Saying Goodbye to 2018

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2018 was not my favorite year to date.

Many, many things slowed me down and stressed me out, far above the norm. While I don’t really celebrate the holiday beyond drinking a glass of champagne as the ball falls on Dick Clark’s Rocking New Eve (Is it still called that since he died?) I will still be happy to see this year in the rearview mirror.

Granted, It makes no sense to believe that the changing of one day into the next magically creates a new beginning beyond a new day, but I’ll take what I can get.

I don’t make resolutions, per se, but I’m looking forward to not obsessing on the negative of 2018 and finding the positives in my writing.

High points of 2018:

• Re-release of all three of my Sci-fi series after the awful debacle of my original publisher. Many thanks to NineStar Press for giving new life to The Luxorian Fugitive, A Cook’s Tale, and Priest & Pariahs. (All three available at NineStarPress.com, Amazon, and most other major online book sites. – shameless plug, sorry, not sorry.)

• I started a new free story with the flash fiction group Wednesday Briefs. This keeps me on a writing schedule and able to produce a new 1k chapter each week. Check out my Sci-fi serial, Adrift. As of this week, we’ll be at week 21 and there’s LOTS more story to go!

• My M/M steampunk manuscript of Innocence & Carnality was accepted and is slated for release in April 2019 by Dreamspinner Publications. (Go me!) Edits are complete, and we’re in the final stages. I can’t wait!

With all the pies I have fingers in, I think this is a pretty good list. I’m deciding which WIP is getting attention next so I have something new to play with. There’s a lot to choose from.

So with that, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to new works, good drinks, and well-wishes to everyone’s friends and family. May 2019 be the start of something lovely.

Release Day!! Priest & Pariahs by J. Alan Veerkamp – #scifi #mmromance #queerromance #lgbtbooks

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It’s release day!!!

Priest & Pariahs – book three of the Centauri Survivors Second Chance Chronicles is now live! All the info you need to get your copy can be found below!

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Blurb

Costa McQuillen has escaped from Earth, where being para-human—a Pariah—with tech empathic abilities is illegal, and marks him for extermination. Arrogant and standoffish, Costa is unable to trust anyone but is willing to risk everyone’s safety in his desperate effort to reach the planet Omoikane. His best solution, gaining passage on board the Santa Claus.

Arbor Kittering is the crew’s newest coding tech. Having spent a short time in prison for data hacking and falsifying government files, the Santa Claus is his last chance at a new start—if he can decipher the strange malfunctions plaguing the ship.

Eugene “Priest” Jones, the Santa Claus’s Head Pilot, is a bit of a scoundrel. Perpetually single, Priest is attracted to Costa and Arbor. In truth, he’d like to have both, but it’s clear even his grifting and gambling skills can’t make that happen.

Now as they all travel together, it appears Priest needs to make a choice before it’s too late as each of their lives intertwine with potentially dangerous and deadly consequences.

Buy Links

Nine Star Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/priest-pariahs/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Priest-Pariahs-Centauri-Survivors-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B07HFK5HFK/

Get the whole series! Need The Luxorian Fugitive and A Cook’s Tale – Books 1 & 2?  Click Here – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DCVNHBJ/

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Release Day!!! A Cook’s Tale by J. Alan Veerkamp – Now Available! #scifi #mmromance

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Blurb

After a breakup, Erron Murfin finds himself broken, homeless, and destitute. The chance to become the Santa Claus’s new cook is a beacon he can’t ignore.

The new position allows him to work under Gamin Rockwell, the man who helped raise him until he disappeared when Erron turned nineteen—well over a decade ago. While the two make up for lost time, Erron catches the eyes of many crewmen as well as James and Barrus, a married pair with real intentions who are determined to draw the cautious new arrival into their relationship.

Even as he stitches together his ability to see a future for himself, Gamin’s history and personal issues begin to surface. Secrets bubble out in ways Erron can’t ignore and he finds himself with a mystery he needs to solve.

Because there’s something about Gamin that goes far deeper than the fatherly role he once held in Erron’s life so long ago.

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Buy Links

NineStar Press

Amazon

Need a copy of Book One – The Luxorian Fugitive? Click Here!

About the Author

While spending years more focused on visual arts, J. Alan Veerkamp never let go of his innate passion for storytelling, wanting to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/M fiction, a whole new world opened filled with possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic sexy tales with an M/M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled his need to create. Eventually he found GayAuthors.org, and with a little coercive nudge, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. The experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/M publishing.

Born and raised in Michigan, J. Alan continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use an noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if just to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund.

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A Cook’s Tale by J. Alan Veerkamp – Cover Reveal!! Pre-Order has begun! #scifi #gayromance

Have you seen it? Have you seen it?

Book Two of the Centauri Survivors Second Chance Chronicles, A Cook’s Tale is now available for pre-order on NineStar Press! Release day is May 21, but you can get your copy today, THREE DAYS AHEAD of everyone else! Follow the link below!

Look at the beautiful cover by Natasha Snow!

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Buy your copy of A Cook’s Tale here!

Blurb:

After a breakup, Erron Murfin finds himself broken, homeless, and destitute. The chance to become the Santa Claus’s new cook is a beacon he can’t ignore.

The new position allows him to work under Gamin Rockwell, the man who helped raise him until he disappeared when Erron turned nineteen—well over a decade ago. While the two make up for lost time, Erron catches the eyes of many crewmen as well as James and Barrus, a married pair with real intentions who are determined to draw the cautious new arrival into their relationship.

Even as he stitches together his ability to see a future for himself, Gamin’s history and personal issues begin to surface. Secrets bubble out in ways Erron can’t ignore and he finds himself with a mystery he needs to solve.

Because there’s something about Gamin that goes far deeper than the fatherly role he once held in Erron’s life so long ago.

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Keep an eye out for news of book three, Priest & Pariahs this summer!

Haven’t read Book One, The Luxorian Fugitive? You can get that here!

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Blurb:

Trying to escape his tortured past, Sergeant Liam Jacks travels aboard the transport vessel, the Santa Claus, as the security chief alongside his best friend and captain, Marc Danverse. Having survived the Civil War, they shuttle amongst the Proxima Centauri planetary cluster, trying to find some modicum of peace. Something of which Liam is in short supply.

During a stopover on the planet Luxoria, they take on a mysterious passenger. Hadrian Jamison’s history is questionable and his effect on Liam is undeniable. The more they learn, the more questions they have. As they are drawn together, Hadrian’s presence threatens to disrupt the quiet.

When Hadrian’s past catches up to claim him, the ensuing conflict is more than any of them expected.

Buy The Luxorian Fugitive at NineStar Press

WIP Progress update!

Hi Everyone!

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It’s been a while and I’ve been a little quiet and absent but as the holiday season approaches, stuff is starting to happen! My newest projects are coming around and I will actually have something new to share within the next few weeks!

• My Christmas short with Dreamspinner Press is coming! Stay tuned for more info! Teasers are on the way!

• My Sci-fi series starring the crew of the Santa Claus will be re-released by NineStar Press over the first half of of 2018. I have tentative release dates in February, April, and June and will offer up more details as we get closer.

• Innocence & Carnality is almost ready for submission. One way or another this will get into reader hands if I have to self-pub. It’s been far too long in coming to let it fall by the wayside.

• I have two other WIPs that I’m brainstorming and smoothing out details so I can treat them better. I want them to be the best story I can write. I’ll talk about them more as they start to come into the light.

For the first time in a while I’ll feel like an author again with an actual backlist for readers to look at!

New Contract Signed!!! #scifi #shortstory #mmromance

It’s official! I signed with Dreamspinner Press over my M/M romance sci-fi short story, Salvaging Claus Day to be included in the 2017 Advent Calendar Anthology, Stocking Stuffers!! Merry Christmas to me!

(Actually, I got the email offer the day after my birthday, so I’m calling it a belated birthday gift, but this works too.)

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I’ll be one of several authors included in the collection and I can’t tell you how excited I am! I don’t have any details as of yet, but the contract is signed and the paperwork is starting. It’s only a matter of time before editing begins.

The incredible part is this will reboot by author titles in quick succession. If Stocking Stuffers releases in December (or November), I will be there, then the re-release of my sci-fi series, The Luxorian Fugitive, A Cook’s Tale, and Priest & Pariahs, will be out through NineStar Press in February, April, and June of 2018.

A lot’s about to happen. With a little luck, I might be able to squeeze something else into the queue by then. I’ll let you know more when I have more details. I’m starting to feel like an author again.

Time to celebrate!!

What’s up next?

When I think about where I am right now as an author, I can admit it’s an exciting and nerve wracking time. I have a number of items in the queue and the waiting game can be excruciating.

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Here’s the ongoing list:

  • NineStar Press has accepted my sci-fi series and it’s only a matter of time before content edits begin for The Luxorian Fugitive. It should be in good shape for the most part, but you can’t help but be nervous when fresh critical eyes get ahold of your babies.
  • A Christmas short was submitted and I have to wait until August 1 before knowing if it will be accepted. Fingers crossed.
  • My long term steampunk M/M romance Innocence & Carnality is in the revision stage so it can be submitted for publication. The first 50k was written in flash fiction mode in 1k snippets, so there’s a lot of work to do to get the pacing and flow into a novel form. This will take a bit of time, but it will be worth it. One way or another it’s coming.
  • I’m dying to get back into an in-progress werewolf story I started a while back. It’s been on my mind and I can’t wait to get the first draft sorted. I keep having brainstorm flashes. It’s likely next after I get I&C under control as long as I don’t have any uncontrollable surges of inspiration.
  • I’m sure there’s more that I can’t think of at the moment, but it’ll come to me.

So there’s a lot for me to obsess about. Granted there are other authors who juggle several WIPs at once which boggles my mind.

Talk to you all later! Wish me luck!