jana_denardo: (kept tears)
I only have one thing for What's New Wednesdays and it's a big one. My steampunk-mystery novella If Two of Them Are Dead released today. I'm very excited, naturally. While I've written other steampunk stories, this is the first one to make it out there in the big wide world. I hope people enjoy it.

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Blurb - Called to Hyde Park, New York, ex-Air Corpsman turned detective Victor Van Voorhis comes to only three conclusions about his newest case: the gulf between his status and the wealthy Westbrook family is no trifling matter; someone brutally killed a young mother; and the victim’s brother-in-law is one of the most intriguing men Victor has ever met.

Inventor Abraham Westbrook lost his wife five years ago and is worried about the effect another death in the family will have on his children. He spends most of his time tinkering with steamships, but even his inventions can’t distract him from wishing Victor was in his life for any reason other than a murder investigation—one where Abraham himself is a suspect. He’s hidden his desires all his life, but no longer. Somehow, he’ll catch the detective’s eye.

With murder standing between them and a killer stalking the Westbrooks, Abraham and Victor’s chance at happiness could go up in steam.

Excerpt UNSURPRISINGLY, WEALTHY men like Abraham Westbrook thought they were in charge of everything. Victor had expected it, but that didn’t make it any less aggravating when Abraham insisted on meeting his brother at the airstrip. When Victor couldn’t dissuade him, he allowed Westbrook to accompany him in his police-issued horseless carriage to the small strip out on the edge of town, where it wouldn’t bother the well-heeled Hyde Park residents.

From the red, black, and yellow bladder on the airship, Victor knew it was from the Dunn line. There probably wasn’t an airship he couldn’t name after a quick glance. A frisson of grief over his injury-ended career as an airman peeked out of a dark corner of Victor’s mind as it so often did whenever he was at an airstrip. Next to him, Abraham shifted his weight back and forth as they waited for the Dunn ship to dock.

“You don’t have to be here, sir. If you need time to yourself after what’s happened, you could wait in the station.” Victor pointed back over his shoulder at the small but well-appointed building. “Or the automobile.”

Abraham offered a weary smile. “Thank you for the concern, Detective. I need to be here for my brother.”

Victor nodded. He doubted he would be any different. In retrospect, it might be good Abraham had insisted on coming, because Victor didn’t know what Benjamin looked like. He followed Abraham’s lead once the passengers began to disembark. He probably could have picked Benjamin Westbrook out of the crowd based on the stiffness of his posture and the anguish etched into his face.

Benjamin Westbrook was quite different from his brother. He wore a suit—that probably cost half-a-year’s pay for Victor—impeccable in every sense and traditional, stolid deep blue with a white shirt. While Abraham’s hair was longer than was usual and a deep brown, Benjamin’s hair might even be more conservative than Victor’s, a more muddy and unattractive shade of brown. He lacked his brother’s tall, lanky form. Victor knew he had nothing to base it on, but Benjamin’s face didn’t look like he smiled often.

Abraham briefly embraced his brother, and Victor overheard his mumbled “I’m sorry, Ben.”

Benjamin caught his brother’s wrist. “Is it true? Is Permelia dead? What are they doing about it?”

“It’s true. I truly am sorry, Ben.” Abraham beckoned Victor forward. “This is Detective Victor Van Voorhis. He’s going to get to the bottom of this for us, and he has some questions for you.”

Victor certainly hoped Abraham was right. Benjamin looked less convinced. His pinched face was as cold as Abraham’s had been warm.

buy it here
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
I've spent a lot of time working on a blog tour for the steampunk novella If Two of Them Are Dead. I'm hoping I didn't bite off more than I can chew with it. I'm thrilled that it's doing well in pre-sales AND seems to be sparking interest in the novel that came out at the end of January (or is that Love's Landscape I'm not entirely sure). Either way, I'm pretty happy.

I'm currently working on edits for my Project Fierce story, Nothing but Himself. The edits don't looks so bad so it shouldn't take me too terribly long. My current impediment is my back and right hip flexors which I put into a spasm. Fun times.

Speaking of which, I now have the link for the charity anthology. Project Fierce Chicago It will raise money for the homeless LGBT youth of Chicago so I'm hoping it sells well. Lots of good authors in this anthology and I'm very proud to be part of it.

I'm still editing away on Soldiers of the Sun as well.
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
There is a lot new.

I did the cover reveal, complete with a little teaser and the buy links of my steampunk mystery If Two of Them Are Dead and you can see that here

I finished my Love's Landscape story Triseklion and it ended up a novella. You can see more about, complete with excerpt here and here (which features a mini-soundtrack)

Don't forget my stuff's on sale this week. More about it here

And today I got the cover for the Project Fierce Anthology which will be coming out from Less Than Three press and all the money will be going to LGBT homeless youth in Chicago. I think it's a great cover for a great cause.

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How about a little excerpt from my Project Fierce story (urban fantasy) Nothing but Himself

The outdoor light cast a feeble, yellow glow over the cracked and crumbling cement porch attached to the front of the long, narrow house. The two ground level windows had their thick curtains pulled tight, and the tiny window that opened into Strange's cramped upstairs bedroom was dark. It would remain dark. Strange didn't know why he came here anymore.

Except he was almost sixteen, and he had nowhere else to go. The outdoor light was his grandmother's signal she had company, and she had that more nights than she didn't. The abandoned house next door had been a refuge for him until the upstairs collapsed, killing a couple of meth heads in the process. His grandmother had gotten jumpy then, letting him into her house so the cops wouldn't get suspicious that anything was wrong. Before that, he'd been locked out for months.

Grandma had made him an offer. He could stay at the hotel across the street and earn his keep. She owned the rent by the hour hotel and while he did clean in there – a disgusting enough job – when she said earn his keep, she meant like her girls did. Strange hated it. Those men hurt him, and he was terrified he'd get a disease from them. Grandma got mean when Strange said no, so he often didn't go into the house even if the light was off. Grandma's mean side often left scars. Tonight was cold, though, and he didn't really want to sleep outside.

And I'm back to editing my Soldiers of the Sun story. I hope to have it ready sooner rather than later (since it's already so much later than I anticipated).
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
In my hot little hands, I have Paul Richmond's beautiful cover for my steampunk-mystery novella If Two of Them Are Dead. However, I'm waiting until I get the coming soon links before I do a reveal. Trust me, it won't disappoint. Abraham and Victor look amazing.

I'm in the home stretch with my Love's Landscape story. I was hoping to be done and edited by now but life likes to keep kicking me. It will be done. It may not be as polished as I would have hoped for. But I think at the core, the story is a very good one and I love these three men. They are a blast to write, some of the easiest I've ever written. Hopefully soon I'll be able to tell you where to find this one.
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
I just sent back my okays on the galleys for If Two of Them Are Dead and now it's all over but the waiting for the cover art. I don't know when exactly it'll be out but it's done.

It was much harder to do than I anticipated. I knew converting a short story to a novella would be work but this was more than that. The two major edits were very extensive, adding nearly double the amount of material. I have no doubt it's a much better story now but it was also more time consuming than I actually had. I also never expected edits 2 & 3 to be done simultaneously.

Now I'm running around hoping I have time to work on my Love's Landscape story. It's actually going very well but I'm not sure I will have time to include everything I would like. Still, these characters are falling into place. I am worried the romance angle will be a bit rushed but with my short stories, it often feels that way. I hope at least, it will make the requestor happy. I keep that in mind as I write. I would hate to disappoint anyone.
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
Heck, it's been a while since I've had a moment to do anything and I'm stealing this one right now.

I just completed some pretty extensive edits on my Steampunk mystery novella. There were more things I could have added but I was out of time and they wanted so much. I can be a lazy writer sometimes unless you hold my feet to the first like they did. It was tough but it will be so much better for it. You can expect to see If Two of Them Are Dead May/June. I'll be sure to come back with covers and promo stuff.

I'm also nearly 3K into my Love's Landscape story, speaking of needing someone to hold my feet to the fire. I didn't think I'd run out of time this badly but here I am (and I think I owe something to them already. I need to check on that. It would be nice to be home some day before you know the dead of night).

So I'm busily writing. Here's hoping I do the Love's Landscape story justice. It's also my Camp Nanowrimo story.
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
Well not much is new since last time but I did finish a major project so now I have time to dedicate myself to finishing other things.

The contract for Project Fierce is signed. I might not have mentioned it but mine is a YA urban fantasy and it is definitely a universe I would love to revisit some day.

However, I'm trying to dedicate this year to finishing projects but that doesn't mean I'm not up for a side trip or two.

Speaking of which I'm ten pages hand written for The Prophecy (working title of my Love's Landscape story since the real title is a secret). Now to get to typing it. I've mocked up some character sheets for them (But I don't think I can share those either, at least not yet). I did consider naming one of them Andrew Jericho but didn't.

I think starting next week (since I've done so little this past week) I'll put up progress bars for Soldiers of the Sun, The Prophecy and either Behind Blue Eyes or Blood Red Roulette (or both).
jana_denardo: (kept tears)
Well this isn't going to be official part of that blog hop (yet, mostly because I'm on spring break and writing on the fly but it sounds like fun).

So what's new with me?

I finished the first round of edits for the Steampunk Mystery novella If Two of Them Are Dead. They were pretty extensive and difficult to get through. I hope I delivered what whey were hoping for. I'm hopeful for this one once it gets through all the edits (it's my first steampunk).

While I didn't make the Not Quite Shakespeare anthology (further cementing the idea I shouldn't be touching contemporary romance), I did get my YA paranormal story into Project Fierce, the anthology to help raise money for homeless LGBT youth and I'm very happy about that. I'll tell you more when I know it.

I also picked up the Love's Landscape prompt I posted about last week. I've started noodling around with it. I'll be refering to it as The Prophecy since I can't use it's title until it goes live. I'm setting it locally which is another first for me. I'm quite nervous about this one. I forsee a fairly large readership so I need to bring my A game and write this fast.

I've edited a few more chapters of Soldiers of the Sun but progress on that is embarrassingly slow. I made a promise to myself to have it out of here by Jan/Feb and I'm going to be way off. I'm very embarrassed by that and angry with myself but it is unavoidable at this point.


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