Things are heating up on The Last Word front; my editor has sent back edits for roughly half of the novel, and I have been wading through them. My reaction is split pretty evenly between agonizing over a suggested change and wondering how I could have so many typos and still be considered literate. In any case, we are still on target for a Fall 2014 release, with the only question being whether it will be early or late fall.
On a different publishing note, last week I published The Collector: Stories, a short book of flash fiction, short stories, and the first three chapters of The Last Word as a preview of what's coming. Some of the stories have appeared in online journals before, and one in a print anthology, but this is the first time you can get them all in one place. You can find the Kindle version here, and the paperback version here.
Putting the story collection together has been a valuable experience as I move forward with publishing The Last Word. I have learned a few things that will make that process, and hopefully the end product, much better.
Now back to working on the edits...writing is re-writing, and all that drivel.
The Last Word is coming...stay tuned.
Sal Terranova and Camden Templeton are cousins separated by upbringing, the Atlantic Ocean, and a common language. Then fate (with help from a run of bad luck and a dead uncle) throws them together in the least likely of places: Texas. Exiled in this strange land, they must band together in order to save the family bookstore from financial ruin, from its own insane employees, and probably from themselves. This is the story of what happens when The Sopranos meets Fawlty Towers...in a bookstore.