Upcoming Writing Projects

Upcoming Writing Projects

It’s been a minute or two since I’ve posted anything on my blog, and the only excuse I have is that sometimes life gets in the way of the creative process. I’m sure we’ve all been there. I’ve had several illnesses strike friends and loved ones in the past six weeks. I became a physical and, at times, an emotional caregiver to them all. Don’t get me wrong, I’d do anything for any of them, and I was glad I could be there for them.

Things are starting to get back to normal (or as normal as life is these days). I’m looking at the rest of the year with a renewed sense of life. It’s short, too short, and we never know how long we have. The past weeks have kicked me in the ass, and I’m back and ready to move again.

The third and final book in the Geraldine Flanders series will be released on May 15th. I have a short story a publisher asked me to write. The short story, Shuttered is mainly done but needs some editing and final touches before I’m ready to send it off.

Once those are out in the world, I have two novels written, Blood Crucible and The Demon Librarian, that I’m going to revisit, do some work on and get them out to publishers and see if I can’t get a few contracts moving.

Any publishers out there looking to sign on an author? Kidding…not really.

So that’s where things stand now. Life could, of course, decide to though many wrenches into these plans, but I’ve got a secret weapon. I’m leaving for nine days for a writing retreat. I plan on resting, recharging, and writing up a storm. I have a lot of catching up to do. It can’t get much better than that.

Until next time folks,

Keep on doing what you love.

Preternatural by Peter Topside

Peter Topside has hit the mark with an enjoyable story for a debut novel. The antagonist, Blackheart, is the dark soul of this book. There are no Twilight vampires in Peter’s world or in the small town of Meadowsville, which has decided to use the strange deaths and legend to increase tourism, led of course, by the town’s mayor.

The myth surrounding the creature of the night was original and engaging, even though there were some awkward moments where I thought a bit more editing of the book could have enhanced the story. Overall, this was an original and creative endeavor for Peter’s debut work of fiction.

As another horror genre writer, I know that writing a trilogy can be difficult. The author must ensure that each of the novels has a solid ending, so the reader doesn’t feel cheated with unnecessary cliffhangers. Peter thankfully didn’t have this problem. Preternatural has a definite conclusion and one where I felt satisfied and not cheated.

I’m looking forward to reading the second in the trilogy and seeing how Peter continues the story of Blackheart and Meadowsville.