Dead in Paradise hit the shelves early this month! Much excitement for me, because I’m still pinching myself when I realise that this is book 7 in the series. You can get hold of the ebook on Amazon and in all good ebook retailers. Also!! There’s a paperback edition! It’s available in Amazon’s US and UK stores – wider distribution will follow later in the year. If you’re in Australia and you’d like to buy a copy of the paperback: shipping costs are ridiculous from either. Let me know you’re interested, and if I get enough interest I’ll set up pre-orders here on the site and then do a bulk order from Amazon.
When I wrote DEAD(ish) ten years ago, my goal was to get 500 people to read it. It seemed like a huge target back then. Within six months we smashed that goal, and then Amazon made it a freebie and boom – everything exploded.
It’s been a long and windy (sic) road, folks. So much has happened in my life, and no doubt in yours, in the last decade. My marriage broke down. I picked up a new job, then took a redundancy package when the company decided that writers were obsolete. I started freelancing – a decision that comes with its own stresses, but has been a freaking lifesaver lately. I started dating again. And then the guy that things were getting serious with… went into hospital. And had kidney failure. And then we both had medical dramas galore. Because of course.
Regardless of the drama, though, there are lots of bright sides in my life. One of those is my readers. I love you folk. It never occurred to me when I was starting out as a writer that it was one of the best ways for me to find like-minded people in this huge crazy world. Thanks to Linda and Trent, I’ve met some awesome peeps. Thank you all for sticking around, and for being you.
It’s 9:30pm on a Friday night. I’m at a slightly loose end. I’ve just sent out copies of Renovation: Hell, the latest book in the DEAD(ish) Allsorts series, and now – for a brief few hours – I don’t have a primary work in progress.
Of course, that will change tomorrow. Then I flip over to the next book in the queue – something new and a little scary for me. It’s a book that I’m co-authoring with my partner Steve. It’s called The Other Shoe, and it’s set in a world where people can have superpowers… but only if they’re disabled. That should be… interesting. 😀
Me being me, I’ll also be working on a DEAD(ish) project. I have a long-term background book that’s a little bit odd – with any luck I can unveil it early next year.
Patrons, I hope you got your Renovation: Hell ebooks without dramas! People who haven’t signed up as patrons: it will be released in all the usual retailers on 2 December.
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I’m happy, I’m nervous, I’m thrilled and scared stiff.
(rebounding) DEAD will be released on the 17th August – just two weeks away. I’m happy and thrilled because I love writing and putting it out into the public eye. I’m nervous and scared because OMG what if y’all don’t like it?
As you can probably imagine, my writing style has changed a bit over the years. But when I started writing (rebounding) DEAD, I swear it wasn’t just a tendency to get more verbose that was going on. Nope, the characters took up residence in my head and decided to tell me a story way more involved than usual. So instead of the short and sweet novelette that you usually get with a DEAD(ish) book, this one’s more of a… novella. Actually, you know, I think it might be the longest book I’ve ever written. Let’s face it, I’m not generally the wordy type. But this book has a number of characters who all wanted to get their points of view across:
- Linda, of course. A bit more mouthy, and maybe a bit kinder.
- Prudence, who is doing her best to follow the rules and is a bit disconcerted at the lack of said rules.
- Trent, long-suffering and devoted to helping out with whatever wild scheme Linda might bring him.
- Reverend Jones, the holiest man in existence, except for most.
- Grim, a female demon with a soft spot for Linda.
- Barb, a hostile damned soul who can’t bring herself to believe in Heaven.
I think most writers suffer from ambivalent feelings whenever we release a book. They’re little bits of us, exposed to the world, which can make it bloody nerve-wracking! But I wouldn’t be releasing (rebounding) DEAD if, logically speaking, I wasn’t fairly sure that this is another awesomely fun book that you’ll enjoy reading. I just… need to take a few moments occasionally to wibble uncertainly. 😀