Hard to believe it’s the middle of March already. I’ve finalized the cover design of Cat & Mouse – see if you can spot the subtle differences between the final (to the left) and the version I posted on February 26th (below).
In other news, I’m still working on getting the final edits into both The Russian Assassin and Cat & Mouse. At the moment, I’m balancing time between my day job, these edits, preparing the website and my email funnel to do the launch of both books, as well as continuing to hammer out Max Austin, draft one, book two. I have an April 3rd deadline to get this story over to the editor and that is my primary goal.
I’m also working on two other side-projects at the moment. Both are in their infancy:
- A new series staring a badass heroine. The series will be faster-paced and more action-packed than the Max Austin stories. Each book will be more of a self-contained story than the Max Austin series. Where Max generally lives and works in Europe and North America, this new series will take place primarily in Asia. This concept is further along than #2 below, and I expect the first book will be out before the end of the year.
- A mystery series. Mysteries were the first stories I ever read. I started with Encyclopedia Brown, grew up with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, then graduated to Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple before reading every Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolf book available. I’ve seen every Law & Order episode. My mystery series will lean toward the Cozy category, and will dramatically depart from the violent nature of my other writing. However, it will not contain any mystery solving animals. It’s a passion project for me – more on this later.