Dying Embers released on Friday - for Kindle and in paperback on Amazon or Createspace. Huge 'Thank You' to everyone who bought a copy. Even huger thanks to JB Lynn and Fran K who each took the time to review my book on Amazon and Goodreads. It really means a lot to me. :hugs: The paperback went live on Amazon last night, and it should populate to other retailers eventually. Hell, with something called 'Extended Distribution' it might even be available to libraries and junk. I hope you all get a chance to read it, if you're so inclined. It was tons of fun to write.
Anyway, enough about that. I spent the past week totally absorbed in DE and I want to talk about something else. Like what's next.
I know I mentioned this a week or so back. (Seems like eons ago. Time is wonky here in my world.) I do have options.
First off, I have a mystery set in a small town on the plains of eastern Colorado. Write what you know, eh? When a big-city detective finds a dead woman at his brother-in-law's funeral, he's sure it's foul play, but the local police think otherwise. The more he digs, the more 'accidental deaths' he finds and the more the locals want him to butt the hell out.
And then there's the suspense that borders on both techno and political thriller. After a senator's wife dies in an accident, the husband cries 'murder' and the case is shunted over to an agent who's fallen from grace. She's told to make it go away, except she finds the husband may be right. Especially when the coroner finds a heart attack with no underlying cause and suspects a microchip may be to blame.
Both of those are already written to THE END. They just need editing.
Of course, I could finish the half-written novel set in the Dying Embers universe - with a different agent of the Serial Crimes Investigation Unit in a different city chasing a different serial criminal. It would dovetail nicely with DE, but like I said, it's half-finished. I would still need to write the end and send it through edits before the end of March - when I've got a space set aside with my editor for my next book.
Or I could write this new book that's dancing around in the back of my head that would also be set with the S.C.I.U.
The easiest route would be the mystery, but since when have I ever done things the easy way? :shrug: In the interest of keeping myself occupied, I started entering the edits I already have on the mystery on Friday morning. It's going well, but with everything I've learned from this publication experience, I already know I'll have to start over on the edits and polish harder.
Ah, the writing life. Gotta love it.