WIP Update: January 2023
Thirteen at the Leash
Today, I finished writing my first book of 2023. Weighing in at 37.6k words, Thirteen at the Leash is the longest of the Tales from the Noctuary series. It’s also the last in the series, so that’s two complete series that I’ve written now. It’s about a resurrected murderous cult of witch shifters, whose only target is vampires. Let’s just say they’ve gone a little off the rails since they came back to life.
Below is a first draft snippet from chapter 1.
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Thirteen at the Leash: draft complete, 37, 692 words
Series: Tales from the Noctuary (#4)
Projected publishing date: Summer 2024
Gabriel sighed as he laid the telephone receiver in its cradle. “Why must these people hound me so?”
Jelly, his capable assistant, looked up, a subtle smile on his face. “What is it now?”
“The Thirteen Club.” Gabriel closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose, massaging away the pressures of the job. “Protestors on the doorstep. Almost a hundred this time.”
“Well, I have an answer as to why they hound you so,” said Jelly. “I shall quote you as a reminder.” Jelly put on an authoritative voice that Gabriel thought was rather overdone. “Any trouble, and I want to hear about it. The first sign of trouble, do you hear me?”
“I do not sound like that,” Gabriel protested.
“On every day of the week that ends in a Y,” said Jelly.
Gabriel wasn’t sure why he let the man get away with such cheek when they were in private, but he couldn’t find it within himself to make him stop. “Get your coat on, then.”