Thanks so much to Carolyn for inviting me back, and congratulations on your one-year anniversary for BEYOND ALL PRICE.
A lot has happened since I posted here a year ago. We're settled in to our new home, and living in the mountains provided so much inspiration and book fodder that I had to write a book about it.
I chose to write another of my Blackthorne, Inc. books. However, after much consideration, I took a different publishing route. Five Star, the publisher of the rest of the series had remaindered my first book, WHEN DANGER CALLS, shortly after I signed the contract for the second, WHERE DANGER HIDES. They also contracted a third book, ROOTED IN DANGER, which is due out in April of 2012. Because of the slow turnaround time, combined with the fact that the fourth book, DANGER IN DEER RIDGE, isn't quite as 'action' oriented, I opted to go the indie route and publish it myself.
DANGER IN DEER RIDGE was the first book where I went the total indie-route. I learned a lot, and invested time and money with a cover artist and a professional editor. I firmly believe that no writer can edit her own work. (For the record, the cover was made of two images we took near where we live—the cover model posed in our front yard!) And, for those who prefer print, I've used Create Space to make it available in that format as well.
Also, after numerous delays, the anthology DECEPTION containing one of my mystery short stories is finally being published. I wish I had a specific date, but so far, all the publisher says is, "We're looking at August." It's a total departure for me, since it's not romantic suspense, but rather a straight police procedural, and for some reason the protagonist insisted on a first person narrative. I'd love to revisit his character, and perhaps offer a small collection of more short stories as an e-book.
And, I'm waiting to get the rights back to two of my earlier books so I can offer them for sale myself. I've revamped my blog, http://terryodell.blogspot.com And now, in addition to guests once a week, I've added a "What's Cooking Wednesday" feature. Would love to have reader contributions. And, I'm a once-a-month guest blogger at The Blood-Red Pencil, http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/ Hope to see you at my blog, or on Facebook, Twitter, or now, Google+.
And again, congrats to Carolyn.