Sounds a bit like a disease, doesn’t it? But no. I’ve signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for my occult mystery novel, Murderous Requiem!
As anyone who’s been following my blog or facebook page knows, I’ve been fretting about the marketability of this book for a long, long time. It has a lot of sex, some of it rather raunchy, and more importantly a lot of occult information concerning ceremonial magick that could make some readers uncomfortable. There is a romance between the main character and his ex-boyfriend, but since they’re in a sort of “free-love” commune environment, they have sex with other people while they’re working things out with each other. Some readers don’t like that. There are also some parts that cross over into horror.
I wasn’t sure if Dreamspinner would like it, because it doesn’t fit the classic romance model. But they publish a wide variety of stories, so it was worth submitting it to them to see. And now I have a contract! Yay!
No info on a release date at this stage, but I’ll let everyone know when I have something. Incidentally, the “cover” design to the left isn’t official and definitely won’t be the cover. I cobbled that together from pictures I found on the Internet and used it as my “cover” for NaNoWriMo a couple years ago.
In related news, I did not win NaNoWriMo this year. I didn’t even come close. But I did get a start on my YA novel, Dreams of Fire and Gods book three, and re-wrote the ending of Dreams of Fire and Gods book two. Trust me, the new ending is infinitely better than it was when I submitted it. I’m very lucky that my publisher was understanding enough to humor me, when I asked her if I could resubmit the epilogue after we’d already signed the contract. I also finished most of the edits on Dreams of Fire and Gods book one — we’re at the galley proof stage now. That one will be released through Harmony Ink Press on December 15th.