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A new Ghost story: The Serpent’s Waltz

If you’ve been at all intrigued with the snippets of No Man’s Land, or got confused over The Lady’s Vision, or are just generally interested in Urban Fantasy with a hefty dose of snark….there’s another new Ghost story out!

(It’s not horror, by the way – it’s a Ghost story, not a ghost story. Although there is sarcasm involved.)

I’ve got the story that started No Man’s Land, Ghost and Luk off on their journey coming out in Love ‘Em Shoot ‘Em. Ghost’s trying to steal something, and ropes Luk in to help. Unfortunately, the obstacles they face aren’t…quite what was expected.

The anthology’s on Amazon Kindle and also on Smashwords with a 25% discount if you use the code PU93V. Worth getting a hard copy for!

 

Have a snippet…

I can feel Natalie shifting behind me, waiting for the attack. The man’s holding the sword with a certain familiarity, although there’s also a faint tenseness that says he’d be happy with other weapons. He’s more used to street brawling than formal fighting.

He lowers his sword. “Really, sunshine?”

I grin at him. I didn’t bother drawing my own sword. For what it’s worth, I’m more used to street brawling. “What’s wrong with cheating?”

“You’re supposed to be nice.”

“Really? I must have deleted that part in my contract.”

 

A new Ghost story: Death Is But A Text Away

 

Another story about Ghost from No Man’s Land! (Not a ghost story. A Ghost story. Sarcasm and sass instead of horror, I’m afraid).

This time it’s in The Misbehaving Dead, which you can pick up from A Murder of Storytellers in paperback or Amazon Kindle.

This one was one of Ryan’s favourites, and I love it too – what do you do if a ghost just won’t settle? Go and see the boss, of course.

Charon gives me a smile as I walk down the dock jutting out into the stinking river. She’s dressed as a Venetian gondolier today. “Nice hat,” I tell her.

“Thanks! It was in the sale. Didn’t you see the picture I posted?” Charon’s a friend, surprisingly—or a pen-pal, more likely. She’s got a smartphone someplace under that neat suit, and is weirdly good for technology for a thousand-year old psychopomp. Everyone to their own, I guess.

“I’ve been working today,” I say as I step into the boat. “Does it come in purple?”

“I’ll check for you. Are you here to pick someone up?” she asks as I tip two coins into her hand.

“Nope, here to see the boss.”

She gives me a funny face, sticking her tongue out. “Wow, you’re in for it. No-one sees the boss these days.”

“Why?”

“She’s got lackeys, hasn’t she? Too busy to see us minions.”

“What happened to personal service?” I moan. “Well, I’ve got a complaint, so tough.”

“Rather you than me! When are we going clubbing again?”

Planning for NaNo 2017

I’m going to write The Thief & The Seer for NaNoWriMo 2017!

I think the name’s officially changed back…I was considering “As Old As My Eyes” or heart or soul, but whenever I talk about it, it’s become “Thief & Seer” so I may as well stick with that. Plus, it tells you what the novel’s about!

My reason for picking Thief & Seer over The Necromancer’s Charm (which is my 1920’s urban fantasy) is that I want to set them in the same world, although NC is about 400 years later. So, I need the world. While I have some ideas for NC, I don’t really know too much about the world that it’s set in yet, so….

I get to write Thief & Seer to find out!

I’ve got the characters, and a basic plot. Beyond that, I think it’s a perfect NaNo novel – I can incorporate a lot of the prompts if I need to, hit people with shovels, go off on tangents…my aim is really to get a complete novel by the end of November, and then I can build the world out from that.

That does mean I need to aim for more than 50k during NaNo, though. 70k is 2300 ish words a day.

Hmmm.

This could be fun!

 

A cozy chair and a crime-solving ferret

I’m currently putting together a short story for submission to Death By Cupcake by Elm Books

Imagine yourself in your favorite chair. There’s a cat in your lap, a fire in the fireplace, and on the little table at your elbow, your favorite hot drink. The book in your hand is a cozy.

A cozy is a mystery, which, of course, means a tale of crime and intrigue. Often that crime is murder. But although the circumstances surrounding the crime can be ugly, that ugliness—as well as any attendant sex, violence, or cruelty–takes place offstage. Instead, the crime is treated as a puzzle, and the sleuth, a charming amateur, is the hero.

Many cozies take place in small, pleasant towns. Many have female sleuths. Quite a few are organized around themes, such as crafts, hobbies, food, or pets. If your mystery has a recipe or a crime-solving ferret, it’s a cozy, and we’d like to see it.

It just caught my imagination, and I think I can get a story based in my current world! I’ve found that it’s a really good way to play with my concepts – No Man’s Land came out of a short, and I do like letting things just run without needing to plot for an entire novella (or novel). So far I’m going down the murder mystery route, although I’m currently lacking a motive. I’m sure one will turn up!

I’ve got a secret door, a scandalous kilt, a necromancer, a mafia don, a murder (obviously), and some other little things that I’m not going to spill quite yet…although no ferret, yet. But I think it’s going to be fun!

Plottin’ plottin’ plottin’

“OH! They’re the same world, just different time periods!”

Tudors or Civil War? I need guns, I think, but early. Tudors with Age of Enlightment could work.

If you’ve got the basis for a matriarchal society there all along, how is that going to change the society? Well, duh, it’s pretty much Chaucer. Just keep it at The Wife of Bath. (Possibly with less sex).

I’m still not entirely sure about the dragons.

“…oh god that means I’m thinking of writing four books. WHAT THE HELL, BRAIN?”

Victorian scientific discovery! Saving dragons! YES!

I need a revolution…

Ooh, a voice in a charm. And it’d last, so HE’D COME BACK! (Duh duh duuuuuuh).

“Three books. Ok, three books is do-able.”

Five hundred years, that’s a respectable amount of time for everything to turn to shit.

Railways on drove roads?

“….or I could add a sci-fi one, too? Nah. Trilogies work better. And it means I’m only writing three books instead of four.”

Who is she? I know the two from the first book inside-out, but the second set…she’s a puzzle. Hopefully I’ll figure her out before I come to write her.

“That’s still three books. And they’d have to be longer than my usual 70k. ARGH.”

They could dunk a dragon in a lake! (Poor thing).

I need to go do so much resesarch on the 1920s. And WW1. And the Tudors. And Victorian explorers.

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST THING EVER!

I may be plotting for The Thief & The Seer, as well as my new yet-unnamed one…