My new book in the Chase of a Lifetime series is coming out soon and I wanted to post a few points about it so readers know what’s going on. This is the third book in the series and it’s titled, Chase of an Adventure: Fifty Shades of Gay.
It’s not related in any way to Fifty Shades of Grey, nor is it parody of any kind. In this book the two main characters, Len and Jim, go through some very serious changes when Len’s family comes into the picture. For those who’ve read the first two books, you know that Len’s family in Connecticut was mentioned but never actually discussed in detail. All we know at this point is that when Len got Janet pregnant at sixteen years old Len’s family banished them to Texas and Len’s never forgiven them.
I also wanted to get into how long term gay relationships change and develop as time goes on. I think in many ways it’s like straight marriages, but not completely because the dynamics are different and gay men think like men. In order to do this, I had to show the many shades, so to speak, of gay and how gay men do things. It’s not as simple as most people would think, because gay men, like everyone else, are all different and what works for one couple doesn’t always work for another.
A small difference in this book as opposed to the first two books is that this one I did not self-publish. In fact, I hadn’t even planned on writing another book in this series for a while. In August I signed to do eight more books with Ravenous Romance that will all concentrate on gay romance and billionaire gay rakes. I just finished The Billionaire Bad Boy of Harvard Yard, and now I’m working on The Wall Street Shark. I’d never actually written rake-ish characters and I wanted to do something different. When the publisher asked, I jumped at it.
But they also asked me to write a third book in the “Chase” series, and I decided to do it this time because I had planned on getting into more detail about Len’s past eventually and the timing seemed good. I also didn’t feel like self-publishing because it’s twice the work for me. The only differences between the self-published books I wrote and this new book with Ravenous is the price. I don’t set the prices, the publisher does. I will keep the two self-published books priced at .99 for the time being…at least the next year…so people can read part of the series at a discounted rate. And I’m sure Ravenous will price the new release competitively. I don’t think any of my books with them are over 7.99. Some are actually .99 on Amazon…An Officer and His Gentleman.
There’s also another reason why I wanted to do this Chase book with a publisher instead of on my own as I did with the first two books. Self-publishing often takes a lot of knocks from people who don’t know what they are talking about. Sometimes they are right; sometimes they are wrong. I experienced a few snide self-publishing comments about Chase of a Lifetime that I thought were interesting. I have more experience in publishing than many of the new start up e-presses out there. I have more experience than some of the new literary agents who have created their own e-publishing services. And when I self-published the first two books in the “Chase” series I took that experience and used it the same way I’ve been using it with every single book I’ve ever had published with a publisher in the past twenty years. I think the biggest difference you’ll see with this book is the cover style is different from the first two books. But that’s about it. We didn’t even do that many edits with this one. It was basically submitted and went to print.
Also, there won’t be an abridged version of this book, or any others, for a long time. I did that with Chase of a Dream to see if people would be interested in reading the same gay romance without explicit sex scenes. So far, the uncensored, unabridged version of that book has done well in sales. The one without the sex scenes sits alone, almost completely ignored. And I would have thought at least a few people who’ve been complaining I had too much sex in my books would have taken the time to read it. I was so hoping they would. I did it just for them.
Here’s the blurb for Chase of an Adventure: Fifty Shades of Gay, and I’ll be posting more soon.
ETA: Someone asked if I’ll be self-publishing anything else in the future and I wanted to update this post about that. Yes, I will be self-publishing in the future. I prefer working with publishers, but I’ve also enjoyed publishing on my own. If anyone has any questions about self-publishing, feel free to e-mail me.