In my latest newsletter I asked for input about which of these works in progress should get my attention after I finish A Still, Small Voice and Jake Calcutta and the Temporal Lisle. (If you want in on stuff like this, sign up for my newsletter.)
- The 3rd Irish adventure — From the Fog (follows Through the Fog and Into the Fog)
- A 3rd Phil Brennan mystery — A Short, Sharp Shock (follows A Long, Hard Look and A Still, Small Voice [not yet published])
- More scifi/adventure — another Jake Calcutta (follows Jake Calcutta and the Temporal Lisle [not yet published])
- More Jesse Donovan (follows That She Is Made of Truth)
- The Village Id — a witty cozy mystery set in a small English village filled with quirky characters; very P. G. Wodehouse. Check out the 1st chapter.
- Coming of age story — a young teen’s life is disrupted when his family has to move in with relatives; he turns to music for comfort
- Anacrusis (a mystery with a female lead) — A woman dumps her unfaithful fiancee and moves to a small town where two men amorously pursue her, while one of them awaits the life insurance payoff from the first wife he murdered.
The votes trickled in, and while I was surprised and delighted to find some love for a second Jake Calcutta scifi adventure even before book 1 is published, the real race was neck and neck between From the Fog, a 3rd Irish Adventure featuring Web Martin, and Anacrusis, my first mystery featuring a female protagonist.
And the Winner Is . . .
The Irish got 1 more vote than Anacrusis.
Don’t celebrate yet, folks.
One of the votes for Anacrusis came from my Best Beloved.
That’s right, nepotism, favoritism, however you slice it, her vote wins.
I hope to release Anacrusis before the end of the year. I’ve already written 20% of it with much of the story already outlined so I’m hoping it’s easy going. Yes, I hear you laughing.
What About All That Irish Love?
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the passion for this series. Dark secrets time: I was intending From the Fog to be the last Web Martin book.
I’m reconsidering that. A lot.
How about a consolation prize for all of you who voted most enthusiastically for more Irish Adventures?
Would you agree to be a beta reader for book 3 of the series? And then, would you accept a free digital copy of the finished version, plus a signed copy of the print version when it’s ready?
You know who you are. So do I. Thank you for giving my first book, the first real work of art I ever created, some love.
It will not be forgotten.