Thursday, June 2, 2016

Let the Body Count Rise

I've been a bit absent from social media recently, which is kinda hard to tell since I'm not particularly active on it to begin with.  But to make a long story short I've been going through some things and having a pretty hard time getting my shit together, but I'm doing much better now, shit is officially together, and I wanted to share some updates.

The third Mako Shark book:

First Draft: CHECK.  It actually has been for awhile (shhh.)  Once I get a little further into Chance Assassin 4 I'll be sending it along to beta readers.  They do overlap a good deal so I want to make sure the continuity and whatnot is nailed down ahead of time lest I have to go back and change stuff.
Title: TBA
Cover: Almost CHECK.  I spent last weekend smashing glass with a hammer and bloodying some daisies.  It was most satisfying.  I highly recommend it.
Blurb: Hmm...have I mentioned how much I hate writing blurbs?  Writing the blurb can be harder than writing the book itself, so I'll leave that to future Nicole.  For now all you have to know is this is the conclusion (exciting conclusion!) to the Mako Shark trilogy.  Mysteries are revealed, candies are eaten, and there will be blood.

The fourth Chance Assassin book:

First Draft: Getting Closer.  I went off the rails for awhile but I'm back on track and I know where I'm going with it.  I've written about 12,000 words in the past two weeks, and before that it wasn't even 12,000 words in months.  I am on a roll, baby!
Title: Nope
Cover: Double Nope
Blurb: Ha ha ha *cries*  Really though, anyone who read The Inauspicious List knows that some things were left...unresolved.  Tears will be shed, minds will be lost, and someone's getting pureed.  Assassin War has begun.

So there you have it. I'm still on schedule for release this year, but unfortunately I can't narrow it down further than that quite yet.  More updates to come, along with official blurbs eventually, but for now I've got to get back to the body I left dismembered in a bathtub.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Here's to 2016

I'm really awful about updating this blog in anything resembling a timely fashion so I'm going to just skip right over the last two weeks of this year and do a New Year's post instead.  See?  Now I'm early!

I published two books this year (The Result of a Straight Razor and The Inauspicious List) and finally got Chance Assassin in paperback, I begrudgingly joined Facebook (but don't think for a second that I'm any better at updating that than I am this blog) so I'm going to pretend those were last year's New Year's resolutions lest I admit that I didn't actually succeed in keeping any of my real resolutions.

Here are my resolutions (that I can probably keep) for 2016:

Publish the third Mako Shark book, of which I already have a full first draft, an idea for a cover and the means to implement it, and no official title as of yet.

Finish writing the fourth and likely final Chance Assassin book, of which I have an idea for a plot and basically nothing else.

Get the rest of my books in print.

And since tradition says that I need to break at least one of these: eat less cake.

There you go.  2016.  Nailed it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Release Day Interview

The Inauspicious List is out today (buy it here), and Avon Gale, author of Let the Wrong Light In and the upcoming (and fantastic) Breakaway was kind enough to invite me over to her blog.  You can check the interview out here, and if you haven't already picked up a copy of her books, I highly recommend them.

Visit Avon Gale's blog and check out her books at Dreamspinner press.

Happy release day, and happy reading.

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Inauspicious List

I'm sorry that it's been awhile since my last post but I'm officially back, and on November 10th, so are Frank and Vincent!  The Inauspicious List takes place several months after the end of Les Recidivists, and Vincent once again takes the helm (and as much attention as he can get) as our faithful narrator.

Anyone reading the spinoff Mako Shark series will already know some of what's in store for Frank and V (and if you're following both series, I highly recommend reading The Result of a Straight Razor before The Inauspicious List.)  For those needing a bit of a catch up, you can read their first hit after getting back to work on my Greatest Hits site, and Les Recidivists will be free this weekend.

With a new handler and Silva's book of hits, Frank and Vincent's marital bliss is only interrupted by the occasional spat over whose turn it is to kill.  But when their jobs stop going according to plan, a detour takes them down a path that could bring the end of their careers.  And their lives.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Cover shoot outtakes

Last fall I visited my friend, the lovely S.K. Hart in Massachusetts.  The trip was primarily to hang out and see her in her native habitat...well let's be honest, the trip was primarily to steal Halloween candy from her kids and fill her mother's amazing bathtub with fake blood.  

I had a post about this last year that went into some of the details about this fun and messy cover shoot, but I wanted to show a few photos we took during the process.  That's her hand print on the side of the tub if anyone is wondering, and unfortunately I didn't get a shot of her precariously positioning herself over the bath to properly place it.  No, she did not fall in, otherwise there would be a few photos of a very grumpy, very pink, and very wet author.

Her mother worked for a floral supply company and brought a gazillion daisies for our project, and was kind enough to let us use (and potentially destroy) her amazing claw foot bathtub.  

Now, I have plenty of supplies for fake blood at home in Oregon.  Plenty.  A disconcerting amount.  But naturally with the TSA liquid restrictions and potential of ending up on the no-fly list, I didn't bring supplies with me across the country.  Of course, I figured no big deal, I could buy some red food dye when I got there, a little corn syrup and Hershey's chocolate syrup, and voila!  Blood.  What I didn't take into consideration was that it was almost Halloween and apparently other people were in the market for fake blood as well.  We visited two stores looking for red dye, of which all varieties were sold out.  Not willing to accept failure, I picked up some grenadine and the trusty chocolate syrup, but it just wasn't red enough.  Thankfully Ms. Hart's mother had a tiny amount of red dye, along with other items to try like molasses, and we got the effect we were looking for.  

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Result of a Straight Razor

Late last year I unleashed Miko the Mako Shark on the world, and in a week, he returns.  The Result of a Straight Razor takes right off where The Consequence of High Caliber ended, with emotions and insanity running high.  Miko has a lot to struggle through in this next book, but he's not without support from his nearest and dearest, as well as certain someones that my other readers may be quite familiar with.

Miko is in mourning.  He is plotting.  Miko is thinking about death and vengeance.  About forgiveness.  And love.  Miko is getting some new tattoos.

I highly recommend anyone who follows both series to read this one before The Inauspicious List (Chance Assassin #3.)  They do overlap but reading The Result of a Straight Razor spoils less of The Inauspicious List than the other way around.

The Result of a Straight Razor will be released on 8/21/2015, and to kick off the release, The Consequence of High Caliber will be FREE from 8/21/2015-8/23/2015.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

That new book smell

For anyone who reads my blog regularly, you'll know that summer is my most despised time of year.  We've just gotten out of a horrific heatwave (and will soon be entering into another according to the Weather Channel) but it rained gloriously yesterday, I just turned 29*, and my first ever book, Chance Assassin, is officially in print.

A lot can be said for the digital age.  Authors are able to reach more readers than they otherwise could, I can take books with me on my phone while I'm out walking the dog, but you can't hold the book in your hands.  You can't smell it.  Well, now I can.  And so can you!  You can get a copy at here and I will soonish have my others in print as well.

In other digital news, I'll have updates on the release of The Result of a Straight Razor (Mako Shark 2) with my (hopefully) next blog post, as well as some information on The Inauspicious List (Chance Assassin 3).

Until then, happy reading, whatever your preferred format may be.