I had my last day of class for the year this Thursday. My students were actually disappointed that there won’t be any class until January, which is certainly a first. But that’s the difference between adults who actually want to learn (and who can’t work due to legal restrictions) and kids/teenagers who often have more exciting things to do.
The run-up to the holidays is always a rush, so the next few days will be devoted to book announcements. Besides, I haven’t yet seen The Force Awakens and won’t until after the holidays. BTW, releasing The Force Awakens, after all one of the most anticipated movies of the year, so close to the holidays tells you a lot about who Disney/Lucasfilm think the target audience is, namely kids, teens and unattached young men. Cause if you have a family and/or if you have a job caught in the end of the year rush, you won’t have time to go to the movies now. This applies doubly if you’re a woman.
And now to the announcements. First of all, I took part in an SF Signal Mind Meld together with a lot of other awesome writers and other SFF people, where I talk about what makes the perfect SFF short story. I name a lot of stories, both old and new. I’ll probably do a “These are things I enjoyed this year” post about novels, movies, TV shows, short fiction, etc… sometime between the years.
I’m also pleased to announce a new distribution channel for our books, namely the e-book subscription service 24symbols. Okay, so for some reason, they seem to think I’m male, but I’m still always happy about new distribution channels. Plus, this offsets the loss of Oyster, which will close down in January, because Google bought off their entire staff.
Besides, I have a new Helen Shepherd Mystery available, the ninth in the series so far (and number 10 is coming soon). This time, Helen tackles what appears to be the politically motivated murder of a controversial cartoonist, together with the handsome Chief Inspector Simon Westmoreland of the Counter Terrorism Command. There is also jerk chicken. And Blue Mountain coffee.
So here it is:
Mightier than the Sword
When cartoonist Charlie Ellis is stabbed to death in his studio, everybody suspects a political motive. For his controversial cartoons had placed Charlie Ellis in the crosshairs two years before.
But Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd is sceptical. For why did Charlie Ellis not even try to defend himself and why did he open to door to his own killer? How did the killer manage to sneak past the police guard at the door in the first place? And what is the connection between Charlie Ellis and the other fourteen men in the Greater London area who happen to share his rather common name?
With the help of Simon Westmoreland, a handsome chief inspector from the Counter Terrorism Command, Helen finally manages to shed some light on the murder of Charlie Ellis.
Length: 12200 words
List price: 2.99 USD, EUR or GBP
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