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Bound To Parish Preorder! (and other random things)

You heard that right. Bound To Parish, the book I've been rambling about for nearly a year, is available for preorder! If you've been as excited for it as I have been, make sure you grab a copy! If you're reading this, you're already on the website, so head over to the home page, or the Books page, for a link. But if that's even too much to ask of you, here's a link as well.

After asking Facebook how they felt about preorders, I decided to go this route this time. The book is scheduled for release on April 16th, including paperback and hardcover editions as well! If you're like me and you prefer physical books, you'll have to wait until then, sadly. Even I have to wait until around then to get the author copies that I've ordered already, so we're all in the same boat.

Also, full disclosure, since I have to wait until then to see the actual book, if there's anything weird about it, I wont know until you know, so bear with me on that. I'm about 90% sure that it's going to look amazing, but things can always go wrong. I really don't think there will be anything wrong, but I like to cover all the bases.

I've got a few ad/social media post ideas already in the bag, so those will probably be going out today as well. In reading online that preorder marketing is for the established fans, and post release marketing is to attract newcomers, I'm honestly most excited for the post release ad. I came up with a fun concept and I can't wait to share it out to see what kind of reaction it gets. Historically, the marketing and actual selling of the book has been the least enjoyable part of this entire writing thing for me, but I actually want to sell this one. I want people to read it and love it as much as I do.

I want you all to come spend some time in Pointe DeLeaux with me. Get some gumbo. Take a load off and let me tell you a story.

With all that out of the way, what else is going on? Let's see. I hope everyone that celebrates had a great Easter! I did my normal routine of cleaning the apartment and hanging out with Harley. (Actually, I'm writing this post on Sunday, but it won't be out until tomorrow, so shhhhh) Otherwise, with the preorder up and the release date scheduled, I'm in somewhat of a holding pattern.

I had time to finally finish The Cardinal Line by Jordan Fitch, and that was a good read! A fellow indie author that I discovered through TikTok, his novel was a fun mashup between Crichton and Koontz, if I had to pick authors from my list of favorites to compare to. It had a healthy dose of medical science, with a touch of supernatural and a hint of conspiracy. Honestly, he asked for indie recommendations and I gave him PsyConics, because The Cardinal Line reminded me a lot of it. If you were a fan of mine, you'd probably like his.

Side note, PsyConics has been coming up a lot recently. A friend of mine - who I hadn't seen in nearly 20 years - and I had an author brunch a few weeks ago while she was in town, and we talked about it a lot. It was a bit weird to hear someone quote lines from the book to me, in a "when you said ... that's how I knew I was hooked" type of way. Someone else made a passing statement about the end of it a week later, and it took me days and a reminder to actually trust that they were accurate. I'll always be completely honest: beyond the major plot points and a few things that I specifically liked writing, a lot of the previous books are blurs in my head. If you tell me that I said something specific that you loved, I'm elated, and I love it that you loved it, but I most likely don't remember it at all. Just hearing that you read the book in the first place fills me with so much joy that I can't comprehend you remembering a quote from the book. Trust me when I say that I'm grateful for all of these interactions, even if I don't know how to respond to them.

Like I mentioned in the last post (I think I did...again, everything blurs together) but at least I know I mentioned earlier in this one, I'm in an odd spot right now. Bound To Parish is ramping up for release, and I've been focused on that process and relishing in the feeling of having another book finished and coming out. It's such a nice feeling, akin to putting the final touches on a painting, I'd assume. However, it fills me with an unease at the same time. I don't have anything to work on. I'm between projects. What will I do next? Part of me wants to take a break, chill out for a bit, not think about writing and the struggles and the headaches and the...everything that goes along with it. The other part of me wants to get back to it as soon as possible.

Maybe that's why I'm rambling to you all instead. I hope you'll excuse me.

Because I'm thinking about it, and just as a teaser for the people who actually read these posts, the current "next idea" is something haunted. I've wanted to write a haunted house story for a long time, but I've never known how to do it in a way that wouldn't be the most cliche thing ever written. I've never had a good idea. I also have wanted to do a short story compilation (ala Stephen King because he's the master to me) but again wasn't sure how to do it. Since I seem to take a lot of inspiration from TV and movies, after watching The Fall of the House of Usher recently, my brain mashed all of my ideas together. A short story book, with an overarching story about a haunted house, where each story is based on a room in the house. How do they all tie together? What would the overarching plot be? Is it more Haunting of Hill House or more Amityville Horror? These are questions I haven't the slightest clue how to answer. In much my style, I'll probably have to start writing before I fully know what the goal of the book will be.

There's also always a chance that I get a completely different idea and chase that down as well. I guess we'll see what happens when I get back into the writers seat.

For now though, go preorder Bound To Parish if you'd like, or wait until April 16th for the full release! Either way, if you do grab it, I hope you love it as much as I do. I'll meet you in the bayou.


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