Friday, October 28, 2022

Release: Subway Slayings

I'm thrilled to finally be releasing the second book in the Memento Mori series and to have returned to my beloved Larkin and Doyle! These books are very difficult to write—piles of research books, endless hours lost to scientific studies, months of hemming and hawing over every single word because Larkin is so exact, so calculated, but so horribly broken, that the story is like walking a tightrope so as not to overwhelm the reader with too much sensory input. I hope you enjoy Subway Slayings as much as I did writing it.

Blurb:  Detective Everett Larkin of New York City’s Cold Case Squad has been on medical leave since catching the serial killer responsible for what the media has dubbed the “Death Mask Murders.” But Larkin hasn’t forgotten that another memento—another death—is waiting to be found.

Summer brings the grisly discovery of human remains in the subway system, but the clues point to one of Larkin’s already-open cases, so he resumes active duty. And when a postmortem photograph, akin to those taken during the Victorian Era, is located at the scene, Larkin requests aid from the most qualified man he knows: Detective Ira Doyle of the Forensic Artists Unit.

An unsolved case that suffered from tunnel vision, as well as the deconstruction of death portraits, leads Larkin and Doyle down a rabbit hole more complex than the tunnels beneath Manhattan. And if this investigation isn’t enough, both are struggling with how to address the growing intimacy between them. Because sometimes, love is more grave than murder.

Purchase: Available Online Retailers
Title: Subway Slayings
Series: Memento Mori
Book #: 2
Cover art: Reese Dante

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Soundtrack: Subway Slayings


Today is the release of Book 2 in the Memento Mori series and the return of detectives Larkin and Doyle: Subway Slayings. With the exception of the denouement, usually because I'm just beyond frazzled at that point and can't bear a single sound while working, I always write to music and tend to obsess over the same half a dozen songs for the entirety of the project. Here's the soundtrack that Subway Slayings was written to:


 
Save Tonight - Eagle-Eye Cherry 
 
 
 
Die Young - Sylvan Esso 
 
 
 
BETTER - Royal & The Serpent 
 
 
 
Without You - Avicii 
 
 
 
Help Me - Alkaline Trio 
 
 
 
I'm Good (Blue) - David Guetta & Bebe Rexha 
 
 
 
Nine - Boom Boom Satellites 
 
 
 
House of Memories - Panic! At the Disco 
 
 
 
Experience - Ludovico Einaudi

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Sale: The Mystery of Nevermore


The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter: Book One) is on sale! This is the story that began my writing career and I'm thrilled to offer new readers a chance to meet Sebastian and Calvin for only 99c.

This sale is valid for a limited time in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, and is hosted by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, iBooks, and Kobo.

To be notified of future sales, please follow me on BookBub!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Translation: Snow et Winter


After some housekeeping on my French translations, I'm happy to announce that Snow & Winter has transitioned to Mnemosyne Lit. and will be translated by my dear friend, Terry, the owner of the former Reines-Beaux house. Books 1 - 4 will be re-released, and The Mystery of the Spirits and Interlude will be translated into French for the first time!

Below is the publication schedule. All books are currently available for pre-order:

Le 28 octobre : Le Mystère du corbeau
Le 9 décembre : Le Mystère des ossements
Le 23 décembre : Le Mystère des esprits
Le 13 janvier 2023 : Interlude, recueil de nouvelles
 
For readers looking for more available French translations:

Juno Publishing:

Bookmark:
Jour du chance (Re-release Q4 2022)
Jour du neige (Release Q4 2022)
Magic & Steam (Release 2023)

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Coming Soon: Subway Slayings


Subway Slayings (Memento Mori: Book Two) is complete and in edits! Everett Larkin and Ira Doyle are returning October 28, 2022. Thank you, everyone, for your support and patience while my production dipped this year. Creative burnout is rough, and there's nothing I wanted more over the summer than to write, but it's not one of those things you can force, nor does it go away in a few days. And I'm thankful my burnout was only a few months and not years! I'm psyched to begin the next project, which will be a short story entitled, Curio.

You can pre-order Subway Slayings here. Please note that the book will also be available at Google Play and Smashwords—those links just come closer to release day.

And if you'd like to add Curio to your Goodreads shelf, you can do so here!

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A Day in... Pt. 1

A (Very Exciting) Day in the Life of a Full-time Indie Author

Once upon a time, long, long ago in the ye olde days of the internet, I used to follow this fun group of strangers who would post 'a day in their life' via photographs. It was a really neat way to experience other places, cultures, and professions, and last week, it resurfaced in my mind and I thought: this could be a neat thing to do again!

I mean, let me preface, this life is not glamorous. I did nothing interesting. I didn't even hang out with my girlfriend. It was a very typical day. But hey, maybe someone will find it interesting, and maybe I'll do it again when there's something cooler on my calendar.

wake up

feed the kitties, skincare routine, make coffee...

activate the machine!

cereal while checking business accounts

and then work begins on Memento Mori 2

some light [research] reading...

a second cup of coffee and a second breakfast, because I'm a hobbit

walk around the apartment trying to work out plot kinks

post in my reader group on Facebook

about 5 1/2 hours of writing and research wrapped

a lunch of plant based hotdogs and fruit

watch a true crime doc on my break

kitties wake up for lunch

I can't jog in this heatwave, so an indoor workout will have to suffice

don't forget to hydrate!

also, vitamins

time for a shower

and we're dressed and ready for errands

check the P.O. Box

needed to get my glasses adjusted

walked by this cool doorway

picked up Sichuan for dinner!

arguably the most important decision of the day

spicy, cold sesame noodles is perfect when it's 900 degrees outside

check-in with the boys

a glass of whiskey...

...and bad TV while I catch up on some administration

yikes, two hours later!

give Milo a brush and top off my glass

doing a re-read on a favorite series before the release of Book 3

evening skincare routine and it's off to bed!

2022: Quarter 3

Welcome to the late start of Quarter 3 of 2022!

Suffice it to say, this year has not been going according to plan for me! Between Covid at the start of the year and burnout in the middle of the year, I've had to admit that my grandiose 2022 plans are simply not going to be fulfilled, and I need to take it easy on myself so that what I do produce is the high quality content I'm known for. That being said, here's a rough idea of what I foresee happening over the next few months.

July

Writing:
Subway Slayings (Memento Mori: Book Two)

Audio Release:
The Doctor (Magic & Steam: Book Three) - Audible does not supply a date. This is an estimate.

August

Writing:
Subway Slayings (Memento Mori: Book Two)

Writing:
Curio

Edit:
Subway Slayings (Memento Mori: Book Two)

September

Edit:
Subway Slayings (Memento Mori: Book Two)

Edit:
Curio

Release:
Subway Slayings (Memento Mori: Book Two) - 09/29/22