2016-02-18 Jack

February 18, 2016

Oh my, where has the time gone? Middle of February, and so much to update on. Let’s see, where to begin…The Russian Assassin, book one, staring Max Austin

My first novel, The Russian Assassin, Max Austin number one, is at the editor for a final polish and due back TODAY! I know. I’m excited too. I also have a 20,000 word novella, tentatively titled Cat & Mouse, at the editor for a final polish. That is also due back TODAY!! If all goes to plan, both stories should be published by end of February.

I’m pretty happy with how the novella came out. It’s a prequel to the first Max Austin novel and he gets into some high jinx in his hometown of Paris. I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ll be giving the novella away to anyone who joins my email list – if you’re so inclined, you can signup in the footer and I’ll send it to you for free when it’s ready.

I am also busy banging out the first draft of Max Austin number two – because I know everyone will want to know what happens next, and before you can know, I have to know. As of today, I’m 58,221 words into a draft that will end up at about 92,000 words. In editing, that will get cut down to 85,000 words. I have a date with the editor for this draft the first week of April. The book should come out mid-summer.

What else? I’m concepting a new series staring a young, brash, female lead. The series will take place in the same ‘world’ as the Max Austin series, but the settings will be primarily in Asia. Each story will tackle a global issue and will be faster paced and more action packed than the Max Austin series.

Other than that, my wife and I moved to Philadelphia in December, and that took up a huge amount of my energy. I’m just now recovering, and getting back into the flow of things. Hopefully getting settled will lead to more creativity and more consistent production.

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