(If you haven’t read Part 1, Get The Right One, you can read it here).
The second part of What Goes Around is Always A Silver Lining. It’s a bit more light-hearted than a lot of my stories (if a story about a dead body can ever be light-hearted), a little moment of release between the other darker, more serious parts.
You can read Always A Silver Lining here. And, as always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
This story’s part of something I’ve wanted to try for a while now.
I enjoy reading books in a series, but cliffhangers between books frustrate me. In my own series, I’ve always aimed for each book to tell its own story, while also being part of a larger story, told over the whole series.
And I wondered if I could write a series of short stories in the same way—each one its own thing, but all connected.
I’ve done something similar before, with For Blood (I) and For Blood (II), but that was one event viewed from two different sides. But now, I have a series of four stories, under the title What Goes Around. They’re set in the world of Dominions, and this first story, Get The Right One, is another tale of Rodin. He prides himself on always fulfilling a contract, and he’ll pay close attention to the wording, too. Even if that means he has to look past the obvious.
You can read Get The Right One (What Goes Around, part 1) here.
What would you do if you found a body in the back of a hire car?
No idea why that question popped into my mind, but it led to this latest short story, An Issue With The Car, which you can read here.
Another short story this week. I had the idea for this one ages ago, but only got round to actually writing the thing a couple of weeks ago. It came out pretty well as a first draft, but I’ve made a few changes and tightened things up a bit.
After going for a positive story last time (with Sentinels), this one is definitely darker (just to warn you). It’s called Where Does The Time Go, and you can read it here.
Much as I like reading and writing dark fiction, the darkness has to be contrasted with light. So this latest short story, Sentinels is more in keeping with the feelings of hope and peace that prevail at this time of year.
You can read the story here.
A new story for you.
I’ve been struggling to get stories finished at the moment, but this one came together very quickly—only a few hours from initial idea to the finished thing. I’m not too sure if the ending’s positive or negative, though.
It’s called Always The Same, and you can read it here.
I’ve kept to my schedule of a new short story every couple of weeks for a long while now, and it’s frustrating that I’m going to have to break the habit this week. With work on a new book, and various other things, I simply haven’t got a new short ready yet. I’ve got a few things almost there, but that’s not good enough. You deserve better.
But I don’t want to leave you with nothing. So, in lieu of a new short, I’d like to offer you a download link to one of my Dominions shorts.
In a violent wold, can the meek survive?
Ostar knows he’s nothing special. But he’s useful to the crew—not with the violence, but as a look-out. He’s never hurt anyone in his life. He simply wants to keep his head down and live without conflict.
But the crew are dying. Someone is killing them, one by one. And it is only a matter of time before they come for Ostar.
You could buy Animus on all the usual sites, but click here to download a free copy (this link will only be live for about six days). And I’ll be back with a new short story in a couple of weeks.