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It’s been a weird and super-busy year for me in a lot of ways. I helped get my sister married off, moved to a new place (yet again), gained an awesome new roommate in J.P. Barnaby, got a promotion at the day job, took over as director of the Daily Dragon at Dragon Con, published three novels and two short stories, and dipped a toe into self-publishing. Geez, I’m tired all over again just typing that out.
Thankfully, things have slowed down a little, and one thing I got out of all the chaos is a chance to step back and reassess a lot of things. I didn’t have much time to write later in the year, which means I currently have nothing in the pipeline for 2016, other than republishing a couple of shorts when the rights reverts (as I did with my short story “In From the Cold” earlier this month). However, I do have several things in production.
Most notably? All of it is romance, but not all of it is gay romance. I currently have three primary projects I’m working on, and two of them will take me outside the M/M world.
Project number one is a title for Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires line. Elizabeth North asked me as soon as I turned in Nobody’s Son what I was doing for her next, and what I had was Dating the Dad Next Door. I warned her that it would be at least the end of the year before I could have anything ready, mainly because of my sister’s wedding, and her reply still makes me giggle: “Tell your sister to stop standing in the way of true love!”
So yes, Dating the Dad Next Door is my #1 project right now. It’s not going to be finished this month, but I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of January, February at the latest. (I’d better have it done before early March, when I see Elizabeth again!)
After that comes Help Wanted: Boyfriend, which is a straightforward, category, M/F romance. I’ve been telling my mom for years that I’d eventually write something she can read, and I’m finally following through. She’s read the first chapter and synopsis already, and she approves so far. 🙂
The third project is another M/M book, Out of Bounds, but it’s the first in a series, and the next two books are M/F and F/F. (The fourth goes back to M/M, and there might be an F/F/M book five, too.) Out of Bounds started out as my NaNoWriMo project this year, though I only managed about 21,000 words. It’s a good start, though, and I’m looking forward to finishing it up.
What does all this mean for me? For starters, I’m not leaving M/M romance. I’m just expanding my boundaries. I believe that love is love, and I’m interested in telling love stories for all kind of different people.
To go along with that, I’ve been working on a rebranding and website design. I still love the “Sweet Southern Heat” tagline I’ve used for several years, so much that I’m stealing it for a series that’s a little farther down the line. But starting today, I have a new tagline that reflects the broader reach of my new stories: “Romance for Every Heart.” And there’s a new header for my website, too, which I’m sharing for the first time here.
The website redesign is still a work in progress, but one of the main things I’m focusing on is making it easy for readers to find the stories they want. While I’d love it if M/M romance readers follow my writing into other types of relationships, I don’t want to trick anyone. All stories will be clearly marked with the relationship type, as well as content/heat levels.
Oh! I’ll also be starting up a newsletter in 2016. I’ve had the signup link on my site for a while, but I’m finally going to be using it. It’ll be low-key, mostly for new releases, cover reveals, and some giveaways. You can sign up right here.
I’m excited about what’s coming in 2016 and beyond, both with my stories and in the larger romance world. I’m looking forward to the day when no one will blink an eye about authors writing about any type of relationship. In the meantime, I’ll be writing the stories that speak to me, and I hope they speak to you, too.
Title: In From the Cold
Author: Shae Connor
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 12/04/2015
Cover Artist: Shae Connor
Genre: Gay, M/M Romance, Romance, Winter Holiday
When Jeff Young walks into the rural Georgia lodge Neal Owens runs, he’s just looking for a room to escape a frigid late December night. What he ends up finding is a new friend, a lover, and maybe more, all wrapped up in one hot package.
(Second edition. First edition published 2011 by Silver Publishing.)
About Shae ConnorShae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.
A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com. .
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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