Well, the dust has settled (AKA the sales have gone down) on A Lie Within A Lie: The Spy, so inevitably, my thoughts turn to what the hell I’m doing next. Good question. Let’s dive in and figure it out, shall we?
This is a definite. For anyone coming in late, I ‘re-imagined’ Victor G’s classic tale of a boy, a teacher and a mask (or two…), rewriting it from Darien’s point of view (the boy using said masks) and expanding it to completion. I did all of this with Vic’s buy-in and advice, by the way, although it’s very much ‘my take’ on the tale.
The result is a 90,000 word novel, which is currently completed, but needs editing. I think I probably won’t get to that until about July, but I’d hope to release as a result in August or at latest, September. I think it’ll be worth the wait. Just like Practice to Deceive it features a lot of M2F transformation scenes, some quite kinky stuff, and of course that flawless impersonation we all love so much. (It also features more than a little smoking fetish action, which I inherited from Vic’s draft. It was new for me, but I did my best with it!)
If you’ve never read The Substitute, and don’t mind getting a little spoiled (Even though I added plenty, the book obviously shares events with Vic’s story) you can read it online at Sapphire’s Place.
Father Knows Best
For the old and infirm amongst us – er, like me – you may remember this title. This is a non-completed tale of a father who, having recently separated from his wife, discovers that his step-daughter is more than willing – and able – to impersonate her mother to help him out of a tricky situation. The question is, can this straight-arrow father resist when his wife returns to him, sexually invigorated and with the body of a much younger woman….
So, this was infamously (well, to me) never finished because frankly, I couldn’t figure out the damn ending. After a lot of false starts, I think I’ve finally got it. Now all I need to do is write it. At the same time however, I’m probably going to rewrite (and possibly expand) the existing material I have to make it bigger and better.
If I had to guess, it’ll land as a novella-length book, probably in the 20-30K range. What I had was 17K, so potentially it’ll double in size. With that in mind… I’d probably expect this to arrive in August, if I can find some time in June to bang it out. As you can probably tell from the description, this one will heavily feature F2F masking and impersonation, which I know is a favorite of some, and arguably kind of underserved in our niche, so I hope you enjoy when it lands.
Practice to Deceive sequel
What will definitely not be called ‘Practice to Deceive 2’ will hopefully arrive in early 2017 at the latest. This is the heaviest lift in terms of writing – at least 100K to go, if I had to guess. While I have the whole thing plotted and have for a while, I just need to blitz the writing. However, knowing these things, despite having the plot written I’m sure I’ll uncover holes and hit bumps along the way.
In the sequel, Billy does indeed go to Comic-Con with Linda… but that’s the broadest possible summation of what’s planned. Put it this way: there will be more masking, more impersonation and more people involved than in Practice to Deceive. Billy is most definitely not alone. Ah, but who will join him…?
I’m looking forward to writing this but it’ll be a long slog. I’ll let you know when the trek begins!
There’s always other stuff, of course. There’s Love Hotel, which started (literally over a decade ago) as some scribbles and really deserves an ending, even if it’s short. There’s the potential to reboot or remake Beneath the Veil, which I’ve been telling myself I can/should do for some time. And then there’s whatever else my fevered brain will make up.
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Oh yeah, I also figured out what a sequel to A Lie Within A Lie would look like. But that would be a way down the road.
But what do you want?
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So what’ll it be, mask fiction lovers? You tell me.