We meant to go on this cruise to celebrate my 50th, and that was in 2020, only this little thing called Covid happened. Cruise ships were grounded, so we pushed it forward a year. Well, the ships were moving by then, but you had to wear a mask EVERYWHERE. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about keeping safe. We were prepared to wear the masks inside the ship, just not outside. No, they wanted you to wear masks regardless of where you were. Well, to us, that took the fun out of it, so we pushed it forward yet another year. Finally, we were able to go, and man alive, was it ever worth it. The nice thing about it is that I really needed to do some research in Alaska, ’cause that’s where my next CCF title was going to take place. Case of the Unlucky Emperor, referring to penguins, of course.
Now, before I start receiving the emails, I’ll point out that I already know about the simple fact of the absence of all penguins in the arctic. The events of CCF17 actually occur inside an institution, one trying to become accredited and licensed. That’s when their bad luck happens, and they need help.
If you guys have never been to Alaska, or haven’t seen the glaciers, it’s well worth it. Wildlife galore, wide, open spaces, and the rugged beauty of my country’s biggest state.
I’m back to work on Blast From the Past. I should be done fairly soon, and will give it to my Posse members once I’m done, only … and I hate to bring this up, ’cause I know this will get me some hate mail … I’m going to hold off publishing. The reasoning? Starting at the beginning of next year, all of my fantasies are being turned over to Columbine, which is the same publisher as my mysteries. They expressed interest, and who am I to turn them down? Therefore, if I would want to publish ToL10, then I’d have to do so in the next several months, only to pull it back down and lose all the sales ranking I could get. This way, the series will be released one after the other and will (hopefully!) generate more interest. Therefore, the estimated publish date will be sometime around summer, ’23. Please don’t hate me. 🙂
The end of summer is rapidly approaching, and for the first time ever, I can actually utter the words summer hasn’t been too bad. Yes, I know it’s been bad for a lot of people, and I don’t want to make light of a serious situation, but for us? Yes, it’s been warm, but it’s nothing compared to a typical summer in Arizona. Do I miss them? Hell no. Do I enjoy the much cooler nights? Abso-friggin’-lutely.
Stay tuned! My paperback giveaway will end at the end of the week. If you haven’t entered yet, please leave a comment below and then submit a picture of either a paperback copy of any of my books, or else a picture of one of my book covers on your reading device. Kindle, Nook, phone, tablet, computer, it doesn’t matter. Only those comments with attached pictures will officially become entries.
Good luck! Stay safe out there and happy reading!