It’s … it’s … it’s all connected …
Can’t you see?
Well, maybe it’s not that much of a conspiracy.
But as I’m working on the sequel to both Go-Go Boys of Club 21 and Men In The Hot Room — a special crossover/sequel project — I’ve come to see how most of my stories are in the same universe and are connected.
Really, they’re all in the “same universe” since they’re all real world and none of them contradict each other. But I’ve come to see how those that fit in the “shared universe” will feature crossovers and characters that move about.
I’m not crazy. Really. Well, I’m a writer and we’re all a little bit crazy.
But here’s what I mean:
Most of these books aren’t written yet — the single asterisk means it’s “not yet written, subject to change” and the double asterisk means “currently writing”. So almost all of this is up in the air.
However, here’s what I can tell you…
Go-Go Boys of Club 21 is getting a direct sequel, called New York Heat. However, in it, Brad and Simon from Men In The Hot Room will join the cast and we’ll see the continuation of their storyline. This book will feature Liam, Lance, Ken, Dan, DJ Heat, and Jake (the second bartender mentioned in passing) from GGBC21; Brad and Simon from MITHR; and two new characters.
Yes, it’s a BIG book. Each of the five serialized parts will be 20,000-40,000 words, meaning the whole novel will be in the 100,000 to 200,000 word range. It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever written.
Ryan’s Boys is another direct sequel to Go-Go Boys of Club 21. If you read GGBC21, you’ll know that two thirds of the book takes place in New York City and the remaining third takes place in Los Angeles. This will be set in Los Angeles and feature Ryan, Francis, and Damien from GGBC21; Zack and Rachel from from the New York portion of GGBC21, as they will move to L.A.; and potentially some characters from the Bathhouse Series.
After New York Heat and Ryan’s Boys are published, I’ll figure out the next move — whether they get direct sequels, crossovers, or a mishmash.
So how do the Bathhouse Series and the Gaymer Series truly fit in?
In at least one of the not-yet-written Bathhouse Series stories, Francis and Damien will feature heavily, building relationships between themselves and the characters in that series. Thus, some Bathhouse characters will likely transition over to Ryan’s Boys.
In a coincidence I didn’t realize until yesterday, one of the male leads in Gaymer is named Zack. I’ve decided that he’s the same sex-crazed twink Zack in GGBC21 — my challenge over the Gaymer Series is to get Zack from where he is in Gaymer to where he is in GGBC21.
In other writing news…
A few months ago I laid out my writing plans for the coming year-ish. I’m mostly on track.
- Forbidden Desires: The Complete Series was published on schedule.
- Sex For Money, Second Edition was published in ebook format on schedule, but I’m just finalizing the print book before I announce it. So I’m a couple weeks behind, but that’s not bad.
- Academic Discipline #1, still untitled, is done and ready to go. I just need a cover and a title. It’ll be released likely in the first week of October.
- Academic Discipline #2: Schoolboy Secrets, is currently being written and should be released on schedule at the end of October or early November.
- Academic Discipline #3 is not yet in process, but *fingers crossed* I’ll get it done late November / early December.
- Academic Discipline: The Complete Series will be ready to go as soon as all three books are done — which means I’m pretty much on schedule with that, too.
But here’s where it gets off track.
- New York Heat is far bigger and far more challenging than I expected. It’ll be quite late, but I hope to have it in mid- to late-2018.
- Ryan’s Boys won’t be started until New York Heat is done. This will likely be a 2019 publication.
- The to-be-written Bathhouse and Gaymer stories will likely be written and released between New York Heat and Ryan’s Boys so that we get better set-up and context for Ryan’s Boys.
All of this is up in the air and subject to change until the very moment I upload them to Amazon and Smashwords.
You may eventually see characters from other works popping in, so we can get updates on them. The leads from Autumn Fire and Silent Hearts could very well make appearances. (The characters from the Forbidden Desires and Academic Discipline series will not likely show up, as they are jointly owned by myself and my co-authors … but nothing is impossible!)
And, finally, one last note:
Even though most of my books are connected, they can all be enjoyed independently. Think of the Marvel movies — they’re all connected, but you don’t have to see them all to enjoy them. I actually don’t like superhero movies that much, so the only ones I watch are The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. I can tell that there’s some context I’m missing because I haven’t seen them all, but they’re still enjoyable and complete movies on their own. I’m striving for the same with my books.