Chains are rattling and other news

Yesterday was a bust as far as blogging went — as you could probably tell since there was no new content here. Between dealing with a couple of things at home, a doctor’s appointment, meeting a friend for lunch, errands, etc., there was little time (and no brain) left for blogging. However, I did get the opening figured out for Rattling Chains, the sequel to Skeletons in the Closet.  More on that below.

This morning, I got on my soapbox over at Mad Genius Club. I know how frustrating it is when something goes wrong over at Amazon with a release. I’ve had friends who have found themselves caught up in one of the company’s general sweeps where it will warn or suspend accounts it feels are in violation of its terms of service. In their cases, as in mine, we gnashed our teeth, documented what happened and worked our way up the chain of command to get things taken care of. While we might have whined a little on social media, we didn’t spend more time doing to that than we did trying to fix the problem. We didn’t rely on social media to fix the problem for us. Unfortunately, there are too many out there who think they can get what they want by simply going to social media. They forget that, as published authors, we need to act in a businesslike manner when dealing with our distributor — Amazon. So, yeah, I got on that soapbox and I preached it.

On the writing front, as I said above, I have figured out how to open Rattling Chains, the long overdue sequel to Skeletons in the Closet. When I first wrote Skeletons, I never expected to have a full series going on in Mossy Creek. The other titles sort of distracted me from Skeletons and the subsequent titles in its subset. Because there is a very different “voice” to Skeletons, I’ve needed to go back and reread the original. Once I did, I realized what I initial thought would work for the opening  of Rattling Chains doesn’t. It will work, however, for the second or third chapter.

I also realized — finally — what the time frame will be for the new installment.  It is going to take place pretty much in the same time as Witchfire Burning and Light Magic. That means basically 10 years after the close of Skeletons. The time jump works and isn’t much off of what my initial plans were. Besides, how could I deny myself the chance to write a scene where Lexie and her friends are discussing how her mother still hasn’t learned her lesson after 20 years of the family “returning” after their funerals? It seems the Smithsons and various relations might pass but not pass on and Mama hasn’t figured out — or at least admitted to herself — why.

This is going to be as much fun to write as Skeletons was.

Better yet, I already know what the third — and last — installment will be and it is going to be soooo much fun.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read Skeletons in the Closet, go check it out.

Lexie Smithson’s family had never been what most folks would call “normal”. They had more than their fair share of oddballs and loners and even crazy cat ladies. Most families in Mossy Creek did, especially if they lived on the “wrong side of the tracks”. But things took a decidedly sharp turn to the left of weird the day Lexie’s sister came home from school, complaining about how Old Serena Duchamp had given her the evil eye. When her mother decided it would be a good thing to confront the town’s resident witch, Lexie knew life would never be the same. How could it when their loved ones began returning to the old homestead the day after their funerals. Lexie knew she should be happy none of her neighbors reported mutilated cattle or corpses with missing brains. But that can be hard to do when your loved ones have passed but not passed on.

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