mostly romance, and look forward to reading as many books as I can this coming year. I’ll be happy to share my recommendations on social media. Supporting the publication of work about our community by authors within our community is so important!

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