Holy Writing Career, Cat Woman!

I think I know that “good feeling” other writers sometimes talk about when they’re writing for more than one publisher.  I’ve finally reached that plateau and I’m scared to death, but in a very good way.

First, LOVE ON THE PROWL  (formerly entitled The Hive) will be released tentatively in September 2009 by Parker Publishing.  Can you believe that?  I know I don’t and you’d see for yourself if you could see the goofy smile on my face.  :mrgreen:  And here I thought my editor hated it.  Silly me.  There’s more exciting news for Parker as a whole, but I’ll leave the corporate folks to spill those cool beans because I have a feeling it might affect my September release.

If that’s not enough, I’ve been asked to participate in my first anthology!  Parker has it scheduled for a 2010 release date.  All I’ll say about it right now is my werecheetah series will live on and in a very cool way.  You’ll understand after you read Love on the Prowl.  My extremelyunique secondary character will have her own story.  Yay!!

So needless to say, I’m completely shocked.  My goal of having at least one release per year has come to fruition in more ways than I could’ve imagined.  Two releases this year (Stripped and Love on the Prowl) and two releases next year (Strippedin print and the Parker anthology).  Like the title says, “Holy Writing Career, Cat Woman!” 

Oh yeah.  I’m blogging at Shapeshifter Romance on Thursday.  😉

Books and Publishers and Genres, oh my!

It’s away!  THE HIVE has been picked over, prodded, and restitched enough.  It’s now in the hands of my fabulous editor, Jackie, at Parker Publishing.  Yayyyyyy!  Also, if I can get my head wrapped around it, I might be doing a paranormal YA for them, too.  Not sure yet because I’m still bouncing ideas around.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately.  Perhaps too much, which is always my downfall.  One thing that’s been on my mind is book three of my werecheetah series.  I found the heroine for book three and she’s an amazing shapeshifter.  But will the books stop at book three?  I don’t know.  I’ve had several people ask if Rio and Sinclair will have another book and I’m seriously thinking about making it book four, if I can come up with something good.  Of course, it won’t be a paranormal romance at that point.  More like an urban fantasy or a paranormal suspense. 

Now that Samhain has contracted STRIPPED, I’m thinking about what to do for “book two” in my half-werewolf, sniper series.  You see, Half Breed takes place four years after STRIPPED.  Which means there’s plenty of room to do things with Matt and Alexa.  Hower, it’s also limiting because Alexa and Matt don’t start talking kids until they get to Atlanta.  I have a partial synopsis written involving a pregnant Alexa, her playing bodyguard, hunting rogue wolves, and both of her overprotective wolf packs.  However, I have nothing for Alexa and Matt between STRIPPED and Half Breed.  Don’t get me wrong.  It’s easy enough to come up with something because I made sure to put in a lot of world building with infinite possibilities.  😉

 

So in an effort to keep readers from getting confused, my plan is to keep my urban fantasies with Samhain and my paranormal romances (and a possible YA) with Parker.  Of course, NY trumps everything.  If I write outside of any of those genres, then that means I’ll be reevaluting my plans.  That possibility always exists, especially since I LOVE sci-fi and horror.

Strangely enough, writing for more than one publisher has always been a scary prospect for me.  I just didn’t expect it to happen, even though I had set myself up for it.  Now that it’s real, I have a feeling it won’t be so bad–fingers crossed.

What do you think is your biggest fear once your dreams are realized?

UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT – trailer and excerpt

Pummeling footfalls pounded around them.  Sinclair clutched Nahla and hunkered down behind a tree.

            Several cheetahs stampeded through the underbrush, heading straight for the cottage.  Sinclair’s heart sank as one led the way, followed by two more on its heels.

            When the cheetahs passed within a few feet of them, Sinclair leapt out of her hiding place and shouted, “Rio!  Runnnnnnn!”

            Growls lit up the area in front of them as they crashed through the forest, paws skidding across the gravel driveway.

            She couldn’t stay there knowing Rio was in danger, nor could she leave her niece alone in the woods.  Who knew what other horrors lurked out there?  Hoisting Nahla onto her hip, she forged ahead, prepared to live with the cost of her decision.

            Sinclair burst through the woods on the side of the cottage, a few feet from the Pathfinder’s open door.  It waited for her like a free offering.  Fleeing to the SUV, she shoved Nahla in the passenger seat and got in behind her.  Unlike the women in the movies, she had no problem with slamming the key into the ignition and starting the engine.

            “Sinclair!” Rio shouted.

            She lifted her head.  Rio and Kyle left the heavy-metal man curled into the fetal position on the ground and came to the driver’s side.  It dawned on her for the first time that the buzz-cut man and the cheetahs had disappeared.  Could they have been the ones in the woods?

            Sinclair triggered her window.  Before she could say a word, Rio reached inside and pulled her in for a kiss.

            “Are you two okay?” he asked, glancing at a frightened Nahla in the other seat.

            Breathing hard, she replied, “We’re fine.  But they’re out there, Rio.  There are real monsters out there.  I’m talking men turning into cheetahs!”

            “I know,” he said, scanning the area and wrinkling his nose with a whiff.  “I want you and Nahla to stay inside until I say it’s safe, understand?”

            He knows?  Sinclair couldn’t answer him.  How did he know about the monsters lurking around the house?  Did he know they would be paying him a visit?  Funny, how he showed up at just the right time too.

            Sinclair watched her niece as she sat on her knees and rocked back and forth in the seat.  But it was the smile and the way Nahla looked at Rio that bothered her.  “What are you smiling at?  Aren’t you scared of the monsters?”

            She shook her head.  “No.  Wee-oh like ’em.  But he’s diff-went.  He help us.  Not hurt us.  Uncle Kyle too.”

            “What do you mean like them?”  She glanced at Rio who pointed toward two cheetahs who began stalking the front of the cottage.  Where did they come from?

            “Both kitties too.  But they friendly kitties.  I smell it, Auntie Sin.  Can’t you?”

 

Reviews

“Colette entertains from beginning to end, spinning an emotional, compassionate and sexually charged tale about shapeshifting werecheetahs. Colette shows a very active imagination. The characterization is so realistic, you might believe they actually exist.”

— 4 Stars from
Romantic Times

“UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT is a very different type of shapeshifter story. Marcia Colette tells a very unique story with a totally unexpected twist.”

Chere Gruver of ParaNormal Romance