Monday, August 25, 2008

A Bevy of News...

...some happy, some sad.

First up, we'll start with something happy. My short novella/long short story "The Bastard Mummy" has found a home. And it is a perfect home, presented in a perfect fashion. The story is appearing in four parts over the course of a year in MOUTHFULL OF BULLETS. Part One is up now in the current issue (Summer 2008). Here is the link:

This story features Detectives Finch and Elias, who are mostly bit players in the River City novels, but pop up here and there in the short story arena. The sort-of prequel to "The Bastard Mummy" is called simply "Finch and Elias" and it is available for 49 cents on Amazon Shorts right here:

Other stories featuring the duo include Elias in "Core Issue" and both of them in the short-short "The Worst Door," which was a finalist for the Derringer that year.

I have to say that the editor, B.J. Bourg, picked a great spot to end the first part. I'm pleased to be in this great crime mag and looking forward to "The Bastard Mummy" being part of the next three issues, too.

How about some more happy? My short story, "In Your Warm and Darkened Grave," will appear in the forthcoming anthology from Crimson Highway magazine. More details are on the way, but I'm looking forward to seeing this one come out. Crimson Highway features "dark romantic fiction." I was fortunate enough to be featured in their first publication, a preview issue in October 2006.

Okay, on to some sad. It looks like there will be a delay in the publication of Beneath a Weeping Sky (the third and latest River City novel), as well as the re-issue of Under a Raging Moon (the first River City novel). It pains me to say so, but that's the case. I'll lay out the details here at a later date, but I only make the announcement now because as September draws very near, a lot of people have been asking me when that new book is coming out.

At this stage, the best I can say is that there will be a delay.

I know that some folks are going to be curious about the what's and why's of this situation, but please understand that for business reasons, I won't be able to answer those questions at this time. I am only putting this information about the delay here today because I feel that I owe it to those readers who have shown interest and loyalty to me and the River City novels.

Hopefully, everything will work out and I'll be able to announce a new release date soon. In any event, I'll have some news for those of you who are interested soon.

Thanks for the continued support. Please check out MOUTHFULL OF BULLETS. In addition to "The Bastard Mummy," there are some fantastic crime fiction always.