I wasn't sure this day would ever come.
I haven't published an original work since Final Hours in 2009. I've published ebook editions of past books, but nothing new. My brain has been on sabbatical--which is to say it hasn't been working. I don't know if it's epilepsy-related or maybe age-related, but I have the attention span of a flea. I fall asleep on my computer--literally. I forget words that once came easily (according to a story that ran on the Today show earlier this week, that can be a sign of early-onset Alzheimers, a possibility that's scary as hell). I'd be lost without my collaborators, Collin and William.
Anyway...when I was finishing Chasing the Wind in 2008, I found it necessary to cut a great deal of material from a manuscript that was far too long. One thing that I cut, with much regret, was a subplot involving Connor's clone, Alex. Alex Stewart was a character I was especially proud of having created. I wanted to show not only the ethical ramifications of human cloning, but what life might be like for a human being who discovered he was a carbon copy (outdated as that expression is!) of someone else.
I intended to write Alex's story as the sequel to Chasing the Wind. I had enough of a storyline for a novel--the problem was that I'd never been quite able to finish it. It's been on the back burner since 2010. Recently, however, a blog post by author Dean Wesley Smith gave me an idea. I'd written enough to publish a short story--the love story of Alex Stewart and Robyn Cantwell, a woman he meets in a homeless shelter.
The digital edition--with a beautiful cover designed by Collin--will be available at Amazon and Smashwords by this weekend, and through other outlets shortly thereafter. Links for purchase will be available at Beishir Books.
Be sure you check out William's post on Vlad the Impaler--I mean Vladimir
Putin--at Speak of the Devil. And please stop by the Authors for Oklahoma blog, pick a book bundle and make a donation for a very worthy
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