By The National Archives UK (Ghostly sighting?) [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons
Happy Halloween! Truth is, I’m not a huge fan. I’m far more interested in what comes after – November 2, All Souls Day, the day in the Christian faith that we set aside to honor the dead. That’s not a “thing” in America. I think that’s unfortunate.
But there’s another reason that the beginning of November is exciting. Yes, once again, I am “competing” in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, or NaNo for short. It’s not much of a competition, really; everyone can win, as long as you write at least 50,000 words of a novel during the month of November.
I’ve written the first drafts of several of the Jamie Brodie Mysteries during NaNo. Researched to Death, Psyched to Death, Talked to Death, and Trapped to Death all began their lives during NaNo. This year, I’m tackling the book that will be JBM #17: Haunted to Death.
Haunted will take place in late summer of 2018. (It won’t be published until next November.) The entire Brodie clan is headed to Scotland on holiday, to stay in Brodie Castle and attend a clan gathering in Forres, the nearby town. Brodie Castle in reality isn’t haunted, but there was a tragic death there in the 1700s – and that will form the basis of a ghost story involving spontaneous human combustion, a vast conspiracy, old feuds, and a local constable who knows more than he’s telling.
I’m excited to start writing tomorrow! You can follow my progress with the widget to the right of this page.
Filed under Books, Writing
Ta-da!! The book is scheduled to be Published (ha!) just after Thanksgiving.
Jamie Brodie Mystery #15
Mercedes Moran is one of the stars of the self-publishing world, a romance author who’s made millions by selling 99 cent romance novels through all of the ebook platforms. Her fan base is enormous – but Mercedes is a horrible person, and she’s made plenty of enemies, too.
The Association of Self-Publishing is holding its annual conference on UCLA’s campus, and Mercedes is the keynote speaker. When Jamie Brodie and Kristen Beach attend the keynote at the encouragement of their supervisors, they get an earful from other conference-goers about Mercedes. But it’s nothing to do with them.
Until Mercedes turns up dead in the back of the exhibit hall.
Kevin Brodie and Jon Eckhoff are on the case, and they enlist Jamie’s and Kristen’s help with navigating the world of self-published authors. But the case takes a turn for the weird when Kevin and Jon are joined by a lieutenant from Internal Affairs, who claims to be brushing up on his investigative skills – and who only speaks in clichés.
Who killed Mercedes? Why is a desk jockey from Internal Affairs dogging Kevin and Jon’s every step? And why do so many covers of male-male romance novels feature headless torsos??