Monday, December 31, 2018

To all the books I wrote this year... (2018 roundup)

In 2018, I wrote 214,592 words. :)

That's not a bad total word count for the year, but it's my lowest since 2012, and the six years since are in almost perfect negative correlation with the output of Beaten Track Publishing. That's an achievement, of course. I love my job. However, with that realisation comes the closest I'm getting to a New Year's resolution: in 2019, I'll spend less time on publishing and more on writing.

That brings my writing career total to 3,214,424 words (!), consisting of:

  • 25 novels
  • 12 novellas
  • 12 short stories
  • several works in progress

In case you missed any…with links…

Deb's books published in 2018


Edited to add: my favourites to write were The Great Village Bun Fight because it was so much fun to write a bit of nonsense humour (even though I didn't manage to ditch the politics entirely) and The Advent of Reason because it's the first time in three years or more where the story just flowed. I had a lot of fun writing that too!

Box Sets (Kindle/Kindle Unlimited):


If you read my stories...thank you very much. You are lovely.
If you don't...well, you're probably lovely too. ;)

To 2019! Onwards...
Deb x

Sunday, December 23, 2018

New Release: The Advent of Reason

20th December, 2018

A weekend in an ancient castle and a murder-mystery game that becomes all too real. It’s safe to say Josh’s plans for a romantic anniversary with George are not turning out the way he’d hoped.

In spite of his cynicism, and his promise not to embark on any more life-threatening pursuits for answers, when one of the guests turns up dead, Josh can’t help but put his talents to use to solve the murder.

The Advent of Reason is a (more or less) stand-alone 47,000-word novella-length character special in the Hiding Behind The Couch series.

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“Oh, God. That’s a long way down.” Josh backed away from the panoramic window fronting Gabby’s third-floor studio.

She laughed, but not at him, he didn’t think, and came to stand by his side. “You do realise you were this far up last night?”

“Ah, but I couldn’t see that, could I?”

“That makes a difference?”

“It did last night.” It wouldn’t now he knew. “So the solarium is in the east wing?”

“Correct. At the top of the other turret.”

“You have turrets?”

“We used to. The house was rebuilt in 1661 and again in 1863, after the east turret fell off.”

Josh gulped audibly.

“It’s all right,” Gabby comforted. “Architecturally, they’re towers now and go all the way to the ground.”

“Just as long as we don’t,” Josh muttered, although it wasn’t so bad if he stayed back from the windows, and the view was absolutely stunning. “Has this always been a studio?”

“Since the late 1700s, yes, but not in my lifetime—until now.”

“But—” Josh clamped his teeth together. He’d promised to behave himself this weekend.

“I’m an artist?” Gabby guessed. Josh nodded mutely. She sighed. “Let me finish up here, I’ll order some coffee and then we’ll talk.” She quickly typed into her phone and continued with what she’d been doing when he arrived: setting easels in a semicircle in front of the windows.

“Can I help?”

“Hmm…bring those over?” She pointed to a stack of Perspex paint palettes in the centre of the floor. Josh collected them and left one on each of the stools Gabby had placed in front of the easels.

“I’m sorry if I said the wrong thing,” Josh said, glancing up from what he was doing.

“You didn’t say anything.”

“I was going to.”

“Yes, and you’re right to question it, but there are things I’ve never told you about why my parents were so insistent I study law, or, should I say, were so against me becoming an artist.”

“Art therapy and creative art are entirely different animals,” Josh argued. Quite why he thought he needed to when he was talking to an art therapist…well, he didn’t need to.

“Indeed they are, and I do believe my father finally understands the distinction. But you know how it is. Superstition can override reason in the best of us.”

Josh didn’t agree; he wasn’t in the least superstitious, but he held his tongue, aware that such a statement was also a value judgement of Gabby’s admission, and he wanted neither to offend her nor jeopardise his chances of hearing what was sure to be a story full of the kind of intrigue he loved, as opposed to the awful pantomime this evening’s murder mystery would prove to be.

Monday, December 03, 2018

The Lost Mitten and the New Son-in-Law

So, I haven't blogged for a few weeks, and I'd like to blame my youngest daughter's wedding.

I'd like to, but I can't.

She and her new husband (who made me cry so many times on their happy day it's just untrue - I never used to be such a soft sh*te! And I mean happy tears) pretty much organised everything themselves. I say 'pretty much' because I know my eldest daughter as maid of honour worked her socks off putting the hen party together, and I'm guessing the best man did the same for the stag do.

Anyway, the short version: amazing day. The hotel was stunning. The food was awesome. The music was brilliant. Most importantly, the bride, groom and their entire wedding party were utterly gorgeous. I'm hoping she won't mind me sharing this photo as it's online already...

The littluns weren't that serious all day. :)

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Also on the same day (and yes, I was told off for it), I released my first ever children's book - The Lost Mitten - under the pen name J.S. Morley. The reason I went with a pen name is that I've written some fairly adult stuff, and while I'm sure my adult readers will enjoy The Lost Mitten just as much as the children, that doesn't hold true in reverse.

My daughter (pictured) read the story to my eldest grandson (on the right):

Daughter: Who's on the cover?
Grandson: Me.

And, well, it's an awesome coincidence, but I think he's on to something!

The Lost Mitten is an illustrated classic-style children's story - suitable for children of all ages, and it's available in hardcover, paperback and ebook formats.

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I'm currently working on a novella/short novel I started writing for NaNoWriMo, which is a Christmas(sy) story featuring Josh and George from Hiding Behind The Couch. If I finish it in a timely fashion, I'll release it this Christmas. I think I've finally buffed the cover into shape too, so here it is:

I took part in a 'five things about your work-in-progress' tag thingy on Facebook and Twitter today, which might just have given me the basics for the blurb.

1. Josh and George at (almost) Christmastime
2. Thundersnow!
3. A castle
4. A cursed room
5. A murder mystery

I'll post about this again soon!

Thanks for reading,
Deb x