This many things make a post

In the last week or two I’ve gotten quite a lot of email regarding my vampire books, Bloodshot and Hellbent – asking when the next one comes out. I’ve posted about this before, but it looks like it’s time to post again, so here goes: The answer is – I don’t know.

The Cheshire Red books were only a 2-book deal; and now that both books are out, the publisher is (quite reasonably) taking a “wait and see” approach to the situation. Markets are fickle. The industry is giving itself ulcers over the Borders bankruptcy. People are being careful.

If you love the books and want to see more of them – oh, say, one called Sawbones about a haunted 19th century baseball that brings catastrophically bad luck to even the best of planner-aheaders – then I can only recommend that you become quite vocal about your opinion.

Buy them for friends. Post reviews. Tell the publisher you dig them, and want more of them. And if we’re all very lucky, perhaps they’ll come asking after another couple of books about an OCD undead flapper and her ex-Navy SEAL drag queen sidekick.

Of course, this is true for all authors, and all books everywhere. If you love them, don’t keep it to yourself. Spread it around, and help us writers keep on writing for you.

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Don’t forget, you can pick up a number of steampunk ebooks for $2.99 via this great promotion through the end of the month. Alas, my most recent offering – Ganymede – isn’t offered at that price; but the first book in the series – Boneshaker – is available for just a few hundred pennies.

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While I’m on the subject of steampunk, please allow me to point you in the direction of this Ganymede review, courtesy of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The reviewer in question started his entire steampunk reading experience with Ganymede, which he followed just fine (having not read the previous books), and seems to have enjoyed quite a lot. I am relieved and delighted! I always want people to enjoy my stories, and I always try hard to keep these books connected, but independent of one another. I’m therefore always glad to hear when someone, somewhere, thinks I succeeded.

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If you are idly curious about such things, you can find my short story “Wishbones” live and free for the reading over here at I wrote that one back in 2006, and it was originally part of the Stoker-nominated Aegri Somnia anthology through Apex.

(“Wishbones” is about a Japanese monster that eats the bones of people who’ve starved to death; and it’s set right outside Plains, Georgia. You folks with a fondness for Civil War history will no doubt grok immediately why I chose that setting.)

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One last cool thing that came across my desk today – Illos From An Abandoned Boneshaker Comics Adaptation Pitch by Ben Towle. I’m always tickled to see how other people imagine my world and my characters, and Ben has done a nifty job.

I particularly like his take on Briar Wilkes. In my head, she has longer, thicker hair, but I appreciate how he depicts her as petite and age-appropriate without looking fragile. She’s a desperate, scrappy little thing, not a trained fighter.

Anyway – well played, sir.

11 thoughts on “This many things make a post

  1. gail

    I requested my library to buy Bloodshot, and just go the email that it’s in!

  2. Sweet! Thank you so much!

  3. Gail

    Our library system has both books and I read them back to back (rather addictive). I am rather sad to hear that there may not be any more — just been telling my daughter about them before I read this blog post. She lives in another province so perhaps her library system will get them as well.

  4. catfriend

    I really enjoyed both Bloodshot and Hellbent. I would definitely go for Sawbones.

    You have a title and premise. Perhaps a draft in the back room? If the publisher elects not to keep the series going would you ever consider direct e-publishing yourself? A la Amanda Hocking and many others? I for one would buy your books that way, and I’m sure others would as well.

  5. Sheila

    Truely enjoyed Bloodshot and ordered Hellbent yesterday!! Raylene has been on my mind lately and I checked your website to see if there was a second book coming. To my surprise, I saw Hellbent :-). Thank you very much; I hope to see a release date for Sawbones in the near future. Please don’t let your readers down; I trust that my post, the previous and future posts regarding Raylene will win the publishers over. Until next time…

  6. I would be interested to see where you take Raylene next so, although I think Hellbent not quite as good as Bloodshot, I’ve posted a review encouraging Ballantine to extend the contract.

  7. Brooks Krabousanos

    I bought both the audible audiobooks and I loved them. Please give us more of the Cheshire Red books ! I love the world you have created and laughed my ass off at the penis jokes in Hellbent. Natalie Ross, is a wonderful reader, and I hope you decide to give us more of this wonderful world. I am from Tennessee also(Murfreesboro), and I wanted to say you do our state proud with your work.

  8. Bonnie Clunas

    I got linked here from the wikipedia page. A third book in your vampire series? I want it! I want it very much!
    I bought Hellbent as soon as I found out that it existed (and my local bookstore had it). I got Bloodshot from an overstock place, hope that’s okay…. That series is awesome. I like the other stuff you’ve done too, the ones I’ve read at least, but this is my favourite.

  9. Amy Cadle

    LOVE Cheshire Red! I need more!

    Kindle suggested your book Bloodshot and I bought it. Loved it! Then I bought Hellbent and I’m hooked. Ms. Pendle is a sassy, creative, OCD over-planner and I need to read more of her! I insist your publisher pursue this series immediately.

    I love your writing and I will be exploring your other novels shortly.

    I will keep checking for more books in the Cheshire Red series. If you self publish, please let me know so I can buy immediately. Love, love, LOVE!!

  10. Amanda

    I need a third book! We need Raylene avenge Ian and Isabelle. The story can’t end without them destroying the new project.

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