Ah, the weekend. Today I am going to run some errands--including taking the car for a car wash, it's first ever--and then I am going to spend part of the day, at least, reading the page proofs for Wicked Frat Boy Ways, the latest (and possibly last) Todd Gregory erotic fraternity novel. When I was going through the edits last week, I wasn't really paying a lot of attention to anything story or character wise, just ploughing through the edits. Yesterday I started reading through the page proofs, just to familiarize myself with the story--hey, I've written another book since then, and my memory isn't quite what it used to be--and was surprised to see that it's actually much better than I thought it was when I turned it in. I often loathe the book I am working on while I am working on it, and am much too close to it to actually evaluate it properly (sometimes that loathing never goes away, even years later), but I was very pleasantly surprised with this one as I skimmed my way through it.
And I do love the cover.
The book's official release date is May 16th. How exciting! It's been awhile (September) since I had a book come out, and it feels like it's been an eternity, frankly. I know, I know, it's weird, but that crazy writing schedule I've been on since about 2008--which was hardly normal--got me accustomed to having a new book out every few weeks. And this one is different from the other Todd Gregorys; I'm not sure how people are going to react to it. My editor loved it, so it has that going for it.
We shall see. The earlier frat boy books are still selling--which is kind of a shock, really; erotica generally doesn't have much of a shelf life. Then again, FRATSEX, the anthology that kind of started it all, was still earning royalties and selling when Alyson folded; the book came out in 2004 and was still selling strong five years later. I can't hope this one will do as well as those earlier efforts; it would be, of course, lovely if it did but in this business you really can't count on anything. And like I said, it's vastly different from the earlier novels. It's not set on the same campus--Cal State-Polk; it's set at UC-San Felice, a new coastal city I invented, even if it is the same fraternity, and one of the primary supporting characters in the previous one, Brandon Benson, is one of the main characters in this one, having transferred. Jordy, the main character from the last one, also appears briefly, as do Jeff and Blair, the focal characters from the original.
I don't know that I will do another one, to be honest. But I am very pleased with how this one turned out. I hope the readers will be, too.
And now, off to the spice mines.