Some of you may already know how much being plunged into the maelstrom (love that word) of promo has spun me around. Just plain having people to talk to about my writing and (BIG ‘and’) having reviews and sales info out there to stare at has become addictive. To succeed at writing in any genre you have to get books out there.
Since it only took me six weeks to write Iron Dominance, a book I’m very proud of, it has been quite odd to have taken something like five months to get this one done. I’m now happy with a story that started out as one I had to do to shake off the ‘fear of failure’ bug.
I decided this one, Lust Plague, would be as fun as I could make it. I’ve used my pre-existing steampunk world from Iron Dominance with all those airships and wonderful weaponry and mechanical contraptions. I threw in a plot where a tear in reality allowed a foreign god to leak in and aimed at an ending with a sacrificial virgin (well, a recent virgin anyway) and a stone beast with a double phallus for some strange and slightly ghastly action.
Hmmm. *crumples up paper and tosses it* The gods idea totally screwed up the story and made it just awful to write. Too much room to play in for me and it changed my steampunk setting in some icky cringeworthy way.
The ending with the big sacrifice where the hero saves the lady…wrong also. For the strong, independent and heroic woman I chose for this story, Kaysana, that ending just never let her DO anything. *tosses more crumpled paper*
Zombies came into my head and wouldn’t leave. Not sure why. Maybe Amber Green gave me the idea as she’s doing a lesbian zombie series with other authors. The subconscious is a funny thing. I can’t recall where the idea came from. But it stayed. It gnawed on my toes and maybe my brain until I gave in.
I promptly let them eat one of my old characters and he became a wolf called Cadrach with less speaking (OK none) and way more purpose. Plus now you can pat him if you make friends first. The zombies gave me a new ending and let me truly create a romance. I found out I like blowing away zombies in an over the top steampunk way. The final pages are littered with smoking zombie corpses. Though the smoke does clear after a bit so Sten and Kaysana can sit down and sort out if they love each other.
So…I ended up with what is now a story I like. It’s fun, sexy and has loads of action. Loads of dominance and submission with some bondage, though not as creatively unusual as in Iron Dominance -- after all Sten and Kaysana are dodging zombies. Running and shooting cramps anyone’s bondage style, even when you’re as unstoppable and laidback as Sten.
I call this my lust-laden zombie-killing extravaganza. Here’s a little peek at the action.
I’m popping my Six Sentence Sunday cherry tomorrow too. Time to get this blog on the road.
Snippet from Lust Plague
Sten stepped close then went around her, checking the ropes, feeling up and down her limbs, undoing and slipping off the goggles, taking it slow when some of her hair caught in the strap.
He went behind her. His hand, warm and calloused and big, settled around her throat. The fingers almost touched. She swallowed, felt how close he gripped her, and shuddered. Heat rolled through her body.
“Yes,” he murmured, speaking an inch from her ear. “I’ve got you now. Gods, you tempt me.” His body moved in close. Cloth whispered as his shirt brushed against her bustier. Her butt was naked though and only his trousers separated her skin from his, and her bottom from the length of his cock nestling between her cheeks.
Her breaths turned ragged. Why am I reacting like this? The answers escaped her, fluttering away like moths in the wind.
“I hear you, Kaysana.” His tongue licked across her ear lobe, light, ephemeral. A frisson skittered down to her stomach.
Anger squirmed into being, twisted like a knife -- that her own self, her own body, betrayed her. She steadied, sucked in a tremulous breath.