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I have books coming out my ears these days. Certainly not a bad thing, but once again I’m trying to figure out the best balance for my writing.
I like having multiple books going at a time—it allows me to step away if I’m feeling blocked or have something else to work on while the betas look over a story—but this may be the largest number I’ve ever had going at once.
This week, on July 10, I’ll be releasing my first full-length novel, “Bully & Exit”. It takes place in Michigan, and follows two guys about to graduate from college. Nathan—a hockey player—and Caleb—a theater major—had a relationship in high school that no one else knew about. When they run into each other at a college party, Caleb wants nothing to do with Nathan, but Nathan is determined to apologize for mistakes he made four years before and win Caleb back. It will be part of a series called “The Midwest Series” and I am so excited for the upcoming release. I really love these guys and I think you will too.
I am also working on re-writes of “Connection”, the spin-off novel from the “Equals” series, which tells Evan and Jeremy’s story. After several rounds of beta reads and a lot of discussion, I’ve decided to split it into two books and flesh out Jeremy’s history more. I absolutely love the way it’s coming together now and I think it’ll be a much stronger story than what I originally had planned, but it is a slow, painstaking process to reorganize the chapters and tweak it so the tension and climax of the story still work. This one I’m aiming to have ready by the end of the summer and it will most likely release this fall. Evan and Jeremy are so near and dear to my heart and I know a lot of people (Brandilyn especially) are clamoring to read it.
I am also collaborating on a massive story that’s nearly two years in the making. Although originally planned as one book, it was well over 150 k and covers 15 years of the characters’ lives. We cut it into two parts and it’s gone through a round of beta edits. We’re working on filling in some gaps in the second book and I am very pleased with the way it’s all coming together. I don’t have a timeline on when that will be released because the plan is to publish through a publisher, but I am very eager to share it with the world.
Juggling what amounts to five novels is intense though. I have files with character descriptions and timelines. I have folders full of inspiration pics and spreadsheets to keep track of the status of each book. Fellow writers and readers have asked if I ever get the stories confused, and I can honestly say I don’t. I might need to look up a character’s birthdate or the last name of a supporting character, but the guys are all so vastly different and so clear in my mind that I can’t imagine confusing one with the other.
There are days where I wonder if I’m taking too much on, but most of the time I feel like it allows me to be productive and creative. Once “Bully & Exit” is out, I do plan to focus on the two pairs of novels for a little while. Once one or the other enters a more final stage of editing, I’ll move on to the next.
I have an entire folder full of plot bunnies hopping around to get my attention and I’m still debating about what I’ll tackle next. Should I write the very dark and heavy novel about a man who develops a complicated relationship with his recently-deceased brother’s ex? Or should I work on the one about a Hollywood actor and a bodyguard/former cop who get dragged into a murder mystery? Plus I have a spin-off from “Connection” that the betas are begging me for and the second and third books in “The Midwest Series”.
So many possibilities….
Oh right. That’s why I have books coming out of my ears.
Title: Bully & Exit
Author: Brigham Vaughn
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 07/10/2015
Cover Artist: Brigham Vaughn
Genre: Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay, M/M Romance, New Adult, Romance
Theater student Caleb Stockwell is ready to leave college behind. Too bad his past isn’t ready to let him go.
With less than a month to go until graduation, Caleb runs into Nathan Rhodes at a house party. Nathan is a star hockey player for Western Michigan University and finally ready to step out of the closet. He’s also the guy who broke Caleb’s heart in high school.
Nathan’s determined to make amends for what he did four years ago, but Caleb isn’t willing to risk getting his heart stomped on again. With only a few weeks left before they go their separate ways, it’ll take all of Nathan’s creativity and help from some interfering friends to convince Caleb to give him a second chance.
Nathan’s voice was soft when he spoke, gentle like it’d always been. “Caleb Stockwell. I’ve been looking for you.”
Caleb cleared his throat and ignored him, tipping the bottle up for another long drink. He licked the spiced rum off his lips as he debated making another run for it. There was a shrub blocking his way in one direction and a hockey player in the other. Even if he hadn’t been drinking, the odds weren’t in his favor. “Nathan Rhodes,” he managed.
“Damn I can’t believe it’s you!” Nathan leaned in and Caleb pulled back, uncomfortable with him being so close.
Caleb laughed bitterly. “It’s me. Now that you’ve satisfied your curiosity, you can run along now.” He motioned with his hand, encouraging Nathan to leave.
“It’s really good to see you,” Nathan said, ignoring him. He took a seat on the pile of discarded construction materials, his knees brushing Caleb’s as he lowered himself down. Caleb pulled away as if scorched.
“Yeah? Too bad I can’t say the same,” he muttered, his head swimming as the alcohol began to hit him. He eyed Nathan’s long, long legs and the way he was pinned in by them, remembering the way they’d felt tangled with his as they came, panting shallowly against each other’s skin. It brought it all back: the scent of Nathan’s cologne, the taste of his skin, the way Caleb’s heart raced in his chest when Nathan held him close. It brought back the memories, the ones he’d worked so hard to run from. The good and the bad. The sharp, intense happiness of falling for Nathan. The aching, crushing hurt that paralyzed Caleb for months after Nathan was no longer in his life. Everything he’d buried four years ago and vowed never to touch again.
He caught the first glimpse of doubt on Nathan’s face. “Are you okay, Caleb?”
“Oh, I’m mother fucking peachy,” he snarked and took another long drink. “I’ve made it through four fucking years trying to ignore the fact we’re on the same campus and with barely a month left in my senior year, I thought maybe I’d managed to pull it off. But no, Lowell had to drag me to this goddamn party, and of course you showed up too. Just my luck.”
He raised the bottle again, but Nathan wrapped a hand around the neck and tugged. He was stronger than Caleb, so Caleb let go, afraid he’d end up getting pulled into Nathan’s lap if he didn’t. Nathan took a drink and passed the bottle back, licking the taste of rum off his lips before he spoke. “You’re so angry at me.”
“Ya think?” Caleb snarled. “Didn’t it ever occur to you I would be? What the hell makes you think you can waltz in here and pretend like all the shit that went down between us didn’t happen?” He tried to stand, but Nathan’s dark denim-clad knees were on either side of his, pinning him in place. The bottle was pried from his suddenly limp fingers and set aside.
“I don’t think that,” Nathan protested. “I was just glad to see you and I… I wanted a chance to apologize. I didn’t… I wanted….”
Caleb’s lips parted in surprise as cool fingers framed his face and for the first time in four long years, Nathan’s lips were pressed to his again. Involuntarily, Caleb’s eyes closed, feeling a rush of heat wash over him, taking him right back to the first time. Before Nathan broke his heart.
About Brigham Vaughn
Brigham Vaughn has always been a voracious reader with her own stories to tell. After many years of abandoned plots, something finally clicked. Now she’s eating, sleeping, and breathing writing and is excited to have finally figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the little time that isn’t spent writing or reading, she loves cooking, yoga, photography, and remodeling her ninety-year-old home. Brigham lives in Michigan with her three cats and an amazing husband who has always been her biggest champion.
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