So, I broke several of my personal records for daily word count this weekend, one right after the other, as I put the final finishing touches on the first draft of my latest alien romance. This one is certainly going to push some boundaries and is pulled from my own library of “weird” romances that I figured were too niche to ever publish, but I’ve gotten some requests to put it out there.
The story is something that I’ve played around with in different forms for several years, but the world-building has been in my head for much longer. I should mention that I have a fascination for entomology and arthropodology, although I’m as freaked out by little buggies as the next person. And big buggies? Better get the smelling salts! Still, insects behave in ways that are so alien to humans that I think they are a great place to draw inspiration for alien cultures.
While my initial creations all those years ago were not intended to be romance heroes (more like the antagonists in a space opera!), my shift from genres (or more like genre-blending) has given me a new appreciation for how romantic they could be in the right circumstances. (I should note, they are humanoid in form, but have some insectoid attributes. We’re not talking ant-rotica here. 😉 Some of you know exactly what I mean, lol.)
All in all, I’m very happy with how the first draft turned out, though I was frustrated at the start and had to rewrite the first twenty thousand words about three times before I was able to get what I wanted.
Now, as the universe I created has been locked into canon with this story, I can see about a thousand other possibilities for more stories. It’s a good thing I have focus (hahahahahaha) or I’d never get anything done. 😉
Revisions on this manuscript will begin in about a week, and I’m not sure how long that will take, but I’m eager to get this book out there, so I will be working hard at it. I’ll post updates as it gets closer to release.
I’d like to see whether people are interested in this type of hero. We’ll see how this niche book does. I’d love to write more in this universe too, and I’ve got a ton of ideas, and a ton of different types of aliens to include. Even the ones that look almost human. ( zzzzzzzz 😉 )
Despite my enthusiasm for this new universe, I have not lost my enthusiasm for my Shadows in Sanctuary series, nor for my fantasy series, so if you’re interested in those, don’t worry! I still plan to release Uriale’s Redemption next summer (it’s already outlined and I’ve done some initial work on the first draft) as well as re-release The Princess’s Dragon in December of this year, and I will continue to put up chapters of Morbidon’s Bride every two weeks. You should see one this Friday (barring any unforeseen circumstances, of course).
It’s a crazy schedule! This is probably the first (and last!) time I’ll try and fit three WIPs into the same span of time, but whaddya gonna do? When inspiration strikes…
Let me know what you think about this upcoming book. Do you get the heebie jeebies just thinking about an insectoid alien hero, or are you curious what he’ll be like? Is this the kind of book you’d read, and would you like to see more heroes that break the molds for alien heroes?
In other news, you still have a chance to enter to win one of five signed, paperback copies of Lilith’s Fall! Don’t miss your opportunity! Your odds on winning are much better than mine for that lottery ticket my mother keeps insisting I buy. (Love you, Mom. 😀 )
Here’s a description for Lilith’s Fall:
Ranove might look like a demon, but when his captors put a curvy human female into his cell hoping he’ll kill her for their entertainment, all he wants to do is protect her from their abuse. Lilith’s ordinary and boring life has suddenly spiraled out of control and now she’s imprisoned with a demon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that Ranove is not the monster she believed him to be. That doesn’t mean he isn’t dangerous, and her captors are about to find out just how dangerous he is when they try to take Lilith away from him. This futuristic alien romance is the beginning of the Shadows of Sanctuary series where a new couple finds happiness in each book.