My writing retreat weekend didn’t yield as many words as I would’ve liked, but I did more than double my NaNo word count, so that’s something. Plus, I had a great time and relaxed a lot, which I needed more than anything!
Update time: As I mentioned before, I’ll have two short stories out for the holidays. “Of Holiday Spirits, Wake-Up Calls, and Happily Ever Afters” will be part of Dreamspinner’s 2011 Advent Calendar set. Blurb:
How many chances does a man get before it’s too late? When Guy staggers home after a raucous Christmas Eve with his closest friends, he’s visited by a spirit who looks suspiciously like Teddy, the friend Guy’s secretly crushing on. Can Guy learn the lessons of the past—and make the right choices in the present—so his future will be less about one night and more about forever?
You can still preorder the full set through November 25 for $49.99. Starting December 1, you can buy the individual stories (mine will be $1.49) or get the whole set for $64.99.
The second story, “In From the Cold,” will be out December 22 from Silver Publishing. Blurb:
Jeff Young is starting a year-long sabbatical in rural north Georgia, but he arrives at the cabin he rented only to find the power’s out after an ice storm. Looking for a warm place to spend a night or two, Jeff meets Neal Owens, the owner of a rustic lodge, who sets him up in one of the unfinished bungalows. Their friendly conversation over dinner soon develops into a hot encounter between the sheets, but can their unexpected night together become something more?
Bonus: if you preorder any “coming soon” title on the Silver website now through next Monday (November 20), you’ll earn triple points on the purchase. Just $1.99 for mine!
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something FREE to read, check out my short “Christening” (link to PDF file). This was originally offered as part of Dreamspinner’s Halloween Howl promotion. Enjoy!
And finally, for those who took me up on the offer for free swag, never fear, I’m getting those sent out this week! (I am notoriously slow at making it to post office.)