Most, some… well, a few… folks know I post books serial fashion on my Whisper of Wings website.
Now, they aren’t exactly “serials” as such, with cliffies and a stay tuned for the next episode vibe. These are (pretty) well-edited chapters that I post as I complete each one. Some might consider them drafts, but those who know my process and have watched my progress over the years understand that while a draft exists in my head, what I scribe is a fully fashioned story line that’s simmered for a very long time before seeing the light of day.
It’s how I do it. Your mileage will definitely vary.
After having finished the Ranch to Market Chronicles series of three books… <commercial break>… The Reluctant Alpha, Alpha Framed and Alpha’s Last Stand, I decided to cleanse my palate and go back to my YA roots.
Go ahead, raise your eyebrows, but my first book was a fantasy adventure story geared to teenage boys, with a male teen protagonist, dragons, horses, and tons of action. While the YA market is a really tough one to break into, Dragon Academy has been well-received and I even have emails from young fans who told me how much they loved the book. One librarian shared that a young fan (male) found the book on the shelf, sat down in the aisle and literally consumed it in one go.
He said it was “pretty good.” Woo.
It’s free on Kindle Unlimited so if you have a reluctant reader this might be one of those books to try and capture his/her interest (lotsa girls like it). It’s über-cheap in print also, just in case your young reader/teen prefers holding bound paper. You can check out an INSTANT PREVIEW on Amazon. And yeah, that’s me who wrote it (FYI: pen name).
Back to the cleansing palate thing.
I’ve been cooking an idea for a long time, still trying to come up with ways to address the fact that so many MG/YA books aren’t really written with boys in mind. Combine that with a relative lack of LGBT themes geared to gay teens, I decided it was time to remedy that situation.
YA series: The QBD Club
1st Title: the Case of the Missing Mascot
Meet four gay teens growing up in a suburban enclave of entitlement in northern New Jersey.
Andreas, Osi, Tim and Zeb are sick of doing time behind social bars they don’t deserve. To combat the loneliness, they form The Queer Boys Detective Club.
The rules are simple: no straights, no chicks, no freshmen.
Mags and Carla don’t agree.
The Queer Boys Detective Club gets recruited into looking at allegations of misconduct in the locker room by substitute Phys. Ed. teacher, Mr. Walsh. Football Coach Oswald doesn’t buy it, but his hands are tied by an administration looking for a scapegoat. Coach is a rainbow supporter on the QT but can’t afford the exposure a demand for a full on investigation might warrant. He needs a reason to enlist help in clearing his friend’s name. When the team mascot goes missing, it’s the perfect opportunity to call in some favors from kids he’s helped in the past.
Zeb’s first string running back. He’ll take point.
The gals watch behind the scenes. They suspect whatever Zeb finds will be only half of the story.
Nobody ever said surviving Waterford High was going to be easy.
I hope you enjoy the adventures (and misadventures) of the QBD gang.
Peace for all of us in these troubled times.