Okay, maybe not everywhere. There have been a couple of vampires, maybe even a ghost or two. But don’t worry. The only time my vamps sparkle is if they have just taken a long walk in the sunlight or if they happen to be wearing a lot of diamonds in a brightly lit room. So, since this is my chance to do some shameless self-promotion, let’s start with a couple of short stories just out from Naked Reader Press and then go from there.
The first is actually the first short story I ever had published. Bump in the Night first appeared in the anthology Better Off Undead (DAW). So this story has a special place in my heart because, with it, I was finally able to call myself a writer. When the rights reverted back to me, I asked the editorial board at NRP if they might be interested in it and, much to my surprise, they were. So, here’s a quick blurb about it:
Sometimes a writer can put too much of themselves into their work. When they do, bad things can happen — not just to them, but to those around them. That’s especially true when the moon is full and the nights are long and the unsuspecting simply won’t go home. Didn’t anyone ever teach them the dangers of overstaying their welcome?
The second is Be Careful What You Wish For. Full disclosure forces me to admit that I wrote this short story out of sheer terror. What happened is simple enough. Dan Hoyt asked me to submit on spec a short story for an anthology he was editing. Being me, I knew he’d hate the story I initially wrote for him, so I wrote a second story. That story was Be Careful What You Wish For. Dan laughed — heck, he’s probably still laughing — and bought the Bump in the Night. That was cool. I figured I could use Be Careful for bonfire fodder. Only Sarah wouldn’t let me. So, when NRP’s editorial board was looking for short stories, I pulled this one out.
Here’s a quick description:
All she’d ever wanted was to get out of the dead end town she’d lived in all her life. Well, that and find a job that wasn’t as much of a dead end as the town. Perhaps even find someone to share her life with. Then Alexander Reed walked back into her life just as suddenly as he’d walked out years before. There’d been a time when she’d have done almost anything to be with him. Now he offered her the chance to do exactly what she’d been wishing all her life. But at what cost?
Next month, NRP will be releasing three short stories/novellas to promote books coming out. One will by C. S. Laurel to promote Quick Sand, the second in the Quick Mysteries series. Another will be a short story set in the ConVent universe by our own Kate Paulk (and, yes, ConVent will be coming out next month as well). The third will be by yours truly. The short story — which we can’t agree on a title for yet . Yes, I’m being stubborn. I’m sure that surprises all of you 😉 — is set in the Nocturnal Origins universe.
Come December, Nocturnal Serenade, the sequel to Nocturnal Origins, will be published. I’ve snippeted Serenade here a couple of times. However, in case you’ve missed it, here’s a short synopsis:
In this sequel to Nocturnal Origins, Lt. Mackenzie Santos of the Dallas Police Department learns there are worst things than finding out you come from a long line of shapeshifters. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. It’s not that she resents suddenly discovering she can turn into a jaguar. Nor is it really the fact that no one warned her what might happen to her one day. Although, come to think of it, her mother does have a lot of explaining to do when – and if – Mac ever talks to her again. No, the real problem is how to keep the existence of shapeshifters hidden from the normals, especially when just one piece of forensic evidence in the hands of the wrong technician could lead to their discovery.
Add in blackmail, a long overdue talk with her grandmother about their heritage and an attack on her mother and Mac’s life is about to get a lot more complicated. What she wouldn’t give for a run-of-the-mill murder to investigate. THAT would be a nice change of pace.
Oh yeah, there’s one more book coming out from NRP in the upcoming books…excuse me while I squee just a bit…there, it’s done. I do apologize, but I’m sure you can understand how excited and honored I am to be writing a book with our own Sarah A. Hoyt. Rye Crisp is part police procedural, part urban fantasy, part romance and a large dose of an annoying but well-meaning ghost by the name of Vane who is really upset that dead, he can’t try on all the latest fashions. Here’s a quick description:
Alicia Rye learned long ago that life was never as simple or “normal” as those shows you see on TV. Divorced – and boy had her ego taken a beating over that. Not because she was divorced. No, because she’d been a fool to marry Howard for so many reasons – working to provide for herself and her cat, she finds her life once more intersecting that of her ex-husband as she investigates why his boss suddenly lit up like a Roman candle. As if that’s not enough, she has to deal with other, inherited troubles of the sort “normal” folks didn’t worry with – like Vane, a ghost who has decided she’s his new best friend and who refuses to move on to the afterlife and a fire elemental that really wants to burn her bridges while she’s on them.
Rye Crisp will be out in April 2012. Also, I have three other titles I’ll be publishing on my own over the next year and will announce when it gets closer to time for them to come out. Then there are the others still making the rounds of the legacy publishers. And, somewhere in all this, I have to find time for family and work…well, I’ve always said I didn’t want to live a dull life.
For a lists of novels and novellas being published by Naked Reader Press click here.
Cover art for Bump in the Night © Passigatti | Dreamstime.com.
Cover art, design and lettering for Be Careful What You Wish For and Nocturnal Serenade by Sarah A. Hoyt.