New Short Story

Good afternoon!

I was going to make this an exclusive news item for my Goodreads followers, but since the site is partially down right now, you get it here first! It’s probably better that way since I get approximately 96 times more readers here than on Goodreads…

I have a short story coming out at the end of August. It’s called The Clockmaker, and it’s about a guy who makes clocks. You will enjoy it (no guarantees).

It will be free for a while, then super cheap. It’s short, so you can read it in a sitting or two if you want.

More updates to come later on!

Zenyatta, Again! (AND MORE!)

As a little last surge before I take it off Amazon, my Zenyatta book will be free Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! You can get it here. I have a bunch of new things that will be released on Amazon later this year and early next year, and since I’m taking my writing in a new direction, it only makes sense to stop with the Zenyatta book. I love it, and it was really enjoyable to spend time working on it, but that’s the past. I might bring it back now and then, but I suggest if you haven’t read it yet (and you want to) you take advantage of the free giveaway.

Onward.

I have three novels that will be released over the last few months of 2013 and throughout 2014. No details on exact dates yet as some re-writes, edits, and cover art are still needed, but I can give you a little bit information on them. The one I am finishing up now is a thriller about a corrupt Catholic priest who gets in over his head with a gambling ring. There’s some murder, some jail time, a jail break, and ultimately some redemption–although it might not be for who you think deserves it. I don’t have a title for this, but I am leaning toward Degen. Degen is a term some people on the 2+2 forum use for problem gamblers, and although this aspect is only a brief part of the book, it really does sum up the theme of the book pretty well.

Another book, this one a dark fantasy/horror. An actor finds an artifact during a movie shoot and it slowly begins to eat away at his sanity. However, in exchange for a little blood and the madness that ensues, the actor is offered stardom and immortality. Not a bad exchange, right? WRONG! I don’t have a title for this yet. It’s about half written, I just have to figure out how to work out some loose ends.

Third one. I have this file saved as “Riley” on my computer, but that’s certainly not the final title, just the main character’s name. Riley is an interesting kid. He just moves into a new house, makes some new friends, and they go exploring in the secret room they find in the new house’s basement. But wait! It’s not an innocent secret room. Centuries ago, a malevolent alien explorer crashed a space ship into where the house was later built. When the boys go exploring, they find that the malevolent crashed alien is still alive, and not very happy. The alien has some psychic powers, but prepubescent children are not affected by them! This is also about half written.

I lied. There are four books. BONUS! My western short story that I wrote forever ago took on a life of its own a while ago and became a not short story. It became a not western, too. I really really like this story. It was largely inspired by the Clint Eastwood classic “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,” but imagine that Clint Eastwood’s character is really Doctor Who with a wicked case of amnesia. This is pretty much done, just needs some edits. I think this book might be my best story, so if you only read one of these books, this is the one to read. However, I keep writing this book and I keep editing it and I don’t think it will ever be done. Interpretation: SEQUEL.

Also, I have some short stories that I’m in the process of editing. But who reads those?

2015 also has at least one novel release lined up. “The Annuity,” a book I started writing about three years ago, will be finished maybe. This is a good one. Horse racing, some serial killing, some insurance selling, you name it, this book has it. This is pretty much done, but I want to wait a bit longer before I release it because no author should ever release five books in the span of one year. Did you hear that James Patterson?

Return

I’m finally feeling healthy again, and after all the computer issues and being behind with all of my work, this is very welcome. The last few days have had some excitement, though. Cameron, my youngest son, was hurt pretty badly and we had to take him to the hospital. He’s fine, thank God, but his face is pretty bruised up still.

I have been focusing on a new short story a little bit, and I’ve been trying to catch up with my real work, so I haven’t had as much time to write new materials as I would like, but this is slowly changing. The new story is freshest in my mind, but I did surpass the 40K word mark in my Western the other day. The book is going to be a little bit longer than I originally thought, which is a good thing I suppose for the people that will be reading and enjoying it.