I was faced with an interesting dilemma the past few days, and it has to do with the upcoming holiday season.
For the second year in a row, I was declined an offer to visit family out-of-town for Christmas. I found it disheartening because this might possibly be the last time I will be spending the holiday season in Canada for a while. (Those of you who know me personally, know the reasoning behind that.) So, I was asking myself, what am I going to do for Christmas and New Year's. There are no plans for my special visitor from last New Year's and I to meet up this year (But, that will be made up for in bounds in 2015.), and save for a Christmas dinner my work will be having for some of it's employees on the night of the 25th, I have a span where I will only be called into the office for 2 out of 9 days. That calls into question: what am I going to do with myself? Well, as someone who is an independent author in his spare time, he turns to his craft.
However, there was only one slight problem with this: which of my three personas should I concentrate on? At first, I wanted to write a holiday-themed story based on the characters in my Fiery Freedom series, but certain people aren't too keen on a return of Steven, Freedom, and Angela to the masses. (I suppose they have their reasons, but I don't need to explore that at this juncture.) I also have a half-finished first draft of the second book in Prairie Fire Trilogy, that I haven't really touched since May. I'd like to continue the story of when Ashley meets Chuck, but with it gathering electrical dust on my Flash drive, I might need time to re-read what I have written, so I know where to go from there.
That leaves the original cast of characters that brought me into the world of independent authors, my Gary Celdom Case Journals series. Some people were thinking I could write a holiday-themed story involving Gary, Jessica, Karen, and Phil. I was a little hesitant at going this route since my latest attempt to write a novel based on the back story of when Gary first met Phil flopped again (an occasion where the third time was not a charm). But, these people were still insistent I give the holiday-themed Celdom book a shot. The only problem was, what should this holiday Celdom book be about?
After some surveying on social media (and some wonderful brainstorming with the special lady in my life, as well as, a second supporter), the seed was planted for what I'm hoping will become the fourth Gary Celdom book. The premise, our motley crew head to Gary's cottage in the Kawarthas for Christmas. While there, in the nearby community of Bailieboro, a crime (I haven't determined what yet) has been committed. It's up to the vacationing Gary, Jessica, Karen, and Phil to help solve the case. I'm hoping to start writing this during my time off, with the intent of releasing it during the holiday season of 2015.
With that being said, from myself, C. D., and Crimson, we would like to wish all of our followers a very Happy Holidays, and a Happy and safe New Year.
P.S. Before I forget, starting midnight EST on Boxing Day (December 26th) until 8 am EST on December 29th, I'm holding a special Boxing Day Weekend sale on the Amazon.com Kindle store. (I'm not sure if this will translate to Amazon.ca, or other Amazon Kindle sites worldwide, but we'll soon see.) For those 80 hours, Kindle copies of my Gary Celdom Case Journals: Volume One, and Crimson's Fiery Freedom: The Complete Saga will be on sale for US$0.99 (reg. US$2.99).
With GCCJ:V1, you'll be getting the first two books in the Celdom series: Scarlet Siege, and Barbadian Backlash in one download. As for FF:TCS, it's the meshing of all three Freedom shorts: Desire in the Desert, Branded Canuck, and Bound by Commitment into a handy all-in-one.
So, if you prefer detective series, or steamy romances... or, both... make sure you take advantage of this special promotion while you can.
Ho Ho Ho from "Santa Dief".