I’ve only written two stand-alone, erotic romance short stories. I recently sold one to Summerhouse Publishing, and I have one on my hard drive. I’m not writing anymore, so this is the last story I haven’t put through a real publishing attempt—meaning, I haven’t queried numerous publishers to see if anyone is interested. I figured I would try now instead of letting it collect dust on my hard drive. This is the first story I’ve written that’s purely a contemporary romance; there’s no supernatural element involved. The title is called Panties Optional. You can read an excerpt after the jump.
Tall, blond, and stunning, Thayer Jørgensen is a Norwegian expat and every fashion designer’s wet dream. His latest modeling assignment in New York City comes to an end, but his flight is canceled and he won’t make it home to California to celebrate his 25th birthday with his girlfriend.
Pippa loves her boyfriend too much to let him wallow alone in misery, and she’s determined to make his birthday special with a sexy surprise he’ll never forget. She travels across the country and appears at his hotel room in a naughty French maid costume. A game of seduction ensues, but Thayer quickly turns the tables when he notices she forgot to wear panties. He decides a spanking is in order, making Pippa realize no good deed goes unpunished. Read more »
What? I think someone is confused. I did another search and I don’t see any movie coming out that has the same title as my novel. If I’m missing something, please tell me. For the record, my novel The Howling Heart is not being adapted for film and is never going to be a movie. It’s not even a book yet. I really think some people watched Tiffany D.’s fanmade trailer for The Howling Heart and are under the wrong impression a real film is being released.
Today, I sent a submission to e-publisher Noble Romance Publishing. They had rejected Eros, My Love, but I’m going to give it another try. Perhaps they’ll find my novel more appealing. I sent partial submissions to all 3 publishers, so that means they only received a few chapters. When they respond, they can either ask for the complete manuscript or reject me based on what they read. If they ask for the complete manuscript, then I have to wait longer for them to decide if they want to make me an offer. Dorchester Publishing still hasn’t reopened submissions and I don’t know when they will. It says on their site that if you submit to them, it could take 6 months for a reply. If I get a decent offer from one of the 3 publishers before they reopen submissions, then I’m taking it.
My publisher just sent me the e-book cover for my short story Eros, My Love. They designed it, but I was lucky enough to choose the couple who represent Eros & Gabrielle. I think the cover is romantic with a touch of fantasy, and the city background keeps with the modern-day story setting. I can’t wait to see it on Summerhouse Publishing’s website. No release date has been set, but as soon as I know, I’ll post an update.
I recently read this discussion on Amazon where people started talking about A Rose to the Fallen. I was actually surprised. The most common gripe was about Tristan being bisexual, and the sex scene between him and Justin. This includes the claim that Bridget was acting out of character. In between people complaining about that, they had issues with the ending, the paranormal aspect, and the editing. I popped in for a quick minute to thank one person who did enjoy my book. She wanted to read more from me, as long as the hero was straight, so I told her about The Howling Heart. Riley is a 100% heterosexual werewolf. Anyway, the whole point of this post is that reading the discussion reminded me of an earlier post I wrote in response to readers’ comments about the gay sex in my book and Bridget’s actions. I wanted to just copy and paste it into the discussion, but then I thought, That’s just too much text. Oh well.
Well, I’m down to 3 publishers. I’m waiting for responses from Harlequin’s Mills & Boon and Macmillan’s Tor. I’m also waiting for Dorchester Publishing to reopen submissions. I wish they’d hurry up. I have my query letter for them in my email Drafts and it’s been there for months. I submitted to Avon Romance in March, and their auto-response said if I don’t hear from them after 3 months, then consider my submission rejected. It’s been more than 3 months and they haven’t contacted me, so they’re not interested. I did receive offers from 2 e-publishers, but I declined them. I didn’t like the contract from one publisher, and the other wanted to buy the manuscript on the condition that I change certain characteristics about my werewolves which I refused. Originally, I was going to wait until the end of the year to make a decision on what to do with The Howling Heart if it doesn’t get sold to a publisher, but I don’t think I’ll have to wait that long. I don’t expect to be contacted by any literary agencies. I queried 50 of them since February and it seems no one wants to touch my second novel. I know I said I’d post an update when I have good news, but honestly… I don’t think I’ll have any. My traditional publishing journey for The Howling Heart is almost over.