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Title: New Year’s Eve Unzipped
Author: J. C. Long
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Release Date: 11/28/2016
Colby, a caterer, is working New Year’s Eve at the Crestview Hills Country Club, a place full of rich, uppity people, promising a boring night. The night becomes a lot more interesting when he starts receiving erotic messages on Unzipped, a hook-up app, from someone who happens to be at that very party.
It’s New Year’s Eve—a suitable time for this post, since this is about my holiday novelette, New Year’s Eve Unzipped. That got me thinking about the holiday itself. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to enjoy New Year’s Eve—which is understandable; we want to start the next year off on a good foot, set a positive tone for what’s to come. Considering the reality of 2016, I think a lot of people are desperate for 2017 to start off well. For some people that means being completely drunk and incapable of remembering the death throes of 2016. For others that means having a quiet night at home with friends or lovers (me). For some it means ringing in the new year with great sex. In New Year’s Eve Unzipped, Colby, our main character, definitely falls into that category.
Today we’re going to talk about a few fun facts about New Year’s Eve Unzipped, and I will share my resolution for 2017. Oh, I shouldn’t forget that there’s also a great giveaway, as well!
Let’s start with a few interesting facts about New Year’s Eve Unzipped.
It’s the first of a series of erotic novelettes. The series will not follow the same main characters—Colby’s story is done. However, some side characters may appear in future stories. The series is titled Unzipped Shorts. This was originally meant to be a pun on the concept of short stories and the article of clothing (my editor didn’t get the joke until she’d read the second story).
The second novelette will be out in February 2017. The second story is titled Unzipping 7D—and I will exclusively reveal here for readers of Prism Book Alliance that it involves the Mile High Club.
Jerome from New Year’s Eve Unzipped will have his own story. You will meet a side character named Jerome in this story, and he’s going to have his own story (he’ll appear in the third story, which I am set to begin writing in January 2017).
The Unzipped app exists in all my writing worlds. I believe in consistency and unity, so all of my contemporary stories, be they romantic suspense, contemporary romance, or erotica like these, are connected—they share the same universe. At one point in each of these series we will see Unzipped play a role—maybe as simply an offhand reference or maybe as an important plot device.
Colby’s story was loosely inspired by a friend. The character of Colby is nothing like my friend, and my friend’s “same guy at the big public event on Grindr” story didn’t end with hot sex, but when I was planning New Year’s Eve Unzipped I thought of that and decided it was the perfect vehicle to get the story I wanted.
I’ll wrap this guest post up by sharing my New Year’s resolution—and inviting you to share your own. Mine is simple: fight hatred with love. I’m going to stand up for diversity in literature, stand up for representation on screens big and small, I’m going to add my voice to those who would defy the hateful movement in America, challenge whatever disgusting agenda the President-Elect will put forth, and draw attention to those who can’t do it themselves, in places like Aleppo and Chad. I will continue to write stories of love and happiness and hot sex, because that’s the sort of thing we need in our lives, right? What’s your resolution for 2017? I’d really like to know, so don’t hesitate to comment, and I hope you go out and read and enjoy New Year’s Eve Unzipped.
About the Author
J. C. Long is an American expat living in Japan, though he’s also lived stints in Seoul, South Korea—no, he’s not an Army brat; he’s an English teacher. He is also quite passionate about Welsh corgis and is convinced that anyone who does not like them is evil incarnate. His dramatic streak comes from his lifelong involvement in theater. After living in several countries aside from the United States, J. C. is convinced that love is love, no matter where you are, and is determined to write stories that demonstrate exactly that.
His favorite things in the world are pictures of corgis, writing, and Korean food (not in that order… okay, in that order). J. C. spends his time not writing thinking about writing, coming up with new characters, attending Big Bang concerts, and wishing he were writing. The best way to get him to write faster is to motivate him with corgi pictures. Yes, that is a veiled hint.
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