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And Now for Something Almost Completely Different

This blog's been quiet for a while, but every second's been lively at the writer's desk. The latest novel, Deadhand Control, finally moved off my desk and onto the editor's. Three more are in process - Undead Bar Association #5, Heart's Trilogy #2, and Tales of My Mother Road #2 (Oklahoma Fairytales).

Today, another adventure began - audio books! In recent months, I've received many requests for audio books. I started to record one, but hit a snag. My teaching job at the local community college requires me to lecture four hours a day, four days a week. It leaves me with very little voice by the end of the week. After trying to record for a time, it became clear that if I were to do it right I would have to take a leave of absence from the college. That's precisely what I've done.

It's exciting, reading and recording my books. This is one of the rare times I can combine my acting experience and training with art I wrote myself, and I like it. The first full day recording was hard work and a lot of fun.

As I begin this new chapter, there's a group of people I want to thank: my students. They inspire me, push me to be my best, and consistently amaze me with their energy and drive. I can't remember the last time I had a job where taking a vacation proved to be so difficult. By the way, y'all, the send off potluck was both and incredible gift and a speed bump - you really had me hating to leave. I keep reminding myself that it's temporary, and I'll be seeing you all soon.

At present, I don't have a final date for release of the audio books. It's not clear how long post-production will take. The end goal is October, but if my publisher Peacock Pygg Publications can get the books out sooner, they will. The books being recorded are: Matriculated Death (Undead Bar Association #1), Shadowed Demise (Undead Bar Association #2), Heart's Fire, and Chicago Screams (Ghostly Mostly #1). I promise to keep y'all updated.

Wish me luck!