Summer Kick-Off

I spent last summer stuck in my house: between breaking an ankle in late May and the ever-changing status of the COVID-induced stay-at-home orders, there really wasn’t much else to do.

You’d think I’d have had a lot of time to write… or do anything, really… but it didn’t work out that way. It probably could have… but it didn’t. Like I said in my last post – 2020 was a major glitch.

Even NaNoWriMo felt glitched. The first week of November was full of travel and celebration. It was well worth the trip, mind you… and I knew I’d make up the writing time somehow.

There were days I was confident and days I definitely wasn’t, but I was too wrapped up in this particular story not to finish it.

I couldn’t tell you why when I was writing it and I still can’t… but what I can tell you is that I actually really like the way it turned out.

And, as you know, that’s not always the way of things.

I was so happy with it, in fact, that I moved it up the release time-table.

Blood in the Water will be have its own page here in the next few days and will be available on Amazon May 1.

The Kindle version is available for pre-order now and will be included in the Kindle Unlimited library.

(If this book were a TV show, it would be rated TV-14 DL — strong language & suggestive comments.)

Until next time, friends… Heart get vaccinated so we can hug next time we’re in the same place!

Hmmm…

I promised a writing update, didn’t I?

In the midst of all the other craziness life has in store, I am pretty much always writing something.

My muse, in case you were unaware, is a tad bit mercurial.

She feeds on coffee, chocolate, and booze (and chili-cheese Fritos for fight scenes) and sometimes goes silent for extended periods of time. Those periods, however, seldom coincide with the times Real Life and the Day Job need me the most. Go figure.

Bonus: my self portrait from my photography class.

True to form – since I really have no time – she’s pounding on my skull with alarming variety and frequency. So, with all the changes to the Day Job, my college courses (yes, I am skipping summer vacation in favor of education), and the normal everyday stuff… she has me working on four different projects.

Yes.

Four.

So… maybe mercurial wasn’t a strong enough word 😉

One: Urban Wardens III

No, you didn’t miss Urban Wardens II. Editing is a slow process right now – can’t imagine why 😉 I had quite a bit of this one done but didn’t care for one of the subplots, so I had to go back and make some adjustments.

Two: The Bridesmaids Had Pockets

Not my normal sort of project, but one that’s turning out to be a lot of fun.

When I first started helping Eldest Spawn & The Boy plan their big day we had no time and less money to work with… so, with the insanity of it all still fresh in my mind (along with the Hold My Beer attitude fed by all the Plan Your Wedding in 6 Months for under $6K articles), I started a tongue-in-cheek how-to guide for wedding planning.

And yes, Eldest Spawn’s bridesmaids did, in fact, have pockets.

Three: Title Keeps Changing

Catchy, huh? Seriously, though… I’ve gone through a half dozen working titles and none of them actually work, so… hopefully I figure it out before the book’s done.

If you follow the Facebook page at all, excerpts from this one pop up on occasion: first-person, bad attitude, monster hunter. The one that parties with trolls.

Four: Untitled


This one is still very much in its infancy. It’s one of those projects where someone said something (commented on a photo, actually) and the muse wouldn’t shut up about it.

Here’s the picture.

There’s only a little groundwork on this one, so far, so I’m not going to give much here… but if you’re reading this, you’re probably a little familiar with my style so I’ll let you chew on the possibilities for a while.

There’s your update, friends. Pardon me while I go figure out how to mainline Black Silk.

Until next time:

Never give up. Never surrender.

No, seriously. Never give up.