On the 11th of June, Annie Oakfield will return with the first book in a new series The Wolves of New Hampshire.
Following the closure of my first-ever publisher, SteameReads, my Bucket List series (six novellas strong) has been looking for a new home.
In the meantime, I’ve been super-busy, ghostwriting erotic novellas at the rate of two per week. Not all of these disappear into the ether with someone else’s name on, however. A few, only a few, remain mine.
These are the precious stories which, as they take shape, cling to my mind wailing ‘we’re yours, don’t send us away.’
Well, I couldn’t, could I? Not after that.
Such a story is ‘The Progenitors.’
In such a case, the client gets a simpler version of the (rapidly-expanding) story, something quite different. But at its heart, it contains the same requirements, so the contract is fulfilled. As a bonus, I end up with something quite wonderful, which is a story with the potential for a series.
Born from an original request for a MMF erotic story involving shape-shifting wolves, I tried to find a new angle on this very popular, and much-covered genre.
I hope I’ve done it justice. 🙂
Due for release on June 11th 2015, The Progenitors is the first in the proposed ‘Wolves of New Hampshire’ series.
I’ll be sending out ARCs to my trusted betas soon. If you’re a bona-fide reviewer, and you’d be interested in featuring the story, please let me know in the comments below.
Please note: I’m only permitted to release a limited number of ARCs, and only to publisher-approved reviewers, so I’ll have to be choosy.
Watch this space for more new novellas (I have more!). 😀
Today’s Six (seven) Sentence Sunday is an excerpt from the forthcoming ‘The Bucket List (Part Two) – Caught’, soon to be available from SteameReads.
Amber and Lucy are caught in the bed of a department store by a security guard, who immediately threatens to call the police. Quick-thinking Amber offers him a glimpse of her body, but the guard is greedy for more.
At this point in the story, Amber has submitted to the store guard’s wishes and is partly undressed, having removed her blouse and her bra. BFF Lucy watches in horror as Amber is molested by the guard – his reward for not making the arrest official.
After about thirty seconds of fondling Amber’s breasts, the guard straightened up as if he’d made a decision.
“Stand up!” he snapped.
Amber’s shoulders sagged minutely, but she rose to her feet and faced the big guard, who was now standing right in front of her.
“Take off the skirt,” he said.
Amber complied, moving deliberately slowly, pulling down the short zip and shrugging the skirt off her hips where it slumped to the floor to pool around her ankles.
“And the knickers – drop them.”
“Amber…” I whispered, my heart sinking into my shoes.
As some of you might be aware, I spend a lot of my time ghostwriting – creating work that will (sadly) go on to be credited to someone else even as I count the dollars I earned for writing it.
Ghostwriting brings in the cash; it is a short-term gain and can be quite lucrative. However, it can be, if the writer becomes attached to a set of characters or a story idea, emotionally draining. For each story created, the carefully-crafted characters (each of whom the writer has spent several weeks rattling around their heads) are sucked into the infinite vastness of the Internet, never to appear in sequels or author interviews.
They cannot even be traced – not by Googling, anyway. On several occasions, my curiosity has led me to try, but no trail remains; no trace can be found.
It’s a bitter-sweet experience and probably best suited to a writer who can shrug off these characters like a coating of autumn leaves and move onto the next project.
I am not one of those writers. Each story leaves its trace in my mind and I wonder, like a foster mother whose temporary charges have flown the nest, what became of them out in the big, wide world.
What a softy I am.
All this makes my experience with Steam eReads feel like a comforting blanket. What I expected to be just another ghostwriting project blossomed into a full publishing experience. I know what happened to Amber and Lucy and where they can be found on Amazon. I’m able to craft additional stories for the BFFs – plus I can take note of any feedback and comments regarding the stories and know that readers are enjoying my work.
This has become my anchor in my rather frenetic sphere of writing; a bit of stability in an otherwise chaotic world.
Thank you Steam eReads for the opportunity to become a published author. I will continue to ghostwrite for now, but only to pay the bills and perhaps improve my writing style. I have found a new joy in seeing my name on the cover of a book.
I just found ‘The Bucket List Part One’ on Goodreads.
Darn, that makes me sound like a Yorkshire Terrier!
Anyway, I’m excited (if you couldn’t already tell).
After years of writing naughty stories for first my school friends (they giggled, but always wanted more), then to try to make ends meet, I finally get to see my name up in
Please note, dear reader, that the book won’t be available until March 1st. But don’t worry, I will shout it from the rooftops.