Anyway-- today is the release day for Waiting, www.torquerebooks.com/index.php which is the sequel to Yearning www.torquerebooks.com/index.php and which was, for me, the realization of exactly how big this whole thing had gotten.
See, the thing is, I started with a self-published book that I assumed only my family and friends would want to read, called Vulnerable, and was surprised as hell when A. other people read it and reviewed it on amaon.com (and commented on the crappy editing, uhm, thank you:-) and B. EVERYBODY requested a sequel (who, uhm, was not put off by the crappy editing, I'm sorry!!!!) So, because the people in my head hadn't shut up yet, I wrote a sequel. (Wounded) And another one. (Bound) And then, because I knew NOTHING about markets, I decided to take a break before Rampant and write me some epic fantasy (because, uhm, EVERYONE wants to read that, right? Right? *sigh* I wish someone had told me that four years ago, oh yes I do!) but, well, the people on Green's Hill did not want to WAIT for the epic fantasy to be finished. They wanted an adventure RIGHT THEN.
And that's when I started writing the Jack and Teague novellas.
I wanted them to be able to stand alone--I'd truly gotten into my whole m/m groove, and I wanted Jack and Teague to be separate from the other books on Green's Hill, even when Katy was going to join them--but I also wanted them to have a connection to the other characters. Cory, Green, and Bracken formed the Gwenyfar, Arthur, Lancelot heart of the hill, and I wanted a love story that played against that backdrop.
See, I've always had a fondness for the little guy-- the third sword carrier from the left in the big Shakespearian tragedy, the checkout clerk or trusted friend in the action flick. I always figured that if there was a big world event happening, and a hero trying to save the day, I'd be the nice woman who, at a really pivotal moment in the story, gave the hero a pen, lent him my cell-phone, and then called the police to bring the cavalry at the last moment. Important stuff--I mean, you know, the hero would be lost without me!--but, well, I'm not really the hero. The main story isn't mine. I'm support, really. That doesn't mean that lending the guy my cell-phone wasn't an heroic effort on my part (for one thing, at the present, my cell phone has been lost for months, and finding it would mean unearthing piles of crap the even God is afraid of) it just means that, well, I don't know how to use a gun, and I'm sort of a clutz so giving me a sword is just an invitation to disaster, and I can be assertive but I've got a voice like Minnie Mouse, and really? We need someone with a ripped stomach and a tortured past to be the hero. I'll be his biographer, thank you.
I digress--the point is, while Cory, Green, and Bracken are the main heroes of The Little Goddess series, I wanted a complete (and self-contained) set of little dramas to unfold in Green's Hill. I set the hill up to have around 3,000 residents--about the size of a really big high school--and we all know that about a thousand dramas live and die in something that big. The prom king isn't just cheating on the prom queen with the track team captain (well, in my world anyway) a junior member of the chess team is getting busy with the head cheerleaders (male AND female) when the prom king and the track team captain get busted necking in the stairwell. And hopefully, just because you don't know the prom king and the track team captain, or the head cheerleaders, well, maybe you've been friends with that junior member of the chess team since grade school, and are REALLY interested in THAT story.
And that's what I've done with the Green's Hill Werewolves (and the other independent stories from Green's Hill). You don't have to know who Green and Bracken and Cory are before you read Yearning--you'll meet them, you'll figure out who they are, it's all good. All you have to know is that Jack and Teague and Katy have a story that's about to unfold that is of paramount importance to Jack and Teague and Katy--and that if you're not careful, they'll break your heart:-)
Now I was told I got to give away NOT ONLY a copy of Yearning, BUT ALSO a copy of Waiting by the end of the day. I'll be in and out and here and there, and probably post some more, because I'm sort of a motormouth and I'm afraid I can't help it, but how about a contest.
I'll pick the names randomly from a hat of two people who comment and tell me who their favorite SECONDARY character in ANY series/television show/movie is. I'm a fan of Alfred from Batman, Watts from A Knight's Tale, Gawain from King Arthur, and Bobby from Supernatural myself--how about you?
Let me know! I look forward to chatting:-)