I’m a Pantser, Or How My Characters Tell Me What To Do (Learning to Trust Out Now!)

No, it’s not a football match with oddly named teams…it’s the battle going on between authors. Some of you have probably seen comments or teasing complaints from authors about what they’ve outlined for their WIP (work in progress) and what the characters actually did in the book. Those confident creatures who think they can command a world are planners. They outline and organize and then sit down to write.

Me…I’m nowhere near that logical or organized. I fall into the wonderful group called pantsers. We fly by the seat of our pants with minimal planning and just see where the story takes us. It’s a different kind of confidence, like when you head out for a vacation but have no idea where you might end up. It’s more about the character and the journey and less about how you get there.

But in the pantsing world, we sometimes run into interesting problems, like when your character decides one book won’t be enough and he forces you to reshuffle an entire series. Leon’s very opinionated, if you hadn’t already guessed from seeing him in Destin’s story.

In writing him and figuring out who he is and how he loves, he decided he needed more than one book. So instead of his being the first in a new series where each book is about a different couple, he’s going to get at least two and will be either a duet or trilogy depending on how the second one goes. I’m not holding my breath on him being happy with two, so we’ll see how things go.

Even though it’s not going how I expected, the book came together quickly and they just feel right together. I can’t wait to show you what’s going to happen with my stubborn Leon (who Morgan calls his ostrich Daddy because while Leon behaves like a Daddy, he doesn’t seem to see himself the same way everyone else does) and Morgan, who is a bit shy at first but quickly warms to Leon as he sees how safe and confident Leon makes him feel.

Learning to Love is the first book for Leon and Morgan and is now live. Check out the first chapter if you’re curious.

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Sweet Omegas Looking for Bossy Alphas…The Revolution Prequel Now Available!

I’ve got a few fun surprises for you guys this month. The first is a peek at the new series I’m writing. I’ve always loved alpha/omega dynamics, but as you’ve probably realized, I like sweet kink, not the darker themes that tend to run in worlds with alphas and omegas. So it’s no surprise that when I started thinking about what my own omegas would look like, and what kinds of problems they would be having, it would turn out sexy and a little bit different.

My omegas are in a world where they’re treated with the utmost care, but that’s not what all of them want. My guys are desperate to find take-charge alphas who want to explore domination and submission. But in a world where equality is expected not just at work but in the bedroom as well, finding dominant alphas is going to take something a little outside the box.

The Revolution is the fun short prequel that starts the series. You can download it free on Prolific Works (used to be Instafreebie).

(And just to be a tease…newsletter subscribers this week got a sneak peek at the first book in the series, so if you’re curious about my omegas don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter.)

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