The original plan for my AlphaShock series was to do 6-10 short serialized episodes. Maybe I haven’t released them fast enough or I needed to release more or master the art of the cliffhanger, but the first three didn’t really catch fire. In preparation for future releases, I have combined the first three episodes and re-released them as a full-length novel which is available on Amazon (other outlets soon to follow). Unfortunately, there is nothing new here for readers of the first three episodes, just a new dress on an old maid. If you’re getting antsy, I recently rediscovered the ETF Mainframe, which houses a lot of fun info on the people and gadgets in the AlphaShock universe. It’s good for killing a few minutes and I recommend checking it out. Also, I pulled Episode One from circulation but left Two and Three just in case people downloaded the first and wanted to pick those up instead of buying all three of them together. They’ll probably remain available for another month or so.
The new cover is a slightly different version of the original one for the first episode:
Yay face-shield. There will only be two more installments in the series (that I can tell at this point), but both of them will be novels. The overall length of the series will not differ from the original plans, I am just altering the packaging. The covers for the next two books are already completed and I will be working on Book Two (tentatively titled Shatterpoint) in August.
In other news, the crime novella I have been working on (and finished) became un-finished when I decided I liked the story too much to keep it so short. It also makes more money sense this way. It’s a follow-up to my novella Capital Heights and constitutes the first book in what will probably end up being a thematic trilogy. I say thematic instead of direct because each book will be a complete story on its own, but with recurring characters and connecting subplots. The first book in the trilogy is called Dream Street, and I love the cover so much I can’t keep it to myself:
Normally I don’t like posting a preview that isn’t a super rough draft, but I can’t help myself. I have been struggling for a month to come up with something halfway decent, and my hard drive was quickly filling up with unusable versions. I’m sure something will change with this one, but that’s a pretty good idea of where it’s headed. I also can’t seem to find a spot to put my name (which is why I know everybody reads my books in the first place…right?). I’m headed to Florida for a three-week layabout and I hope to finish up the book between naps.
And that’s all the news that’s fit to print.