My Second Year in Publishing

I was going to call this post, ‘My Second Year as an Author’, but it seems to me that there is so much more to this business than writing stories that this somehow felt more appropriate.

This month marks two years since I received my first book contract from Rainstorm Press. Any of you that have followed the blog for a while may remember that this time last year I shared my first twelve months experience with you: the offer, the editing, cover art, launch, my baby steps into social media, and subsequent signings and events.  So, what has this year brought?

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U Got The ‘Look’

My wonderful Tweep friend, Dionne Lister, recently tagged me in this fun writing prompt game. U Got The ‘Look’ asks you to take your current manuscript, search for the word ‘look’, and post the surrounding paragraphs. Finally, you tag five authors to share their work and continue the game.

I thought I’d share a snippet from my upcoming short story, Perilous Truths, due to be released in the anthology, Crime After Crime, by Bridge House Publishing in November:


Mitch turned away, struggling to calm his quivering limbs, and took a deep breath. Don’t look at him. Stay composed. The metallic stench of blood proved overwhelming. Fighting every one of his body’s natural reactions he exhaled slowly and watched the puffs of white air disperse into the cool atmosphere as he strode over to the factory entrance.

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