Every journey comes to an end. This is it, folks, my final novel. It’s been a couple of years in the making, a few changes along the way, but now it’s done. I’ve told all the stories I needed and wanted to tell. It’s time for me to ride off into the sunset. Writing a new novel is like climbing Mount Everest every single time and I just don’t have the passion and imagination to keep doing it anymore. I’ve been at it, chasing a dream, pursuing a goal for a little over seventeen years. It’s been quite the roller coaster ride, with many more lows than highs, but in the end, I have no regrets. But I won’t stop writing. I’ll just be writing something different, not fiction. If you want to know what I’ve been mostly up to these past two years and what I’ll be doing for the foreseeable future, you can check out my music blog, Harbinger of D.O.O.M.
It ends where it all began, in my beloved fictitious city of Bitternest, Louisiana where supernatural occurrences happen on a daily basis. Here’s the official synopsis for Once Upon a Time in Bitternest: “Bitternest. City of drunken ambitions and sunken dreams. For more than a century, dark and supernatural occurrences have been a part of day-to-day life in this Louisiana town. Jeremy Cyrus, a vampire who was around in the first decade of the town’s inception, has returned to the beloved city he calls home. The Woolrichs, a wealthy family of werewolves, now rule the city from the shadows with an iron fist. They’ve had bad blood with Cyrus dating back almost 150 years.
Marty Johnson is a struggling freelance writer living in Chicago. His lifelong fantasy has been to rob a bank. One day he decides that it’s now or never and finds the perfect opportunity down south in a town he’s never heard of called Bitternest. Meanwhile, one of Marty’s best friends, Carter Adams, is obsessed with catching a serial killer who slipped through his fingers in Chicago and who appears to have made his way to Bitternest. Along with a couple of their pals with delusions of grandeur, they’ll join forces to pursue their goals.
Cyrus. The Woolrichs. Marty. Carter. Their paths will collide in an action-packed, supernatural thriller where the stakes are at their highest. No one will come out unscathed and not everyone will make it out alive. It’s a tale for the ages where past history clashes with the present and the outcome will change Bitternest’s future forever.”
The book will be published by Pixie Dust Press on Tuesday, October 25th, 2022. It will be available in print as a trade paperback and on Kindle. Links and more details to follow in the weeks to come. Below is the cover artwork for it. I hope you’ll join me for one final trip to Bitternest! I’d like to thank all my readers, publishers, and fellow writers who have supported me and spread the word about my books and stories throughout the years. It’s been fun.