04 Nov

Last blog update I hinted at a project that I was working on and hoped to have finished in time for the holidays. I’m here to announce that I did it. I finished. yay me

So here’s the backstory.
Years ago I saw this picture online and it planted a seed.

An idea for a story started to grow but I never acted on it. I always had an excuse, I was too busy, too lazy, too tied up in other projects…whatever. And every holiday season, the Hallmark Christmas movies would come out and the holiday decor goes up and I’d kick myself for not writing the story.

Fast forward to this year. As I explained in the last blog post, I was sorta kicked out of my office for a few months. But once I got it back, I hammered out Nocturna Six to wrap up the series and I was left with a wee bit of free time on my hands. So, I decided why not? Even if I couldn’t get the story done in time for this holiday season, there’s always NEXT year, right? So I started world building in my mind. It just so happens that my graphic artist, the magnificent Jeffrey Kosh was hitting me for details on the cover for Nocturna Six and I mentioned to him that I wanted to do this story. I outlined the idea for him and he laughed. Said it sounded like a movie script. Then I sent him the picture that planted the seed and he got excited. I believe his reply was, “You have GOT to let me make this cover!”
So I did.
And, like every other cover he’s created for me, it spurred me to action. Now I REALLY wanted to get this project done.
But it was the end of October. Could it be done? I reached out to my editor and my publisher. I asked if I could complete this project by November 15th, could we get it to market in time for Christmas? They both said yes, so, on October 25th I jumped into it with both feet.
Now, I recall writing one of the Hunter stories in a week, but I had already created that universe. My characters were fleshed out and had already been through quite a bit. This was new. I had roughly three weeks to lay the foundation, create the story, flesh out the characters, and…basically everything. In three weeks? I feared I had bit off more than I could chew.
I chewed it.
I chewed the sh!t out of it! I finished ‘Ain’t No Saint Nick’ this morning and emailed it to my editor. That’s roughly TEN days.
And that’s fantastic as long as it doesn’t suck.
So, yeah. There’s that.
Anyway, I just wanted to let the world know that, hopefully in time for Christmas this year, Ain’t No Saint Nick will finally have come to fruition!

Oh, and here’s the cover Jeffrey Kosh made for me. He had to tweak it a couple of times until he found one that we all loved.


Posted by on November 4, 2022 in Uncategorized


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2 responses to “Surprise!

  1. Tammy Lynn Croft

    November 7, 2022 at 5:34 am

    OOO! I want this! A badass Santa saves a small town Christmas from terrorists, psychos, or fanatics? You bet I want it! Please tell me it’s the first of a series.

    • Heath Stallcup

      November 7, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      Actually it’s more like a Hallmark movie. Ex military guy retires to small town America and falls for a lady that runs the states last private orphanage. Real estate developers want the property and hire thugs and… Well, you’ll just have to see how it plays out.
      I left it open for a sequel but unsure whether or not it could turn into a series.


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