Once again on the treadmill over here with my coffee and a 90s playlist. Let’s dive in.
The big release was, of course, Charon’s Gold last October. I’m hoping that one finds its audience at some point this year. It was a very personal book–they all are, but like Yampellec, it cut pretty deep for me–and at the very least I hope it hits someone else the moment they need that story.
Witch Hunt also released in paperback–this is Elis O’Connor #2, at long last. Patrons at $5 can grab the final ebook, while everyone else can still get the rough draft in the archives.
In December, I posted the final vignette/short for the year at Patreon, which I do every other month. It was set at Christmas time post-Charon’s Gold, centered around Livi and her family trying to navigate former traditions while so much has changed in their lives. It’s called “Happily Ever After” and it’s available to all patrons.
Soul Spell also ended at Patreon, with the final update posting a few weeks ago. I’ll have the final draft of that on my radar soon (more below).
Just under four weeks away now is my next standalone horror book, Watcher of the Woods.
I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is for romance books and I don’t go here, but it’s a long way until next October for horror fans like me, so here’s me throwing a bone for people who want something a little spookier.
Watcher is, though, about relationships. Romantic ones, yes, but also friendships, parent/child relationships, and how in all of them people aren’t always what we want them to be. And what some people will do to make someone else who they want.
It’s easiest to describe it as horror, but I also consider it a paranormal domestic thriller.
You can get the paperback or hardcover now (coming soon to my Etsy shop, hopefully by the first of Feb) or preorder the ebook for February 14.
Kindle – Kobo – iBooks – Nook – Paperback – Hardcover
After eighteen months staying home under rolling pandemic lockdowns with her girlfriend Joy, artist Thea Palmer has decided the strained relationship has run its course and she’s ready to end it—right after the stress of her birthday has passed.
Unfortunately, her surprise party comes with a special gift from Joy that puts the breakup on hold: a week-long cabin rental in the tiny northern Ontario community of Hope Falls, for just the two of them.
No contact with the outside world.
Joy says it’ll give them the perfect chance to reconnect and maybe restore Thea’s creativity after pandemic stress wearing down her desire to paint. But the cabin creaks at night under invisible steps, and the woods have trees that seem to shift in the corner of her eye. Thea swears she sees a strange white figure on the lake beckoning to her and an empty boat that drifts by in the early morning mist.
And Joy…Joy seems to be someone else entirely.
How To Catch Up: You don’t have to with this one! It is set in the world as Dweller on the Threshold and takes place a year later. There’s one crossover character, but I tried to treat it more as having hints and Easter eggs than necessary to read them both.
I’ve added it to my shelf now (still waiting on the hardcover) and it’s meant I have to shuffle some things around. Still three more paperbacks coming this year, so I’ll have to rearrange my setup, but right now the brag shelf is across the room from where I sit and work, and I like that.
There’s another shelf with my old serials in print form, small press work and anthologies, and pen name work, but this is everything in print from the past nine years.
Since I have stuff up for preorder like a year in advance at this point, I’m not going to go through all the upcoming stuff in detail in these quarterly posts but instead focus on whatever is closest to release.
Still, a reminder that there are more things coming, some of which are up for preorder.
Soul Spell (Elis #3) will be out in paperback at some point, probably in the summer. I haven’t done a revision pass on it yet so there’s no ETA, but the hope is to have it ready before the fourth book starts.
How To Catch Up: If you’re sticking with Elis’s series, you’ll want to read Blood Ties (#1) available everywhere books are sold, Witch Hunt (#2) available in paperback at Amazon or ebook at Patreon, and probably Season of the Bitch (prequel) though that’s not 100% necessary. This summer I’ll update the full Elis/Demons of Oblivion reading order list with some additional upcoming short stories and that closer to Hell Fire‘s start.
The biggie this year will be the launch of my new mystery series.
If you’re on Patreon, you know I’m fucking terrified this year. It’s a very big risk. But also, I’ve been in worse positions, and new books in new genres mean new Kobo promos I can get into. I have to hope all this work will pay off and Waverly will find her audience.
With all of my books, invariably someone says to me, “I could hear you narrating the whole thing”. Which is funny when you consider how vastly different the narrators are, but yes, there’s a lot of me in all of them. Outwardly I might sound like Livi, but I often find her the most distant from me, probably because she’s an adrenaline junkie; Zara, when in her most pain, is probably the closest to me at times, but also she’s more my id and not how I actually am. Ani in Soulless comes close at times, and certainly River is how I felt growing up when forced to deal with people.
Part of the pandemic and my fuck-you-forties, though, is stripping a lot of niceties away, and that’s what Waverly represents.
It’s part of why, I think, I had so much trouble initially with the book, trying different POVs and tenses, ultimately settling on first present. For the same reason I don’t think she’d translate well into a visual medium (as much as I see everything in my head full technicolour like a movie), I couldn’t write her in a most distanced POV. She lives in her head a lot of the time, and to understand her outward behaviour I think one needs to be in her brain. She’s my uglier inclinations–obsessive, anxious, manipulative, unfriendly and misanthropic, self-isolating–but she’s clever, darkly funny, and competent. After years of having little contact with others, and seeing how little others care for me and vulnerable people, I find it extra difficult to interact with people. At the end of the day, Waverly is my comfort place, where I can disappear and give no fucks.
Her first book is in copyedits right now, and you’ll get to meet her on May 30 in The Killing Beach, and continue her journey November 7 with A Wild Kind of Darkness.
The Killing Beach: Kindle – Kobo – iBooks – Nook
While I only have Kindle preorder numbers, I count six of you who have preordered the second book of a series you haven’t started yet, and that’s six people who will buy anything I write, I guess. If you’re one of them, THANK YOU. That means a lot to me.
At this point it’s looking more and more Waverly’s third book will slot into spring 2024, but we’ll see how the next few months shape up.
There are also a slew of Patreon things upcoming–stuff I have to finish writing, including West POV from Charon’s Gold and a bunch of vignettes. But that’s more…
What I’m Working On
In addition to those shorts mentioned above, the big thing right now, having finished my last WIP–the fourth Waverly Jones book–is writing Hell Fire, Elis O’Connor #4, to start serializing at Patreon this summer.
I’ve made word count, a bit at a time, at the Saturday Night Write-ins at my Discord server. Unfortunately, I’m diving into this book with exactly two scenes in my head, both of which are late in the book, so I’ve gotta figure out how to get there.
It comes together a little easier when I’m actually writing instead of thinking about writing–amazing how cyclical things can be, that’s how I used to write–but I’m burnt out and catching up because of holiday bills, so hoping I make more progress in February.
When I’ve got a super rough zero draft, I’ll go back and do a revision pass on Soul Spell, so I can ensure all the pieces are in place to set up things in Hell Fire, then do a pass on Hell Fire before scheduling it for serializing. Then I can turn my attention to…well, let’s see: horror books in progress, Waverly 5, Livi 7, etc.
Anyway, that’s all for me today–I’ve been on the treadmill a couple of hours now and my legs will feel like noodles, I’m sure, but I’ve gotta get some breakfast.
Oh, and Shawnie’s doing well–we’re transitioning back onto dry food and he doesn’t seem to have trouble with it. I’m very relieved, but back to saving up again in case he needs the rest of those teeth out later this year (please oh please oh please no).
Here he is taking my spot on the couch while I’m on the treadmill.