The Edits Are Back and It’s Go Time

Types_of_Freelance_Writing_Services[1]It feels like a long time since I released my fifth Casey Holland mystery Knock Knock, in November 2017, but a heck of a lot has happened since then. Through it all, I’ve been slowly editing draft after draft of the next installment, The Blade Man.

I reached a point in May where I felt that I’d completed as many drafts as I could, and it was time to send the manuscript to my editor. I was in no rush, but as it happened, my editor had a sudden opening in her schedule, and she finished the edits by mid-June.

Last week, I began making the editorial changes. I’ve also acquired ISBNs for the print and ebook, and have contacted my designer, who’s slotted me in for December. I don’t have an exact launch date yet and probably won’t for a while. There’s plenty of prep work to do in the meantime and when it is published, I will celebrate.

This book has been a long time in the making. I remember first meeting the person (over a coffee at Starbucks) who became my technical advisor on bus-driving issues. That was over seven years ago. At that time, my publisher was working on bringing out book #3, Beneath the Bleak New Moon. Book #4, The Deep End, was probably on its fourth or fifth draft, and Knock Knock was still in its early stages.

I therefore knew it would be quite some time before this book would be published, but finally that date is on my radar.

A Casey Holland novella won’t be too far behind (I hope) which will be completely unlike any Casey story I’ve written. It explores the lighter side of her transit security work in all it’s raunchy, awkward, and humorous glory. But I’m getting ahead of myself…stay tuned!

A Toxic Craft Launch Day is Here!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00049]Today, Imajin Qwickies® has released Evan Dunstan’s latest campus crime adventure, A TOXIC CRAFT. Since it’s set at a Christmas craft fair, the timing couldn’t be better! I’m thrilled to finally reveal this second installment in Evan’s adventures.

Here’s the blurb:

A crafty senior…

Evan Dunstan’s spunky grandmother is giving him major headaches. As organizer for the seniors’ Christmas craft fair, Gran faces warring vendors and acts of vandalism that threaten to ruin the event. When nasty knitter Cora Riddell is knocked unconscious and her water spiked with a hallucinogen, Gran begs Evan to find out who’s responsible before more harm is done—or someone dies.

A daunting task…

In charge of the fair’s security, Evan faces a challenge that grows more difficult by the hour. His boss expects him to find the culprit before police are called in and Southwest Trades & Technology’s reputation as a safe campus is destroyed.

A friend or foe?

A search for answers reveals the disturbing possibility that even friends and coworkers hope Evan will fail. Is the culprit closer to him than he thought? Whose startling secrets must be exposed to find the truth?

Amazon: myBook.to/AToxicCraft

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/ycsvuaj5

 

Casey Holland Mysteries: A Series Recap

When customers see all four of my Casey Holland mysteries on display, I’m often asked what my series is about. The quick answer is, thirty-year-old divorcée Casey Holland is a transit security cop who rides the buses dealing with smaller types of crimes which either evolve or merge with something much more serious.

As with most mysteries, each book has a separate plot with a complete beginning, middle, and end. The continuing thread throughout the series is Casey’s personal life, and hers has certainly been tumultuous. So, here’s a quick recap:

Book 1, The Opposite of Dark, focuses on Casey’s family. I wanted to start with the backstory because events in that book have a big impact on her life in subsequent books. It also introduces us to her longtime friend and bus driver, Lou, whose feelings for Casey are deeper than she’s ready to acknowledge.

Book 2, Deadly Accusations, is where Casey acknowledges her growing love for Lou and they become a couple, but not without jealousy and manipulation from a coworker. Casey also finds herself legal guardian to eleven-year-old Summer while coping with the murder of a colleague.

In Book 3, Beneath the Bleak New Moon, Casey’s ex-husband, who’s also a bus driver, returns to work after a long medical leave, and regrets letting Casey go. Lou’s not happy that he’s working with Casey and suggests that he move in with her to move their relationship forward.

Book 4, The Deep End, sees Lou and Casey’s relationship deepening to the point of a marriage proposal, but she’s distracted by another murder and Summer’s involvement with a boy who’s trouble.

The personal and professional challenges Casey faces cause her to grow a little more with each book, to be a little more self-assured and open. But challenges still lay ahead, as in Book 5, Knock Knock, she’s preparing for her wedding while dealing with a string of home invasions. For Casey, life doesn’t get easier as she grows older. Still, she progresses, one book at a time.

Knock Knock, front cover

The release date is on Wednesday, November 8th. To pre-order your copy of Knock Knock, go to:

Amazon: myBook.to/KnockKnock

Kobo: http://tinyurl.com/y6wejnls

Apple: http://tinyurl.com/y96xscpv