Here in Kentucky the grip of winter seems to have broken. Just here in the last week we’ve seen the temperature hit close to 80 degrees. Believe me, it was welcome. It’s been a long, long winter. I don’t recall a harsher one in recent memory, and I’ve heard a lot of people compare it to the deep freeze of ’77. I remember that because the schools closed around here because the temps hovered around twenty below for a few days. Thankfully we haven’t seen anything of that magnitude this year, but it’s a reminder that things can always be worse.
The audiobook version of The Killing Vision is in the can, and it should be up for sale at Audible, iTunes, and Amazon within a couple of weeks. It’s been an amazing journey, and working with voice personality J. LaLonde has been a dream. I’ve had a chance to listen to the whole book, and J. brings a vibrancy to my prose that I couldn’t have imagined. Watch for more information here, and I’ll announce the release as soon as it happens. In other audiobook news, actor/voiceover artist Gary Tiedemann has signed on to read the audiobook version of The Island. We’re shooting for a late spring release for this one, and I’ll keep everyone posted as the production moves forward.
I’m starting to see the end of the tunnel on Moon Shadow, and I expect to finish it within the coming week. Kit Foster will again design the cover, and he’s already got me on his schedule for the first week of April. I’m really excited about this one, and I can’t wait to release it. I have really enjoyed working on this book, but it has taken me six months to complete, which is almost three times as long as I had anticipated. For one thing the characters took on a depth I hadn’t expected, which is always a good thing. For another, the story hit an unexpected twist and I was forced to look at the book from a different perspective. I love when a novel takes on a life of its own, but I have to admit, this one has really worn me out. I will be glad to start working on something new.
As of right now, that something new looks to be the sequel to The Killing Vision. The working title for the moment is A Vision of Murder, but that may change as the story develops. I’m still in the “gathering information” stage, which my long-suffering wife recognizes as “those times when I sit and brood.” Anyone who has known a writer or artist personally will understand this. It’s just part of our genetic makeup. A writer spends a lot of energy digging things up from inside, and it’s exhausting. I remember finishing up The Island last summer and spending a few days recovering because I just couldn’t think anymore and I felt I could sleep for days. I don’t expect that level of exhaustion this time, but at least I’m prepared for it just in case.
I also have big news in my personal life. We’re expecting our first grandchild in June! We’re all very excited, but my wife and I can’t help feeling we’re still too young for this. Does anyone ever feel old enough for grandkids? Probably not. But rest assured this will be one spoiled little girl when she arrives. She’s already amassing an extensive wardrobe, and Granddad is looking forward to sharing books and stories. It’s going to be a fun time!
Finally, you may have noticed a couple of changes to the website. I’ve added a bookstore link where you can purchase my books directly from Amazon. I’ll probably mess around with it a bit more to add more categories and functionality, but you get the idea. And as you can see I’m sporting a new headshot for 2014 courtesy of my neighbor, photographer Josh Morgan. I think Josh did a decent job of making me look cool. Which is no easy task, believe me.
Until next month, Happy Reading!