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Sunday, September 7th, 2014
It’s been a while since I gave you guys an update. That’s because something really cool happened over the summer. While it’s amazingly awesome, it sort of threw a few things into question… like a release date for Starla’s book. But I’ll let you in on what I know!
I’m thrilled to announce I’ve signed with Louise Fury of the Bent Agency. She and I met at the RWA conference in San Antonio, and I felt we just clicked–one of those meant-to-be moments. While I can’t really speak of anything we have planned, just know that I LOVE the ideas she has for the future of the Ross Siblings series. But yeah, it does mean that I have no idea what’s in store for Starla’s book, but since my kids have been back in school, I’ve been working like a fiend on it. And I love how it’s coming along. I hope you do too!
To help with your wait for her story, though, I’m going to give you a little something in the meantime to whet your appetite for the Dermamania crew, so never fear. I’m shooting for a November 4th release on it (my son’s birthday!)–a novella to update you on the crew and give a peek of the things to come.
Before THAT, I’m going to release my standalone novella, SHAMELESS, which appeared in the SOME LIKE IT HOT anthology, on its own. That should be coming along in September. I’ll share more details when it’s all ready to go.
Thank you so much for your support for my series, and for your patience. Much love to you all; I hope you had a wonderful summer. I did! But now it’s time to work. Stay tuned…
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Finally, FINALLY, as of about 3:15 a.m. this very morning, Take Me On–the third and final book of the Ross Siblings series, is safe and sound with my editor…and damn, am I tired. This freaking summer cold is kicking my butt, and I can only hope my sleep-deprived ramblings make any kind of sense to my wonderful editor. :D Assuming they do, and all is well, you can look for the book to release in digital format on December 17, 2013. Print will come much later in 2014, which is my publisher’s usual schedule.
I’ve managed to get the book page all set up, so take a peek here! It’s complete with the cover and blurb, and I’ll be getting an excerpt and a playlist up soon.
I hope all of you had a fabulous summer. As mentioned on the Latest News page, Take Me On may be the final Ross book, but I’m sure I’m not done with the Dermamania crew. Starla is talking to me now. Wonder what could be in store for her? :D
All my best to you guys!
Monday, February 4th, 2013
It’s been a while since I’ve given you guys an update. Sorry about that! But the good news is, I’m writing to you, right now on Monday morning around 9:30 am or so, from my HOME office. Why? Because I’ve quit my day job. Also, I’ve quit my editing job (yes, I had three jobs, counting the writing). I’ve cleared everything I possibly could from my schedule so I can devote my full attention to writing. Of course, I couldn’t sell my kids off or anything like that, so they’re still around. :D But with the youngest still in day care and starting pre-K this fall, and the oldest in high school, they aren’t around to distract me for most of the day, at least for now. Whew.
So it’s time to tell you what’s on the horizon, now that I have no excuses. :) My MOST often asked question is will there be any follow-up books to Rock Me or Leave Me Breathless. Well…hopefully you know about “Light Me Up,” that naughty little number in the A Very Naughty Christmas anthology. It’s a short follow-up to Brian and Candace. Check it out! The thing I’m working on now is a novella for Ghost and Macy–it isn’t a follow-up, but a prequel. Ever wondered exactly what happened in the car before the events of Leave Me Breathless? You’ll find out. After that, it’s full steam ahead on Gabriella Ross’s book, wherein you will see them all again.
So. As far as any novel-length follow-ups where these guys are the main characters…no, probably not. Other writers do that, and kudos to them. Me? I kinda want to move on to other things once my characters get their happy-ever-after (I’m usually SICK of them by then, lol). But it’s always fun to revisit. I hope that answers your questions, but if not then feel free to fire away at me here. :)
I’d REALLY love to meet a lot of you on June 29 in Orlando, Florida at Maryse’s Book Bash. I’ll be there signing Rock Me and Unleashed–unfortunately LMB won’t be in print by then (October 1, in case you were wondering). I hope you can make it out.
And last but not least, I hope you are having a fabulous 2013 so far, and here’s to a PRODUCTIVE one for me!
All my best,
Monday, November 12th, 2012
What a wild ride the last week has been! Leave Me Breathless has performed so far beyond my expectations that I’m…well, left breathless! Right now, it’s at #7 in the Kindle store. Not in Contemporary, not in Romance, but over-freaking-all. How unbelievable is that!
I’m overjoyed that it’s doing so well. The only problem with this success is that I don’t think I can single-handedly answer all of the various correspondence I’ve received, as I’m also working WILDLY on a project. More on that later. I hope you can understand. What I decided to do is address the most frequently asked questions I’ve received here in one place, and maybe if you see these questions brought up elsewhere, at Goodreads or Facebook and such, you can get the word out for me. Or just keep it to yourself and be in the know. ;)
The main questions I’ve received are “Why no epilogue for Leave Me Breathless?” and “What’s next for you?” — and of course a statement: “Please write more in this series!” I can pretty much answer all of those together.
The reason there isn’t a prologue in LMB is the same reason there isn’t one in Rock Me. I’m not through with these guys! Gabriella’s book is next–you’ll see a lot of Brian and Candace in that one. A lot of Evan and Kelsey, too. It’ll kind of wrap up all their stories. Ghost and Macy…well, they were a monkey wrench tossed into the Ross siblings, but I’ll probably cook up something for them too–though I doubt it will be a full novel. Another reason is that I’m just not ready to send these guys down the aisle yet. I’m *certainly* not ready to give them babies. I love them carefree, spontaneous and without responsibility…and babies kinda take that away. Sorry, but they do! :) So I wouldn’t look for that. Evan and Kelsey were more than ready for a kid. These guys…I can’t even wrap my head around the thought at the moment.
Now, about that mystery project I mentioned. It’s a Christmas novella starring Brian and Candace. It will appear in an anthology with several other FABULOUS authors. The best part? We’re desperately trying to move this thing out to you guys NEXT WEEK for the Thanksgiving holiday. Awesome, right? The title I’m kicking around is “Light Me Up.” It just jumped out at me from a bit of cute dialogue they share. Oh, how I love these guys. I’m really excited about this; I hope you are, too.
As for what’s next beyond the Ross siblings…well, I’m not sure! But I’ll definitely keep you updated.
Any other Q’s, just leave them in comments and I’ll *try* to get to them. Once this novella is finished, I’ll have some breathing room. I’ll be forever grateful to you guys for all your support. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!
Monday, April 30th, 2012
Ghost and Macy are shaping up to have a longer story than Brian and Candace. I’m sure that’s probably good news to you guys, but I’m not so sure it’s good news to me. More work! lol. After numerous starts and stops, after completely scrapping chapters upon chapters and crying and starting over from scratch more times than I care to admit, Leave Me Breathless now stands at 70K words. That’s novel length. A shorter novel, but still a novel. And there’s still some story to tell. So I’m looking at a true 100K novel for them. To think it was originally supposed to be only a novella. Ha! Looks like I got carried away, right? There’s just so much to these guys.
I think this is the first book I’ve published that had a title before I was done with it. It’s certainly the first to already have its dedication written before I’ve even submitted it. Believe me, I know *just* who this one is for. :-)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
They got me a little sniffly tonight. :) This is fresh on the page, too, so as always please forgive anything that isn’t polished.
Reaching up, she captured his face between her hands. She could gaze at it from now on, she realized. So full of character, so beautiful. She’d laughed more with him in the past couple of weeks than she had in the entire year. And she had to leave him. The thought of not touching him, not hearing his own laughter in her ear or seeing that devilish glint in his eyes for who knew how long, laid her heart wide open.
“I’m really going to miss you,” she said, hating how banal it sounded. If these damn threatening tears began to win out, she was going to have to let them. They would speak more for her feelings than her voice ever could.
“Macy…” Her transition into his arms was seamless; she didn’t know if she went into them or if he pulled her in first—it was simply a fluid, instinctive motion. As if they both knew she belonged there.
“I don’t know what to say,” he breathed into her hair, squeezing the air from her. “Fuck. Just wait for me.”
That was all he needed to say.
(Do you hate me yet?)
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
…and hope I’m not setting myself up for massive failure. With all the love and respect due to Candace and Brian, I think Ghost and Macy are shaping up to be more fun as a couple. I’ve laughed so hard at them the past few days. :) Both have their inner sadness and past traumas, but I think that’s what makes it all the sweeter that they have such a good time together. The truest, unlikeliest of soulmates.
Sunday, January 22nd, 2012
The past couple days, I’ve received more emails than usual asking about Ghost & Macy and an expected release date. Believe me, if I had a date, you would know! Because *I* would be so freaking excited to have a release date for these two, I’d be shouting it from the rooftops. Let’s just say they haven’t given me an easy time. But that isn’t your problem, it’s mine. You just want to read the book! :) So here’s the low-down. It still isn’t finished. If I stayed up for two weeks straight and got it done, it would still be a five or six month process while it went through edits with my publisher. So, we’re looking at late summer at the absolute earliest. I’m fervently hoping it won’t be any later than this fall.
Thank you so much for your support and your patience. I appreciate everyone who has written to ask about the book–it humbles me to know these guys are so in demand. I wish I had better news for you. I wish I had *any* news for you. Just know that I *am* working, and I’m thinking about you all and how much you want this story. I’ll do my best not to let you down. :)
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
This is probably the last Ghost/Macy scene you’ll have for a while, as it’s getting hard to find anything at this point that doesn’t give away stuff I’d rather keep under wraps. To set this up a little, this is a scene near the beginning. Our hero and heroine have just been caught by their friends in the backseat of his car outside a bar. They aren’t quite in a compromising position, but almost. ;-) Enjoy.
“Oh my God! Were you getting it on?” Candace shrieked loud enough for the entire parking lot to hear as soon as Seth pushed the door open.
“Well, not anymore, thank you. Jesus, what kind of friend are you?”
Macy threw back her head and giggled. It must look really bad, with her straddling him like this, but at least they’d stopped when they did. Except…dammit! She’d never put her panties back on. That God his hoodie was big enough to hide anything that might still be on display.
“Is it safe?” Brian asked from an area near the back of the car.
“Yes, they’re clothed, at least.”
He appeared next to his girlfriend. “Hey, man, we’re ready to jet. But Candace’s car has a dead battery. Do you have cables?”
“Do I have cables. You know what’s pathetic? That you don’t have cables. Have I not taught you anything?”
Macy didn’t miss Candace’s little grin as she extricated herself from the car so Seth could get out. Immediately, she staggered on her weak knees, which she knew had very little to do with the beer she’d imbibed and everything to do with what he’d just done to her. Seth reached out to steady her, his knowing gaze holding hers for a moment longer than necessary. Cold air tickled the bare heat between her legs and she shuddered.
“You straight?” he asked. She nodded, suddenly feeling shy under the scrutiny of their friends. As she was about to glance away, she noticed the white writing on his black T-shirt, visible now that he wasn’t wearing his hoodie. It read Why can’t you all die and leave me alone?
Macy frowned. Jesus. Couldn’t take him anywhere. But then public appearances probably wouldn’t be part of this deal, anyway.
Any relationship between them would be founded on nothing but sex. Raw, hotter-than-hell sex. It was all they had, really—this blazing chemistry that turned all her once coherent thoughts into grainy mush.
Was there anything really wrong with that, though? All her life she’d prepared herself for The One, and subsequently examined each potential relationship only for its capacity to become something enduring. It didn’t have to be that way. Seth was a guy she wouldn’t want to be with long-term, and it was probably a good thing because he didn’t strike her as the relationship type anyway. But damn, he made her hormones growl.
Even now, her gaze clung to him. Maybe that had always been the case, but it was ten times worse at the moment. She was fidgety, empty, unsatisfied. Still aching, still trembling deep inside. She should’ve asked him what time he would get off, and if she could get him off soon after.
He and Brian set about their task of jumping off Candace’s car, and Macy found herself laughing with the other girls at their banter, especially when Ghost made the crack about Brian and Candace being so into each other even their vehicles were copulating. They had her car up and running in no time. Then the lovebirds spent a good five minutes saying their overly affectionate farewells, even though they were only parting for the few minutes it would take to drive back to their apartment in separate rides.
Damn. All her friends were going to go home and get laid. Macy was in for yet another long, lonely night if she didn’t do something. Seth had already grown exasperated with his friends’ exuberance and headed back to his car. She took a deep, fortifying breath and followed him.
He glanced back at her as he popped open the driver’s side door. Without hesitating, she walked up to him and put her arms around his neck. “Thank you.”
“For what?” he asked, sounding genuinely puzzled. Seriously?
“For making me feel a whole lot better.”
His mouth found her ear, sending a chill skittering down her spine when he flicked the lobe with his tongue. When he spoke, the warmth of his breath only intensified the sensation. “How ’bout I call you later tonight?”
Giddiness erupting inside her, she nodded into his shoulder, then stepped back and realized she was still wearing his hoodie. “Oh, here.” As her hand came up to take it off, he caught it with his own.
“Looks better on you. Stay warm.” So what if it had a big white skull with flaming eyes on the back and her fingers didn’t reach the end of the sleeves? It smelled like him, and that was so good she might just sleep in the damn thing from now on. With one final dazzling grin, he dropped into the driver’s seat. She’d begun to shuffle over to her friends when his voice called her back.
Desperately trying to hide her own smile, she glanced back.
“Happy Valentine’s Day.”
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Some of the most fun scenes to write in Ghost and Macy’s book are the highly mature, eloquent and intelligent conversations the guys have while they’re at work at Dermamania. I thought I would share a few clips of these with you on this warm, rainy December morning (at least where I am). :)
On the hottest chick in metal…
Inside, the usual heavy metal was playing at thankfully tolerable levels and the banter was flying fast and furious. Candace was nowhere in sight.
“…all directly out of your friggin’ minds,” Brian was saying without looking up from the tattoo he was working on.
“Dude, that woman ranks off the top of the fuckability scale,” the client under his needle said. Macy wasn’t sure if arguing with your tattooist in the middle of the process was the smartest thing one could do.
“Agreed,” one of the other artists—she thought they called him Tay—announced from across the room, where he was perched on a stool in front of the computer screen. “I’m staring at the evidence right now. I’d hit it like a big rig with no brakes.”
“She’s hot, okay, but she’s got nothing on Maria Brink or Cristina Scabbia—” Brian took that moment to lift his head and address Tay, but his gaze landed right on Macy still standing near the door. “Oh, hey, Mace.”
She grinned. “Would you be having this discussion in front of your girlfriend?”
One corner of his mouth tugged upward and a dimple dug deep into his cheek. “She’s privy to the never-ending Hottest Chick in Metal debate, don’t worry. She knows she outshines them all.”
“Awww,” the guys said in unison, breaking into laughter. Tay muttered something that sounded awfully like “pussy whipped.”
“Says the choad who has none,” Brian fired back.
On death metal:
(Brian) “Death growls bore me. Who wants to hear the Cookie Monster? Sing your fucking lyrics. Put some emotion behind it.”
(Ghost) “Aw, I’m sorry. Do you need a hug, emo boy? You know, you might want to cross your legs…your vagina is showing.”
“Suck my dick.”
“I know you’d like that, but Candace would have to return it first.”
On an unnamed crap movie:
(Ghost) “That movie fucking sucks, dude.”
(Brian) “Your face fucking sucks.”
“Seriously. I’ve never seen worse acting in a movie that didn’t show tits during the opening credits.”
They might not all make it to the final cut, of course; I’m just having a good time. The guys are a lot of fun, and they allow my inner teenaged boy to come out and play. Hee hee! :)
Have a great week, everyone!
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