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Soooo guess who is finally writing again?! This girl! (It started out about a grumpity dragon and then somehow my haughty, arrogant dradon turned into an adorable little powderpuff, and that human needs to stop being so stubborn already and cuddle the loneliness out of him. Aaah sorry. The story is new and Zarrin the dragon needs so much love. It's okay though. Joe the human acts cranky, but he's just as lonely. Aw, babies.)

It will be slightly slower going than usual, for work reasons, and I have to get back in the swing again. But it's happening! I'm very excited. It's been too long since I've had a real story to work on. I guess I needed my lonely dorkbabies.

At least I did a lot of writing last year, which is about to pay off, well for you guys anyway. (I got my pay off when I wrote them.) Dancing Lessons is going to come out in about two weeks. January 20, in fact. Another story I needed to write, even if I don't really know why. (Well I do. Rebuilding your life in a new town, feeling sad and uncertain, just like Chico. I needed to talk about it.)

Dancing Lessons is a contemporary story, with no magic in it. I write those occasionally. Weird, I know. It does contain a fairy tale however. Imagine a senstive little pretty thing, his self-esteem destroyed by a jerk ex, scared to try again, encountering the flirtiest of flirty dance teachers, who is also patient and charming and aaahhh. And who makes him laugh.

I don't know how to celebrate it. Q&As on Goodreads don't seem popular, and Tumblr seems to scare people. I'll have to think about it.

Then, in a month, you get another story. This one has all kinds of magic, although it is not a beings story.

The Winter Prince. I confess, this is a personal favorite of mine. I don't know how popular this will be, considering it's fantasy, and not urban fantasy but fairy tale-ish fantasy. But aaah, I just love it. There is a noble prince, who is missing his heart. A prince who perhaps gave it away to a beautiful pari, and now must have it back, or he will die. And there is a quest.  And there is a wizard, clever and brave, and so, so devoted to our prince.

They are so lovely I can't stand it. But, they're mine. So they're also complete dorks.

I thought that was all the news I had for you, and such good news it is. (Writing again! I'm so happy with myself! Yay brain! Thank you!) but today I received an email telling me Dreamspinner would like to publish Tulip's story. Oh my patient, patient Tulip. He's waited so long. I don't have anymore details yet. You guys are so awesome, btw, putting up with all these different sorts of places the beings keep taking me to. I love you.

Squee!!!!

Date: 2016-01-07 07:50 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ahh, I can't wait for all these stories!! I'm on Tumblr, so super duper happy Zarrin's getting his own book, can't wait!! I love your brain. Such nice stories. So glad you're exciting to be writing again. SQUEEE!!!!

Re: Squee!!!!

Date: 2016-01-08 07:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Zarrin is such a poor little rich boy, and I don't even care, I love him so already. He needs to be squished a lot and petted and loved.

Date: 2016-01-07 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pir8fancier.livejournal.com
Wonderful news on all fronts!

Date: 2016-01-08 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
:):):) I am very pleased, especially to be writing again.

Date: 2016-01-07 02:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sunakoyue.livejournal.com
If Winter Prince is your favorite it is a MUST READ! I love all your works so much! Ok, I am lying, there is one I did not love (-_-) which is LW (i can write the initials only... it hurt me so much when I read it. Truly, it broke my heart, and I couldn't finish it (-_-) but it just shows how much I love your writing!)

Can't wait for your new releases! All of them seemed so cute and romantic <3 I love all the characters already, even though I do not know their names yet XD

Date: 2016-01-08 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Funnily enough, someone today told me LW was their favorite. I love how everyone has such different tastes and reasons for liking things.

(The Winter Prince, however, is pretty much all the things *I* love. heh)

Woohoo

Date: 2016-01-08 07:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Exciting news all around! While of course I'm looking forward to reading both of the new books that will be published soon, "The Winter Prince" sounds particularly appealing to me. I just love your fantasy stories---which is why I'm also really excited to hear that Tulip's story is also in the pipeline. And---yea!---I'm so pleased to hear that you're working on another story about dragons.

Re: Woohoo

Date: 2016-01-08 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
The Winter Prince has sooo many of the things I love in it. It's sort of shamelessly shameless, if you know me at all. My version of self-indulgent. :P

Dragonssss! All fire and power to make the earth itself tremble!! And also needy dorks who just want a treasure to take care of so badly.

So excited about Tulip!

Date: 2016-01-08 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] orbisonblue.livejournal.com
Obviously, I'm mega excited about Dancing Lessons and The Winter Prince, but Tulip has been around for so long that I'm really pleased and excited to hear that Dreamspinner accepted it. Poor, lonely Tulip, languishing on the backburner since before Wicklow came out...

And I am, of course, beyond happy that you're back writing again, since I know that that's when you're happiest.

Re: So excited about Tulip!

Date: 2016-01-09 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
The funniest for me about waiting so long for Tulip, is that I feel like the moment it's out, people are going to start asking me about the other characters. :)

Yay!

Date: 2016-01-08 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yay! Absolutely can't wait. I'm having to dial back my (slightly out of control) buying of books, but yours will always be auto-buy for me. Thank you for continuing to write them! :)

Re: Yay!

Date: 2016-01-09 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Resisting the urge to buy books is so hard! I wish you the best with it! (Although I am secretly pleased if you buy mine.) :)

Long Time

Date: 2016-01-11 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Great news to hear about more stories from you. Congrats about Dreamspinner wanting to publish Tulip!

Jbst

Re: Long Time

Date: 2016-01-12 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2016-01-19 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smallnico16.livejournal.com
so excited for both of these! Yay new R. Cooper stories :) Can't wait to read them!

Date: 2016-01-19 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
I'm excited too! :):):)
From: (Anonymous)
So many thoughts and feelings, that I couldn't resist writing a comment.

I came across your stories about a year ago, and I have been seriously addicted ever since. You have spoiled me for so many other authors. I can't read new books without measuring them against yours, and the others always come up short! UGH! :)

I've read all of your stories at the least twice, and some of them a lot more. (And Little Wolf is my absolute fav!!!)

I read some reviews for Dancing Lessons, and I kinda understand what some of them are saying about it being confusing, or chaotic, and the story getting lost in so much detail.

BUT I don't agree with them.

So here is a slightly confusing attempt to explain why I don't agree with them.


Les Miserables is the most detailed book I've ever read, and seriously, there is so much detail that you could spend a century wading through it. (Like literally, the descriptions of the sewers? Gaaaaahhh!!!) My first time through it, I skimmed. I barely appreciated the storyline, and hated all those murky details.

But then, one transformative summer, because of my sister's influence, I took the time to fully immerse myself in Les Mis. Slowly but surely all those details served to build, and build, and build a spectacular, awe-inducing world. Each detail became poignant, and I was grateful for them, because I didn't want the experience to end. It proved itself to be a story that is timeless. It is exquisite in it's raw, pain-birthed magnificence.

All that can be said of your stories, except, yours (thankfully!) aren't nearly so hard to get through.

So yeah, if people don't understand that kind of pain, or depression, if they are too intent on instant gratification and just want an fast HEA, I completely understand why they don't like some of your stories.

But I love them. They make me sit up and pay attention (YES! YES!!!) to each lovely element. Sometimes I'm a bit confused, but I WANT to go back and figure it out, and when I do it's like AAAHHHHHHH!!!!! THE FEELS!!!

The sad, but truthful, experiences in Chico and Tim and Charlie's (ooooh, and Alex from Wealth of Unsaid Words!! someone stop me!! ) past make the romance all that much more beautiful in contrast.

And the slow burn! The mutual pining! AAAAA!!! The preciousness!
Did I say it before? I've been spoiled for so many other authors...

My deepest thanks to you.
From: [identity profile] r-cooper.livejournal.com
I.... have never been compared to Les Mis before. I don't know how to respond to that without blushing or staring at you in amazement. (Which I am doing, even if I can't actually see you. Trust me. It's happening.)

I like reading books that I understand differently the second time I read them. So that's what I try to do. Maybe not the deepest stories, but I love reading a story and then rereading it and noticing how meanings have changed, and everything has a new emphasis.

Probably kind of a silly thing to do in the romance field, but I can't seem to stop. :)

Thank you for saying this. I needed it today.
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