Freefalling into Fall – More News from Sloan Acres

Crumbs, it’s been a while since I’ve updated Ye Olde Blogge. And there’s been stuff, man.

First of all, Summer is officially over, and I have zero clue where the Hell it went! I blinked and missed it, basically. Alas. I’ve kept busy this summer with several things including:

  • starting karate classes with the family
  • a merger at my day job, which came with a new office
  • coordinating the homebrew competition at the local county fair
  • lots and lots of writing

One of the highlights of my summer was attending the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writer’s Institute Conference in Hagerstown, MD.

A wild Sloan appears...

A wild Sloan appears…

What a gem of a conference this was! I sat on two panels and co-hosted a seminar on Paranormal and Urban Fantasy. The keynote speaker was the estimable Tess Gerritsen. The panels were lively and diverse, and the signing event afterwards was the best I’ve ever experienced! I actually sold out all my copies of The Curse Merchant.

Speaking of signing events, I had the pleasure of joining Jen Estes at the Winchester Book Gallery for a book signing in the lovely burg of Winchester, VA.

A wild Estes appears...

A wild Estes appears…

What a lovely book store it was, too! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend taking a few hours to walk the streets of Winchester.

Okay, so, writing news!

Last time I emerged from the salt mines, I announced that my horror/western YEA THOUGH I WALK was signed with Curiosity Quills Press. I wrote that novel in the back-half of 2014. Since that time, I haven’t been idle! I’m happy to report that THE CURSE MANDATE, book 3 of the Dark Choir series, is now complete, and in the hands of beta-readers for a good shaking-down. It’s… well, it’s a big book. Many of my readers have been asking for more world-building in the Dark Choir series, and they will receive that in SPADES! It’s twisty, it’s turny, it’s full of ups and downs and more than one oblique slant directly into the Byzantine world of hermetic turf wars. Add to it some Brad Meltzer-esque conspiracy theory, and you’ll be ready for Curse Mandate.

Having wrapped up that project, I have an opportunity to dust off one of the projects in my bullpen. I’ve chosen to pick up one of my independent projects, an upmarket science fiction novel with the working title HINDSIGHT. Not knowing how the flow into a completely new genre would work, I’m happy to find that I’ve hammered out 6600 words in two days. I think this one’s gonna take, you guys!

That’s enough from me for now. Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements regarding a short story submission of mine, a book festival I’ll have to drive a day-and-a-half to attend, and an online Fantasy Con which requires significantly less travel…

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