Happy Canada Day to my Canadian readers!
To my American readers: I bet you wish you lived in Canada. It's not perfect, but compared to... well, you know.
It's also Insecure Writers Support Group Day, and I've got a lot to feel insecure about, but first the big news:
I'VE GOT A NEW BOOK UP FOR PRE-ORDER!
Newfoundland, Canada, 1992.
Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago. So when Fisheries and Wildlife Officer Dick Jeddore discovers a dead body floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to an accident. But something doesn’t sit right with Jeddore, and he sets out to do some investigating of his own against the wishes of the local police.
Niall and Pius are just a couple of regular boys growing up in Gale Harbour: they like video games and comic books, and are trying to wrap their heads around girls, especially Harper, the tomboyish daughter of Officer Jeddore. When the three of them witness unusual lights in the sky on the same night Harper’s dad finds the body, it sets off a series of events that will change their lives, and the sleepy town of Gale Harbour, forever.
There is an evil older than time hidden deep beneath the waters of the North Atlantic. It is hungry, and vengeful, and a recent storm appears to have released it from its watery prison. Officer Jeddore and the kids are now in a race not only to save themselves, but to find a way to send the monster back before it consumes the town and possibly the entire world...
PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE is available for pre-order now, exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It's a horror-comedy adventure story in the vein of Stranger Things, and much less obscene than my previous book (I can't really all it "Young Adult," but it's firmly PG-13). The official release date is September 28, 2020. The special pre-order price is only $0.99, too, so grab it early if you can!
PRE-ORDER PYSCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE FROM AMAZON NOW!
Yes, I've finally finished and released a new book into the wild. So why am I feeling insecure? Probably because I'm worried it sucks and no one will like it/buy it. But we all go through those fears, right?
My even bigger fear is due to those four little words at the bottom of that ridiculous cover up there. Did you notice that? It says "Gale Harbour Book One." Book ONE. That means I'm committing to writing more of these, preferably in a timely manner. I'm not a good enough writer for people to wait patiently for years for me to write sequels. I tried to write a sequel to Hell Comes to Hogtown for ages, but it never worked out and I've pretty much given up on it. The Werebear vs Landopus stories come out 12-18 months apart, and they're only 10-20K words apiece. But committing to at least two more full length novels? Hopefully within the next year or two? I'm terrified. And I feel like an idiot for even suggesting it. It's already been four years since I released my last novel. Who the hell do I think I am that I can write two more in less than two years?
The only good news is that I have pretty solid ideas for both book 2 and 3, and I have the first draft of book 2 about half-finished. It helps that I have tons of ideas. The town where the books are based, Gale Harbour, Newfoundland, is basically a fictionalized version of the town I grew up in. The kids in the story are twelve-years-old in 1992. I was twelve-years-old in 1992. While the characters are not based on myself or anyone I knew, most of the settings and situations are ripped right out of my own memories, so it's pretty easy to fill up the pages. I actually had a video call the other day with some of my school friends, and we chatted for three hours about old friends and stories from growing up back home. That call alone gives me material to fill up at least two books (and reminded me of some things I wish I'd included in this one!)
Anyway, yeah, so I hope it doesn't suck. I hope you read it and like it. And maybe leave a review? :-)
How's your day going?
Hugs and kisses,
I haven't had a haircut in a long time...
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The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Writers post their thoughts on their blogs, talking about their doubts and the fears they have conquered. It's a chance for writers to commiserate and offer a word of encouragement to each other. Check out the group at http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/.
Good Luck CD - and congratulations with your new book; Canada seems a good place to be today ... have a peaceful Canada Day - HilaryReplyDelete
It ain't perfect but yes, Canada has been a good place to be lately.Delete
Congrats on your new book! And I understand your worry about writing more books in the series quickly because I'm a slow writer too. I'm hoping your release goes well.ReplyDelete
See, I didn't used to be slow. Kids and domesticity and ruined my productivity.Delete
Congratulations! What a title. You can write those next two books. Make it so.ReplyDelete
I CAN write the books, but WILL I? In a timely manner?Delete
Congrats on the book and the awesome title!! I bet once you get down to it books 2 & 3 & more will flow!ReplyDelete
I haveb't released a book yet but I believe we all get the jitters after a release. Let the worry go. You will do well.
All the best.
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Hi, CD! Happy Canada day. Canada is beautiful, and I actually LOVE living in America.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your new book! I have two trilogies that were fun to write, but that IS true about the pressure to publish on a timely basis.
Congratulations on your new book!ReplyDelete
It's a good thing that you have a lot of ideas for Book Two. And readers will wait for it. :)
Congrats on the release! Don't be terrified...be inspired and excited! This is awesome :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on your new book!ReplyDelete
I hope the pressure of already committing to a sequel helps you to be more productive.
I bet that was fun to reminisce with friends to get material. It’s always interesting what others remember that you’ve forgotten and vice versa.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the new release! I know what you mean about putting that label on and committing yourself to a series--I did that with my first mystery. But hey, it worked! You've got this!ReplyDelete
I appreciate your support, we'll see if it's ill-placed or not!Delete
Pre-ordered! I can't wait to read this! Dead body, lights in the sky, evil older than time? Right up my alley. Plus, you have totally inspired me to get back to the revision of my 'evil older than time' manuscript. But I'm not putting "book 1" on my cover. :-DReplyDelete
That's awesome, thank you so much! I hope you like it.Delete
And yeah, get back to your revision! Those books won't write themselves!
Congratulations on your new book and two more to follow. Awesome. Relax and enjoy the journey.ReplyDelete
Got a goal now and the ideas, just have to write it out. What's a few years lolReplyDelete
Good luck with those new books!ReplyDelete
Happy Canada Day! The book sounds great--very funny and engaging. Congrats on the release!ReplyDelete
As for the sequels, I feel your pain. I haven't written the GhostWriters books as quickly as I'd hoped, either. The newest one will be over a year overdue. But I think if you make it a priority, it'll happen.
Good luck with the new books!ReplyDelete
Belated Happy Canada Day :)ReplyDelete
Yes, I always let those books out into the big wild world wondering if they'll sink before or after they reach the water....
Just keep doing it!
Many congrats. Good luck with it!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on launching your book. Hopefully popular in many countries.ReplyDelete
Greetings from Indonesia.
Good luck with your new series! It's always fun -- and terrifying -- publishing something new.ReplyDelete
Ronel catching up for July IWSG day A Decade of Writing