Christmas reading, writing and selling

Boxing Day was largely uneventful. My Mom made something tasty with tiger prawns, tomato, olives and feta cheese for lunch. My parents went for a walk this afternoon, but I stayed in. The weather didn’t really inspire me to go for a walk.

I have been writing over the holidays and actually finished a short story called The Apocalypse Protocol. In spite of the title, it’s not science fiction. So far, it’s only a first draft that still needs some work. I’m not sure what to do with it, either, whether to submit it (there’s a magazine where it might fit, but their response time is horrible) or publish it right away.

I’ve also been looking at some older, unfinished work and found an erotic historical romance novelette that is approximately three quarters finished. It’s a medieval romance about a man and a woman whose obvious attraction is impeded by the fact that she happens to be the unwilling bride of his sworn enemy, not to mention thwarted by the lady’s chastity belt, which doesn’t come off until the climax. The sexual content is quite good, though I laid it on a bit thick with the violence. I also came across another unfinished historical set in the Netherlands under Spanish rule, where a young Spaniard falls for a beautiful Dutch rebel. I should probably finish both, particularly since my historicals are my bestselling e-books.

Oh yes, and the rumoured post-Christmas e-book sales surge really does exist. At any rate, my sales have gone up.

Finally, if you’re a fan of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, a tie-in novella called Magic Gifts is available for free at her website in various formats as a Christmas present to their readers.

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