November’s been a bit of a hectic month. I had edits, I released a book, family visited, I decided to do NaNo (which is awesome) and I got a part-time job which turned out to be closer to full-time (which I actually love to bits.) So it was a lot of good things but they all ended up making feel panicky and like I wasn’t getting enough done, and the thing I ended up leaving in the dust was… social media. I just haven’t been on. Which was terribly bad timing and also I missed a lot of stuff there.
Anyway! I’m still doing NaNo and still working and more family is visiting and November is still nuts. It’s been nice to get a bit of extra space to clear my head, even though I really, really miss social media. So this is a long-winded way of saying that, probably for a couple more weeks or so, I’ll still only be around sporadically. To make up for this a tiny bit, I’ll be blogging here more, and I’ll probably be on Instagram because that’s relatively time-tax-free and possibly… I can do it at work. 😀 And I’ll be sending out newsletters as news happens (probably still once a month or once every couple months,) and I’m always, always happy to hear from people through email—you can use the contact form on the website to do that, or email me at eli_lang (at) outlook (dot) com. And of course, you’re still welcome to get in touch with me in all the ways on Facebook and Twitter, if you don’t mind a possibly somewhat delayed response.
Once again, there’s very little book news! >__> Half is still on sale for less than a dollar for about a week, so please do head over and pick that up if you’d like to. Skin Hunger, the second (but standalone) book in my Escaping Indigo series, is out now, as I mentioned. It’s f/f and has been getting some pretty awesome reviews, apparently, so… I’m just thrilled about that because I love this book a lot. The third book in the series, Scratch Track, will be out in mid-January.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that I was publishing a short fantasy story in the spring. Which was totally my plan. Unfortunately, the company I was going to use to self-pub, Pronoun, which was awesome, has closed. So…. now it doesn’t make a ton of sense for me to self-pub a short story by itself, as far as pay and a bunch of boring author stuff goes. So I have to retract that. BUT, what I’m hoping to do instead is write up three or four more short stories—I’ve got ideas for f/f, m/m and m/f trans romances, and they’ll all be fantasy, cyber-fantasy, post-apocalyptic, or steampunk—and put out a collection. I don’t have any dates or anything, but… honestly, it’s just a bit of fun for me, and a chance to get to write some cool things, and I hope it’ll be fun for readers, too. And I do promise for my fantasy readers that more fantasy will 100% be a thing that happens soon, and possibly there will be some sci-fi. I’ve also got plans for self-pubbing a fantasy novel or two, but… arghhhh, no concrete dates or info yet.
Things I love that you might love, too
One of the things I really feel bad about as far as leaving social media goes is that I’m not out there supporting wonderful books and the amazing authors who write them. So I wanted to talk about some that have come out, which are awesome:
Taking Mac by Kris Ripper
I don’t know when I became a person who reads sex gym stories for ultimate comfort, but… Actually, I think I just read Kris Ripper for ultimate comfort. Ze is incredibly good at writing really hot, really interesting stuff that has ALL THE FEELS. And for me, The Gym stories are some of the best at that. I could not wait for all of these (there are three, someone correct me if there are going to be more) to come out. These are gorgeous, and touching, and fun, and just good and wonderful and heartfelt in all the best ways. Taking Mac is the third book, and I really recommend you read the other two first. But, y’know, buy them all because you’re going to want to read them all right away.
All of the Above by Quinn Anderson
I really enjoy Quinn’s books (and also, Quinn is a really awesome person to hang out with on social media. 😀 ) Her books are fun and sweet and tender and hot, and they have a lot of depth to their romance. I haven’t actually had a chance to read this but I’m looking forward to it tons.
A Special Delivery by Laura Bailo
This is a really lovely wintery/Christmas tale about a chance encounter that grows into love. It’s the perfect length, has the perfect amount of sweetness and hotness, and it’ll make you feel all the warm and fuzzies.
Counting on You by Kelly Jensen
I hope it’s not any secret that Kelly Jensen is one of my favorite authors. She writes really fun, really interesting, really heartfelt and touching stuff. And some of them are novellas! Which is my favorite book-medium-thing. Anyway, Counting On You is the third in a trilogy of seriously lovely contemporary romance. It kind of details the start and then the growth of a relationship, and it’s just incredibly beautiful. And fun. 😉 This came out today, I think, so! *shoos people toward bookstore*