Releasing my new Hard Cider mystery novel, Brother Rattlesnake, on Amazon Prime Day may not have been the smartest move in the world. It was like tossing a pebble into the Atlantic Ocean, and hoping somehow someone would find it. But I promised my fans the book would be up July 15th and I managed to keep that promise, despite computer glitches and numerous typos which kept cropping up, no matter how many times the manuscript went through proofreading. This book is a little different than the others in the series, getting a little deeper into Church politics and ethics: It’s not meant to be a criticism of the Church, but an honest view of its current situation and dilemmas. It takes some inspiration from J.F. Powers and his satirical novel Morte d’Urban. But, really, my book is just another little whodunit, meant to be enjoyed on the beach or in the mountains, or wherever you happen to be this summer. The book is available only in Kindle for now; the paperback will be released shortly, when my personal life calms down a little. I will be releasing not only the print copy of Brother Rattlesnake, but also a paperback that will combine all of the novellas and stories I wrote over this past year, under the umbrella title, Winter at Hard Cider Abbey.
Also underway, as I write this, is the actual recording of the Hard Cider Abbey audio book by my narrator, Adam Barr. I recently had a fun conversation with him, helping him with various pronunciations and guiding him on how my characters should sound. Poor man, he has nearly twenty different characters to deal with! But I’m confident he’ll make each one of them sound distinctive. I am hoping this will be available sometime this September.
Lastly, you’ll see that for the first time with this new book, I included a dedication: My father, Michael B. Petersen, passed away as I was finishing this book, and his influence on me as a writer (he too was a writer and editor) has been immeasurable; and I will never be able to think about this book without thinking of him as well.
The Hard Cider Abbey series
The title of this next installment of Hard Cider Abbey is both metaphorical and literal. But no rattlesnakes or other wildlife were harmed in the production of this novel, though a certain clergyman, however, does not fare so well...