It’s here! Dirty Laundry, the first volume of Jamie Brodie short stories, is available for pre-order! This is a collection of all the stories that have been previously published, both here on the blog and with books, and a BUNCH (more than half of the 32 stories) of new stories. They span the years 1974-2017 and tell of first meetings, first loves, family history, and more.
The book will be published on August 31. It’s 107,000 words, and most of it is new – so I’m charging a bit more for it than my usual 45K – 55K novels. Fair warning.
Here’s the link for Amazon pre-order. Let me warn you – Amazon wouldn’t allow me to assign the number 14.5 for this book within the series. So I assigned it #0. (I know I’ve seen series books with decimal points; maybe they just stopped allowing that.) So it’s Jamie Brodie Mysteries, #0.
Here’s the link for Smashwords pre-order. Unlike Amazon, Smashwords automatically assigned #15 to the story collection, which is going to mess up my numbering for the rest of the series… sigh.
And here’s the cover!
As promised, the anthology of Jamie Brodie short stories will be published at the end of August on both Amazon and Smashwords. I’ve sent the cover photo to my graphic artist and hope to have the book up for pre-order within the next couple of weeks.
There are 32 stories in total, 20 of them brand new material. The rest are those you’ve read here on the blog, or that have been included with some of the books. Now, there are no new mysteries in these stories. The only story with a mystery for Jamie to solve is There Goes the Neighborhood. So if you read the books mostly for the mysteries and don’t care that much about the rest of Jamie’s life, be warned that the short stores are all about the rest of Jamie’s life.
The anthology is called Dirty Laundry: The Jamie Brodie Short Stories, Vol. 1. (There will be a Vol. 2 eventually, as I write more short stories.)
If you follow my Facebook page, you know that I produce a soundtrack for each book. I’ve done the same for the anthology. But, instead of releasing the soundtrack after the book is published, I’m going to release this one before! Beginning this Sunday (7/31) and running through 8/31, I’ll post the title of one of the stories and the song that I chose to illustrate it. Here comes the fun part – you can try to figure out what/who the story is about based on the title and song. Some of them are glaringly obvious; some you may remember from before. Some of them, I think, will be tricky.
I can’t wait to see if you can figure them all out. 😀 See you on Facebook!
The picture to the left is the library at Trinity College, Dublin. I got to see the Book of Kells but no photos are allowed. It’s bigger than I expected.
Holy cow, this summer is flying by! I spent two weeks in Ireland in June – SO GORGEOUS – and still feel somewhat discombobulated in terms of being organized. Or, in my case, DISorganized. My office is a mess, my house is a mess… Yikes!
But I have not been entirely idle! I haven’t been doing a TON of writing, but I’ve been doing little things which all have to take place eventually. Such as:
- I’m grinding out the nitty-gritty changes that need to be made to the next book, Published to Death, with my writing group, and also writing a short story which will be included at the end of that book. It’s still on track for November publication.
- The short story anthology is complete! It’s titled Dirty Laundry, and will be available at the end of August. Warning: the anthology is 107,000 words, so I’m going to charge a little extra for it. There is plenty of new content, plus all of the old short stories that you’ve seen in books or here on the blog. It’s been a lot of fun to put together.
- The first week of August, I’m going to Los Angeles for a couple of days! I plan to visit UCLA’s campus and Jamie’s library, and see how badly I’ve messed up the placement of the reference desk. 😀 I also want to eat at some of the boys’ favorite restaurants, and walk down their block in Santa Monica. I promise lots of photos!
Speaking of photos – here’s another from Ireland. The Dingle Peninsula, the southwesternmost section of the country.
Filed under Books, Travel
I’ve been assembling the short stories for the anthology which will be published next
summer. I’ve also been writing some new stories for inclusion, so the collection will include plenty of new material.
One of the new stories describes how Pete and Kevin became friends and partners. Obviously it had to be told from the point of view of one or the other of them. I’ve thought about it several times, and I just don’t believe I can write as Kevin. So Pete it is.
I wasn’t sure I could write as Pete either. I’d been hesitant to try. But for this story, it worked. Not that I’m going to start writing in Pete’s voice a lot. I may never do it again.
I think it helped that the time period covered was before Pete met Jamie. Maybe that’s the problem – Jamie has scrambled Pete’s brain for good. 🙂 The pre-Jamie Pete was less complicated in some ways.
Anyway, the story is called Partners, and it will appear in the anthology, still scheduled for August. I think you’ll like it.