Book of Shadows New Releases

Twitter, Book of Shadows and assorted ideas

Right now, I have tons of tweets scheduled for the next week and a half. Until the 12th, I believe. I just started scheduling a bunch for the next few days yesterday and then I was like I might as well keep going until the day after my b-day — the day Book of Shadows 2 comes out — so I would have time off from twitter until then.  A nice little break where I can spend more time working on Book of Shadows 4, which I’m up to page 52 of and I think it’s coming along nicely so far.  Of course, I’ll still hop on Twitter to see what’s going on in the world and I’m sure I’ll post some #nowplaying tweets about whatever I’m listening to as I write.  But tweets promoting Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows 2 are all scheduled, which is a huge weight off of my chest.   I wish I could find something for scheduling tweets that would work better than Twitter.  I’d like to be able to write one tweet and then check off all the dates I want to run it and specify the times you want it to run and be done.  Anyone know of a Twitter client that does that?  Even if it’s not made by Twitter itself, I’d check it out.   Ideally, I’d like something free, being that I’m a disabled individual living below the poverty line, but if there’s something fantastic that costs 5 bucks a month or something I might consider it.

I just hope Book of Shadows 2 gets good reviews. Caution: I’m about to divulge a spoiler. Read no further if you hate those…. SPOILER: It ends with the characters unsettled after the witch hunters announce their arrival by sending Emma something that sends her spiraling down a long hall of hallucinations. Horrifying hallucinations. During that whole part, which is an entire chapter, it shifts a bit from being urban fantasy and into horror. I think that chapter is one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s a little long, but if you were exposed to the amount of hallucinogen that Emma is exposed to, well, you’d be tripping your ass off all afternoon and into the early evening, too. (I say this from experience. Sort of. When I was a kid and my parents gave me Dimetapp it made me hallucinate. I took it like once a day in the morning and it had me seeing things for 24 hours. I had a whole week of hallucinations before people finally figured out that I wasn’t just seeing imaginary friends, that I was seeing some crazy shit and needed to stop taking that shit. I’ll have to write about that trip sometime. Might make a good blog post for my author site.)

Caution: I’m about to divulge a spoiler. Read no further if you hate those…. SPOILER: It ends with the characters unsettled after the witch hunters announce their arrival by sending Emma something that sends her spiraling down a long hall of hallucinations. Horrifying hallucinations. During that whole part, which is an entire chapter, it shifts a bit from being urban fantasy and into horror. I think that chapter is one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s a little long, but if you were exposed to the amount of hallucinogen that Emma is exposed to, well, you’d be tripping your ass off all afternoon and into the early evening, too. (I say this from experience. Sort of. When I was a kid and my parents gave me Dimetapp it made me hallucinate. I took it like once a day in the morning and it had me seeing things for 24 hours. I had a whole week of hallucinations before people finally figured out that I wasn’t just seeing imaginary friends, that I was seeing some crazy shit and needed to stop taking that shit. I’ll have to write about that trip sometime. Might make a good blog post for my author site.)

SPOILER:  Book of Shadows 2 ends with the characters unsettled after the witch hunters announce their arrival by sending Emma something that sends her spiraling down a long hall of hallucinations. Horrifying hallucinations. During that whole part, which is an entire chapter, it shifts a bit from being urban fantasy and into horror. I think that chapter is one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s a little long, but if you were exposed to the amount of hallucinogen that Emma is exposed to, well, you’d be tripping your ass off all afternoon and into the early evening, too. (I say this from experience. Sort of. When I was a kid and my parents gave me Dimetapp it made me hallucinate. I took it like once a day in the morning and it had me seeing things for 24 hours. I had a whole week of hallucinations before people finally figured out that I wasn’t just seeing imaginary friends, that I was seeing some crazy shit and needed to stop taking that shit. I’ll have to write about that trip sometime. Might make an interesting blog post.)

I’ve thought about writing a Book of Shadows stand alone book that’s more of a horror novel than urban fantasy. And it wouldn’t be designated as young adult. It could be about something that happens to Emma when she’s in college. Maybe she comes back for a weekend and Lia and Shar are supposed to be home that weekend, too, but then they don’t show up and everyone’s worried and Emma has to find them along with Tim, January, Juliana, and Pete. Would be a good opportunity to explore those characters further, since the book normally focuses on Emma, Lia and Shar. And people might like the fact that it’s a stand alone.   Could even be a good book to introducte people to the world of Book of Shadows with.

Another idea is to write a stand alone Book of Shadows novel where Emma, Lia, Shar and January go to Paris for a few weeks during the summer. Maybe they go to the catacombs under the city, where millions of people are buried, and spirits attach to them and make them sick or something.  Then they have to do that.

ANOTHER SPOILER: On a related note, I’m still working on a short story where Emma, Lia and Shar are in Paris a few years before Book of Shadows starts and that’s when Lia and Shar tell Emma that they’re a couple. They actually come out to her on the Eiffel Tower, thinking that being at one of her favorite places will soften the blow. I’m not saying if it does or doesn’t. I was thinking about giving the story to people who pre-order Book 2. They can forward me their Amazon receipt and then I’ll send them the short story. The only trouble about it is that I’d need a cover for it. I’m sure I could find some png clip art of the Eiffel Tower to use. I might even have one in those 5 Minute Covers templates that I bought for Photoshop.

I’m full of ideas anyway. Just about every day for the past month I’ve had an idea for a new novel. Some of the ideas are two typed pages long and very detailed with all the major plot points. Others, just a paragraph or two. But they’re almost all really great ideas. I’ll probably write something different after Book of Shadows 4. Unless the series is making serious money — I’m trying to make a living doing this — at that point and I need to continue to keep the money coming in. But if it’s only moderately popular I’ll write something else and in the meantime and there will be four Book of Shadows books for people to read so it’s not like new fans will be complaining if I do one different book.  Longtime fans might be frustrated if they’re dying for Book of Shadows 5, but it’s only natural for a writer to want to write about new characters and such after a while and I think writng four Book of Shadows novels back-to-back is about all I can handle.

This was almost the cover of Book of Shadows Volume One. But then I found the photo of the girl I ended up using on a stock photo site and she looked much more like Emma than this girl so I made a completely different cover. What do you think about this one?

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