I hope you made it through the dry, dry summer without drying up and crumbling or blowing away. After almost ninety straight days of no rain in Seattle, we are finally able to slip our webbed toes back on and enjoy some of the wet stuff falling from the sky. But that’s not why I’m writing …
First of all, I wanted to confirm the rumors—I’m toiling away on Deadwood #4, Better Off Dead in Deadwood, with almost 70,000 words written (which means about 45,000 more to go by December 1st, when I hope to begin the editing phase). This is me sprinting toward the end as fast as my short fingers can type.
In between writing this fourth book, I’ve written a short Christmas story that will be released in November, called “The Old Man’s Back in Town.” This short story offers the first taste of the new Goldwash, Nevada Mystery series I plan to write in 2013. This will be my third series, which I’ll have running alongside my Deadwood and Jackrabbit series. Yes, I’m crazy to try to write three series at once; no, my family has not checked me into a mental institution—yet; yes, I do drink a lot of caffeine and should probably invest in coffee stock.
I’ve also put together and published the first of my Deadwood Shorts collection, called “Seeing Trouble.” This book is currently in a promo event that requires I put it in the Amazon Kindle Select program, so it’s available only on Kindle at the moment (my apologies to any of you Nook readers). Click here if you’re interested in viewing this new short story on Amazon. Following is the Dear Reader letter inside the ebook that tells you more about what is in this short ebook.
One of the things I’ve wanted to do since I wrote Nearly Departed in Deadwood, the first book in my Deadwood Mystery Series, was to write several short stories that give the backstory of the characters and/or the setting. I chose not to include these bits of backstory in the actual novels because I didn’t want to slow the pace. Also, due to the fact that we’re always in Violet’s head, some of the short stories I want to write and share would be difficult to play out on the pages of the novels.
This series of short ebooks will be released in between the regular length Deadwood novels and will offer what I hope to be fun insights to gobble up, kind of like those mini-sized candy bars and MoonPies. Rather than blather on about my random ideas, crazy antics, and diabolical plans, I present to you the first Deadwood Shorts ebook: Seeing Trouble.
Seeing Trouble offers answers to some of the questions I’ve received from fans about how Violet Parker ended up as a single mother of twins. It was originally titled Dear Diary in Deadwood and was part of a Valentine’s Day anthology with several other authors’ works. In addition to this short story, I’ve included the original character interview I did with Violet prior to writing the first book that introduced us to her wild world. I threw in some Deadwood illustrations by C.S. Kunkle that many of you have probably not seen before. Finally, I included a short story called Candy Lover that I pulled from my short story vault. It has nothing to do with Violet and Deadwood, but it’s a story that I felt might put a smile on your face.
I hope you enjoy this first ebook in the Deadwood Shorts series.
As Old Man Harvey would say, “Don’t squat with your spurs on.”
Finally, I am in the midst of book festival and conference season, giving talks and doing book signings here and there. Next Saturday, October 20th, I’ll be in Port Gamble, Washington, speaking at a paranormal conference (FUN!!!), speaking alone from 11:30-12:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:00 p.m. on a panel with other authors and paranormal investigators. The following Saturday, October 27th, I’ll be at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Washington, at the Emerald City Writers Conference, participating in speaking panels and signing books that afternoon (4:30-6:00 pm). Both the Port Gamble conference and Bellevue book signing are open to the public. I’d love to see you there if you have the time and are in the area.
I hope you have some fun fall plans, whether traveling, spending time with friends and family, or just staying inside with a good book or movie.
P.S.—I apologize for any spelling or grammatical errors in this newsletter. I usually ask Mr. Biddles (my husband) to edit for me, but he’s busy watching The Changeling and I hate to bug him (it’s one of his favorite creepy movies).
*I went to see Hotel Transylvania with my kids today and am borrowing “Holy Rabies” from that movie.