We're expecting the paperback edition of Dust Jacket to be on the shelf by Tuesday 3rd June at the latest; we'll post links once it is out.
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In tracking down the serial killer Dust Jacket, DI Peter Nation appears to be thwarted at every turn; almost as if the killer were looking over his shoulder. Is the killer on the inside track or is Peter just blind to the truth? DI Peter Nation has been investigating the serial killer Dust Jacket for the last fifteen years; the killer is elusive to say the least but the murder of victim number sixteen, the celebrated author Matthew Herringbone, brings Peter into contact with two people who provide a new insight to the case.
Despite his diligence, Peter is struggling to the see things clearly; a case of not seeing the wood for the trees or is he just so weary that even the obvious answers appear as spectral as Dust Jacket himself? When Derek, the murdered author's literary agent and Peter start an affair, it starts a chain of events which ultimately bring about the unmasking of the killer. New to the case DC James Capsicum provides a fresh perspective and suddenly all eyes are on the one person whom everyone has overlooked.
Dust Jacket is a collaboration between authors Alp Mortal and Chambers Mars. It is a suspenseful gay romantic thriller/murder mystery written for an adult audience.
Dust jacket is likely to be the first of a series of collaborations between us and our next project is already in the starting blocks; a Sci-Fi opera.
As authors, we both look for projects which will stretch our imaginations and styles; and we both agree that Dust Jacket certainly did the job! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the story. And the paperback version will appear in a few days.
Alp & Chambers
After a weekend of some frantic re-working and the addition of an epilogue; Dust Jacket is now being edited. This process will, we hope, be completed by this weekend. There is an outside chance that the book will be on the shelf by the end of the weekend; but more likely, at the beginning of next week.
Meantime, Chambers and I will be working on the cover.
Chambers and I are planning to produce the final draft version of the story over the next few days; this will take account of the feedback we have received from our pre-readers; our grateful thanks to them.
The cover hasn't really changed yet and it's growing on me I have to say; maybe that's just the effect of looking at it so often; familiarity maybe blinding me to the obvious flaws; much like when I edit my own work; Chambers says 'chill bro';the cover is fine'.
We've also been talking about a Sci-Fi project; based around a couple of gay operatives who work for this big corporation which runs big space stations and moon-based mining facilities; the two guys are like 'security'. They have this perfect love/hate relationship; get into all kinds of scrapes and always come out on top ... it'll have the same humour as Chambers' Zac series but will be more raunchy ... no title yet or names, though I like Elias and Dunno.
Will update you as we proceed. first things first, we have to produce Dust Jacket and Chambers tells me that he has Anastasia's Diamonds to the halfway point; subject to the weather, there will be some good news after the weekend and I don't mean the number of tanning hours he managed to get in ...
Cover for 'Dust jacket' is going to be just as difficult as any I have created; here's our first draft and although we like some of the elements - for example, the choice of ANTON font for the title - there are elements we do not like so much.
There's plenty of time for all of that to be reworked as the manuscript is in the first stage of the editing process. It'll be a longer process than usual because both Chambers and I have our own pre-reader circles with whom we will be circulating the manuscript before we even begin.
The earliest indication is that the story is sound and is just about paced right.
Cannot predict the date of publication at this stage; clearly it won't be months away nor weeks; well possibly two.
Good progress has been made and we have gotten to the final stages of the story. Chambers did spend a little time at the beach but if there was a reason for not completing the story at the weekend then the fault lies with me because I have a cold and took to my bed for a couple of days.
Whilst I recuperate, I'm playing with images for the cover and it's going to be a tough one to nail. Chambers, as you'll know from his covers for Zac, chooses an abstract and saves himself the angst of trying to come up with an image; it's one of the hardest things we have to do; that and set the price!
This image is a possibility for the cover, possibly combined with something else; will play around with it whilst I'm waiting for Chambers to write the current scene which involves two of the characters having sex. Not that I can't write about that; we tossed for it and Chambers came up heads.
Chambers and I have made good progress on Dust Jacket over the last week and there is a chance that we'll finish the first draft this weekend; but no promises because if the weather is good then I know that Chambers will be at the beach ... yeah, I thought the same!
Our collaboration has developed in subtle ways and whereas we thought that we would own and develop a specific character/characters, we're actually working in all of the voices together. That said, Chambers is driving the plot more than I am; I think that is probably to be expected because his Zac series is faster-paced than say my The Map Stick or The Awakening or Brave ... the results so far exceed our expectations; clearly we hope that they will exceed yours too. Hoping also to post the draft of the cover by the end of the weekend to give you a treat.
Working this way has effectively halted progress on other projects but after this weekend, I'll be opening something new and I know that Chambers wants to open the fifth case file of the second Zac series.
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