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One of the most-asked questions I get is when my first five (The Five) novels will be available for Kindle/Nook/Kobo/etc. Today I finally have an answer: soon.

Okay, I know that’s the answer I’ve been giving for about two years, but there’s been a shakeup that means this “soon” is different from the “soon” I’ve been giving all that time. P.D. Publishing has made the sad decision to close their doors at the end of 2013, and the majority of this year will be spent tying up loose ends and getting their authors situated. I’ve signed my termination papers with them and I’m effectively no longer a member of the P.D. family.

As an aside, if you want an original paperback copy of one of my P.D. novels, I’d suggest moving quickly. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for a while.

But not forever! Because I’d already found a new home with Supposed Crimes, it was just a matter of shifting boxes from one house to another. The new company is more focused on ebooks than paperbacks, and for good reason. If I wanted to make a numerical comparison between paperback sells versus ebook sales of the same book, it would make the paperback look very, very bad. A few days ago on Amazon, the paperback version of the first Underdogs novel was one million positions higher than the ebook version. The price and the convenience of ebooks has made the race extremely lopsided.

So Supposed Crimes will finally be re-releasing The Five in ebook format. Gemini is already available, and the others (On the Air, World on Fire, Tilting at Windmills and The Following Sea) will follow in short order! In addition, the unreleased novels I had contracted with P.D. Publishing will also be released! That’s Silence Out Loud, Only Flame and Air (Claire Lance 2), Confused by Shadows (Claire Lance 3), Chasing Dragons (Claire Lance 4), and What Matter Wounds? (Claire Lance 5). That’s right, Claire Lance will reach the end of her road at long last! The series was originally written to end in 2012, so hopefully the final novel will come out in 2013. A little late, but better than how it was looking at the end of last year.

As an aside to other P.D. authors who are still looking for a home… please get in touch with Supposed Crimes! The boss wanted to create a P.D. Imprint since the company’s inception, so she’s willing to offer everyone who needs a new publisher a chance to keep their books in print. You can find information about the company here:

Yesterday I put a new contract in the mail all signed up with my name in the blank, so I consider it official enough to make the announcement here.

My eighth book with P.D. Publishing will be Silence Out Loud. I’m so proud of this book, and so relieved it’s finally on its slow journey to bookshelves. The main character of the novel is Cheryl Paxton. She is a lesbian (naturally) and the story focuses on her journey growing up, falling in love, falling out of love, and eventually figuring out who she is. It’s probably one of my most epic stories, following the character from a very young age to adulthood, and it’s also unique in that the main character is a Deaf woman.

The inspiration for this character was Marlee Matlin, and her never say die attitude. There was a time – I think it was around 2007 – when Marlee seemed to be in everything I watched. My Name is Earl, CSI: NY… I couldn’t get away from her (not that I would have tried very hard). But it made me wonder why there weren’t more stories with Deaf protagonists. It’s not that hard to indicate when someone is signing and when they’re speaking. So I gave it a shot. And now, the product of that will soon be available for purchase from fine bookstores everywhere, and also (rimshot).

In other long-awaited news: Riley Parra Season 2 is “in production” as we speak. I have a hesitant start-date in mind, but I don’t want to put anything in stone yet. We’ll see how fast I can write. ~g~ I’ll keep everyone apprised!