Actually, I think this is an unconscious bid for sympathy. Because when I think of all the work that goes into ONE new book, and here in the space of a few days, TWO new books came out, from two different publishers ... makes me tired.
Especially since right now I am working on the second draft of what will eventually be THREE books.
Why am I working on all of them at the same time?
Besides the fact I'm a glutton for punishment? Because all three books take place at the same time and their storylines overlap -- they even take place at the same location. So look for the next three Quarry Hall books and keep in mind that while you're seeing some events happening at the same time, there are three different lives being changed, three different viewpoints, and three different stories that need resolving -- but I'm not going to tell you three different enemies and problems to deal with because .... well, I haven't solidified that part of the stories yet! Anyway, keep alert for books 9, 10 and 11 of Quarry Hall: SOPHIE, HALEY, and SU-MA.
Speaking of Quarry Hall ...
The newest Quarry Hall novel, Book 8, NIKKI'S TEST, just came out from Desert Breeze Publishing.
Joan's little sister has finished her training and she's out on the road with her first assignment as a courier. It should be easy -- drop off some supplies at a women's shelter, drop off more supplies in Greenleaf at the clinic the Arc Foundation sponsors, then swing through a little mountain town called Harper's Point and pick up Brooklyn, who is on vacation with a childhood friend.
The only problem is, just before Nikki is supposed to pick her up, Brooklyn calls with a very cryptic message, and when Nikki arrives in Harper's Point, Brooklyn and the sheriff are nowhere to be found. Nikki starts asking questions and doing what the Quarry Hall girls do best: get involved and help. Only this time, helping find a missing child throws Nikki into trouble. Before long, she's proverbially "hip-deep in alligators." But as the "alligators" in Harper's Point find out, they're the ones in trouble when it comes to the Quarry Hall girls.
The second new book is a return to another familiar series, Neighborlee, Ohio.
HERO BLUES follows the trials and tribulations of Jane, a semi-pseudo-superhero who is assigned to a town with a real entitlement attitude .... new from Uncial Press.
Superheroes have it rough -- especially when the towns they protect expect them to fix everything, from forgetting to fill their gas tanks to children running wild to the consequences of a lack of common sense. Jane is finally fed up with being the Ghost, notifies the citizens in her town of mental midgets that she’s quitting, and sets off to make a new life and solve some mysteries of her own.
First item on the list: return to Neighborlee, the town where she was found as an abandoned child. Jane knows there are others like her: abandoned children with unusual powers. Where did they come from, how did they get to Neighborlee and other towns like it, and why are the Gifted -- as they call themselves -- the way they are?
As Jane retraces her childhood, she is pleased to discover that some people remember her. She settles in, makes a new place for herself, and is welcomed by the people and the town itself. That’s important, because Neighborlee protects its own -- and those who don’t fit in are soon driven away. She makes contact with others like her and slowly earns their trust and confidence.
However, it’s a bumpy process. Living in the “weirdness capital of the United States, possibly the world,” means being extra cautious. Even when it comes to someone with superhero powers. Or maybe especially someone with superhero powers.
Then someone -- or something -- from outside her understanding makes contact. It or he or they promise Jane not only answers to the questions she’s had all her life, but a way to go home, wherever her real home might be. It’s everything she’s ever wanted … or is it?