New Year, New Story

Happy New Year! It’s been a bit since I’ve posted, but I haven’t been idle…

Okay, I’ve been a little idle. When you’re stuck in the house with three young boys for 19 days, your energy to squeeze some writing in at night is rarely there. On the plus side, I’ve played lots of video games with my kids. That’s gotta count for something, right?

But now that the winter break is over and my chickens are back to school, it’s back to work for me. One of my resolutions this year is to release the first three books of my new series, Fort Weird. Considering my smallest gap between releases is just shy of one year, this undertaking is huge for me. And while it may be months before I have anything solid to offer, I do have an update: The first draft for The Hold Intangible is complete!

Set in my hometown of Fort Worth, it’s the story of high school junior Morgan Moon, who is tragically murdered on prom night – but that’s just the beginning. Morgan comes back as a Wraith, a ghost only seen by a select few. With the help of a witch, a leprechaun (yeah, you read that right!) and other Wraiths, she embarks on a dangerous mission to find the one who killed her, and stop them before they claim any more victims.

To be honest, this rough draft is a mess. I have a lot of work to do, and for the first time ever I don’t have to cut my word count, but must actually increase it. At just over 61,000 words, it could use another 20K to really flesh the story and characters out. Plus I have to dive a little bit into books 2 and 3 for the series, to make sure everything in the first one clicks with those. But fear not! Before you know it, I’ll be assaulting you with excerpts, synopses, and a beautiful cover that’s being worked up as we speak. And if you want a chance at reading The Hold Intangible before everyone else, sign up to my newsletter, where you’ll also get the scoop on deals and giveaways, both from myself and other YA authors.

In other news, I had a great free promotion for Sons of Sludge just after Christmas, which yielded a few Amazon reviews from satisfied readers. Here’s some highlights:

“A must-read, because you’ll never guess what’s going to happen next!! I can’t wait to read the next book – so I wont!”

“I did not think for a second that I could care about a Zombie Hybrid but by the end I was all team Zaul!”

And it wasn’t just the first book. Regarding the entire series, one reader wrote:

“Heroes? Check. Villains? Triple check. Love, friendship, loyalty, intrigue, deception, analysis, complications. This series has it all. Read it. Then share it with others. Then read it again. You will never forget Zaul, Genny, and more of the wonderful characters in this series. It is like a cross-breed or hybrid of The Walking Dead meets The Planet of the Apes, only better. Well worth reading.”

The story of a boy finding his place in the world is finished, but it isn’t dead. If you haven’t started the Postmortem Anomalies series, what are you waiting for?

Until next time!