Normally these updates post quarterly: Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct. So I’m a few days late here, but April was, well, April, and I wanted to get my monthly update out to patrons first.
Watcher of the Woods released in February in eBook paperback, and hardcover.
I’ve done a couple of shorts for Patreon:
Both Vignettes are Waverly Jones prequel bits–that’s three now at Patreon.
“That’s it”, I almost typed, as if a new novel release and some new shorts is nothing lol.
Of course, Waverly Jones Mysteries is finally starting at the end of this month!
Waverly Jones has been called misanthropic. Distant. Obsessive. Manipulative. And that’s without people knowing she talks to the hallucination of her dead sister.
She’s also a private investigator.
After a lengthy absence, she’s returned to Port Milton amidst the biggest homicide investigation her hometown has seen in over a decade. Bodies of middle-aged men have been washing ashore and the police have confirmed foul play but not much else—making it the perfect case for someone like her.
Particularly when she’s the one to find the latest body.
It’s not a coincidence Waverly happened across the newest victim. She’s been combing the beach because these men match the age and appearance of Detective-Sergeant Sebastian Kyle, missing these past eleven years after investigating the now-dormant serial killer who made Waverly’s sister his last victim.
Her familiarity with the murders has left her well-prepared when hired by the wife of one of the dead men, giving her a professional reason to dig deeper into these crimes. Have the police unintentionally fumbled this case in the wrong direction, or does the widow not know as much about her husband as she thought?
Port Milton has always had its secrets, and Waverly will drag every single one into the light to get to the bottom of this mystery. And maybe somewhere along the way, she’ll get another step closer to who killed her sister and what happened to Sebastian Kyle.
There’s currently an extended preview at Patreon.
The hardcovers are lovely.
It was a massive expense I am not going to get back–I’ll probably have to reevaluate next year whether or not I can afford to keep doing them. But for me, personally, I adore this book and I’m so glad to have it.
So those are up on Amazon, or I have one in a signed gift box at Etsy still left.
There are about eleven of you signed up to get the prequel short story delivered the day before the book is out. If you’ve preordered, or if you order the paperback/hardcover before the deadline, please forward your receipt/proof of purchase and get on the list! There are no immediate plans to publish that story, which means this is the only opportunity to get it outside of buying the hardcover.
I do wish I was doing some kind of launch even virtually, but I live in fear of no one showing up, and my anxiety spikes with those kinds of things. I might rewatch the pilot of Twin Peaks that day and livetweet it–if so, I’ll post ahead of time in case anyone wants to join in. If the bird site even still exists at that point.
A Wild Kind of Darkness is out November 7. This is Waverly Jones #2.
Tentatively after that, there’ll be one a year.
Also coming soon in paperback is Soul Spell, Elis O’Connor #3.
Serial killer and witch Elis O’Connor finally has a lead on her missing brother, and it’s brought her right back to the person who betrayed her, the one witch she doesn’t want to ask for help: Melinoë Takata.
While she weighs whether or not hopping dimensions with someone she doesn’t trust is worth it—or whether her brother is indeed a lost cause, considering it’s probably a one-way trip—once more the police coming knocking at her door. But this time they don’t bring suspicions and hopes she might incriminate herself: now they have actual evidence for arrest. With more than a hundred kills under her belt, it was probably only a matter of time before the OPP’s occult department was ready to charge her with murder.
The problem? Their evidence is for one homicide she didn’t commit.
And relying on Melinoë might be her only way of getting out of it.
It’s formatted and out for proofing right now. I’m aiming for June-ish. The eBook will temporarily be available for all patrons and then go up to $5+ patrons while the paperback will have a wide release.
What about Elis #4? Well…
What I’m Working On
I’ve got some health stuff going on, including a procedure the end of June, and it’s at that point I’ll have a better idea of what my summer schedule will look like (if I have to change medications, I might be looking at new side effects, and I don’t want my workload overburdened). To that end, I’m focusing right now on getting freelance work done and money saved up, as well as focusing on various writing commitments, so I’m delaying the start of Elis’s serial Hell Fire by a couple of months. I’m hoping I’ll be in a better position to start it in August.
I really hate doing this, but I can’t have delays with my preorder books, so I have to focus on those right now.
There are also some upcoming shorts for Patreon, one is done and the other in progress (plus some West POV stuff I owe).
Otherwise I’m focused on AWKoD revisions and trying to keep my head above water.
I hope y’all get a chance to read Waverly this month and enjoy.