I feel like I’m crashing my own blog. Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve been here, but I’ve been busy, you see. I was involved in a little project called launching a publishing company. We name it Dirt Road Books.
We began our second year in January and it’s been an interesting journey. We put out three books in 2017, which may not seem like a lot, but it was a conscious decision on our part to focus on our own books and take our time with them so that we’d put out the best possible products.
And we did. Bitterroot Queen by Jove Belle, Friends in High Places by Andi Marquette, and Little Dip by Gill McKnight are all great books.
And I’m happy to announce that our first book on 2018 is my novel, The Potion. This is the cover, designed by Jove Belle.
Here’s the synposis:
Vera Kennedy, widow of Professor James Kennedy, wants to be a scientist, but in Victorian Boston, that isn’t an option for women. Nevertheless, after assisting her husband in the laboratory with his experiments, she has learned everything she could through his unintended tutelage. After his death, she continues his work until she veers off onto a different path with her own experiments, which threaten to consume her to the exclusion of all else.
Georgette Harris, widow of Professor Roland Harris, has been left destitute in the wake of her husband’s death. He had amassed mountains of debt and left Georgette to pay it, in any way she could, and now she occupies a dilapidated and mostly empty mansion with what little food her remaining housekeeper can scrounge. So when a medicinals company wants to purchase a formula that Roland had proposed to them, Georgette searches for it without success, and then discovers evidence that her husband had worked with James Kennedy. Armed with this information, she seeks the help of Vera in uncovering the missing formula.
But Vera is not one to give up secrets easily, though she is inexplicably drawn to Georgette. Despite her reservations, she considers Georgette’s request, and they soon discover that both their husbands were involved in an experiment layered in deception and danger. Together, they sort through mysterious clues and talk to unscrupulous men in order to discover what that outcome was supposed to be and in the process, they may discover something far stronger between them.
You can listen to me read an excerpt Here.
I worked very hard on this book, more than on any other, and I’m proud of the results. Of course, I would not have been able to do it if I hadn’t had my DRB team behind me, so this book really belongs to all of us.
The Potion is available for pre-sales on Amazon, and will be officially published and available in all formats on April 24, 2018. If you get around to reading it, I hope you enjoy it!