An infomercial, with apologies

First I am compelled to note that the word ‘infomercial’ does appear in the OED, contrary to my expectations. The first quote cited is “1981   United Press Internat. Newswire (Nexis) 29 Jan.,   He said the system will utilize the ‘infomercial’—a sales pitch couched in information, much as oil companies and other major industries do with their institutional ads.”

Who’d’ve’a thunk it? Now for the ‘mercial.

I am bringing out book 2 in the Francis Bacon mystery series sometime very soon. It was supposed to be December 15th, but that’s not going to happen. I haven’t written the penultimate and antepenultimate chapters yet. No, not because of sloth! Although La Pigrita’s expression perfectly captures the humor of a writer who can’t quite get the end of her book written, even though it’s long past due.

Sloth, one of the seven deadly sins
Sloth, one of the seven deadly sins

My reasons are valid, but I won’t bore you with them. The book may yet make it out by Christmas Day, but if the finale continues to fail to please me, it may not make it until January 22. That’s Francis Bacon’s birthday and thus a good day for launching any intellectual enterprise.

In the meantime, I’ll put the first three chapters in pdf, mobi, and epub formats on the Death by Disputation page on Dec 15, to fulfill part of my promise.

I remind one and all that it’s best to read book 1 first, because there’s a surprise in it that will be spoiled when you read book 2. Apart from the surprise, they’re supposed to stand more or less on their own. But it’s a series and life progresses, so book 2 necessarily reflects any such progress.

To encourage the reading of book 1 first, Murder by Misrule is on sale at Amazon and CreateSpace. Ebook is $2.99, which is as low as Amazon lets you go without altering your fundamental publishing thingamabob. Paper is a nice round $10.00. It is a Christmas book — the season of Misrule!

Last, I will be updating information on the site over the next few weeks and starting a newsletter, which will most assuredly not come out more than once a month. It will contain announcements like book releases, prizes (if I win any), and appearances (natural, like at local libraries, not supernatural.) Although, if I should ever happen to experience a supernatural appearance, you may be certain I will blog about it. I think you can make a spray for those demons with vinegar, garlic, and habanero juice…

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