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Blood Soaked and Gone

I turned in the edited manuscript for Blood Soaked and Gone today. It contains a dedication that the original version didn’t have. I wanted to post it here, too.

I’m dedicating this book to my popgun, Elise.

Sometimes a friend becomes a sibling. Elise Soroka was like my wayward, fey older sister. She was an inspiration to me in many ways, not the least of which was following my love of fine art.

We drifted apart, as family members often do, and reconnected in much the same way: unexpectedly. It was grand!

You’ll notice if you read Blood Soaked and Invaded, I named a gun after her. Why? She was tiny, fast moving, and never failed to impact my life. I don’t think she ever knew how much.

About the same time that my editor returned this manuscript to me, she passed away. Her liver failed, and she nearly died. A transplant opportunity materialized as if by magic, and she endured the surgery, something the doctors hadn’t really expected, and started to thrive.

She contracted a post-op fungal infection and it spread through her like wildfire. Before I knew it, before I’d been able to see her, she died.

I never told her that her alter ego in my books is a gun. She would have laughed and punched me in the arm.

I miss her, love her, and will never forget her.

Blood Soaked book five

Usually, I don’t start a book until I’ve finished a manuscript for the preceding book. Apparently, Blood Soaked 5 is going to work in a different way. I found myself in my favorite coffee shop writing serious notes on the plot for #5, and it even has a title: Blood Soaked and Unleashed.

I really hadn’t planned on a fifth in the series. Then again, I hadn’t planned on Blood Soaked and Denied (#4) either. I know that I could wrap stuff up in 4, in such a way as to conclude the zombie storyline. That could be enough.

Number 5 would be almost straight sci-fi, but dark. Based on the notes I’ve made, I’ll be hard-pressed to stay in a good mood while writing it.

I’m going to bet, if you’ve read Blood Soaked and Contagious, and Blood Soaked and Invaded, you might have a clue (based on the title) of what Blood Soaked and Unleashed might be.

Since I’m updating on my progress, we still don’t have a confirmed release date for Blood Soaked and Gone (#3). My wife, superb graphic designer, is still working on the cover art. Let me tell you, she’s particular, and that makes her the amazing creative that she is.

I find myself looking forward to the editing process for #3. I know there are continuity errors, and I’d like to fix them.

I hope everyone is well on the first Monday of June 2014. Cheers.