It has been a very trying past six months for me and my family. We’ve lost many members of our family, friends, and more that I will not go into. I’m normally a roll-with-the-punches kind of guy, but this has been a long string of very hard impacts, and the seeing the profound affect it has had on my family has made it much more difficult. It takes a lot to take me down, and even more for it to keep me there for this length of time. As a result, I’ve been neglectful in my writing, blogging, and just being social in general for quite some time. Time to get caught up.
I have slowly been changing this website to handle multiple books, not just ‘A Journey of Words.’ I’ve also made changes to the J.M. Ames Author Facebook page – setting up a shop within it where you can get direct links to purchase my books. I’m not quite done making said changes, so expect the evolution to continue.
I am in the process of working out a deal with the Orange County Public Library system, to see if they can carry ‘A Journey of Words.’ If this comes to fruition, I will let you know. Goal is to have at least 1 copy in stock in all ~30 libraries in the county (does not include the large Huntington Beach Library, as they are separate).
The ‘A Haunting of Words’ anthology, which features my story Only the Dead Go Free on the cover, is available for preorder now from the publisher. You can do so here. It should be available for purchase within a few weeks, and like ‘A Journey of Words,’ it will be available through me, or the publisher, or all major online book distributors such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. This one will also be available as a true audiobook via Audible.
I have another story which has been tentatively accepted into a different anthology. Once we’ve worked out the details and have a signed contract, I will post the specifics.
There are two other stories I am actively sending out to other publishers (Thankful and Waves), and several more partially written. Will get back into writing and finishing them up soon. First up will likely be Endless Skies (inspired by Planet Caravan, by Black Sabbath), and Not Yet Dark (inspired by Masters of War, by Bob Dylan). These are already on their third draft.
Another of these stories is something I have head in my head for about a year or so now, called The River Sticks. My good friend Jess Jerome drew a pretty cool pic for the story. You should check out her site for her amazing work.