I've been remiss about the updates, I know, I know. Not that I wouldn't like to spend the days chatting and reading, but...it's been a tough year, no doubt about it. I think I'm now down to the more relatively sane schedule of a novel due each month till the end of the year. Believe me, that's one heck of a lot more reasonable than the 100K in six weeks I just did.
Of course a lot of that word count was in rewrites and edits. If you're going to turn in those shitty first drafts, you have to be prepared to take a lot of time on the downswing, so what used to be a quick and fun afternoon has now turned into major surgery and life support lasting days. But...the results are not so bad, if I do say so myself.
The big news? It's finally too cold to swim and I think we need to take the wading pool down. What a drag! I think that thing may have saved my life this summer. Many a close call with spontaneous combustion was halted by simply throwing myself into sixty degree water. So it's back to gardening and walking. Both of which I enjoy, but it's not the same as floating weightless in water and sunlight.
I've been watching a lot of horror movies lately. A lot of oldies that I previously skipped (and having a lot of nightmares as a result -- so don't tell me this stuff doesn't have an effect because I can see the direct correlation). Night of the Living Dead, etc. This was all in preparation for writing Mummy Dearest and the latest batch of Petit Morts--
Oh. My apologies, but Mummy Dearest fell though. (Holy moly! No pun intended.) It's now targeted for Halloween next year, which is probably just as well given how much stuff I've got coming out in the next couple of months. And speaking of Halloween releases, The Mysterious is apparently finally out from MLR Press. I'm not sure it's even on my website anymore, but this was a collection of spooky stories from Alex Beecroft, Laura Baumbach, and me. My story is "The Dark Farewell," which I'm guessing you've all pretty much read by now, but if you were holding out for the print edition, you can buy from Amazon here.
Also out in print is To All a (Very Sexy) Goodnight. (That title was not me, so don't start.) That's a Christmas pairing with KA Mitchell. My story is "The Dickens With Love," and KA has a charming historical called "An Improper Holiday." That's also available through Amazon.
Coming this month we have Dangerous Ground 3: Blood Heat. Will and Taylor are under fire and running for their lives once more as they try and transport a fugitive from New Mexico to Los Angeles. (I need to find someone to write my blurbs for me -- that sounded pretty flat, didn't it?). Late October/Early November we've got the next batch of Petit Morts coming from JCP Press. My stories ran longer this time so we've got "Sort of Stranger Than Fiction" coming in at around 18K and "Critic's Choice" around 15K. I haven't done the blurbs for either of those yet. God, I hate hate HATE writing blurbs.
Bless Carina Press for taking the mainstream path and doing them themselves, which is how I have the blurb for December 1st's quirky Christmas novelette Icecapade all ready to go:
On the eve of the new millennium, diamond thief Noel Snow seduced FBI special agent Robert Cuffe, then fled into the dawn. Now a successful novelist, Noel uses his capers as fodder for his books, and has modeled his hero’s nemesis (and potential love interest) on Cuffe. Though he leaves Robert a drunken phone message every New Year’s Eve, Noel hasn’t seen or heard from him in a decade.
So he’s thrilled when his former lover shows up at his upstate farm one Christmas Eve. Elation quickly turns to alarm when Robert accuses Noel of being responsible for a recent rash of diamond heists. Robert is all business and as cold as ice: it seems his only interest in Noel is to put him behind bars.
Innocent of the crimes, and still as attracted as ever to the oh-so-serious lawman, Noel plans a second seduction—providing he can stay out of jail long enough!
And that, is plenty for now. What are you reading? What are you watching? What are you listening to? What are planning to be for Halloween?