The timing of this bookversary couldn’t be much better. I wrote the words “The End” on the second book in this series just three days ago. 🎉
I’m immensely proud of The Contingency Plan. It was my first foray outside of my contemporary comfort zone into light fantasy, and it was reasonably popular, making it into my publisher’s annual Top Ten Gay Romance anthology.
A sheltered prince. A sudden death. An unexpected choice. How will Prince Marcelo react to discovering he’s The Contingency Plan?
For eighteen years, there has been peace between Sheburat and the kingdom of Zioneven. The untimely death of a princess throws the marriage arrangement—the final phase to complete the terms of the treaty—into disarray, and the contingency plan is put into motion. Now the Crown Prince of Zioneven gets to make his own choice from among the princess’s younger siblings.
As a rare royal son in the matriarchal sovereignty of Sheburat, Prince Marcelo grew up knowing he would never marry. Never. Royal sons did not marry. Period. Except, Prince Efren isn’t from Sheburat, and he has other plans.
It’s available at distributors everywhere. Free to read with your Kindle Unlimited subscription or via Hoopla with your library card. It’s probably cheapest to purchase at Books-a-Million.
You can read an excerpt and get those links on my site, here. The novelette (8,040 words) is told entirely from Prince Marcelo’s POV, but you can read bonus scenes that retell the opening of the story from Prince Efren’s POV on my site, here.
I probably shouldn’t point this out, but it’s a legit loophole for reading the story for free even if you don’t have KU or a library card. So in the interests of drumming up interest for the upcoming (June) followup story (and since I doubt that all that many people are reading this anyway, so if you are, you deserve the heads up), I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you download the free sample of JMS’s 2018 Top Ten Gay Romance at Smashwords or Amazon, The Contingency Plan (being the first story in the anthology) is included within that free sample in its entirety.
The second book in the series is a novella (~27,500 words) that adds a fair bit of drama to their lives as the newlyweds journey to Zioneven. Marcelo and Efren will get one more story (I’m guessing either long novelette or short novella) to complete the trilogy.