Happy 2018, everyone!
We’re already zipping through January, and it’s been a cold one for many of us here in the US – perfect reading weather, if you ask me. And a lot of readers agree, because LUCK was released this month to my strongest book release sales yet.
The reviews for LUCK are absolutely fantastic, and as always reassure me that yes, people still want to read about my characters and yes, I should write more about them. So, while I do have other projects I’m working on in the background, I am going to prioritize, once again, another equestrian novel.
I haven’t decided one hundred percent which characters this book will revolve around, but I think it’s going to be focused on Grace, the star of SHOW BARN BLUES, who of course is also a big player in several other novels.
It’s really become clear to me that I need some sort of over arching series/numbering convention above and beyond the individual Alex and Alexander Series, and Eventing Series. I am probably going to introduce a structure as the Florida Horse Country Series, with numbering to help people read the books in order, jumping from series to series as they see fit.
If that is the case it will go something like:
- The Head and Not The Heart
- Other People’s Horses
- Claiming Christmas
- Turning for Home
- Show Barn Blues
Please note the paperback version of LUCK is delayed due to a simple lack of production time. However, if you would like to download a Kindle edition now, just email me a copy of your Amazon receipt and I’ll send you a $5 CreateSpace coupon code when LUCK is released in paperback. That way you’re not buying it twice.
New Short Stories & Unpublished Writing
I’ve been puzzling over the best way to get more writing released, more quickly to readers who really want it. Obviously I want my novels to be fully-realized before they are published, and that means several rewrites, editing, etc. before they can be made available to the general public. While I know there are plenty of readers who would happily read everything the moment I write it, I have to be conscious of new readers on Amazon who expect a polished, finished product. And of course, that’s what publishing a novel is all about.
So for the readers who really want more, whether it’s polished or not, I’ve decided to start a Patreon community. If you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a web platform which allows creatives from writers to musicians create a subscription-based community for fans. Starting at $1 per month, I’ll be sharing at least one short story or other unpublished work from my piles of notebooks, along with other perks for my Patrons.
We’ll also have a better opportunity to talk about books, horses and life than blogs or Facebook currently provide us with. Social media has become a very toxic place over the past few years, and I haven’t been eager to open up my pages to constant trolls every time I express an opinion or want to have a conversation about issues affecting the equestrian community. At Patreon, we can share our thoughts and work towards solving problems in a respectful, private forum… which I am really excited about!
There will also be new chapters of my new novels as I write them, opportunities to collaborate, decide on character names and plot twists, and so forth. I really want this to be a community where we can have conversations about books and horses… the things that really matter in life!
Take a look at my Patreon page, where I’ve already published a new piece of flash fiction unlike anything I’ve written before, and maybe consider joining the party. We are going to have a lot of fun. And who knows? We might change the world.
And as always, let me know what you think!