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Surprise!

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.
Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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Coming Soon!

About every six months I remember that I have this webpage and then panic because I haven’t been keeping it updated. Well, in this case, there wasn’t much to update.

We had a tiny bit of family ‘issues’. One of my kids had to move in with his family and the only ‘free’ space was my office. I didn’t realize just how much I depended on this space for everything. I keep all of my important records, bill paying stuff, car keys, etc in my office and when a family of five had to temporarily take it over? I was lost!

I tried moving my writing back to the dining room table but that didn’t work. Moving from a desktop computer with an ergo keyboard and my Lazy Boy office chair to a hard wooden chair, an antiquated laptop with a dead battery that had to be plugged in all the time…yeah, no. So my writing was on hold. However, once the day came that I got my office back? I plunged into Nocturna 6 head first and did my darndest to get it done!

I’m happy to tell you that it survived the first round of edits and is waiting for round two. Jeffrey Kosh stepped up again to create the cover and with any luck it will be out by Thanksgiving.

I wish that was all I had to report. You all know me too well and know that I can’t keep a secret. At all. There may be something else in the works that I’ve tried to keep up my sleeve but the suspense is killing me. I want SO desperately to tell you, but there’s a caveat. I want it released before Christmas so I have to buckle down and put fingers to keyboard to get it hammered out. I have to have it to the editor no later than November 15 and although I was able to pound out one of the Hunter stories in a week, there’s no way I can do that with this one. This is a stand-alone story (though who knows what the future may hold).
I mentioned it to Jeffrey Kosh and at first he laughed and said it sounded like a movie script. Then I sent him the photo that planted the seed in my mind and his tone changed. His words were, “You HAVE to let me do this one!” He then created a series of covers that…well, they were all awesome. But we were able to whittle it down to one and…I REALLY love it.
I really wish I could share it with you, and I will. Eventually. Just not right now. His artwork was enough to spur me into overdrive and I’ve been doing my best to get it hammered out. It’s hard enough to create a story in a world that I’ve already established, but to create a whole new cast of characters in an area that I’m unfamiliar with? Not the easiest thing to do. All of the regular self-doubts are amplified by the fact that I’m treading in unfamiliar waters with all new characters and I start to question if I’m letting the story tell itself or if I’m trying to force it. It’s always seemed that when I let the story tell itself and I just type it, it all goes much more smoothly and it’s better received by the readers. Trying to pen this in such a short amount of time has me stressing over the project a lot more than I normally would.

So, the cat is still in the bag, but at least you know that there IS a cat. In a bag.
Okay, bad metaphor.
Just know that I’m plugging away at a project that I HOPE will be available by Christmas. Once I have it finished and it’s off to the editor, I’ll drop another post on here and share the cover. Hopefully, you won’t laugh at the idea.

Until then, here’s wishing you much love, luck and bacon!

Heath

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2022 in Uncategorized

 

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C8 Update

MAY have just sent Caldera 8 to the editor for cleanup.
I also MAY have the cover from Jeffrey Kosh that goes with it.
I also MAY…no, scratch that. Of course I’ll share that cover here. You guys know I’m the worst secret keeper and I’ve even shown covers that he’s created for me for stories I hadn’t even written yet. I guess I figured if I had the cover made then I just had to write the story.

It made sense to me.

Caldera 8.jpg

Anywho, here’s the cover. I’d give the newest installment of Caldera a couple of weeks minimum to be available.

But for those who were asking, here’s your status report. If I had the mental capacity to write the blurb right now, I’d gladly share it. But sometimes the blurbs are harder than the stories.

Keep the faith dear readers.

Heath

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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