I really don’t believe in jinxes. Still, it’s undeniable that there’s something in all our reptile brains that shivers whenever a coincidence involving A), anticipatory excitement, followed by B), dire developments, occurs.
This blog was pretty quiet through most of 2019, as I worked on finishing my novel, but saw a resurgence in the first couple months of the year as I awaited feedback from beta readers and got back into the swing of short story submissions, acceptances and announcements. All was going swimmingly for about ten weeks, and then … COVID-19.
It would be totally understandable if the widespread disruption caused by attempts to flatten the curve (attempts which I wholeheartedly support) led to publishers reconsidering their release schedules. Heck, it would be understandable if some of the smaller presses which are really labors of love or passion-fueled side projects simply folded up their tents altogether due to having bigger things to worry about. In other words, I wasn’t expecting full follow-through on a lot of things that had been set in motion before COVID-19, either in timely fashion or any fashion at all.
So you can imagine my delight when it turned out that Emerald Bay Books was very much moving forward with their original release dates for the two separate anthologies I had stories accepted in. In fact, they expanded their plans, about which more in a moment. But first, the imminent release news!
UnLeashed: Scary Stories of Furry Friends will hit the Kindle store this Friday, April 17, which means you can pre-order it right now! Please do, read my short story “Scent”, and support a small business!
Incidentally, I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve landed the coveted lead-off spot in a table of contents, definitely so for books with more than five or six stories in them:
Second, speaking of the number of stories in a book, while I originally had a story accepted into the anthology titled Horror for Hire: Scary Stories of Workplace Terror, in the end that anthology was filled to overflowing with so many clock-punching thrills and chills that the publisher opted to split it into two volumes! So my tale “Annual Review” will now be found in Horror for Hire: Second Shift, which you can also pre-order now!