Okay, I know you’ve probably heard me shouting about this already, but I can’t help it. Freelance artist Reese Dante has designed the perfect cover for my soon-to-be-released novel, The Boys of Summer. And I just had to share it here!
Isn’t it simply stunning? I can’t tell you how important it was to me to get this cover just right–and it was like Reese Dante read my mind!
This novel is a bit of a departure from my usual style: it’s a contemporary story that has a significant portion that takes place during WW2’s The Battle of Britain. For a little over 4 months in the summer and fall of 1940, the young men of the UK took to the air to defend their home from invasion. It was a brutal time. France had fallen to the Nazi forces and the Luftwaffe had been building airplanes and training pilots in large numbers in order to defeat Britain from the air. What stopped the German Invasion machine from taking Britain was a matter or grit, determination, and a group of badly outnumbered young pilots.
I have to confess, when I began writing this story, the WW2 sequence was a mere indulgence on my part, a simple fantasy that I wished to explore. However, when I began researching the Battle of Britain, the more I learned, the more appalled I was at my lack of knowledge about this time in our history. I read textbooks, I watched films and documentaries, I researched some more. It was very important to me to get the details just right–and I spent over a month in research before I ever put words to paper. Much of it never ended up in the story–except as scaffolding on which to build. I learned too, that not only were these boys barely out of the schoolyard, but also that homosexuality was a criminal offense at the time, a factor which came to play in the choices my heroes made then–and later today. I can’t wait to share this story with you. The cover is perfect.
The Boys of Summer should be released (hopefully) sometime in April, certainly no later than May 1. *fingerscrossed*
In the meantime, I want to let everyone know my friend Anna Butler has a new release out of her own: Flashwired.
One day, someday soon, Jeeze Madrid was going to wake up and realize just what he’d been passing up; he’d see what Cal Paxton was offering him so faithfully—”Faithfully, Jeeze! Even you can’t deny that!”—and grab it. And they’d finally have what Cal wanted.
Cal Paxton and Jeeze Madrid are the top scouting team on the Pathfinder-class starship, the Carson, on the very outer edge of Earth’s expansion across the galaxy. A Pathfinder’s job is to evaluate planets for colonization. Cal’s and Jeeze’s job is to find the planets for the Carson’s scientists to analyze.
Cal and Jeeze are wingmen, best friends… and lovers. Cal wants more than a casual relationship but Jeeze, recently divorced, is wary of commitment. When Jeeze is shot down over a planet inhabited by a race Earth has never before encountered, what will Cal find when the Carson can finally mount a rescue mission? Will he ever succeed in persuading Jeeze to take up that offer of hand and heart?
I have to tell you, if you’ve never read any of Anna’s work, you are in for the ride of your life. Her writing grabs you from the get-go–her characters are three-dimensional and so real that they practically step out of the page in front of you. I can’t promise that all of her stories end happily ever after, but I can promise that you’ll *love* them!
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, I’m sitting on some announcements that are forthcoming about Galacticon and the writing workshop/ fanfic panel discussion that Anna and I will be co-hosting. (In, OMG, 46 days!!) Did I mention that Galacticon will be held at the same venue as its sister convention ComicPalooza? That there will be actors from Star Trek as well as Battlestar Galactica at both conventions? Including Sir Patrick Stewart and Edward James Olmos? And that’s not even the special announcements to come! So this really is a case of “Stay Tuned for Further Developments” because they will be forthcoming, I promise!