I deliberately waited until November to start work on Book 3. In part, this was because of NanoWriMo, but also because I've been writing in my head and had a lot of travel and other stuff going on with the day job.
I'm happy to report that Book 3 is in the works and is coming along quite nicely. It's a departure from Books 1 and 2, and I suspect my favorite early reader will have some reading to do when she leaves my house after her visit next week. The start of this novel is quite different from the first two, and I think folks are in for a surprise.
As I noted in a post earlier today, copies of the books have started floating around the web in PDF and other forms. I'm not bothered by that, but I do ask that folks who are reading let me know what they think about the first two books. I know that digital readers tend to be eBook hoarders (I'm guilty of that myself), but I have some hope that the sharing of PDF versions means that someone out there thinks the books are at least entertaining.
Feedback is how you, as readers, get a chance to influence where the third book in the Olivia Chronicles goes. I have some framework down, but the ending is completely up in the air. As Stephen King notes, it's up to the characters where this goes, but I'm open to suggestions and to ideas about who you want to see more of in Book 3.
I'm also planning on some tie-in short stories on characters from the series to submit to a couple of anthologies/websites.
But for now, back to Book 3 while there's a lull in the day job today.
Spurred by a couple of recent star ratings (no actual written reviews) on Goodreads on Brigitte's Cross and the single review, as well as a decent download number for the third round of free promo periods, I did a little Google Search for the book.
Turns out folks have already started converting the Kindle version to PDF and you can download that for free.
I give away a lot of digital copies myself. And, piracy is a fact of life in our current culture.
All I ask those of you stripping DRM from the Kindle version is this: Obviously if you think it's good enough to make free for all readers (not just for those who download on my promo days), you must think it's good enough to read and entertaining enough to recommend it to others.
So, why not write a review of the books on Amazon? That seems like a decent trade off--you and your pals get to read my work for free, and I get some feedback on it from you.
And, if you really really like it, why not invest in a paperback copy you can pass around to your pals who hate reading on a screen? I'm happy to sign copies--even if you buy them on Amazon (yes, they are significantly cheaper that way because signed copies sold here have the cost of shipping included as well as a bit to cover my inventory and time costs) and send them to me for signing. If there is interest in that set up, you can email me and I'll consider getting a PO Box just for signing books.
Angelic lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her wife, two loyal dogs, and two rotten cats. When she's not writing, she's likely walking the dogs, working on her food blog, or working her day job. Like her friend and fellow writer Joseph S. Walker, she's a "recovering academic."