December 2019 updates, or, will this year ever end?
The roll-out of Harbor of Grace—the latest installment in the Hard Cider Abbey mystery series—has been delayed. I missed my self-imposed deadline of late November, due to a number of factors: an unavoidable home improvement project, unexpected travel, Thanksgiving, unexpected illness (middle-ear infection with vertigo, which made it impossible to sit down in front of a screen for a while), and last but not least, jury duty. For me, November was the perfect storm of non-writing tasks and obligations. Rest assured the book is finished, but not yet edited and polished to my liking yet, and I’m not rushing out a sloppy piece of work just to make a deadline. Good things are worth waiting for!
As for the Christmas story, it’s in the pipeline too, but for reasons of plot and story arc, it can’t appear until Harbor of Grace comes out.. I might actually release it on Christmas Eve, which is OK because last year’s Christmas story continued to sell briskly throughout the year—especially in high summer, July and August. My readers are amazing.
As for the Brother Rattlesnake paperback…it’s coming...hopefully by Christmas week. That delay’s not my fault, but big daddy Amazon’s. And more paperbacks to follow in the new year. As well as a new series...
Were you wondering what the monks of Hard Cider Abbey sound like?? Veteran book-narrator Adam Barr has done a masterful job of giving voice to all my monks and other characters as well. It reminds me of an old-fashioned radio play, because of all the dialogue I wrote, and in my opinion (which might be biased) great fun to listen to. It’s readily available on Audible, Amazon and Apple/iTunes, and if you sign up for the Audible trial, you can hear it for free. At least download the free sample and see what you think! Here's the link: www.amazon.com/Hard-Cider-Abbey-Barefoot-Mystery/dp/B07XSDFCKY/
The most recent installment of Hard Cider Abbey...
A disgraced bishop ends up among the good men of Hard Cider Abbey: This book is a little different than the others in the series, It’s not meant to be a criticism of the Church, but an honest view of its current situation and dilemmas. 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. 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.
The Hard Cider Abbey series