Greetings. So, I thought about making a few New Yearâ€™s resolutions. Honestly, though, whatâ€™s the point? Historically, my follow-through hasnâ€™t been all that great. Instead, Iâ€™m pressing onward, hoping 2022 is a little kinder to everyone than last year.
And it looks like weâ€™re starting the new year off right. Look whatâ€™s back. Yeahâ€¦ You can read about it over at NPR.
This is not so much about resolutions as it is about taking a step back to reevaluate my direction as a writer. To date, Iâ€™ve published ten books, mostly in the horror and supernatural genres. Last year, I wrote a screenplay, which is something I used to do a lot before moving into fiction.
If youâ€™re familiar with screenwriting, youâ€™ll know itâ€™s hard. Really hard. In fact, itâ€™s way more difficult than writing fiction. Not that Iâ€™m complaining. But I need to complete several more drafts before I can even think about sending it out. Stay tuned.
In December, I began writing a comic novel thatâ€™s unlike anything Iâ€™ve attempted before. And I canâ€™t wait to see where this thing goes. I plan to focus on that for the next few months. Wish me luck.
Iâ€™ve become a fan of Silvia Moreno-Garcia. A while ago, I reviewed Mexican Gothic, a macabre story set in 1950s Mexico. Recently, I read Velvet Was the Night, which is set in Mexico City in the early seventies. You may recall that at that time, student protesters were killed by government-trained assassins as part of Mexicoâ€™s Dirty War. If you enjoy historical fiction with fascinating characters faced with daunting choices, check out this novel. You can read my review here.
1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue ofÂ Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.
Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing womanâ€”and journeying deeper into Leonoraâ€™s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock â€˜nâ€™ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he watches Maite from a distanceâ€”andÂ comes to regard her as a kindred spiritÂ who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.
Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonoraâ€™s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonoraâ€™s secretsâ€”at gunpoint.
Velvet Was the NightÂ is an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes.
Where to Buy
Books to Enjoy
What happens when a county coroner gets embroiled in a conspiracy with a high body count? Find out when you read The Reluctant Coroner by Paul Austin Ardoin.
Who doesnâ€™t love a free story? Read how Detective Ava Locke fights to save the girls kidnapped by a madman in Vanished by Clara Lewis.
Hereâ€™s another free story. Check out Sandusky Burning by Bryan W. Conway. Itâ€™s a crime thriller that features a man in crisis and a very bad guyâ€”all set in a harsh wilderness.
And if you like adventure, romance, and thrills, try Sullivan File by CB Samet.
If youâ€™re a Netflix subscriber and love wicked satire, be sure to watch â€˜Donâ€™t Look Up.â€™ Itâ€™s an end-of-the-world story starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and an all-star cast.
Logline. Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.
Okay, thatâ€™s a wrap. See you next month when I try out a mullet. Iâ€™ll let you know if any Billy Ray Cyrus fans gang up on me. Peace and love.