Updates! Updates! Updates!

Have you ever blinked and felt as though several weeks flashed by? That’s where I’ve been. I looked at my blog this morning and saw that I haven’t updated in over a month! I swear, it feels like I just wrote that last entry yesterday.

I’m not complaining, though. The time may have passed quickly, but it’s been an exciting and productive few weeks. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to and what’s to come:

Noble: Bloodlines




I started work on this sequel back in July of last year. I got about halfway through before I realized something very important: The book was much better than Noble. A sequel should always be better than the first, right? Well, that’s true, but the difference was so extreme that I knew I had to “fix” the issues that plagued Noble. I hired a professional editor to go through it with a chainsaw and fix it.

She did.

The changes resulted in over 7,000 words being cut from the original manuscript, as well as a thorough scrubbing of the 72,000 words that remained. With the exception of one nasty review, the overflow of positive write-ups has been staggering! In my wildest dreams I never imagined such support.

However, there are still thousands upon thousands of people that have no idea Noble even exists. With Bloodlines, I hope to change that.

Over the past month the manuscript has undergone the editing process and is now in the hands of the final proofreader. Once I get it back from her, all that is left is to make the necessary corrections and push the PUBLISH button.

Words cannot describe my excitement to share this book with you all! If you liked the story from the original, I can’t wait to hear what you think about the direction it’s going. Noble’s ending left a lot of unanswered questions, all of which will be addressed in Bloodlines… of course, there’s still a finale coming to wrap up this trilogy, so don’t go expecting everything to be tied up in a neat bow. I personally guarantee that Bloodlines will leave you scratching your head, but in a good way!

The official release date is still not set, but I expect it to be available on Amazon within the next two to three weeks. This is my most ambitious novel yet, and I’m investing in a significant marketing push to back it up! Stay tuned.


Strangers




What’s that? While Bloodlines went through the beta reading stage I quietly took on another book? You’re darn right I did! I am very excited about Strangers. Rather than write a novel, I compiled an anthology of short stories that all shared the central theme of train travel. Bloodlines exhausted my brain, and I needed a break from Miller Brinkman’s universe. I think Strangers reflects that, though not quite in the way you might think.

You wrote a collection of short stories about train travel? That sounds so boring!

Yeah, I suppose it does sound boring at first, but if you’ve read any of my other books, you know that I have a love for the strange and unusual. So, I took that love and applied it to an unconventional setting. Even though Strangers isn’t a Sci-Fi book, I am confident that fans of my writing will find something “familiar” to them. I mean, it is still me, right? I can’t very well write a book without some inclusion of the paranormal, can I? Based on the feedback I received during the beta process, I think my readers are going to come away both shocked and satisfied.

As I type this, Strangers is getting packaged up and ready to send off to my editor. Once I get it back from her, I’ll apply the edits and send a clean copy off to my second editor for the final proofreading. I don’t want to commit to a date yet, but I expect Strangers to follow closely behind the release of Bloodlines.

So, what’s next?

I’ve been fleshing out some ideas for Noble 3, but I’m not quite ready to begin work on it. I am too emotionally connected to the series right now and need to give myself a little separation to think about the creative decisions I’ve made and what impact they’ll have on the finale. I also want to allow time to collect feedback from readers and weigh their reactions and expectations first.

My next project will be a return to the paranormal. I love ghost stories! This story is set in modern day Oregon City, Oregon. Oregon City was founded in the 1820s by Dr. John McLoughlin, and was the first incorporated city west of the Rockies. It became the new home for pioneers that had traveled across the Oregon Trail. While much of the city’s historic past is well-documented and proudly on display, there is a darker past that people rarely speak of:

If you’re quiet enough, you can hear her. She’s out there right now, stalking her prey from the woods under the cover of night. There’s nowhere left to hide. She’s coming for me, and I’m powerless to stop her. Soon I’ll be dead, and no one will ever know why.

With love,

~ DKH

2 comments

  1. I can’t wait to see STRANGERS in that Kindle Store. It’s such a great collection of short fiction, and I’m really proud of that cover. It’s the best one I’ve done yet.

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