Yes, I used the plural for a reason.
No, this post isn’t about the final novel of The Awakening, although that one is roughly 75% done at this time. Don’t worry, it won’t be the last novel set in the Tebreyverse. I have many stories left to tell there. Nor is this post about Stars End, the Tebrey novel I put on a backburner. That one will have to wait awhile.
Allow me a seeming non-sequitur for a moment.
Back when I first started writing, I wrote a novel and then another with the same characters, something of a stand-alone sequel. They were both thrillers. I got a few nibbles, but eventually removed them from consideration until I became a better writer. They are both dear to me, and I wanted to give readers the best version of these stories I could.
This brings me to how I felt as I finished The Sleeping and the Dead. I felt good. Really good. I’m proud of my last Tebrey novel. So, I decided it was long past time I blew the electronic dust from my old manuscripts and took a good hard look at them.
There was good story there. Dark, painful, deeply personal in ways I will not go into, story. I started rewriting, then again. Eventually, after throwing a third of the text away, I ended up writing even more to fill it back up. While the manuscript was with my editor, I jumped into the next one.
This is a long-winded way of saying that I have a new book coming out this May. It isn’t my usual kind of story. For one thing, it is a first person thriller. For another, it isn’t obviously (observant readers will recognize one character) related to the other stories I’ve written, being somewhat contemporary. It is set just before Project Brimstone in the same universe, hint hint.
I should add that it has many things in it that may cause pain for the sensitive reader. I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, but I definitely worked through some of my old pain while writing this.
Out in paperback and digital this May, 2020.