Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Switching Gears

As many of you know, Bear Mountain is slowly coming to an end.  I only have two more stories planned in this series to release this year.  Of course, the series lives on some in Project Zed and there will be at least two more books in that spin-off, perhaps more.  But it won't be as large as the original series.

There *might* be another spin-off in the works, but more on that when the time is right.

Bound to Two Bears was a flash of something amazing. I was struggling with what I was SUPPOSED to be writing, so I decided to switch gears and work on something else instead.  It was going to be a one off... no series, nothing more than one book.

But after writing it, I really liked the bare bones of the world I'd created in that story.  So, I decided to write another.  Each story added more meat to those bones and I felt sort of like Bastian in the Neverending Story, creating a world from my imagination as I took a journey through it. Many of you have been with me every step of the journey...

I'd started my career as Kelex writing edgier erotica, but as I continued with this series, my stories grew more romantic. More story than sex.  Some of you liked that... whereas others haven't.

Ben was the turning point for me. His story put a wrench in my usual plan.  My other stories had been filled with a lot of BDSM and hardcore sex.  But here was this widower who ached for his lost mates and felt drawn to new lovers he was guilty for wanting.  He needed love, tenderness, and care, not whips, paddles, and bondage. Other stories in the series needed a gentler hand, as well. Eric's story... after what he'd endured at Tymber and Taryn's hands, for instance. The series evolved along the way...

But now I find myself nearing the end of the journey and I feel as if I'm on shaky ground.

I miss writing the harder erotica of my past yet really enjoy weaving the softer stories in this new direction, too. There needs to be balance in my life... a little of this and a little of that, I suppose. 

Nailing the Foreman is my next release, returning to both JLC Construction and the world of Kent Street.  It was a challenge to write -- JLC was very hot and sex fueled, whereas the Kent Street stories were a little more romantic.  Thankfully, many of the earlier characters in the JLC stories are now married or in long term relationships that allowed for a little more romance to come into the tale.

Where do I go from here? I'm not sure, but I know there are two sides to my writing and some fans only like one of those sides.  I will endeavor to keep you all happy all while keeping my muse appeased, too.
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