So over the next four months I plan on wrapping up The Profane Series as well as writing a fourth book in the Blood & Bone Trilogy–which I really need to rebrand the Blood and Bone SERIES at this point.
I’ve got ideas for a couple of new series I’d like to work on in 2017 but I’m curious to hear from you guys what you’d be interested in reading first (genre-wise). Thus far I’ve stuck primarily in the paranormal-mystery genre and I’ve really enjoyed it. Paranormal/UF is my jam, but there are a lot of different books rattling around in the old brain of mine.
If you have any feelings one way or another gentle readers, feel free to vote in the poll and chat with me about genres in the comments or via email at liacooperromance AT gmail.com
Quick Reference Guide to the Blood & Bone Universe
The Blood & Bone Trilogy and The Profane Series take place in the same universe! I call them sister-series or companion-series because their timelines interweave with one another and they feature some of the same characters though they can be read independently of one another (though it should be noted that since The Duality Paradigm was written first, it does contain the brunt of this universe’s “exposition”).
Hey, everyone! So over the past two years I’ve experimented with Kindle Unlimited a few times with both of my series and my standalones and now I’m really looking for YOUR input! If you’ve got just a couple of seconds could you let me know if you read on KU regularly or do you prefer to buy your books (if so, do you buy from Amazon or other retailers?)
Top 10 Books That Influence Me As A Writer – Video Edition!
I’m sure it’s not surprise to anyone reading this blog, and really I guess it wasn’t a surprise to me either (that’s a lie it was sort of a surprise but that’s because in my head you guys would be excited about my other projects as I am even though you know nothing about them XD lol), that a FOURTH book in the Blood & Bone…err trilogy?? should I just start calling it a series?? a FOURTH Blood & Bone novel was the run away winner of my “What Should Lia Write Next” poll.
Heck, I really want book 4 too after the emotional angstfest the trilogy has been.
So, my goal over the next 2 months will be to write book 4 (Tentatively titled “Ex Sanguine” for now) and hopefully post a few snippets as I finish it. I will also be working on the Lachlan Graham Occult Investigations serial because I’m planning on tying it back into Ex Sanguin (Trust me guys, I think you’ll like this spin-off serial ESPECIALLY if Patrick and his family were your favs ;))))
In the meantime, the bulk of my time continues to be sucked up by the tea room and SWTOR (OMG I’m a guild officer assistant in my guild now, the pressurree!!) but you can follow me on twitter @liacooperwrites for sporadic updates and musings 😉
I am so psyched about fall. IDK what it was but the summer heat in July/August/Sept was just awful this year. I have been looking forward to October for AGES and it has not disappointed. Cool air, breezes, rain 😀 Is it weird that I am super happy about the rain? I think if you’re going to live in Washington you’ve just got to embrace the rain.
Okay, now that I’ve gushed a little, I want to pose a question to the readers who follow this blog.
As a reader myself…
I’ll freely admit that I mostly read m/m. And I write what I enjoy reading, hence all of the m/m. But I don’t just read m/m. I also read f/f and multi/poly (occasionally) and het. Like if a story is well written and the premise is awesome and the characters are gripping and it’s got the right tropes for my tastes, I’ll read pretty much any sort of sexual pairing.
Suffice is to say I’ve got a lot of story ideas and while a good chunk of them are m/m, they aren’t ALL m/m because, like I said, I write things that I would read and I’m a fluid reader. And I personally would just publish everything under one pen name and just LABEL what sort of pairing it was (m/m, f/f, m/f etc) in the description. But I know a lot of authors say you HAVE to start a new pen name if you jump from m/f to m/m or vice versa.
I’m curious what readers think. Do you exclusively read one type of sexual pairing? Would you rather see authors keep completely separate pen names for each type of pairing or is labeling the stories enough differentiation?
I’d love to hear your thoughts either in the comments or on twitter or send me an email (liacooperromance AT gmail DOT com).
Just a quick post today to give all of my readers a heads-up, I will be posting a new novella sometime this week (my hope is to have it up before Friday). I’ve talked about this novella, called The Source & the Wire, a little bit before. It is a soulbonding story set in contemporary North America between two white collar con men. Think a little bit of Leverage, a little White Collar, and a splash of Inception….you know, with soulbonding!
An email will go out to everyone on my mailing list when the book is available on amazon.
Book Cover Design Available
I also added a new page for all of my books where you can check out my upcoming projects.
I’m also opening my doors to other indie authors looking for a cover designer. If you need a cover and you like the ones I’ve made, drop me an email and we can discuss what I can do for you.
I’ve struggled writing book 3 in the Blood & Bone Trilogy and I thought it was just because I struggle with romance in general (I know–a romance writer who struggles with romance???). I ask myself why I write romance and I do it for a couple reasons:
I love reading romance
It seemed the easiest place to dip my feet into self-publishing
I REALLY love reading romance
I have the most experience with what could be classified as romantic stories (from, again, a reading perspective and I feel it’s pretty sound advice to write in a genre you’re familiar with)
But like on a personal level I am about the least romantic person I know. I don’t get real life romance. I feel like a computer going DOES NOT COMPUTE. So, I’ll read a story where two people falling in love is the central theme and just goggle over how amazing it is, sitting down to WRITE the gritty details of how that works has been…difficult. Overwhelming. Like staring up at a clifface knowing I’m supposed to climb it and being frozen with fear because guys–i HATE rock climbing, legit hate it.
Falling-in-love vs Realizing-you’re-in-love
But in the last month, while I tried to wrangle what it was about Book 3 I was stuck on specifically I realized something both about the book and about my own reading tastes:
I almost always read stories where the characters are basically already in love and either a) pining or b) oblivious to their own feelings. But the point is, the “in-love” stuff already exists.
Book 3….well…Pat and Ethan aren’t pining OR oblivious to their own feelings. Like, they legit are not in love with one another. The thing that was tripping me up is how do two people FALL in love? This is a conundrum that is not readily answered in the sorts of stuff I like to read AS A READER. It’s pretty uncharted territory.
I keep wondering, if I just lock them in the starboard broom closet and mash their faces together will they eventually fall in love?
(also searching Getty Images for “two men in love” returns srsly hetero results, what’s up with that getty images?)