I released “Shiver,” the Halloween-themed third Grace & Maya story, four days ago at the writing of this post. (It’s on the Works page, or you can jump straight to Amazon to buy it.) I’ve had a draft page open to write this post for almost as long. I’ve been trying to find a balance, and I don’t think I have, but I might never, so I’m just going to go tilting onward at this point.
I’ve actually been wanting to write a Halloween story for these girls for a long time. (There’s a winter-holidays story in the works, too. Maybe it won’t take me four years to finish it.) Last year, I was trying to write “Shiver” in time for an October release, but Halloween came and went without me, and I lamented on Twitter that I’d failed at my goal. A mutual follower expressed that they had also failed to write a Halloween story that year, and we lightly promised each other we’d both make it happen this year and promote each other’s. Unfortunately, that person passed away a few weeks ago and so was not able to complete their Halloween story this year, either. Many other people were closer to them than I was, so I haven’t felt it was my place to express any of this, but I did want to honor them, because it was their memory and the promise I made that made me buckle down and keep writing this one even when I was tired, even when I was wallowing in impostor syndrome and anxiety and ADHD.
This story still isn’t perfect, and it isn’t everything I wanted to make it, but it did get done — because I promised Corey that I would. Anyway. Corey may not have gotten to write their Halloween story this year, but if you’d like to read some of their other stories, there are lots on Amazon, and they’re worth it. Here’s a link to Corey’s author page (penname Xan West), and you can explore from there.
I’m so sorry that I haven’t updated since literally Januaryfirst, but that’s the kind of person you’re dealing with here. I hope you’re doing all right in these strange and troubled times, finding brightness where you can. A couple of weeks ago, I got the idea that I’d like to do something for people, and since Swelter is the only property I have that isn’t promised to someone else right now, and since some lovely people have been nice enough to say they’d like to see more of Grace and Maya, that’s what I went for.
My original intention was to write pure escapist fluff, but it turns out my brain can’t disengage from the massive collective trauma we’re all experiencing, and it turned out a bit more bittersweet. There’s no pandemic in Grace and Maya’s parallel world, but there are still problems to cope with. It’s on the mild end of the hurt/comfort spectrum, but I feel like that’s just where my emotional state is these days.
So I hope this can provide a little escape for you, if only for a few minutes. I hope you can find some moments of sunshine and give yourself some space to breathe.
As to the technicalities of this: You can find the new story on the Works page, directly under Swelter, and you have the option to read on the website or download the PDF. As of now, I have no plans to put it on Amazon, but if you’d like to leave a review of any kind, it is listed on Goodreads [here]. And if we’re lucky, there’s at least two more stories I have in mind for these two.
Welcome to 2020! The site is small but mostly functional now, thanks to the fact that I only have one work that’s currently in print. That will be changing soon! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s going to be happening:
Revising and republishing the M. Jules Aedin back catalog. Windows in Time is the first one being reworked, then Paper Planes and Lovegames are getting their makeovers next. The revisions process on Windows is fairly intense. In the beginning, I was just going to make some tweaks here and there and move on, but as I started reading it again, I realized there were so many things in it that would make me, as a reader, put it down now, most notably the acerbic tone and internalized misogyny, plus a lot of unnecessary exposition. I like to think I’ve grown as both a writer and a person in the 10+ years since it was originally published, and I hope that the rework shows that.
New stuff! That’s right, I wrote new stuff, and the details should be on their way soon as to when and where you’ll get to read it. What kind of new stuff? Well, I hope you’re ready for some supernatural creatures, because that’s what we got. Also my first m/f published work, actually, though they’re still queer. I’ll update when I can tell you more.
I might use this website format to talk about things, maybe! Who knows! But if you want to keep up with me in the meantime, I’m on tumblr and Instagram as @juleskelleybooks and on Twitter as @julesrkelley.
So what plans and possibilities are YOU excited for in 2020? What good things are on your horizon? Tell me about them, and let’s chase them together!