I glanced at the calendar in the left sidebar of my website today and realized I had not yet written a blog post in April—but not without good reasons.
Near the end of March, I drafted project plans for the next two books I’m releasing with writer pal Steven H. Wilson through his publishing imprint, Firebringer Press. Both of these books will, hopefully, be crowdfunded via Kickstarter.
First up will be a paranormal mystery novella, Like Mother, Like Daughters starring Miranda Lorensen, paranormal investigator, psychic medium, and single mom from my novels Testing the Prisoner and By Your Side. This time, she’s bringing her daughter…
After Andrea Lorensen’s lover is found murdered during a paranormal investigation, she is determined to find the killer—with some help from her lover’s ghost. Meanwhile, her mother Miranda travels to Salem, Massachusetts where she reunites with the spirit of a teenage girl executed for witchcraft in 1692. This time, however, the encounter reveals an astonishing truth about Miranda’s past life—a truth that could kill her.
Like Mother, Like Daughters will be paired up with Steve’s vampire novella, Freedom’s Blood…
You’re a vampire, but you have an unyielding belief in the sanctity of the individual’s rights. How do you survive, if you can’t take blood without permission? And what do you do when someone offers you his blood… with strings attached? This humorous tale explores the ethics of being a vampire—or even just a creature that’s gotta eat—against the background of a developing America. Starting out in Colonial Maryland and carrying on through the 21st Century, “Freedom’s Blood” will perhaps amuse, perhaps enrage, and will certainly introduce you to a vampire like none you’ve ever encountered.
We intend to release the book in the format of the old ACE Doubles where you read one story, flip the book over, then read the other.
After we recover from that, Steve and I will produce the third volume in our Middle of Eternity speculative fiction anthology series that began in 2014 with Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity and continued in 2016 with Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity. Almost all of the stories and interior illustrations for book three are finished and the cover art is in progress.
In addition to our returning writers Steven H. Wilson, Stuart S. Roth, Susanna Reilly, Michael Critzer, Lance Woods, April Welles and myself, we will be joined by Julie Fedon, Christopher Ochs, Bart Palamaro, Sean Druelinger, and Peter Ong.
To take the pressure off of artist Mike Riehl, who not only produced the covers to the previous volumes but all of the interior illustrations, we brought aboard artists Laura Inglis and Tim Marrron. It should be noted that both Julie Fedon and Christopher Ochs illustrated their own stories.
Look for more details about both books in the coming months!