At one point in the past year, I signed up for a publishing challenge. Publish one book per month for a year. I know, I know, it sounds kind of crazy.
But the thing is, I have a certain number of books that I had the intention of getting out there, but I just wasn’t getting around to it. So I figured this challenge could be the kick in the butt I needed.
I have short story collections coming up, a new Ghost Detective novel series, at least one romance novel… All twelve ducks aren’t lined up yet, but I’ll get there. And I hope you’ll come along for the ride!
June marks the start date. A collection of mystery short stories has the honor of coming first:
Deep Dark Secrets
We all keep secrets. Sometimes our own, sometimes others’. Sometimes we keep them consciously, sometimes our subconscious does the hard work for us.
But at some point, the truth will come out. It may get us in trouble, it may save us.
I have upwards of ten Ghost Detective stories waiting their turn to appear in Pulphouse. I’m thrilled to find myself in volumes with such excellent writers.
Lost Friends is the second Ghost Detective story, and it’s one of my all time personal favorites. If you want to check out the magazine, you can find all the relevant links here.
Or you can wait until I publish the story individually in a few months.
Now, Cave Creek, is something brand new. Dean Wesley Smith has created a shared world, set in a made-up town called Cave Creek, Nevada.
Weird stuff happens in Cave Creek. It’s western and weird and time travel. And excellent storytelling.
Somehow, I managed to get not one, but two stories in there. There are three anthologies; one set in the past, one the present, and one the future. My stories are in the past and present volumes. But feel free to pick up all three!
This year, I’m lucky enough to have a story in WMG’s Holiday Spectacular. Basically, it’s an advent calendar, with a story a day. Some are part of the Mysterious Christmas anthology, some are in the Sweet Holidays anthology, and some are in Fantastic Christmas.
And today, it’s my turn, with my story The Magic of Sharing. The story will be available for free here for one week. It’s still possible to pick up all 37 stories of the calendar at WMG!
This story is part of the Fantastic Christmas anthology. I took at trip home to Norway during the holiday season, and paid a visit to the nisser.
Missed the Story?
This story was only available for one week. No panic, though! You can still get it, either through the WMG Fantastic Christmas collection when it will be available, or when I publish it myself once I get the rights back.
If you want another free story, you can head over and sign up for my newsletter, where you can download The Red Brick Haze. I’m warning you, though: that story is nothing like this one…
Finally, I’ve published the first of my Ghost Detective stories. I’ve been working with these characters for two years, so I’m really happy to finally share it with you.
This is just the first of many Ghost Detective short stories. You’ll be able to follow Robert and Clothilde for some time into the future! Most of the stories will first be published in Pulphouse Magazine, before becoming available here.
This first story, Just Desserts, was in issue #9 of Pulphouse, happily sitting alongside lots of awesome stories.
A Ghost Detective Short Story
The screams reverberate through our cemetery as soon as the casket exits the church, with its large group of mourners in tow.
A new arrival.
Not everyone graciously comes to terms with suddenly dying and becoming a ghost. Hardly any of us, actually.
Especially when the person who killed us still walks free.