I’ve been lacking on the blog posts lately. But that’s really nothing new, right? So of course when I take the time to do one it’s long. Sorry in advance!
FYI – the guy in the motorcycle pics below was my original inspiration for Randy the Chief Reindeer. I’ve shared the inspiration for Dylan and Cole (and a few of the others) but not Randy. This is the guy I see every single time I mention Randy in one of the books. The 2nd photo is actually what had me creating the character.
Winner & Crazy Christmas Story Giveaway
Congrats to AnnMarie who won my giveaway to celebrate On Top Down Under 6th’s anniversary! She chose Barry the Lonely Reindeer & His Bashful Elf as her winning book but Willy thought she should also have Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. 🙂 She also won one of Willy’s ‘Santa is a butt head!’ magnets.
Congrats again to On Top Down Under Book Reviews, and thank you for the support given to me over the years.
I have one of the (above) magnets left. Whoever tells me the craziest Christmas story can have it. I want the good stuff – crazy relatives tripping over the tree, a drunken uncle – the crazier the better. If you don’t have a real story, make one up. Hey, I make up goofy Christmas stories all the time, so why the heck not? *grin* If the story is good enough, I’ll throw in an e-book of your choice from my catalog and I may even have Willy telling the story in next year’s installment – with the winner’s permission, of course.
Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate
I can’t express how appreciative I am over the feedback I’ve received so far about Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. I always worry that maybe I’ve gone too far (re: Willy the elf) or maybe not far enough (there wasn’t as much Willy the elf in last year’s installment). Each book will continue to have new main characters and new love interests, but Willy will forever be a big part of each one because it’s his series. He started it all and he’s always going to butt into the business of all new players. I’ve received messages saying that he’s the most annoying character in the history of the world. And I’ve received messages saying he’s a favorite character. Regardless of which side you’re on, Willy has a good heart and only wants to help others maybe have what he and Chief Reindeer Randy have. If it takes a little Peppermint Whiskey and perviness, what of it? This is our Willy. 😉
This year I did something I’d never done before. I wrote two specific scenes out of order to add to the final manuscript later. One of those scenes was a jewelry store scene with Willy. That was written before anything else. I knew how I wanted Dylan and Cole to officially meet and that was it. The other scene was what I’ve always referred to (to my editor) as the ‘Santa reveal scene’. That particular scene gave me the most trouble. It decided everything, as in how Dylan’s past family issues would be resolved. I admit to being concerned over how readers might feel about the direction the story had gone. I’m not giving away spoilers (and I hope others don’t either) but I wonder (still) what the reaction will be with me making jerky Santa Claus a somewhat decent guy. Not great, mind you, as Santa has always had an agenda. How it played out wasn’t even remotely what I had in mind when I started writing the story. Let’s just say that when I tried to write it the original way, Santa had other ideas and wouldn’t allow it. Other authors know exactly what I mean when I say the story took on a life of its own.
I’ve been asked by more than one reader to give Santa his own story, especially after what comes to light in ‘Dylan’. Time will tell on that, I suppose. With the series being gay romance, his mate (if the fates allow him to have one) will be a male. We know he’s played around a bit with more than one guy. Remember Seth and Blake’s story? I know exactly how Santa’s story would play out, including Mrs. Claus’ role in it, but I think he needs another year or two of showing the world he’s not a complete tool (lol) before I attempt it. If I attempt it. There’s also some unfinished business between him and Dylan. Again, no spoilers, but if you read the final chapter of Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate you know exactly what I’m referring to.
Thank you again to everyone who has read not just ‘Dylan’ but the whole series up to now. I read all the reviews and all the private messages. As I’ve said many times over the years, I don’t get upset or angry over bad reviews. I’ve read my share of bad books and I damn sure don’t expect everybody to enjoy all of mine. But it really makes me feel special when somebody takes the time (whether it’s publicly or privately) to let me know how they feel about something I’ve written. I couldn’t describe that feeling if I tried.
I could’ve stopped writing in this world years ago and been content because I was proud of what I’d created. But when somebody tells me they’re excited over the next installment or sends me an email asking who the next main characters will be, that makes me want to go back into that world and keep writing. When I published my first story (Taking Lance) I didn’t think 5 people would read it or anything else I’d written. So when a reader tells me that they look forward to the next book in the Willy series every year, it truly gets to me. Really, thank you.
Oh, and be on the look out for a Randy and Willy sex scene. I’m almost done writing it and will put it up here and possibly on ReindeerSecrets.com as a freebie. I’ve been asked by more than one reader to show them getting down and dirty again. Who am I to say no? *snort*
Speaking of…. ReindeerSecrets.com is giving me fits with the html and has been for awhile. Because of this, I’ve not updated the site in quite some time. I was hoping to stick with Blogger but I may have to move it over to Word Press. At least if WP gives me problems, I know how to fix it. With Blogger, I’m at the mercy of Google.
This and That
I have been traveling all over the place. I’ve seriously only been home 8 days total in the past 8 or 9 weeks. I’m home now, thank goodness, but it’s been crazy. From Alabama to Colorado, to Savannah, home for 5 days, then back to Colorado and home again. I’ve been here for 3 days this time. All the traveling is in a car so we’ve been allowed to see a lot of the country. It’s been nice, but damn, I’m glad to be home. My husband will be leaving for Boston the Monday after Thanksgiving. I love traveling up there but he’ll be doing this one without me. I have to prepare for Christmas. Well, and I need a break. I’ve loved my time with him, and I normally wouldn’t say no to a road trip, but I’m physically and mentally exhausted. I need some ME time. All the editing and publishing, etc. for ‘Dylan’ was done while on the road. It was a challenge, to say the least.
To the Americans who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you enjoy it with your family and friends. No doubt lots of food will be eaten and lots of football watched. Enjoy your holiday and try to ignore any and all overbearing family members. I’m actually not stressing the holiday that much. For the first time ever, I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do and I won’t be bullied to change up my plans to suit others. It’s a good feeling, to be honest. I’m even looking forward to Christmas when normally I’m dreading it. Not the holiday, mind you, but things I’ve always been forced to do. Not this year. This year it’s about my husband, sons and their significant others, and friends of theirs who usually stop by. I’m actually looking forward to it. I don’t remember a time in my life I’ve been able to say that and really mean it. I’ve looked forward to holidays but I’ve always had the other things going on that cut into my enjoyment.
Quick Note About NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
Every November I get a ton of messages asking if I’m participating in NaNoWriMo. The answer has always been no. I think it’s an awesome challenge. It’s just not for me because November the 1st is the day my final book of the year is always published. Leading up to November 1st my stress levels are through the roof as I prepare to have the story ready (editing, etc.). November 1st is the day I’m finally able to relax. I just can’t see me going from that to a monthly challenge that requires so much – not after I publish the latest Willy installment. I love seeing everybody’s progress with NaNoWriMo. Congrats to everyone who has taken it on. I’ll always cheer for you on the sidelines, even if I don’t participate. Maybe when the Willy series ends I’ll try. Until, then, I’m going to have to keep saying no.
Taking Lance Series is Now In Kindle Unlimited
This was actually done awhile back. The entire Taking Lance series is now in Kindle Unlimited, including Taking Lance (The Complete Series), a new edition that has all the books (and shorts) in one book. If you’ve been on the fence about reading the series, and you’re enrolled in KU, this is the best time to check it out. I hated pulling the books from other e-tailers but (as I’ve mentioned in the past), every other site had removed Book 1, leaving all the others. The only way to have the complete series up was to go exclusive to Amazon. I’m not a fan of the exclusivity, but this seemed to be my best option going forward.
The series is complete so unless I decide later to write a sex scene or two with Rick and Lance, you can get them all without missing anything.
Paperbacks, Possible Audio Books
All books that will be sold as paperbacks have been reformatted and will go back up for publication in the coming days. I want all the Willy paperbacks available before December. In 2019, I plan to get that particular series done in audio book format as well. I’ve held off until now but I believe it’s long past time. I’ve been asked for the audio books but have simply not had the time to do the research. These will be my first audio books so bear with me. I’ve also been approached about making them into graphic novels. That’s something I’ll have to think more on. I know absolutely zero about that so I’m not sure when or if that will happen.
I hope you’re all doing well. Thank you again to everybody who has read Dylan the Bad Boy Reindeer & His Virtuous Mate. I love how you guys enjoy my crazy world. Thank you for giving me the encouragement to keep going with it.
Until next time,