Because I know y’all want to know, right? Right. So here’s what on Ally’s release calendar, and what she’s working on right now.
As many of y’all have no doubt heard, Samhain Publishing — home of the majority of my books — has closed. They’ve always been wonderful to me, and I’m sad to have to say goodbye. It’s going to take me a while to figure out what to do with all my books, but I do want to find homes for them. A few I’ll probably self-publish; most I’m hoping will be accepted by other publishers. Keep checking here for news, or you can follow me on Facebook or Twitter.
Wilde City stories
Sadly, Wilde City Press has also closed, which means the infamous Butt books are no longer available. I think most of the Butt Buddies (the authors involved in the “butt” anthologies) are going to self-publish our individual short stories, since they’re all pretty much standalone tales. My plan is to gather my butt stories together into a single author anthology, add a couple other short stories, and self-publish it. Target date for publication is May 2017. I don’t have a title yet. Brainstorming that now.
The Night Orchard
Gay Southern Gothic horror/romance, set in L.A. (Lower Alabama). Involves a commercial pecan farm and a centuries-old Creek legend tangled up with a family secret. Intrigued? I damn well hope so.
Okay, I’ve been working on this thing for-freaking-EVER. I know. Sorry. But, I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m nearly finished. As in, I have like two more scenes to write before I bully my critique partners & beta readers into reading through it and telling me honestly what they think. I mean, I’ve written a couple of other novels while I fiddled around with this one, so I kind of have an excuse for taking a while. Right?
Anyhow, once I get it all spiffed up and ready to go, my plan is to pimp it out to agents and see if I get any hits. I’ll let y’all know. Believe me, if somebody wants to represent me, the whole Eastern seaboard is going to hear me squee about it.
Query has been sent! I queried agent #1 about a week and a half ago. I’m nervous and hopeful. She’s my first choice, but if she declines, I do have other agents on my list who I’d be every bit as thrilled to work with if they were willling to work with me. We’ll see what happens!
Original working title was Carl Stays In the House, because one of my main characters is named Carl, and I’m a Walking Dead fan from day one. Well, mostly. We won’t talk about season seven, or how much I’d love to punch Negan in the face to to make him STFU.
Anyway. This started out because I wanted to write a short horror/romance aimed at the Gone With the Dead collection to be debuted at the Romantic Times convention in May 2017. I mean, as a lifelong fan of horror, how how could I not, right? But, as so often happens to me, I started on it and it instantly wanted to be something longer and more complex. So here’s me trying to turn my short story into a novel.
Speaking of RT, if you’re going to be there — or even if you’re simply in the Atlanta, GA area in early May — come see me! I’ll be at the big public book signing on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta, 11 am to 2 pm. Please come on out if you’re in town, I’d love to meet you!