Tonight I made up the cover for book 2, The Hunt, so all the graphics are ready to go for its launch. Now I just have to keep plugging away at the book until it’s done. I’ll probably be taking a few days off from writing so I can get my reviews done for the next issue of Rogue Cinema and then get the new issue posted, but after that, I’ll be back at it with a vengeance.
I’ve added a widget over on the right side that has a progress report of where I’m at with the second book. Aside from the humor, this second book isn’t like the first book. This one is riddled with absolute carnage, some of it so over the top that it’s absolutely hilarious. I was even laughing as I was writing it. I can’t wait to get this thing finished and get it out there. I still have a long way to go, but I’m working hard on it. This one scene I wrote tonight with Tina and Sarah, it was like Lucy and Ethel meet The Evil Dead. 😀
Anyway, things are progressing along nicely. I’ll keep posting updates when I have them. 🙂
Since I’ve been alone here, I’ve had a lot of time to work on things, and by things, I mean the next book. I just finished up chapter 3 with 12,071 words. I’m about to start chapter 4. Things have really gotten exciting! I might post some more teasers at some point as well, but I don’t want to give too much away too early on. 😉
Update to this last report:
It’s now 5am and I’ve been up writing all night (again). Chapter 4 is done, and it’s a very intense chapter. In the last 24 hours, I’ve pumped out 12,033 words in three full chapters. That’s crazy stuff right there! Up to 17,229 words total now. Not bad for literally a couple of days worth of work, huh?
Yes, that’s right, I’ve gotten started on the second book in the series, and so far I’ve finished chapter 1. While Origins was intended to introduce and develop the characters, as well as the overall theme of the series, The Hunt is getting down into the meat of it. There’s going to be a lot more action and a whole new world to explore as the four make their way into another dimension in an effort to rescue Jarrod’s family.
Here’s a teaser from chapter 1 of The Hunt. This should tell you a little about the kind of stuff that’s going to be going on in this book.
“Do we have everything?” Jarrod asked as he threw a large duffel bag into the back of Derek’s truck. They’d decided to take Derek’s truck this time around, because Sarah’s car was too small to hold them, their luggage and all the gear.
“I think so,” Derek replied, going over a checklist they’d made. “Camo gear, bitch beaters, tasers, stun guns, a hunting bow and arrows, hunting knives, that dagger Jack made, gas masks. chains, leather belts, survival kits, first aid kits, flashlights, backpacks, personal stuff… Yeah, I think…no, wait. There’s something else I picked up for us. Crap, I don’t wanna forget those. Just a sec.”
Derek ran into his garage, and then came running out with an armful of small, metal canister looking things.
“What are those?” Jarrod asked, looking at them curiously.
“Well, remember how Patricia said we should burn the bodies to cover up the fact that they’d been murdered? Well that’s what these are for. They’re those little torches that chefs use. I figured regular sized torch bottles would be too big and heavy to carry, and would be more than we need anyway. These’ll do the trick just fine and they’re a hell of a lot smaller.”
When Jarrod Grant was fourteen years old, some sort of a monster emerged from a portal in his room, grabbed his mother and little brother and then vanished with them back into the portal from which it came. Jarrod, whose father was a soldier that had been killed eight months earlier, was now left completely alone in the world.
Four years later, Jarrod is now a senior in high school. No one ever believed his story, and the therapists all said that he’d deluded himself into believing it because he couldn’t deal with whatever horrific events had caused the disappearance of his family. At school, he was treated like some kind of a freak and an outcast. That is, until he met Tina and Sarah – two girls who believed his story and decided that they were going to make it their mission to help him find the answers he so desperately needed.
They’re joined along the way by a new friend named Derek, who has a tragic past of his own, and a woman named Patricia who knows things that only a very few others in the world could even dream of. Together they’ll discover the truth of what happened to Jarrod’s family on that fateful night, and it’s a secret that will send them down a path that some of them may not return from.
Origins is book 1 in the Unseen Things series. It’s an introduction to the characters, as well as the overall theme of the series itself. It is currently available on Amazon and Smashwords, and will soon be available at the following retailers: Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, Diesel, Page Foundry, Baker & Taylor Blio, Library Direct, Baker-Taylor Axis360, Flipkart and Oyster.
The next title in the series will be called Unseen Things: The Hunt. It is currently in the process of being written, and you can look for its release during the first quarter of 2014. Check back for updates and teasers.