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Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope your holidays are everything you could wish for.
I also hoped to be able to give everyone on my mailing list a Christmas present about now, but as it turns out, it’s going to be more of a New Year’s present.
The fact is by late summer and fall it was obvious that my 2013 goal of getting more than one book out this year was a big bust. So I decided to go ahead and develop one of the ideas I had for a short.
You may remember that the many reviews of Rachel’s Eyes saying “too short” really pushed my buttons. Not that I don’t believe anyone or many ones aren’t entitled to think it is too short. My problem is that it’s labeled in the title “a Short Story,” and the blurb starts out with that and then gives word and page count. So if 6,000 words is “too short” for someone, my feeling is for Heaven’s sake why bother with it in the first place?
After that I vowed never to publish anything short again but to save them until I had enough for a novel-length collection, and in the meantime to make the shorts available as I wrote them to those who signed up for my mailing list.
I’m pleased to say that while I didn’t get more than one book written this year, I did get that one book (Into the Light) and one novella written. Ta da! Yes, not a short story, but a a novella, probably still too short for some, but if you’re one of those, you’re going to ignore it, right?
Luke’s Eyes is another story based on the characters of Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold, this time Cord’s nephew, Luke Bennett. Cord and Anne also make considerably more than cameo appearances.
If you would like to be able to download the story, you must be subscribed to the mailing list. As I said above, it is my intention to publish this story as part of a collection in the future. It may take a year or even two before they’re all ready. This year at least one standalone romance is on the schedule. However, as I get to them, my plan for the shorts is (keeping in mind that Eyes started in fall of 1885 and ended in February 1886):
Rachel’s Eyes – winter 1889-90
Luke’s Eyes – February 1891
Robert’s Eyes (Anne’s brother Rob) – summer 1891
Eyes of Stone (Anne and Cord’s next encounter with the couple who owned the horse Cord raced in Eyes) – summer or fall of 1893
Pete’s Eyes (Cord’s other nephew) – spring 1894
So this is my fair warning. If you’d like to be able to download Luke’s Eyes, you need to be signed up for the mailing list.