New Novella - Haunted
So this novella has been in limbo for, literally, years.
It started out as a favour for my dear friend Judy Bagshaw; she was a part of a group of writers whose focus is romance novels featuring full figured heroines. They'd already put out a few anthologies of short stories and she'd taken over organizing a collection of paranormal romance. She was short on stories and I offered to jump in 'cause I may suck at romance but I can do paranormal and yay for curvy chicks!
That was...four years ago.
It's been a rocky, rocky path for this anthology. Getting enough stories, getting them polished, finding a home... Now, there was an obvious place to send it, but I've had a personal policy for a few years now: since I work at the pub who once upon a time first contracted some of my books, I will not send anything else in there. Conflict of interest, obviously--I'm the acquiring editor, after all. Unless it's from a series they had already contracted before I was on staff, I don't think it's right for me to bring more work there.
After mulling it over with Judy--and knowing my boss wanted more paranormal romance--I pitched the idea to He Who Sends My Paycheque. Five novellas, released one a month separately, and then collected together in print. Yes, one of them is mine, but four of them aren't and Judy is an in house author.
Contract is signed, and so Haunted found a home.
I plan to rewrite mine (I DID write it four years ago, y'all), so it'll be the last in the series to release next summer. But it was loads of fun to write and I'm excited that you guys will now be able to read it. Plus Judy has done SO MUCH FREAKIN' WORK, she deserves to see this damn thing in print. Also, at Mundania, I know I don't have to cut out the excessive profanity in my story.
And yes, it's ROMANCE. It has ROMANCE in it. I know, I know, I'm not allowed to kill the hero at the end.
That's why I kill him at the beginning.
Here's the blurb:
Mia Danvers is a full-figured clothing store clerk with a mean right-hook who's putting her life back together after years with an abusive boyfriend.
Desmond Lane is an arrogant, struggling songwriter and musician, with a charming smile and a fondness for snarky chicks like Mia.
Banter follows, sparks fly, and to the casual observer they might seem perfect for one another…
Except he's a ghost, his killer's still at large, and he wants her to help his restless soul find peace at last.
And you thought your relationship had problems.
Detes: BBW, interracial, 25K words. Coming summer 2012 from Mundania Press.