I haven’t blogged much in a while. Sorry about that. This year has just been so rough.
I’m writing my novels– Forever Festive is up past 41,000 words, but there’s still a lot to do. I might not have it out in time for Christmas, and it is very much a holiday book. If it isn’t ready, what I will do is spend some time working on some short stories about the W.I.T.C.H. Hunters group and Rafael Jones for an anthology… and I hope to have one to post on my blog as a present to you and a teaser of things to come.
I’ve had bronchitis, a warning of layoffs in my job category at work, smoke layering over my city. There’s just a lot of anxiety and fatigue that makes major creativity hard. I keep sane partly through little acts of creativity like this Halloween tree. But as long as I’m alive, there will be more tales of Rafael Jones and his friends.
-Noir meets the supernatural in this thrilling first installment in a brand new series.-
“Forever’s Too Long”
-written by Helen Krummenacker
-narrated by Allan Krummenacker.
Available on Audible and Amazon or just $14.95 or 1 Audible Credit.
In 1947, hard-boiled detective Rafael Jones’ first job is to investigate a shady cult as well as some possible stolen Russian Art.
Soon he finds himself coming face to face with a historic figure who was supposedly strangled, shot and finally drowned back in 1916. Is it really the same man? And if so, how can he still be walking the Earth? And is he involved both the cult and the art smugglers?
Rafael is about to find out, but the answer could leave him a changed man forever…
What readers are saying:
5.0 out of 5 stars – A Great Twist
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
“This is an interesting take on both hard-boiled mysteries and urban fantasy…”
Diane Bouse rated it 5.0 out of 5 stars – It was amazing
“I listened to this on audio and loved it. Helen has done a superb job with her characters and story… Allan did the reading and it was wonderful. Voices spot on, all the time and such a variety.”
You can find out more and listen to a sample from the book, as well as get a copy for yourself or a friend, at the following links:
Audible Link: Forever’s Too Long – Audible
Amazon Link: Forever’s Too Long – Amazon
AmazonUK Link: Audible Link: Forever’s Too Long – Audible
AmazonCA Link: Forever’s Too Long – AmazonCA
AmazonAU: Forever’s Too Long – AmazonAU
So, the rules with Audible say that if we have an audiobook with them, we can’t have it available elsewhere. No one has nibbled on buying it direct from us through our store.
I do know there are people who just use Audible, because they want to get their subscription’s worth. And there are book clubs who only choose books where their members can get it in audiobook form. It seems better to put it on a site where it will be easily found and used. So the book is now available through Audible and Amazon. So now “Forever’s Too Long” is available exclusively through Audible and Amazon.
In the meantime I’m removing the downloadable audiobook option (which I was supplying personally) of “Forever’s Too Long” from my online store. I’m going to put the links for both Audible and Amazon there instead, so you can get your own audiobook through either of those sites.
I will be adding and I-Tunes Link as well once it is available there.
Here’s the link to my online store:
With 3 books done, you may wonder if I have plans for further novels in the series. Yes, I do.
Right now I have 12 more novel concepts planned already just for Rafael Jones. And while I have them in mind to be in the 40s-50s, I’m interested in doing more contemporary stories with him. I’d like to give him a Goth sidekick in the 80s, because of course that would happen. 🙂
One thing I want to know is: as a reader, do you want the books to be in chronological order? Or are you okay with the series jumping around a bit in time if the story warrants it? (And thanks to weird genius Eugene, time travel may even be part of some plots.)
Also: would you love a spin-off? While getting the stories direct from Rafael has its appeal, you know that Clara, Medium Brown, Sir Lynn Fox, and other members of W.I.T.C.H. Hunters have stories of their own. I want to get to work on those soon, starting with an anthology. Are you intrigued?
Book 3 of the Forever Detective Series
is now available
Rafael Jones is always a little out of his depth in rural settings, but he’s not just a detective, he’s also undead. He can’t ignore the call from the Saratoga County coroner when she mentions the bite marks found on several drowning victims during the spring and summer of 1947.
However, he knows his weaknesses (sunlight, running water, and a woeful lack of country manners), so he isn’t working alone. His slowly developing powers and quick wits may not be a match for something old, strong in magic, and completely cursed.
Available now in all e-book formats for $3.99 at:
Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0894513Y4
Kindle UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0894513Y4
Kindle CA Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0894513Y4
*Also available in Trade Paperback for $12.99 at Amazon OR “Signed” copies available by contacting/e-mailing the author at: email@example.com *
For those who are ready to pre-order, these sites are taking preorders now:
Kindle Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0894513Y4
The 3rd installment of the Forever Detective Book Series.
A brand new tale in the after-life of Rafael Jones, private investigator/vampire.
No sooner has our hero wrapped up a case involving the ghost of a flapper at the hands of her former mobster boyfriend, that he finds himself venturing back upstate in the summer to investigate a series of mysterious drownings. Now working in the summer is hard enough for a vampire, but add running water to the mix and you’ve got… well, check out the trailer and you’ll get a good idea of what dangers await in this brand new adventure
“Forever in Deep” will be available later this month in all e-book formats, as well as trade paperback at all the usual online book stores.
I have taken some possible author photos to choose for the next back cover.
The first one had me done up as an old time detective. The second book had me in flapper attire.
So you have to ask yourself, why am I pointing my finger at a horse?
I don’t get extra time to write in. I save maybe 20 minutes of commute per day, but I’m desperate to get up and stretch after a 9 hour shift telecommuting. I work for local government, and the work I do keeps the money for vital services flowing. I’m glad I can do this– it feels like I’m helping the community get through this and having something to do keeps my anxiety under control.
But I am anxious. I have severe asthma, as does my husband. Some other conditions that bump our risk, too, but since inability to breathe is the main killer with this disease, that’s where my mind goes. This isn’t the first time my health has forced me to be bound up indoors for over a month, but it is the first time I felt so endangered. A bad asthma run usually just leaves me feeling half-dead… which is part of how write the inside view of a vampire’s physical existence as being uncomfortable.
Beyond time management and distraction, editing my most recent manuscript, Forever in Deep, pushed me to reveal something sooner than I’d planned about Nicola Durante’s family. The 1918 flu pandemic and aftermath had not been something I expected to be so relevant to today when I was working on his background.
Allan’s been unable to work from home, but he is working hard. Currently, he’s working on the cover for Forever in Deep. (The painting above wasn’t done by him, but me. I thought it just seemed seasonal, and it has a book in it.) And he’s recording Forever Haunted.
I hope you are all staying well and safe. This is one strange virus and we still don’t know the long term effects on the survivors. Flattening the curve is buying society time to deal with it.
Happy Easter if you celebrate it. Try and enjoy the spring whatever what you can, even if it’s just opening some windows and hearing the birds sing.