When Will There Be More TSATD?

Not long ago, we got a questions about The Scattered and the Dead series — I believe it was on our Facebook page. Someone that was neither me nor Tim responded, “There won’t be any more. They have abandoned the series.”

And I thought, “We have? Damn, I wish someone would have told me, because I just wasted the last month or so writing 40,000 words in a series we’ve apparently given up on…”

Presumptuous fans aside, it’s something people ask about fairly often, so I figured I might as well make an official clarification.

Will there be more books in The Scattered and the Dead series?

Yes.

When?

Soon-ish.

What does “soon-ish” mean?

It means that we have a lot of projects in the works, and we’re not always certain about release schedules. That goes double for audio production. So while we are 100% committed to finishing the series — both Tim and I are very completis, and neither one of us would be able to stand the idea of leaving a series hanging — we don’t have a release date for the next book at the moment.

Be patient. We promise it’ll be worth it.

 

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Things I Do Not “Get”

  • Weddings. You know how people say, “Every woman has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a little girl!”? Not me. I’ve literally never once fantasized about a wedding or a white dress or a ring or any of that stuff. (Actually, someone I know has cornered Tim more than once and told him that he “needs” to ask me to marry him because they “know” it’s what I want. Never has this person ever asked me if that’s what I want. Spoiler alert: It’s not! So please fuck off with that nonsense.) Which leads me to…
  • Diamonds. Really any expensive jewelry for that matter. I’m allergic to most metals, so I can’t/don’t really wear jewelry anyway. Maybe that’s part of it. Why covet something that’s just going to give me a raging case of contact dermatitis? But it’s almost like when I was created, they were like, “Alrighty… Little sugar, little spice, little everyth- ah shit. We’re out of ‘Everything Nice.’ Hm. Just throw in some beef jerky, I guess.” I do like sparkles, though. Nothing makes me happier than one of those super tacky Grandma sweaters that’s just decked out in sequins.
  • Drivers that speed past you just to get to an intersection where the light is already red. Maybe they think it’s a race? Congrats, buddy! You won! Your prize is a pair of gilded TruckNutz™!
  • Carpet. It would be pretty gross if you had a rug in your house that you never really washed because it was bolted to the floor, right? Except that is exactly what carpet is! This goes double for carpet in bathrooms. No, no, and no.
  • People that bag their dog’s poop, but then leave the poop bag on the trail. I’m all for picking up after your mutt — after all, people that let their dogs deuce right on the trail and don’t pick it up are going to a special Hell where they spend eternity balls-deep in dogshit — but after you bag it, you’re supposed to THROW IT AWAY, JANICE. That’s why there are garbage cans strategically placed along the trail, in case you were wondering. Instead you’ve created a sort of excrement time-capsule. Wait, wait. A time CRAPsule. (ZING!) In a thousand years, that bag will still be there, and so will the Pomeranian feces you’ve sealed inside.
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Giblet-Related Inventions

First, I feel like I should open up with some kind of explanation as to why I’ve suddenly decided to dust off Ye Olde Blogge, which has sat in a state of disuse and decrepitude. But the best explanation I can come up with is: “Because I felt like it.” So there.

Also, one of the reasons I haven’t blogged much is that when I think about writing something here, I always feels this immense pressure to have something important or highly entertaining to share. So today is an exercise in trivial mundanity. Behold the awesome pointlessness!

The other day I came up with a product idea that I was so thoroughly genius, I can’t believe it isn’t already a Thing. I actually searched it on Amazon fully thinking I’d have ten options to choose from. But no. No dice.

I call it Just Gravy. And I know what you’re thinking: But you can already buy gravy. You can buy gravy in packets and gravy in jars. 

Let me finish! It’s called Just Gravy… For Cats.

See, I have three monster cats, and they love nothing more than to lick the gravy off their canned food. I can’t buy the stuff that has little chunks in gravy, because the fat shits just slurp up the gravy and leave behind the chunks, which is probably where all of the nutrition is in the first place. I have to get the so-called “pâté,” and these furry dinguses still often find a way to extract as much gravy while eating as little of the “solids” as possible. It got me thinking: why not buy just the gravy? The beasts get extra gravy, I throw out less half-eaten food, and everybody’s happy.

So are you there, Purina? It’s me, Lex, and I’ve got a million-dollar idea for you. You can have it in exchange for a lifetime supply of the stuff.

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Your Name, In Blood: It Will Suck You In

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Paranormal Suspense / Urban Fantasy

Ever since reading Kera Emory’s debut novel, Your Name, In Fire, I have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up. Well, it’s finally here, and it doesn’t disappoint.

The year isn’t over yet, but I’m already certain this will remain one of my favorite reads of 2017. Your Name, In Blood has more story, more characterization, and more charisma in a single chapter than most books have in their entirety.

Just like the first book in the series, Your Name, In Blood sucked me right in (vampire pun intended) and never let go. I read it all in three or four sittings, and I probably would have finished it in one if I didn’t have work obligations nagging at me for the duration.

Emory’s writing has a way of casting a spell over the reader, making you desperate to read on to the next sentence, next paragraph, next page. Because you absolutely must know what’s going to happen next, damn it!

The characters are genuine in a way that I can’t help but think as I’m reading, “This must be based on a real person, it’s too detailed and feels too real to just be made up.” And on the other hand, I know as a writer that’s almost never the case. You might borrow little things from real people, but most real people aren’t half as interesting as the best-written characters in books.

So let’s talk characters for a moment.

First there’s John, living his ignorance-is-bliss lifestyle of expensive clothes, fancy cars, and one-night stands. When we meet him, his existence is pretty shallow and superficial. And yet you can empathize with his hesitation to start asking questions. If he starts picking at one thread, there’s no telling what else might start to unravel.

And then there’s Kelly, who might as well be the polar opposite of John: she’s ferociously curious about everything, and she won’t stop until she gets a satisfying answer. It’s a little scary how smart, clever, and analytical she is. She has a way of examining things that makes you wonder if she ever sleeps at night, or if she only sort of closes her eyes while her brain continues to whir along, worrying at the unanswered questions in her life.

A good writer might manage to create a main character that fits that feels-more-real-than-real-life criteria. Where Emory shines is that every. single. one. of her characters feels that way, from the returning protagonists from book one, Connor and Wendy, to the aging waitress at the local diner. On top of all that, they are the kind of characters I wish I could know in real life.

Lastly, I have to mention Emory’s knack for storytelling and structure. Both books had me looking toward the end, wondering how things would wrap up, coming up with my own theories… and both books had a final twist I hadn’t seen coming, but one that felt like the perfect, just-as-it-was-meant-to-be resolution to the story.

Check out Your Name, In Blood now for $0.99 on Amazon. And if you haven’t read Your Name, In Fire yet, you can grab it now for free!

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Giveaway Winners

The winners for this round of paperback giveaways are: T More, Lisa F, C Runner, Betty Jo H, August B, healergirl, V Davis, Don T, VampyreLady, and R Dietman. Congrats!

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