Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February news

I think I should be telling you to go and buy my books and tell all your friends, shouldn’t I? Don’t worry, I won’t! Well, not so blatantly anyway. Though if you like them, do tell people.

The trouble is, the Internet is full of people and organisations and social networks, and if you’re not careful you can get completely taken up by it all. It’s a huge room full of people just chatting, and exchanging views. Sometimes not listening to each other at all!

I enjoy playing, but I also enjoy turning it off sometimes, so I can listen to the voices in my head, the ones I’m creating and working with (I’m not quite nuts enough to think the voices are real people, though at times it’s a close run thing!)

This year I’m starting on a new venture. Self-publishing. I’m not abandoning my publishers, far from it, but I have some books that are lingering in the ether, not being promoted and a bit dated. I’ve asked and received the rights for two of them back, and I’m struggling through the process of putting them up at Amazon and other outlets. It’s fun, but it’s not something I’d like to do for all my books!

However it does give me a chance to give some books a new lease of life, and perhaps publish others that don’t fit anywhere. For instance, I’ve had a new paranormal series sitting on the back burner for a while now. There’s even a completed book. But with Department 57 at Loose-Id and the two paranormal series Pure Wildfire and STORM at Ellora’s Cave, I don’t want to spoil their chances with a new venture there. There’s a new STORM book accepted and ready to be edited (it’ll blow your socks off!) and I’m going to Washington in April to research for a new STORM book, maybe a trilogy if the ideas I have work out.

If I do more self-publishing, I can schedule releases so they don’t conflict with the others. It’s something I’m only thinking about, and if you have any opinion, I’d love to hear it.

Then there’s a paranormal historical that has been out briefly once, before I pulled it back, and a brand new Georgian-set historical series. Not the one I’m currently shopping around the publishers, but the one I’ve had on in planning stages for a while.

It is an exciting and a scary thing, and I’m not rushing into anything.

But if you’d like to pop over to Amazon, the books are there. The Hosts to Ghosts series is already underway with two books, and there are some Regencies there, too, “Vanessa” and “Laura.” “Noblesse Oblige” will follow in time.

Join me in the adventure!

Meantime, “Born on the Bayou” came out and my lovely Jace is now out there. “Nice ‘n’ Easy” is on its way, featuring Donovan the British bass player, and later, you can meet Hunter and his deaf heroine.

This month, February, sees the release of a book several of you wrote to me asking for. If I ever wrote a book by request, including my editor, then this is it.

“Brutally Beautiful” features the gangster brother of the hero of “Stripped Bare,” Mick O’Donnell. Only Mick is now Nick Taylor, living in New York, trying to make a new life for himself. Since it comes out at the end of this month, I’ll give you an excerpt in next month’s newsletter, but you can find an extract and details on my website, if you can’t wait to see what I’ve done with Mick!

In the interim, Jim Goddard, who features briefly in “Brutally Beautiful” has grown up and I’m thinking of telling his story next.

Busy, busy, busy!