Second Skin is out now!

That’s right! Second Skin has been officially released into the wild. As usual, I’m a mix between proud and anxious and… hungry? Huh. Anyway, though this is the second book I’ve had published, it’s the first I wrote. I’m proud to say that I took a lot of chances with the plot and the concept, and I think it works.  I’ll let you be the judge. 😀

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Shane Kalman has looked forward to exchanging military life for a civvy job where he could freely be out of the closet, but the position he lands is nothing like he imagined.

He didn’t plan to work undercover for a corrupt detective agency, much less gathering dirt on the city’s most dangerous crime boss. And he sure as heck didn’t expect to have his mind temporarily switched with a tabby cat in order to do it.

His fellow agent, Jamison Rees, is a charmer and sometimes a German shepherd, but Shane doesn’t need animal instincts to know that he’s hiding something. When the job goes south and Shane’s brother becomes a target for the crime boss’s wrath, all evidence points to a mole in the detective agency. A dog may be man’s best friend, but is he a cat’s? Can Shane trust Jamison at all?

 

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Second Skin Cover Reveal!

Here it is! Kelly Shorten, the cover artist at Musa, has done a fine job with the cover for Second Skin. I’m excited to show it off, so here it is!

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Shane Kalman looked forward to exchanging military life for a civvy job where he could freely be out of the closet, but the position he lands is nothing like he imagined. He didn’t plan to work undercover for a corrupt detective agency, much less gathering dirt on the city’s most dangerous crime boss. And he sure as heck didn’t expect to have his mind temporarily switched with a tabby cat in order to do it.

His fellow agent, Jamison Rees, is a charmer and sometimes a German shepherd, but Shane doesn’t need animal instincts to know that he’s hiding something. When the job goes south and Shane’s brother becomes a target for the crime boss’s wrath, all evidence points to a mole in the detective agency. A dog may be man’s best friend, but is he a cat’s? Can Shane trust Jamison at all?

Second Skin will be available from Musa Publishing December 13th.

Update!

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I’ve been straining my brain trying to come up with a meaningful blog post for the past week or so. Finally I decided eff it, here’s an update. 🙂

The cover art for Touch Me Not should be coming soon (maybe tomorrow!) and you know I’ll be plastering it all over the internet. In the meantime, the space holder has made an appearance on the Loose Id  site here. Look, you can even ‘receive 50 Idcents Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.’ Just saying.

Editing is coming fast and furious for Second Skin, and I’m hard at work for the sequel. Though I fear it might suffer from sequelitis (As the number of films in a series grows, the probability that the latest entry will be terrible increases geometrically). I’ll be leaning heavily on my critique partners and beta readers to keep me on track.

This is a short post, but one last thing before I go. I’ve received several requests to review books within the last couple weeks. (I think I’ve been put on some sort of a list.) But it’s OBVIOUS not one of the authors have actually read my review FAQ prior to submitting. C’mon, guys…

Anyway, I’ll have another update soon! This time with pictures of hot guys! (Yay!)

Tuesday Guest Tickle: Second Skin by Genna Donaghy

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Genna is a member of my critique group and a fantastic friend and beta reader. She’s just signed a contract with Musa Publishing for her first novel Second Skin.

Second Skin is a thriller detective story with LGBT elements in it and a fun twist on the genre. In celebration of the contract, I wanted to share a little bit with you:

A second doorway led off from the room. This was locked, and Shane watched Franklynn shield the electronic keypad with one hand as she typed a code.

The moment the door clicked open, the German shepherd lunged forward, making Shane start in surprise. Franklynn moved faster, though. With deft hands, she snagged the eighty-pound dog by the scruff of the neck and pulled him back.

“You’ll just get in the way, Jamison. Stay out here.”

The dog snapped its teeth at her. But it turned away from…

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The sequel to Second Skin has officially begun.

 

I hear there’s an art to writing a sequel. I have also heard there’s an art to winning Minesweeper, so I tend to take these things with a grain of salt.

Today is the day I’ve started my first sequel to my first novel, Second Skin. SS is like your first child: I’ve probably dropped it a few times, alternatively paid too much and too little attention as it grew. And there were a few nights I let it snack on french fries and candy, because I was too busy to cook that evening. (In related news: I should probably never become a mother.)

Anyway, today I got to a blistering 754 words (including the two word title). Not much, but I’m a slow writer.

Although it’s been almost a year since I finished the rough draft of Second Skin, I was surprised how easy it was to reconnect to the characters again. Shane’s always been a favorite. He sees the world through sarcastic eyes, but is somehow still optimistic about life and the goodness of people. He’s a relief after the more bitter mindset of Jake from Touch Me Not.

Because I love putting Shane in terrible and embarrassing situations, he’s starting the book as a cat. I haven’t decided what other animal’s he’ll become yet — I’m a pantser, and that’s half the fun — Maybe I’ll figure out some excuse to make him a llama.

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haha. Or not.

If the plot I have in mind actually works out, this book, tentatively called Skin Deep, should be a wild ride. Action, adventure, and gay sex. It’s like peanut butter, chocolate, and gay sex. The perfect trio.