The pre order for my fall release, COLORS IN THE DARK, is now up on Amazon and on Gumroad. I’m still waiting on cover art, which is in progress, and I should have it back from copy edits this week, so it’s moving into the final stages. As a reminder, Patreon members not only got a preview of the book, but they will also receive their pre-order ebooks a week early when purchased through Gumroad. If you are looking for a non-mobi file, then Gumroad is the place to go–I list all my ebooks in .mobi, .epub, and .pdf so you can read no matter what device you’re using.
With CITD about to be put to bed, it’s time to look at my next project. Lately, I’ve been digging through some old, unfinished short stories I had laying around on my hard drive. If you’ve been here a while, you know that short fiction is not really my ballywick. Even in English classes when we would be asked to write short stories, I would always exceed the word or page count we were supposed to meet, because my brain wants to write novels. In general, my shorts range between 10-30,000 words, rather than the 3-8,000 most publications want for short fiction. I’ve gotten better over time, but it’s still a challenge.
Most of my short stories fold into existing books or series, such as Madam Butterfly (Patreon exclusive) which folds into Magic in the Headlines, and the White Rose Branch Line (that’s just what I’ve been calling it; no official title yet because I suck at naming things) which is part of the Off the Rails universe. My current short story project is a stand-alone, though, and is inspired by the haunted house flicks of the 1950s–think Vincent Price and Daphne du Maurier, with a touch of Nancy Drew thrown in (because y’all know I can’t leave out Nancy).
That one is almost done and will (hopefully) be ready for Patreon this week. After that, I have one more short I want to finish before I start gearing up for Nanowrimo. This short is another that folds into another series, but unless you’re a patron, you won’t know anything about that series yet. I’m currently looking at a 2023 release for it, unless it gets picked up sooner.
But, I said the magic word, didn’t I? “Nanowrimo.” That’s right, I’m once again participating, though I’ll mostly be doing edits this time around. The second Headlines book is mostly drafted, but lacks an ending. In October I want to read through it, make some notes, and then in November I’ll work on editing, rewriting, and finishing that draft.
So that’s what is on my desk at the moment. I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as I am!
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