My Sherlock Holmes Stories—now collected!

You may know that I got my start writing Sherlock Holmes stories. The first one was published in 2012, with a second not far behind it, and a third in 2015. They were originally sold separately, but we’ve now combined them all in one. THESE ARE NOT NEW STORIES. If you’ve already bought and read the others, don’t buy this too, because they’re the same. But if you’ve never read my Sherlock Holmes stories, now you can have all three in one book. The audiobook version of this collection should be out in another couple weeks, too. I’ll definitely post once it is!

WIPjoy #9

From the MC: Most awkward memory?

Duncan Oliver: Almost all my memories are awkward, I’m afraid. It’s why I mostly keep to myself. I do enjoy parties and the company of others, but I’m not very good at it, you see. I suppose that first meeting with the Milne brothers is a fair example. To feel so cornered and confused . . . Well, that’s my natural state, but their own strangeness made it double!

WIPjoy #8

If you like ______, you’ll like my book!

Well, if you enjoyed Brynnde, you’ll probably enjoy Faebourne. Basically, if you like historical fiction with a touch of fairy magic to it, Faebourne should work for you. Still, I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s like Outlander or Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It’s not nearly so epic in scale and there’s no time travel. Faebourne is lighter than any of that, and sweet—a classic fish-out-of-water story with all the humor therein.

Stars Upon Thars

What is your immediate reaction to seeing a book or other item that has between three and four stars?

I’m asking because I feel like this is the grayest area when it comes to ratings. 1-2 stars = “not good at all” to “not very good.” And 4-5 stars = “pretty good” to “excellent.” So what’s 2-3 and 3-4?

You’ll notice I’m not talking whole numbers so much as ranges. This is because things seldom have a whole number rating. 4.2 is really good. 3.6 is . . . what? 2.8 is almost a 3, so . . . ???

If you look at it as grades, 5 stars = 100% and 4 stars = 80%. That’s already a B. So is 3 stars a failing grade?

Goodreads helps the process by giving phrases for what each star rating should mean:

In this case, 3 stars isn’t awful. Even 2 stars “passes.”

Yet when I look for things to buy, I often only want 4 stars or better. That’s products, though; I might be a little more forgiving when it comes to books and look at something in the 3-4 star range if it sounds interesting enough. If a book is hovering between these two, I’ll read the blurb along with any reviews to see what the perceived problems were before deciding.

What about you? How do star ratings affect how you shop? And are you okay with 3-star books or do you feel like those aren’t good enough? That a book really needs to be at least 4 stars before you give it a chance?

WIPjoy #7

If your story was represented by one item, what would it be?

A fox. There is a fox in the story, a pet fox named Aloysius. I think he represents the fun and slyness and oddity of Faebourne.

And here is your friendly reminder to PLEASE vote for Brynnde in the Creme de la Cover contest! We’re neck-and-neck with the next closest book, so every vote is very important. Spread the word! (If Brynnde wins, we’ll celebrate with prizes for two randomly selected newsletter subscribers. Don’t get my newsletter? You can sign up via the button on my Facebook page.)

WIPjoy #6

Slowly but surely, the WIPjoy continues . . .

Name something in your WIP for each of your senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, touch.

Uh . . . I’m not entirely sure what I’m being asked to do here. Give an example from my WIP for each of these senses?

I haven’t gotten very far in the writing yet, so I’m going to abstain from giving away anything here. I can tell you that sight is a big factor—see the previous WIPjoy in which we get Duncan’s first look at Faebourne. The sound and feel of the carriage ride after Duncan is abducted, the smell and taste of the food at dinner, the needle sharp teeth of a pet fox in Duncan’s toe . . . That’s enough to be going on with for now.