Given how frequently I post here — and, as anyone with a rudimentary understanding of a calendar will notice, I don’t manage that at all (sigh) — I suppose it’s an uphill battle of finding time to post updates here. But given the fact that it’s still my hope someday to post more regularly, I may as well keep on truckin’ for the time being.
There’s been a number of developments to post here for posterity. The first is that I’m officially up and can be found in the vast, nethery regions of Amazon. You can find my author page here: http://www.amazon.com/A.C.-Masterson/e/B00C2EZUMA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1366134584&sr=1-2-ent — you won’t find any pictures to gawk or stare at to your heart’s content (I have a thing about pictures, sorry), but you will find everything available in my Kindle catalog.
Which is the second development: beyond the Blushing Mischief anthologies, I’ve been releasing my own work and short stories for any curious or admiring readers. I’m trying to get you more bang (hah!) for your buck, as it were. I’ve seen some authors who want to charge $3 for a single 3,000 or 4,000 word story, but I think we can do better than that. Some of these stories were previously published elsewhere, but as those publications have closed down or gone out of print, I wanted to give them some new life and a new chance at discovery for readers, so, I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Lastly, the biggest piece of news is that the “Mystery Project” I hinted at in the past finally has a name and a cover to go with it. The Iron Hand’s Good Wife is being published through Blushing Books (the same place that has published all of Blushing Mischief’s anthologies, thus far), and is an expansion of the story “A Good Life” which I wrote about previously on this blog in several posts featuring its main character, Emily. Due to happy circumstance and random chance, I was asked to expand the short into a full length work, and Good Wife is the result. The editors at Blushing have been extremely helpful (as well as being good for my ego on one or two occasions), and I’m thrilled to finally show the cover here. Touching briefly on my previous point, all of my original Kindle books are going to be free starting tomorrow to lead up to the weekend release.
Here’s the current teaser:
Elena is plucked from a commoner’s life and chosen by Lord Hugh Isarnon, known as “the Iron-Hand,” to be his bride. She is forced to settle for a marriage to a man who she never wanted, and is expected to both provide for her husband’s every whim and to give him an heir — something that, after 10 long, fruitless years, seems impossible…
When Edgar, the king of England, dies, Hugh finds himself at the center of the struggle for Succession, and his may be the deciding vote of who will be the next king. Hugh decides to take Elena with him to the royal court in the hopes that she can help him to make the right choice, only to find them both swept up in a conspiracy to control the throne, and all of England with it…
The new responsibilities her husband has entrusted her with are more than Elena wants, and even though Hugh’s hands may not be made of iron, their touch can still sting against her backside all the same. After taking matters into her own hands, Elena finds that the consequences may cost more than she can afford to pay, and that there’s more in store for her than just the quiet, predictable life that she had resigned herself to.
Thanks for your time, and I hope you’ll find the book, buy it, read it and enjoy it.