HLE #2 and #3 Almost Done

The second and third installments of the Happy Lucky Everything series are almost done. The editing is complete. Next comes the proofreading by a different editor, followed by the book covers.

No release dates have been set yet, but one of them will be published this year. In fact, my publisher is strongly considering having both books be released this year, which would be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months apart. Of course, I will post more info when the time comes.

HLE #2 and #3 Editing Status

It’s official! The second book of the Happy Lucky Everything series, which covers the first semester of senior year, has been split into two closely related installments due to the length (~95,000 words). “Touchy Feely Sweet Thing” is the title for #2, ending around Halloween (story time); “Lovey Dovey Deep Thing” is the title for #3, ending around New Year’s Eve. The current plan is to release #2 in 2023, but the release year for #3 is to be decided by my publisher. This month, I received both manuscripts to edit, so it’ll be a while before #2 is even ready.

Release: “Christmas in a Safe Room”

A JMS Books publication

Jovy and Saul were best friends who grew up in different cities in Michigan. Since they’re both gay and asexual, they made a pact to become boyfriends if they’re still single by the time they turn eighteen. Eventually high school got busy for them, and they drifted apart and went their separate ways.

Four years later, it’s Christmas Eve, and Jovy and Saul are both eighteen. After receiving a call from Saul’s sister, Jovy agrees to look after Saul, who is disabled. His sister is often out and about, hence the reason Saul feels lonely.

Jovy’s both nervous and excited about reuniting with Saul. He always celebrates Christmas Eve with his family, a tradition he’s never missed in his life, so he figures he can hang out with Saul until evening, then invite him along to be with the family. No one should spend Christmas alone.

Unfortunately, Jovy and Saul end up locking themselves in Saul’s safe room, and his out-of-town sister is the only one with the key. This will be the first year Jovy misses out on the family tradition but he and Saul attempt to make the best of the situation while also growing closer than ever, even discovering new things about each other.

Saul has two Christmas gifts for Jovy, and one of them could change their friendship. Will Jovy accept the present? Or will they remain best friends forever?

Available at the following stores:
JMS Books | Amazon | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo | Smashwords

Release: “A Tearful Dozen”

A JMS Books publication

After the tragic death of his fiancé, twenty-two-year-old Damon brings a dozen white roses to the cemetery to adorn Viktor’s gravestone with. When his tears fall on the petals, a mysterious voice thanks him and offers him a unique gift in return. Viktor has the miraculous chance to come back to life for twelve days, albeit with some drawbacks from the fatal attack. Nevertheless, Damon is grateful to even have the love of his life back, even if temporary.

Unfortunately, Viktor’s new state means he can’t be seen in public without a disguise, especially not by his grieving parents. He can’t even see his own reflection because it’s forbidden and goes against the conditions of the gift. This complication puts his happiness at risk because he might not like what he sees in the mirror, and it’s something that needs to be avoided at all costs.

Damon must make a difficult decision. A sacrifice of some sort is the only way to permanently restore Viktor’s life beyond the twelve days and bring him back to normal, but it comes with untold consequences that Damon must blindly accept. Will he make that sacrifice, or will he face losing Viktor forever?

Available at the following stores:
JMS Books | Amazon | Apple Books | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo | Smashwords

HLE #2 in Queue for Editing

“Lovey Dovey Deep Thing” and “Touchy Feely Sweet Thing” were originally planned to be the second and third installments of the Happy Lucky Everything series, respectively. However, due to the length of the “Lovey Dovey Deep Thing” manuscript, it may end up having to be split into two books, depending on how the editing process goes, which hasn’t started yet. If the split becomes official, then “Touchy Feely Sweet Thing” would be the first half and “Lovey Dovey Deep Thing” would be the last, because of how much the titles relate to their respective halves. Then, what would have been “Touchy Feely Sweet Thing” would be the fourth installment instead of the third, with a new title, provided I don’t write more for it and end up having to split that one as well. It’s what happens whenever I develop a story and its characters. Nevertheless, the next installment is still slated for 2023, but at this time, there is no specific date.