Self-pub update!

We’ve been working steadily to make as much of our back catalogue available again as soon as possible, and we now have most of the books that aren’t being republished by Dreamspinner Press up at Amazon.

All five of the Herc’s Mercs books are now available! Book 1 was revised extensively; books 2-5 were not. We’re working on preparing book 6 with a goal of releasing it in January 2017. Next month, we’ll have a cover reveal and a give-away for this brand new addition to the Herc’s Mercs series, so stay tuned!

Also available on Amazon: Holiday Hootenanny, Ghost of a Chance, and Call of the Night Singers.

In other good news, we’ve started making our republished works available on All Romance eBooks as well! Herc’s Mercs: The Bigger They Come is now available at ARE, and we intend to add our other works there as well, including the rest of the Herc’s Mercs series.

I’ve reorganized our website a bit. New releases now have their own page. Our stand alone works are now on one page as well instead of being separated into short stories, novels, and novellas and mixed in with the works from a series. I’ve had separate series pages, so that hasn’t changed; I just updated to reflect new information about each series and its status if it’s no longer available.


Call of the Night Singers

Tomorrow, our Gothic horror novella, “Call of the  Night Singers”, is coming out! It’s something Ari has already talked about, but there were a couple of behind the scenes things I wanted to share as well.

The story takes place primarily in Bath, NC, and it mentions a curse on the little town, which is a real thing. Well, as real as a legendary curse can be, depending on how much stock you put in that kind of thing! It’s called the Whitefield Curse, and it was placed on Bath by a traveling evangelist in the mid-1700s. Apparently, he thought the residents of Bath were unrepentant sinners, and when he left town for the last time, he shook the dust of the town off his shoes and laid his curse on it.

Coincidentally (or not *ominous music*), Bath began as a prosperous port city, but not long after Whitefield left, its fortune began to decline. Washington (NC) began to rise in its place, stealing away its business, population, and prospects, and Bath has never flourished again since that time.

I’ve mentioned before that we often include elements in our stories purely for our own amusement, and Roderick Heatherford’s faithful manservant is one of those elements. We named him O’Brien after Richard O’Brien, and we based the character’s appearance on Riff-Raff. I pictured the character so strongly that I typed “Riff-Raff” instead of “O’Brien” more than once.

We hope our readers enjoy our foray into the realm of the Gothic! Given our love of the supernatural and paranormal, it probably won’t be our last. Just not in first person. 😉



A Trip Into the Unknown…

As some people know, on March 19th our novella “Call of the Night Singers” will be released by Torquere Press. This is a very different venture for us in many ways, and we’re eager to see what people think.

What’s so different, you may ask. Well, to begin with, it’s in first person. I know a lot of people don’t care for first person POV, but in this case it was absolutely necessary for it to be written as such, because the story is very much an H.P. Lovecraft-inspired gothic horror. Both McKay and I are fans of the horror genre, and for me, especially, H.P. Lovecraft was one of the authors who I read extensively in my formative years. His kind of brooding, creeping horror/suspense had a big influence on my appreciation for a well-crafted tale of the macabre, and it’s very easy to trace his influence on authors such as Stephen King and Robert McCammon (both of whom I also enjoy).

The second difference is that the story is a historical. Our other historical piece, Heart of Stone, has been well-received, so we wanted to venture back to the Victorian era once more. One advantage of a historical setting for this kind of story is that it helps preserve the nature of the unexplained and unexplainable, to make the horror that much more fearsome because the characters don’t have to get caught up in things like DNA analysis or infrared photography to prove or disprove their experiences. This is in direct contrast to our story “Ghost of a Chance”; while “Ghost” wasn’t a horror story per se, the scientific proof (or lack of it) lay at the very heart of the conflict between the characters. In “Night Singers”, however, disbelief isn’t much of an option for the protagonists, and they are the products of a Victorian era which was rife with seers, seances, and all sorts of unexplained phenomena.

Another difference from our usual type of story is that it’s an established relationship piece. Geoffrey Wainwright, the POV character, has been with his lover Garland Heatherford for several years, and they are very much in love with one another. Rather than the central story involving characters discovering one another and finding love, this time love is the motivation for overcoming fear and horror in order for the characters to protect one another.

Even though this story is bit different from our other work, we do hope people enjoy it, especially those who are fans of a good horror story!

Story Blurb:

When Garland Heatherford is named heir to his uncle’s vast fortune, he isn’t pleased by the honor, and with good reason. The last five heirs all met with most untimely deaths – four of them from drowning. Although loathe to accept his inheritance, Garland nevertheless travels to the “cursed” town of Bath, North Carolina, to meet his aged uncle, hoping to avoid the fate of his predecessors. But Garland has something in his favor the other heirs didn’t: his lover, Geoffrey Wainwright.

The sight of the decaying hulk of Heatherford House dismays both men, yet they have little choice but to enter a world where a miasma of horror lies beneath a veneer of breeding, and madness and death seem to lurk in every corner. Ruling over all is the presence of sinister Roderick Heatherford, who has managed to outlive five young, healthy heirs despite his allegedly poor health. When an unexpected illness strikes Garland and he begins to sleepwalk, lured from bed by singing only he can hear, Geoffrey resolves to protect Garland from every danger – even if it costs him his own life.