Anywho, since it's now closing in on the end of November, I figured it's time to come at y'all with some much-needed updates as to what's going on in the world of TRO.
First of all, I've had three short stories appear in different anthologies over the last two months. The first is a tale called CHORUS (inspired by one of Jesse's drawings), that appears in J.L. Bryan's DARK TOMORROWS alongside Amanda Hocking, Joel Arnold, and S.W. Benefiel. The second is one of the favorite tales I've ever written, a little ditty called 39 DAYS, which leads off the Daniel Pyle-edited UNNATURAL DISASTERS compilation, including the likes of the fantastic Scott Nicholson, William Meikle, and J.A. Titus. And finally, I wrote a disturbing short titled ONE GOOD TURN that is included in the Holiday Special Ebook Edition of SHOCK TOTEM MAGAZINE. In this issue it's the staff who gets to shine, as the editors and reviewers (moi!) steal the show, our voices heard loud, squishy, and (mostly) clear.
In other news of a more US variety, I'm right now putting the finishing touches on the 3rd Rift book, DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL. From there it's on to editing and proofing, and Jesse then has to get his ass in gear with the cover and illustrations. This is both an exciting and nerve-wracking project, as it's so different than either of the first two books. However, I'm confident it's still a good book - I'm thinking it's the best of the bunch so far - so we'll see how that plays out. The release date is (fingers crossed) January 5th.
After that, it's on to the second installment of THE GATE. For this one, I've collected stories from 10 fantastic writers - a few carryovers from the first issue, plus some rather exciting additions. The tentative release date is February 15th, though with the unexpected snowfall at the beginning of the month setting Jesse back a bit, it might end up being closer to the end.
This is a REALLY busy time for us. Personally, my schedule is jam-packed with projects, which means my partner's is, as well. Interested to see what my plan is from here on forward? Here's a list of what I have slated to be released through January 2013:
January 5, 2012 - DEATH SPRINGS ETERNAL: THE RIFT BOOK III
February 15, 2012 - THE GATE 2: 13 TALES OF ISOLATION AND DESPAIR
March/April 2012 - THE FOREVER MAN (working title)(novella)
July 2012 - THE SUMMER SON: THE RIFT BOOK IV
November 2012 - THE GATE 3: 13 STORIES OF MONSTERS AMONG US
January 2013 - THE MIRROR OF SOULS: COVENANT BOOK 1
So there you have it. That's six planned releases in a span of 12 months. Too ambitious? We'll see...
Peace, folks, and we'll chat soon.