I didn’t blog over the holidays, but I have been writing and editing! Every day. My daily writing has (mostly) been scenes for Stacked to Death, and I’ve been editing Researched to Death and Encountered to Death. Researched to Death is very close to being ready for publication. I’m contacting my cover artist today.
One of my friends gave me a very useful Christmas gift – a Thesaurus of Worn-Out Words and Phrases. It’s great. So many of the metaphors that we use in our daily conversations are worn-out. I went all the way back through Researched to Death, all 59,000 words, and found and took out as many as I could. I don’t know if anyone will notice, but I hope it makes my writing better.
Here’s the current sequence/schedule:
Researched to Death: Jamie’s ex Ethan and Pete’s ex Luke both show up and complicate the relationship, while Jamie goes back to Oxford, England for a week and gets embroiled in an investigation involving a murder and a missing medieval book. Will be out by the end of January.
Encountered to Death: Jamie and Pete take a much-deserved vacation to see Pete’s brother in Alamogordo, New Mexico – where a body crashes through the skylight of Pete’s brother’s workplace. Who is he and where did he come from? And who wanted him dead? Should be out by the end of April, maybe sooner.
Psyched to Death: The assistant chair of Pete’s department, Elliott Conklin, is accused in the stabbing death of his boyfriend, Matt Bendel. Elliott swears his innocence but doesn’t have an alibi. The investigation goes nowhere until it suddenly collides with someone from Jamie’s past. Pete can’t concentrate on clearing Elliott because he’s taking over Elliott’s class – and he’s distracted by the arrival of his sister, whom he hasn’t seen in 24 years. Their mother is dying – and Pete has a decision to make. Will be out in the summer.
Stacked to Death: Someone is killing work-study students in the library stacks. At first Kevin is on the case, but after the third death, Homicide Special – LAPD’s special robbery-homicide unit from downtown – takes over. The papers call the killer the Stacks Strangler, and work-study students are fleeing UCLA’s libraries by the dozens. All three of the victims were from the same hometown, and the downtown detectives think there’s a connection – but Jamie isn’t so sure. Can he figure out what’s going on before another student gets killed? Will be out by the end of the year.
Filmed to Death: There’s a murder on set at the studio where Abby works, and her ex-husband is the main suspect. Abby doesn’t think he’s capable of murder, and there were plenty of people who had it in for the victim, an actor with a history of bad behavior. Tentatively scheduled for spring 2015.
Stoned to Death: Jamie and Pete take a dream vacation, four weeks in England and Scotland. While there they try to unravel the mystery of Pete’s great-great-grandfather, an archaeologist who disappeared with a priceless Stone Age artifact in the late 1800s. Tentatively scheduled for fall 2015.
I have my work cut out for me! But I’m still having so much fun writing these books. 🙂