Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Urban Fantasy Releases

While working on Rogue (which is still not finished), I realized there was too much that happened in the month-or-thereabouts gap between Rogue and Tough Choices. That meant I needed to write about what had happened in that gap, rather than trying to summarize it in the opening of Rogue. THEN, I realized the story that resulted wasn't quite finished and needed one more "scene", so to speak, which didn't fit into the first story. Thus came my two newest urban fantasy releases.




A Missing Child, Unexpected Complications, and a Father Behaving Suspiciously.

Private Investigator Max Johnson is contacted by the parents of a girl who has disappeared without a trace. Routine missing person case, or so he believes at first. It doesn't take long for him to realize there's more going on than the couple knows, or admits, and he's even more driven to find the promising young artist.

To complicate matters, Max is struggling in a way he can't begin to define or explain to himself, much less to his new wife, but he fears she might be the cause.




A Child with Much to Learn

As twelve-year-old Chelsea settles into the Campbell Wildlife Preserve werewolf pack, she has much to learn. Some lessons are harsher than others, for both daughter and mother.

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Also released in May, Missing and Tough Love are now available in paperback as part of the Bridging the Gap anthology, which also includes the short stories Change and The Prisoner and the novelette Restoration.



Anthology of 5 short fiction stories previously published only in e-book

CHANGE, a short story
Pack alphas Ian and Sophia Campbell have been married less than a month, and already the responsibilities of leadership are distracting him from her. She's trying not to resent it but knows something has to give. Now he has no choice.

THE PRISONER, a short story
Michael Phillips was held prisoner by a werewolf alpha who encouraged his pack to abuse the new Turn. Now he's living in a cage in another alpha's basement. Not because Ian Campbell ordered it. Fear holds him there. A prison of his own making.

RESTORATION, a novelette
Though he'd known the risks when he joined the Marines to fight in Korea, Lance Corporal Max Johnson had never expected his life to end so soon. He certainly hadn't thought the end would come in enemy hands and a dark hole. Injured, half-frozen, and feverish with infection, he finds himself rescued by a familiar ally who makes him a very unusual offer.

MISSING, a novella
Private Investigator Max Johnson is contacted by the parents of a girl who has disappeared without a trace. Routine missing person case, or so he believes at first. It doesn't take long for him to realize there's more going on than the couple knows, or admits, and he's even more driven to find the promising young artist. To complicate matters, Max is struggling in a way he can't begin to define or explain to himself, much less to his new wife, but he fears she might be the cause.

TOUGH LOVE, a short story
As twelve-year-old Chelsea settles into the Campbell Wildlife Preserve werewolf pack, she has much to learn. Some lessons are harsher than others, for both daughter and mother.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New Release TODAY

The Christian Urban Fantasy novelette Restoration releases TODAY!

I'm finding, from time to time, that a character's back-story needs to be told in its own story. That's how Restoration came about. Those of you who have read any of my Campbell Wildlife Preserve stories have met Max Johnson. If you've read Protective Instincts (released in December) and Tough Choices (released February 1st), you know him even better, since he's one of the main characters in those two novels.




If you missed Protective Instincts and/or Tough Choices, check them out, too!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 in Review

Photo by "Nelos" of Adobe Stock
What a year! Hopefully not one I'll ever have to repeat. We moved, worked on remodels for 2 houses (one of those continues), battled illness in the spring, and a couple of serious injuries that took me out of commission and hampered brain function (thank you, pain and exhaustion!).

Each January, I've been reporting on my goals and progress for the previous year and setting my goals for the new year. Despite all that's been going on, I made most of my goals for 2016, so I'm calling the year a SUCCESS.

My goals for 2016 were:

Write 400,000 words
Publish 5 paperback books
Complete 3 old projects (stories started prior to Jan. 1, 2016)

How'd I do?

I wrote 335,011 words. Almost 65K short of my 400K goal, to be sure, but I'll take it! Considering all the things that hampered writing this year, I see it as nothing short of a miracle that I got so much done. By the time October rolled around, I had fully expected to have MAYBE 200-250K written for the year, so I'm very happy with what I accomplished.

I published 5 paperback books and 19 e-books. I started the year publishing Destiny (medieval fantasy short novel) and ended with Protective Instincts (romantic urban fantasy long novel).

I completed 3 old projects, which met that goal. On top of that, I wrote 12 entirely new ones from start to finish. Those included 6 short stories (up to 13K each), 4 novelettes (13-18K), a novella (20-40K), and a short novel (41-60K). I also started 3 stories that I haven't yet completed. In addition to completed and/or started projects, I made significant additions (5K+) to 2 novels and minor additions (less than 5K) to 2 novels.

See what I mean? Productive. I'm grateful for every milestone reached and even the goal that wasn't.

Of course, finishing up 2016 means setting goals for 2017 as well. I decided to reset my goals for 2016. So for 2017, my goals are:

Write 400K words
Publish 5 paperback books
Complete 3 old projects (stories started prior to today, Jan. 1, 2017)

Happy New Year!