Status on the 3rd Nightfall Syndicate Book

…as of 07-10-2012

A few readers had questions about the next Nightfall Syndicate book, and I realized I’d not talked about it in awhile.

The third Nightfall Syndicate book is about 65% complete. It should (hopefully) release in 2013. It will be the final book of the series and will wrap up all the major storylines. Maria struggles to free Karl from the Thorn, and it’s open war between Cojocaru, the Thorn, and the vamps. The werewolf clan war figures in rather heavily and we see more of Tyrell.

I don’t have a title yet. I don’t even have anything approaching a title yet. But most of my titles just come to me out of the blue, so I’m crossing my fingers a good one will arrive at some point.

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Arrival in New England…

Providence, RI. Photo by California Cthulhu (Will Hart)Creative Commons license

…and we have Internet.

I really missed Rhode Island. Though the move was necessary, it has really set me far behind in my writing. Here are the upcoming books:

9mm Blues

Christopher Hill is a knight in the Order of the Thorn—a hard charger packing a submachine gun and a sword. His mission is simple: destroy the ancient, profane evils that prey upon humanity.

But Hill’s mission becomes much more complicated when a young boy is kidnapped by flesh-eating ghouls. Barricaded inside a run-down house, the ghouls slowly gain the upper hand, while outside, mounting casualties and internal power struggles threaten both the mission and the boy Hill’s vowed to see home safe, no matter what…
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(Much, much delayed, due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances. I can’t wait to get this book out. I feel as if this poor novel has been trapped in Book Intensive Care for far too long.)

Dark Ride Dogs
A Zero Dog novel

This book is basically a 1.5 novel in the series, with all new villains because I felt like writing about carnivals. I think I’ll do something different this time around and see if I can beg and/or blackmail some writer friends into beta reading. I usually don’t do this, because I suck at beta reading myself, and rarely manage comments that are A) helpful B) coherent. But I already tricked Mina Carter into beta reading for me, and far be it from me to call her a total sucker for sad puppy dog eyes. So maybe I’ll give it a go and try to return the favor(s) in a useful way to people who are interested in beta reading.

On the same note, official ZD book 2 will star the Zero Dogs fighting the necromancer/zombies again…as well as new zany and completely improbable monsters, in a different city, with far more at stake. Possibly democracy itself, but that might just be me being melodramatic.

And then the 3rd Nightfall Syndicate book, wrapping up the story of Karl Vance and Maria Ricardi. This book is 65% finished. I hope to have it done and turned in very soon. So far it’s dark and action-packed and I think (hope) it will make a fitting capstone to the series.

In other good news, I’ve gone from working two jobs (Evil Day Job and Evil Night Job) down to one (Evil Day Job) so I should have more time for the kids and more time to write, in that order. I’ve been working two jobs since 2008 (after the great American economy implosion), so this is great news for me.

That’s it for now. Take it easy, my friends, and thanks for stopping by.

Happy New Year, Resolutions, Assorted blather…

I resolved to behave like less of an ass on the Internet in 2012.

This resolution lasted until 10:32 a.m. when I logged on to Twitter.

In real life I don’t act like the movie Airplane on crack. I am contemplative and somber.

Yeah, stop laughing. It’s true. I swear. 

Alas for the need for writers to run amok online and say things, a bad habit mercilessly encouraged by Web 2.0. I conveniently blame my asshat-wearing-ways upon the Internet. I’m not an expert on anything interesting, there are plenty of better and far more experienced writers out there handing out writing advice, and ranting about budget deficits and infrastructure decay is depressing, boring, and gets old after roughly 32.5 words.

So I keep the important things I wish to explore and examine for the characters and the stories. (Never mind that some of those stories read like the Airplane movies on crack.) And then I run amok on the Internet sounding deranged, stupid, overly excited by giant robots, swords, the Red Sox, fire, the Oregon Ducks, gelatin, ferrets, zombies (and not in that order) while sporting all the sophistication of a 13-year-old male.

Evil has never looked so adorable.

I’m considering posting some new writing from my 37,000 ongoing series on the blog, but the thought of posting unedited material makes me twitchy.

Anyway, I’d give a general status update on writing progress, but I’m still working on the third Nightfall Syndicate book, and after that I plan to write the sequel to The Zero Dog War. There may or may not be a Zero Dog novella in the meantime (I have one at about 30,000 words, with another 20,000 needed to finish the story). We’ll see. 2011 was not my favorite year. Not by a long shot. Too fast and chaotic. I’m hoping 2012 is far better. Unless the world ends, which will suck.

Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you the best for the coming year.

As for me, I’ll be back to writing…

…and acting like an idiot on the Internet.

Just Writing…

Nothing much happening.

Kids will be headed off to school soon. I’m trying to finish the novel I’m working on. I still have several projects I’m juggling all at once. The third book of the Nightfall Syndicate (Blood Vice, Ghost Soldiers), a new Zero Dog novella and then the full novel sequel, and a dark epic fantasy…just because I’m insane and didn’t have enough irons in the fire already.

Back to writing…

Defamation!

I was accused of grievous crimes and misdemeanors here:

http://thebookpushers.com/2011/07/27/bree-from-moira-rogers-guest-post/

I deny all allegations of wrong doing. I do not employ bunnies. The existence of “Hell Bunnies” is a blatant media fabrication and conspiracy theory.

Other than that, I’m just writing. No other news. Writing a Zero Dog novella. Writing a secret novel (which was supposed to be much shorter than it is turning out to be). And then I’ll be finishing the third Nightfall Syndicate book. So I’m rather busy at the moment.

The Zero Dog War Releases Feb. 15th 2011

So… want something a little zany? A bit off beat? Looking for an Urban Fantasy parody with pyromancers and zombies and a misfit cast?

Well, look no further my friends. The Zero Dog War contains all of this and more! (Though it doesn’t come with a free ShamWow! and won’t hold 12 times its own weight in liquid).

Here’s the blurb:

The first bullet is always free. After that, you gotta pay.

Zero Dog Missions, Book 1

After accidentally blowing up both a client facility and a cushy city contract in the same day, pyromancer and mercenary captain Andrea Walker is scrambling to save her Zero Dogs. A team including (but not limited to) a sexually repressed succubus, a werewolf with a thing for health food, a sarcastic tank driver/aspiring romance novelist, a three-hundred-pound calico cat, and a massive demon who really loves to blow stuff up.

With the bankruptcy vultures circling, Homeland Security throws her a high-paying, short-term contract even the Zero Dogs can’t screw up: destroy a capitalist necromancer bent on dominating the gelatin industry with an all-zombie workforce. The catch? She has to take on Special Forces Captain Jake Sanders, a man who threatens both the existence of the team and Andrea’s deliberate avoidance of romantic entanglements.

As Andrea strains to hold her dysfunctional team together long enough to derail the corporate zombie apocalypse, the prospect of getting her heart run over by a tank tread is the least of her worries. The government never does anything without an ulterior motive. Jake could be the key to success…or just another bad day at the office for the Zeroes.

Warning: Contains explicit language, intense action and violence, rampaging zombie hordes, a heroine with an attitude and flamethrower, Special Forces commandos, ninjas, apocalyptic necromancer capitalist machinations, absurd parody and mayhem, self-deluded humor, irreverence, geek humor, mutant cats, low-brow comedy, and banana-kiwi-flavored gelatin.

AND you can go here to read an excerpt:

http://samhainpublishing.com/excerpt/the-zero-dog-war

9mm Blues

 

By Keith Melton

Dark Urban Fantasy

Novel

 

His honor and his oath… or the life of one small child?

Christopher Hill is a knight in the Order of the Thorn—a hard charger packing a submachine gun and a sword. His mission is simple: destroy the ancient, profane evils that prey upon humanity.

But Hill’s mission becomes much more complicated when a young boy is kidnapped by flesh-eating ghouls. Barricaded inside a run-down house, the ghouls slowly gain the upper hand, while outside, mounting casualties and internal power struggles threaten both the mission and the boy Hill’s vowed to see home safe, no matter what…

Coming Soon!