So, I’m sure most of you have heard by now, Assumed Calling has a definite release date of November 17, and I couldn’t be more excited! Along with that excitement, however, comes a bit of sad. You see this will mark the end of the Identity series and I’ve loved writing these books. I’ve come to know the characters and as I’m sure is the case with y’all, they’re a permanent part of me now.
However, not only is this the end of an era for these books, it also marks the beginning of something else new and wonderful. It was while writing Assumed Callling, Kyle Montgomery started talking to me again and loudly this time. I’d always known Kyle would at some point get his own story. At first I thought he’d be a revisit and be book six in the Identity series, but then when he started telling me the details of his life and his heartbreaking reason for opening the first Steele Image club (oh yes, I’ve since learned they are everywhere—remember the Toy Box? Yeah, I had it all wrong—those were actually Steele Image clubs and for those of you wondering, yes, those stories will be integrated into the Steele Image series beginning next year)—So, where was I? Yes, when Kyle started telling me his story I knew it was more than a story, it was the beginning of another series altogether.
And just who all will you get to know better or meet at these clubs, which are scattered all over the world by the way? Kyle of course, his story is first and foremost. Then there’s Dillon whom you’ll learn quite a bit more about in Assumed Calling, but he’s also yammered at me for some time and while I’m still not sure what his whole story is—it’s there. Then there’s Alex, Cord, Emilio, Drake, Connor…and the list goes on and on. I think those boys Ben and Nate are in there somewhere. They started talking to me a while back and I couldn’t figure out where they fit in, but I know now it’s probably at Steele Image, Fort Campbell.
Now I realize next summer is a long time to wait for the first of these books, so never fear readers, I have a few things up my sleeve which will release between now and then. For instance, A Slower Lower Leap—the third and final book in that series will come out this winter, probably in February. I’ve also got one that’s been on the back burner without a real title and is almost finished and is just waiting for me to baby it a little. It’s a BDSM so I’m sure my kinky fans will really love it (it’s also military so bonus!)
Now…just to give you an idea of what Steele Image is all about, I give you the recently approved blurb…
In 1980, Kyle Montgomery’s life was seemingly perfect. Heavily recruited by Force Recon fresh from the Naval Academy, he’d been working black ops for the Marine Corps for six years and was on the cusp of being promoted to Major. He was on the fast track to bigger and better things, had all the right people vetting him, and he'd married the woman of his dreams and was exploring a lifestyle which could have ended his career. With the Iranian embassy under siege and the Middle East in turmoil, Kyle was sent on a mission which would change the course of his life forever.
Returning home after three months of being invisible, Kyle finds his wife has been murdered by the very people he'd been sent to protect. And instead of the government retaliating, they hand him his walking papers with the agreement they’ll never speak of the events again. It's like Kyle never existed. His wife never existed. And the people who maimed and tortured her never existed.
Resigned to never again walk that path again, Kyle opens the first Steel Image club with the thought of providing a safe haven for others like him, those who were invisible to the public and most of the government. Those who had eclectic sexual tastes. Those who would later become his allies. And his enemies. And both will drive him back to the place he’d thought he’d let go of forever to vindicate his love…
Have a great week, y’all!