Note: The 2020 St. John's Regatta has been cancelled due to COVID.
It's a pretty exciting time! The release day for PSYCHO HOSE BEAST FROM OUTER SPACE is rapidly approaching. Advanced reviews are already starting to come in, and so far they've been pretty positive. I've changed up the cover for something a little less cheesy, and final edits are nearly complete. Hell, I've been doing so well that I'm even working on several short stories that I hope to get submitted before the end of the month.
So what do I have to complain about? To be insecure about?
Well, there's always fear that the book won't ultimately be received, or that I won't be able to finish the next book, and so on and so forth. But to be honest, the reason I've been keeping so busy with book-related tasks is because I'm more worried about real life.
School is supposed to start in September. Here in Ontario, the government has declared that all schools will re-open, with virtually no changes or additional safety precautions in place, especially at lower grades. Which includes my kids. Canada has been pretty good at keeping the virus in check, but with kids going back full-time in crowded classrooms, I can't see that track record staying intact.
I cannot, in good conscience, send my kids back to that. My wife, son and father-in-law all have health concerns that would be seriously, potentially fatally, complicated by catching the virus. Fortunately I'm in a position where I can keep my kids home, at least for now, but that has its own complications. My kids will miss out on social interaction, which will assuredly affect their mental health. My own work and my wife's health suffers from having the kids home 24/7. Plus there's the uncertainty of not knowing when they might eventually go back, or what it will look like.
Maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe school will re-open and everything will be fine (though I doubt it), and in a month or two my kids can go back and things will get back to normal. That seems like a pipe dream, so for now I just have to be cautious and do what I think is best.
In the meantime, all I can do is focus on the things I can control, and try to have fun with my book launch and make it the best it can be!
How's your month been?
Hugs & Kisses,
"Typical Gallant-King - gutsy, original, and savagely fun."-Samuel Gately, author of Night of the Chalk and The Fire Eye Refugee
"C.D. Gallant-King pays an exciting and thrilling homage to the 90s. The story is expertly paced and an excellently crafted sci-fi."-Paul Carberry, author of Zombies on the Rock
"The author has done a fantastic job of crafting the main characters into believable, real life pre-teens."-Damien Larkin, author of Big Red
"I would put him at the top of the list of Canadian horror humor authors, as soon as I find some more so I can actually make a list."-Patrick LeClerc, author of Out of Nowhere
Newfoundland, Canada, 1992.
Gale Harbour hasn’t seen any excitement since the military abandoned the base there thirty years ago, unless you count the Tuesday night 2-for-1 video rentals at Jerry's Video Shack. So when a dead body turns up floating in the town water supply, all evidence seems to point to a boring accident.
Niall, Pius and Harper are dealing with pre-teen awkwardness in the last days of summer before the start of high school. The same night the body is found, the three of them witness unusual lights in the sky over the bay.
Is it a coincidence? Are the lights connected to the rapidly-increasing string of mysterious deaths? And what does the creepy old lady at the nursing home have to do with it?
There is an evil older than time hidden deep beneath the waters of the North Atlantic. It is hungry, and vengeful, and it has its sights set on Gale Harbour to begin its path of destruction. All that stands in its way are a group of kids who would rather be playing Street Fighter II...
Psycho Hose Beast From Outer Space will be released on Amazon September 28, 2020.
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PSYCHO HOSE BEAST BLOG TOUR!
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