Hey all! Happy Friday!
This one’s gonna be a fun summer wrap up and as Auryn says; “IT’S GONNA BE HUUUUUGGGEEEE!!!!!”
First things first – Promo plugs
The Night Crawls In
The collection drops on SEPTEMBER 1ST!
Pre-order links are up and running – have you preordered yet? The paperback version is now live and also able to be ordered!
Pre-orders have picked up nicely!
Remember – this is to support the 1st Annual LOHF Writers Grant!
There is still time to apply;
2019 LOHF Writers Grant
OK – Fun stuff!
Ritual – release date October 1st, 2019
Completely finished and has already had some reviews coming through. This novella is brutal, brutal, brutal. I’ve had one reviewer call it depraved, one called it perverted and one person messaged me and said it reminded them of the hellish places Woom from Duncan Ralston went. I won’t be doing any pre-orders on this one, so watch for it October 1st!
Piece of Me – release date December 1st, 2019
I am 75% done my final read through/writing updates before sending it to Sodergren for copy edits. This thing is a crazy beast. Dark, sad, cold, and dare I say – a love story with hope? YUP!
Scott: A Wagon Buddy Tale – release date TBA 2020
My awesome friend, Becca kindly hosted the cover reveal for this as well as why I decided to write it. If you did miss that, check it out here;
Guest Post: Steve Stred Discusses Why He Wrote Scott: A Wagon Buddy Tale + Cover Reveal!
As for where I’m at with it, it’s off with a few beta readers and I’ve had some feedback returned already. Think this one’s gonna surprise some folks!
The Window in the Ground – release date TBA 2020
Similar to Scott, this ones with a few beta readers. Excited to hear what they think about this one.
The One That Knows No Fear – release date TBA 2020
I haven’t really given this one any love recently. Originally it was going to be co-written by me and Mason McDonald (my frequent cover designer) but at some point Mason said for me to just finish it up as he wouldn’t have the time to fully dedicate to it. So Mason will supply an introduction instead. I need to finish re-writes and then off to a few beta readers. This one is a lot of fun and features a stunt man who just doesn’t die.
456 Blatchford Drive – release TBA 2020
I’ve previously written about this gruesome haunted house story told over a number of decades. Originally it was an idea I had where each decade would be written by a different author. Sadly all three authors who originally jumped on board have all had to step away. So earlier this year I decided to write it myself. Cover art is almost complete and I’ll share it once done.
I’ve decided to make this a collector’s edition. There will be some physical copies for family, close friends and my super supporters who always buy my stuff. Then there will be 5 hardcovers and 15 paperbacks available and that’s it. No ebooks. I’ll give more details as it gets closer to finishing, but at this time, if this is something you think you’ll be wanting to snag – message me and I’ll get you on the list.
Sodergren/Stred Project – release TBA possibly 2020, possibly 2021
We’ve alluded to this project and it is quietly in the background noise. I’ve written about 7500 words on it, but its been sitting for a bit now. I’m not sure where David’s at, as we’re focused on different parts of the same story, but me and him chat most days and it’s occasionally mentioned haha! It’ll happen, but I can’t guarantee when.
YA/Fantasy Project – release TBA 2020
This is the first I’m mentioning this in public – I’ve discussed it in private with my usual folks. I’m 10,000 words into it already, and just loving it. Loving it. I came up with an idea to do this YA release specifically for my nieces, nephews and son. The stuff I normally write is far too gory for them to read for many years. So this is a collaboration between me and all of them. They all gave me specific bits and they’ll all be credited as writers with me, so this is going to be fun. I think folks who read YA/Fantasy stuff will also dig it.
Mason has created an amazing cover, I just have asked for one thing to be tweaked and once that is, I’ll be sharing it, as well as a full synopsis.
Daisy Doll – short story, release TBA
I’m currently about 1500 words into a fantastically grotesque short story. I’m only mentioning this because it’ll be hopefully featured in an “author sampler” release that I’ve been chatting with someone about. If that doesn’t pan out – you know you’ll get it at some point here!
Contest – so there’s still a few days left to go enter this amazing contest that my buddy Glenn aka thehellbound_heart on Instagram is hosting. I’ve donated a bunch of ebooks for this – so if you are on Instagram – go find his account, find this photo and enter! Contest ends at the end of the month!
This weeks jams are brought to you by indie folk love. At least that’s what I consider this music. These four tunes are also songs that have deeper emotional meanings for me.
First up is two from Canadian band The Strumbella’s.
We Don’t Know
This is simultaneously the saddest song but also the most uplifting song for me. Really dig it. It has a very ‘Arcade Fire’ feeling.
I think this is The Strumbella’s best know song/most popular song, but again, I find this song so uplifting and just makes me smile while I cry.
Phillip Phillips – Home
I think this dude was on American Idol? Maybe? Sure – google says he was. I’ve never watched American Idol, although my really good friend Shane was on Canadian Idol when it first started. I used this song in a video I made back in the day for an update on our dog OJ, after he was paralyzed. It just felt so perfect and fit really well.
American Authors – Best Day of My Life (Dog Edition)
It was recently National Dog Day, so I felt it was timely to use this song with this version for our feel good tunes. I used it also at one point for an OJ update. I can’t believe the big goof ball turns 10 in a month!
Ok, so wrapping this HUUUUUUGGGGEEEE update up with a brief run through of what we did this summer. We try to have fun when we can, and with Mr. Man having just turned 3 (!!!!!) and starting play school on Tuesday, here’s some of what we did!
His Pop’s (it’s what he calls grandpa Peter) got him a new pool! It has an elephant snout which is perfect for spraying!
Poppa’s Memorial Trip
My grandpa passed away at the end of last year, but his memorial was in the summer to make travel easier. We drove back to Nakusp, staying in Trail at my sister’s, Nakusp and then stopped in Radium on the way back to visit my wife’s cousin. It was a fun trip, even it was a bit rushed.
(Auryn telling me to walk deeper into the water. This was at the cabin we stayed at on the Arrow Lakes.)
(Me, my nephew Layne and Auryn being sprayed by my sister, Jodi. Good times!)
Of course we spent a lot of time playing with big machines!
(My wife snagged these for free off of an upcycle page!)
We went to a massive Dinosaurs Alive thing here at the Expo Centre!
(Auryn wasn’t too keen on riding the dinosaurs)
For his third birthday we hit up the zoo. It was our first time back since the renovations had been completed!
(Pops and Auryn watching the reindeer. Auryn was very intrigued that they were fighting.)
So this past Monday, the 26th was Auryn’s 3rd birthday. It’s so surreal to have a kid, and watching him grow and develop is amazing.
As you’ve seen before, he’s big time into big trucks, fire trucks etc etc. He’s a huge fan of Paw Patrol and every time he sees the massive Marshall Fire Truck at Walmart or anywhere he stops to admire it. So we knew that would be the perfect gift for him for his birthday.
This is the exact moment of the box opening and he fully realizes just what was inside!
And this is him trying to get me to hurry up and open the box already!
So lastly on the birthday front – Auryn absolutely HATES the happy birthday song.
Here he is last year on his 2nd birthday.
In this first picture you can see he is just realizing what song is starting to be sung.
Photo #2 here shows his full enjoyment of this beloved birthday jingle.
This year my wife made delicious cup cakes and when we brought them out, with some candles for him to blow the out already lit, he was… EXCITED!
(Actual photo evidence!)
He thought it was awesome! He even blew out the candles!
So there we have it. My HUUUUUUGGGGEEEE summer wrap up post.
Big things coming friends! Hope the summer has treated you well and fall brings smiles and great memories!