Sunday, July 16, 2017

Coming Soon! Undercover Lovers, newly revised, even better than before!

My summer has been almost as busy as the school year!  I'm still working my part-time tutoring job 13 hours per week, and my son and his wife gifted us with our first grand-baby, necessitating a visit out two states over, to help them out by holding him while they napped.  I also shopped and cooked for them, since they were out of food.  But they're doing well now.

Then when I got back, it was time to do the edits for a short story that I'll have coming out in an anthology devoted to romances for people with STDs...don't laugh!  With the number of folks who picked up a little something extra along with their college degrees, or their last failed romance, it's not a laughing matter for those who feel like they're tainted by something they didn't realize they were exposing themselves to.  That anthology will be a fund-raiser for a sexual health center.  More information when I know more.

And then I got the edits back for my soon-to-reappear book which is the sequel to my female spies novel, Secret Love, which came out last November.

Sheena has spent 12 years saving the world, one assignment at a time.  She enjoys the work, but is getting bored.  She tries her usual cure; a new man.  But something about this one is different--she develops feelings.  And in her world, even having feelings is dangerous.  Indulging them by falling in love can be deadly...for both of them.

The sequel is called Undercover Lovers, and includes my first attempt at a menáge scene. What gave me the most trouble is that there are two gorgeous, hot men in the story, and the heroine, Ameena, a woman who quit the agency after she helped bring down a serial killer of female agents, has to choose between them.  The man she chooses is not the kind to share easily.  In fact from my observations, when romance novels feature multiple men, even brothers, willing to share the same woman, all I can do is laugh in disbelief. It's easier for me to believe in vampires or shifters, than to believe that males could seriously believe they can live in harmony while sharing one woman. My boys could never even share their toys! 

But some readers told me they were anxious to read about such a scene, once they knew there were two hot men in the book.  I tried many ways to figure out how to include such a scene, but the hero kept insisting to me it wasn't ever going to happen. Sometimes I think we don't write the characters, as much as we channel them...am I right?

 Ameena has never been able to forget what she endured on her last assignment before she left the agency.  She was the only female agent to live through what The Executioner did to his victims, but she still bears the scars, both physical and psychological.  When he escapes from his prison cell, her ex-handler brings two agents with him to tell her that one or the other will be her shadow until her torturer is caught again...only this time he will allow her to kill him.  Having kept herself too busy for romance, she is caught off-guard by the sudden insertion into her life of two gorgeous men, one who actively pursues her and one whom she finds more attractive for his shyness. Will she live long enough to make a choice? And is that the end of the story...or the beginning?

I don't have a publication date yet for this, one of my readers' favorite books.  But when I know more, I'll pass it along.  
Until next month, keep reading and enjoying romances!  Love makes the world go 'round!


Tina Donahue said...

Congrats on the grandbaby and the new release, Fiona! :)

Fiona McGier said...

Thanks, Tina. Real life sometimes has a way of intruding upon the need to write, so the voices in my head get very loud. Better than them going quiet, sulking!

Fiona McGier said...

I forgot to add that this year EPIC is extending the date for submission to the best eBooks of the year contest.

It's that time of year again when we open our competitions for entries. Please let all your writing groups, critique groups, publisher's author groups, cover artists and anybody else who would be interested that the deadline for entering EPIC's eBook Competition and Ariana eBook Cover Art Competition has been extended! Yes, for all the procrastinators out there, we're accepting entries through July 31, 2017.

Send them to the following page for the rules and entry form link: http://tiny.cc/eBookRules for eBook
http://tiny.cc/ArianaRules for the Arianas.(Covers art)

We also need y'all to volunteer to judge our competitions. In particular, the preliminary round, where you only have to read the first three chapters.

You get free books! What could be bad? Feel free to share this with your published author, publisher, and editor friends as well. The more the merrier!

Go to http://tiny.cc/eBookJudge to register to judge the eBook Awards.

Harlie Williams said...

I don't read menage anymore. It hardly ends well but a scene in a book when you know that the hero/heroine will end up together is fine. I just finished a serial with a menage scene in it and it made sense. It was only for one night and it was over.

I haven't written a word in almost a year. I hear you. Trying to balance out me working every day, the kid's stuff, hubs working all the time, I barely have enough time for the blog.

Congrats on the grandbaby and remember, visiting is like a vacation. You aren't home. :)


Fiona McGier said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, Harlie. Yeah, I know I can count visiting the grandbaby as vaca...but I really miss having a couple of weeks to go camping. It recharges all of us! Maybe I can slip in a weekend before school starts. We'll see.

I hadn't really written much for the past couple of years. Now I'm working hot and heavy on a new book involving werewolves. It's another story arc that came to me in a dream. I have really good dreams! And I have those other books I need to finish. But school starts in 3 weeks! I need time to slow down just a bit.

Don't worry about your slump. When the voices get loud enough, you'll be forced to sit and type. Until then, let them all percolate around in your head until they're ready.

Harlie Williams said...

We don't start school until August 23rd. Yikes! I'm ready for Brian to go back to school. This summer has been brutal. Too hot to go out and do anything. Even swimming is like taking a bath. Yuck!

I hope that you can take a weekend to camp. We made it to the river and the water was so cold, that I would kill to be able to get back into now.