This is a short story, volume 1.5 of my Tales of the Unearthly Northwest. It’s available at Smashwords now in many e-formats. It’s coming very soon to Amazon and other major etailers, and in paper to CreateSpace, Amazon, and other major retailers.
If you’d like to read the first chapter, you can go here.
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Here’s the cover:
And here’s the description:
No good deed goes unpunished.
In a place outside of time, the magic keeping a ghost town alive is beginning to alter. Bringing two newcomers in has caused a welcome renewal of life here. But every action has a reaction, and the consequences are far beyond what Conconully’s accidental magician ever expected.
By the way, if you’d like to have a free copy of this short story, which comes after my novel Sojourn, and does contain slight spoilers for that book, you can join my newsletter at http://mmjustus.com/list and my next edition will contain a link. I hope to see you there!
I am proud to announce the release of my new novel, Sojourn, which will be the first in a new series called Tales of the Unearthly Northwest, set in one of the lesser-known corners of my part of the world, featuring my own supernatural twist on historical events and places.
Time isn’t everything it appears to be.
State trooper Daniel Reilly never thought he’d wind up in his stepmother’s favorite movie. Chasing a suspected drunk driver through Washington’s desolate Okanogan Highlands is part of his job, but crashing his cruiser and waking up in a ghost town definitely isn’t. And when that ghost town starts to come to life?
His version of Brigadoon is not a carefree musical.
You can read the first chapter here.
The ebook is now available at Amazon and Smashwords, and will be coming soon from other etailers as well as in paper from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
I spent most of today giving Sojourn its last read-through. So, finally, my “highway patrolman crashes his car out in the middle of nowhere and winds up in the local equivalent of Brigadoon” story is ready for formatting!
Another week or two and I will be announcing publication, I hope.
I entered Repeating History‘s new cover in The Book Designer website August cover design contest (he does this every month), and this is what he had to say:
“Simple and effective. The designer directs our attention with this atmospheric cover.”
And this is the cover he said it about:
I have to say I’m pretty darned chuffed.
Houston, we have a cover:
And back cover copy:
Washington state trooper Daniel Reilly never thought he’d wind up in his stepmother’s favorite movie. Chasing a suspected drunk
driver through the desolate Okanogan Highlands is part of his job, but crashing his cruiser and waking up in a ghost town sure isn’t. And when that ghost town starts to come to life?
The local version of Brigadoon isn’t a lighthearted musical.
You can read the first chapter by clicking on the cover. Take a look at pictures of the real Okanogan Highlands here. And take a look at Sojourn‘s research pathfinder here.
Tell me what you think! I’d love to hear it.
Sojourn will be available for pre-order by the middle of September, and for purchase in October, 2014.
And here it is:
First, the e-cover:
And the paper cover:
Both designed by the talented Clarissa Yeo, and the first time I’ve ever bought a professional cover for one of my books.
So. Tell me what you think!
I guess I know what I’m doing, after all. Out of curiosity, I submitted Cross-Country‘s cover to the Book Designer, a well-thought-of blog which holds an exhibition of covers for indie-published books with commentary every month, with the following explanation: “The
photo is one I took, on the travels that inspired the book. The dark is pulled from the color of the road. I’m strictly an amateur cover
designer, for my own books only because I don’t have a lot of money to invest, but I’d like to know what you think of this one.”
And he liked it. His exact words were, “Simple but effective, showing that even with some carefully chosen elements, non-designers can create workable ebook covers.”
Maybe “workable” isn’t the highest praise, but I think “simple but
effective” is very nice.
Anyway, here’s Cross-Country‘s cover, for you to decide yourselves. Do you like it? Does it make you curious?