Fly, little bird, fly! Yesterday, I kicked another bird out of the nest. This one had been hanging around too long. I re-submitted Destiny’s Chance, a paranormal with erotic spanking, to Loose Id. Before you get scared off by “paranormal,” let me say that it’s a body-switching story, NOT one involving vampires or shapeshifters or anything like that. Here’s the unofficial blurb:
Family photographer Destiny Grable can’t help that she’s fallen in love with Chance Everett, her best friend’s boyfriend, but she’s never acted on her feelings — until she and Zoe are in a car accident,
her friend is killed, and she wakes up in her body. Though she didn’t want Chance that way, Destiny realizes that by inheriting Zoe’s body, she’s might get her Chance.
His intuition has failed him. Chance Everett did not expect to be so grief-stricken by Destiny’s death. In another time, another place, they might have had something together, but he was committed to Zoe, and besides, Destiny never indicated he was anything but a casual acquaintance. He needs to get over the crazy idea that Destiny has returned to life in his girlfriend’s body because Zoe is the one alive, and he loves her. Doesn’t he?
Sometimes it takes an act of fate to bring destiny and chance together and prove that what one believes might be more important than what one sees.
I’d submitted Destiny’s Chance in August 2012 and received a contract, but Loose Id wanted significant changes. In my original, Zoe was a bitch. and Loose Id didn’t like her. I’d also dealt with some body issues, and they nixed those too. Changing those two things, changed the entire motivation of all the characters, and basically I couldn’t “save” anything. I had to rewrite the entire novella from scratch. It was akin to finishing a manuscript, having your computer crash, and losing it to the great computer in the sky. Did I feel like completely starting over? Hell no! Especially since the idea for Body Politics, Rod and Cane 3, was burning a hole in my brain. That’s the one I was dying to write. So I asked my editor if I could write Body Politics first and redo Destiny’s Chance afterwards and submit it in February. Loose Id agreed.
This is what I’ve done since August when I signed the contract and yesterday when I submitted the manuscript:
- I wrote and submitted Body Politics (45K) in September
- Spent the next two months in editing with Body Politics
- Wrote a short story for the Spank or Treat October blog hop
- Packed, moved, unpacked in November after building a house
- Did the typical promotional things for the January 8 release of Body Politics
- Wrote the first draft of the new Destiny’s Chance (35K) in January
- Wrote another 12K short spanking story for Lazy Day and submitted it by the middle of February
- Edited and proofed Destiny’s Chance in February
- Wrote a short story for the Love Spanks blog hop in February
- Wrote a speech on how to write sex scenes for the Ozarks Romance Authors (to be given March 2)
- Yesterday– February 28 I submitted Destiny’s Chance to Loose Id. I wish this was a Leap Year; I could have used the extra day!
- Throughout it all, I blogged 4-5 time a week, beta read four manuscripts for author friends, and read about a book week, reviewing a good number of them.
I was going to start Rod and Cane 4 after I’d submitted Destiny’s Chance, but Loose Id put out a call for Spring Fling submissions for its authors to write a short story of 8 – 20K involving existing characters that would be offered free on the Loose Id website. I decided to write a Rod and Cane spin-off. So maybe that will number 4 and my original 4 will be Rod and Cane 5. I don’t know….I’m getting confused.
What I do know is the Spring Fling submission deadline is March 13. Aiyee…