The fourth and final part of the short-story sequence What Goes Around is now out.
It’s called It Takes A Steady Hand, and probably works best if you’ve read the previous three parts (Get The Right One, Always A Silver Lining, and No Return). It also features the first appearance of a character who has been mentioned a great deal in the Dominions novels and stories (including the first of these short stories, The Job.)
It almost feels like I’ve had a plan for Dominions right from the start!
Anyway, you can read It Takes A Steady Hand here (and the previous parts of What Goes Around by clicking on the titles above). As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
The third part of this short-story sequence is called No Return, and after the lighter feel of the second part, we’re back to darkness. This story focuses on the assassinated girl’s father, and he’s not a nice person.
To read No Return (What Goes Around, Part 3), click here. And if you want to go back to the previous stories, you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
(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.