Hello internet. Fuck me, it’s 2022. Like, no, seriously that’s a proper science fiction year. I fully expected to be writing this blogpost from my flying car on Moonbase Alpha in a garishly coloured jumpsuit. Also, I didn’t expect it to be a blogpost. I expected to be dictating it into a weirdly low-tech dictaphone under the heading Author’s Log Supplemental.
I was originally going to start this blog post by giving you a meta-summary of the things I was going to talk about in this blog post. So I sat down and made myself a very organised, very comprehensive list of all the things I needed to talk about in it and that list consisted of “what’s coming up on the blog”, “what’s coming up in writing”, nothing else.
So I guess I’ll start with the writing because that’s the bit that, y’know, pays my bills.
Books ‘n’ Shit in 2022
I mean, I say ‘n’ shit but it’s actually just books. I know my schedule is a bit wild because things keep moving around but here’s where things currently stand and everything you’ll need to know before it’s Xmas again.
Something Fabulous: this is an m/m Regency-set romp that is coming out on the 25th of this month (unless this post is late going up in which case: which came out on the 25th of January). The outfits the characters are wearing on the cover are very period accurate, because the cover designer’s wife does this shit for a living. It is, however, probably the only period accurate thing in the book because the rest of it is mostly just me having a laugh with cool cravats and genre conventions. This book is an Amazon-exclusive so if you want an e-copy that’s only purchasable from, y’know, that vast monopsonic corporate entity but if you want a paper copy you can get them from some indie bookstores. Please support indie bookstores.
A Lady For A Duke: this is also a Regency romance but has a very different vibe to Something Fabulous. So different I’m honestly quite worried that people who like one will get angry with me about the other. This is much more of the, um, angsty ooh my feels school of historical romance. It’s a friends-to-lovers with a trans heroine and a duke because there has to be a duke. That’s scheduled for May.
Husband Material: the medium-length-of-time awaited sequel to Boyfriend Material. Once again, I feel compelled to tell the internet that Luc and Oliver do not get a dog in this book. They may get a dog in the future but they do not have a dog now. Essentially this explores the next stage of Luc and Oliver’s relationship. Because I know there’s kind of a trope with romance trilogies where there’s a cliff-hanger breakup at the end of book 2, I will say there is not a cliff-hanger break-up at the end of this book. That’s coming out in August. I mean, the book. Not a cliffhanger.
Paris Daillencourt is Crumbling: The next in the Winner Bakes All series of baking-and-reality-TV-themed romantic comedies. Because people occasionally ask I should stress that the setup is “same show different couple”, so while the crew of Bake Expectations are coming back, Rosaline and Harry have gone off into the sunset. Our new protagonist, as the title suggestions, is Paris Daillencourt and, as the title also suggestions, he’s having a bit of a breakdown (also, do you see, because crumble is a type of food?). That’s scheduled for October.
Books ‘n’ Shit In the Future
I can talk much less usefully about this stuff because, as a great muppet once said, always in motion is the future. But from 2023 onwards do look out for:
- Re-releases of the Spires books in fancy trade paperback with bonus extra material, followed by two new Spires books, one of which is Dom the Dom’s story, and the other which … okay, this is embarrassing but I genuinely can’t remember off the top of my head which one I sold. Because there’s a lot of potential Spires stories I could tell. But it’s one of those. Definitely one of those. Help
- Further expansion of the ‘Boyfriend Material’ universe which I think is known generally as London Calling (and, sadly not, God Save The Queens): one such book being, The Amnesia Plot (working title, spoilers the story is a play on the amnesia trope) which involves an old universe friend of Luc’s who we meet briefly in Husband Material. But do watch this space.
- More historicals. These being, Something Spectacular, which the sequel to Something Fabulous. The characters from Something Fabulous will have cameos, but this is Peggy’s story. And … Something Else With A Duke In It, which will be set in the same universe as A Lady For A Duke. You do meet the hero of this story playing villain in ALFAD but, yeah, more angst and feels incoming.
- Mortal Follies (working title): this is another Regency but fantasy this time. Basically it’s the Regency only fairies and the Hellenic gods definitely exist and everyone is kind of chill with that. I mean, until they get cursed, like the heroine.
- Kate 5 is on my to-do to list but economic reality says that I need to focus on the books that publishers are, y’know, paying me for. I will, at some point, however bring Kate’s story to its something resembling a conclusion. But at least with the release of book4, most people aren’t dead any more.
As much as I adore my existing website, it’s beginning to show its age, and I’ve sort written more books than it can cope with so I’m getting that zhuzhed up over the next few months. Related to this, I’ll be doing a better job of updating my book pages and my FAQs, and I’ve sort of committed in a way that I will assuredly not keep to updating the blog more regularly as well. I mean, I know only three people read it, and nobody blogs anymore, but I feel like I’m, at heart, a blogging person. Which is to say, old and obsolete.
In terms of the blog, I’m intending to revive the monthly Things I Liked posts, because they were nice and the world is limped back towards a state where it feels less incongruous to be Liking things. The TNG reviews are on kind of indefinite hiatus until I go back to Netflix. As I think I said in my original post, I’m not planning on staying off forever, but I want to have denied them at least some money. To be honest, I’ll probably have to re-subscribe for the next series of Bridgerton because it’s basically work research these days. I might try to find another series to review or something along the same lines as the Grantathon but … I haven’t really been grabbed by anything. I also sort of realised I’d stopped doing board game reviews, mainly because the pandemic kind of got in the way of playing board games. But, again, I’ll see what strikes me here.
Finally, I might—as ever I make no promises—get around to starting a sporadic series of what I am loathe to calling writing advice (I am loathe to call it that because I feel in no way qualified to tell people how to write) which is going to go under the loose and deliberately obscurantist series heading of ‘Free Picks and Shovels’. More of this to come. Or not.
Otherwise, that’s sort of it. Do follow me on the socials as nobody has ever said ever (although if you’re an Instagram person, Mary and I have put together an anti-advent calendar of teasers, treats, giveaways and recommends which is running through the whole of Jan), and you can sign up to my newsletter for up-to-the-minute disorganisation. Seriously, I’m sort of doing a vague accidental serial in there which has the less ironic than I pretend it is title of Alexis Hall Presents: Gay Bought By The Billionaire. In case it’s not obvious from said less-ironic-than-I-pretend-it-is title it’s an AJH category romance. Because I’m a strong independent person and I need to stop waiting for permission to do things that I want to do.
Happy new year!