I’m going to try something different. Each day, I’m going to post about the current work-in-progress, Night Shadows. It might be word count and editing progress. It might be a snippet. It might be something interesting I discovered during research or a challenge I’ve found myself facing. This is my way of keeping myself accountable and on track. But don’t worry, it won’t be the only thing I’ll be blogging about. That would get boring for all of us.
Night Shadows is the next book in the Eerie Side of the Tracks series. I have the plot and have just finished making slightly more detailed notes for the first seven scenes/chapters. This book is going to be fun to write and I hope fun for you to read. All the regulars are back: Miss Peggy and the cafe crowd, Miss Serena, Quinn, Annie, Meg and their families. That includes the pink jogging suit seniors who terrify their kids. The new player is Joanna “Jo” Reyes. Where Annie was the “good girl” and Quinn the “good student” growing up, Jo was the troublemaker. The question is if she’s there to cause trouble or end it.
Or maybe a bit of both.
It’s taken me a week to get the voice right. There’s always a bit of time needed, at least for me, to go from one character voice to another. But once the voice is there, if I know the story, the writing is usually fast and furious, at least through the rough draft. Most important of all, I’m excited for the project and that is always a good thing.
So that’s my daily update. Tomorrow, I’ll give you a word count and something else.
But, as I said, that’s not all I’m going to blog about. For today, just a reminder to be smart. I doubt any of us are happy with all the restrictions we’re seeing right now. I know I would far prefer not having local businesses close because of the Covid-19 fear. But I understand. Too many people do stupid things. This morning, I read about a man from Kentucky (iirc) who has been confirmed to have the virus. He was sent home and told to self-quarantine. He refused. Even knowing he had the virus, he frigging refused. So the county had to get a court order for quarantine him and how there are officers posted at his home to make sure he doesn’t do anything stupid.
But he”s not the only example. The local media showed crowded bars Friday night, after we were asked to do social distancing. Not only were these folks crowding together but they were sharing smokes and drinks. Not smart at the best of times and particularly not smart today.
This is why the government is having to act. Because too many of us either refuse to accept we might get sick or carry the virus to others. Do I like it? No. But I can live with a little inconvenience for a week or two. At the end of two weeks, we should have a better idea about whether these efforts have flattened the curve of the virus spread or not.
So please, be smart, be careful and stay safe.
And, if you haven’t already picked up your copies, I have two new titles up on Amazon.
As a Marine, Ashlyn Shaw knows the day might come when she would not return from a mission. As an officer in the Fuerconese Marine Corps, she’s faced the difficult duty of sending the men and women under her command to their deaths. Both are nightmares she, and so many like her, live with. War is a cruel and costly endeavor, but one well worth the cost if it means keeping their homeworld free.
What Ash wasn’t prepared for was betrayal. Betrayal by members of her own government. Betrayal by certain members of the military. Betrayal by supposed allies. Betrayals that cost the lives of too many she cared for.
Unluckily for her enemies, that betrayal has cut too deeply to be allowed to go unpunished. Her enemies will soon learn how foolish they were to push her too far.
Now available for pre-order. Final files already uploaded and ready for the release date of March 31st.
Two years ago, Mackenzie Santos’ nightmare became reality. The world learned shapeshifters really do exist. Since then, Mac has worked hard to do her duty as a cop, as an alpha and as a mother. Now those duties all come spiraling together as she becomes the hunted. If she isn’t careful, not only will her life be forfeit but so will the lives of her daughter and all those she cares for.