First off, continued thanks to all of you for your support. Waking Up Dead continues to sell better than I had hoped, and the feedback continues to be amazing. I’m excited that all of you have enjoyed reading the story as much as I have telling it.
Book Two continues to move along at a good solid pace. I’m excited about the turns the story has taken. Our favorite group of dead souls find themselves in ever increasing trouble as Thomas and Cho try to figure out how to continue their job without the leadership they assumed would be there to guide them. Meanwhile the other surviving members of the society try to figure out how to navigate a new realm where the rules they had long mastered no longer seem to apply.
My current goal is to have it ready for a November release, though I’ll solidify that date as we move closer. I’m writing the last 10-15% of the book now, and want to make sure I get it right. I’ll then do a read through and set of edits myself before I start turning it over to some of my beta readers for feedback. While it’s still a few months away, I can let you know that it does have an official title. Book Two will be known as “The Glacier of Gods and Monsters”. Those of you who read book one may remember references to the Glacier, and it will play a very important part in the second book, as more of its secrets (and those of Thomas, Brother Coughlin, Jack and the rest) slowly come out into the open.
One more thing. Those of you who completed book one probably remember the scenes where Jacob and Heather fought a rogue soul in the form of a djinn. Originally I wrote that as a stand alone short story, but I felt it added depth and insight to characters that would play a fairly big role in book two, so I decided to work it into Waking Up Dead itself.
I mention this because I wrote a second short story, and while its characters may eventually appear elsewhere, it doesn’t lend itself quite as well to being incorporated into the primary series like the earlier one did, so look for it to be released digitally as a stand alone short story in the near future. It’ll be called “The Safety of Sunflowers”, and it’s in revisions now. Once I get final feedback from a few beta readers and do final revisions on it, I’ll let you know how you can get your hands on it.
Keep reading, and I’ll keep writing! Enjoy!