Dateline: August 21, 2018
This round of rewrites is FINISHED.
Tonight, I uploaded the new content and cover for novella #9, Mating Dance. That is a complete series revision completed since May. No wonder my insomnia has been worse than usual. Of course, I will probably start all over because inevitably I (and my stalwart beta reader + editor + sister) have found a few typos.
In addition, of course, I've written and published five new ones. Since May. Which is bananas.
Want to know what else is bananas? The 10,000 words done on historical novel #3, the nearly-complete novella #17, and the just-under-half-finished novella #18.
THIS WAS NOT MY PLAN.
(I did not have a plan.)
Whatever. In case I sound a little punchy, it is most likely due to the Empress 1908 gin, which my new friend Jeffrey at Total Wine & More helped me find this evening, and which is magically delicious as well as possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever poured into a glass.
It is a plot point. I am drinking for research. Shut up.
Anyway, the point of this post was to recommend a starting point with the series of L.A. Stories. The order of publication is not chronological within L.A. Stories Time, so just reading from the beginning will require you to jump around a bit. Some readers hate that. I promise I will put something up soon that places all the novellas in more-or-less chronological order (some of them overlap).
ANYWAY AGAIN, about where to start:
I recommend starting with "Toward Love," which does not have many (in fact hardly any) direct tie-ins with the rest of the series. While all of the stories are intended to be stand-alone (i.e. I try not to leave the reader guessing about who all the people are or why they are here), this one is more so than others.
Also it's got some good stuff in it! And it's only 99 cents, so, you know. If you hate it, it was less than a buck.
Happy Reading. The Empress and I are going to bed now.
Dateline: January 19, 2019
Five months later, some things have changed. The L.A. Stories now comprise nineteen published novellas, with three more complete and to be published by the end of February. Each of these is a standalone entry in the series, but the four latest were written in pairs and have very closely-related protagonists.
Also now available in The L.A. Stories world, joining MILLION DOLLAR DEATH on the “longer reads” side of the roster, are my big novel FACE THE MUSIC and the shorter novel TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER.
Where the heck to start now?
Honestly, I would still recommend TOWARD LOVE. It’s a good introduction to my writing voice and to the type of story I write at the novella length. Those protagonists, Marco Hidalgo and Cameron Monaghan, still don’t have too many crossover connections. There’s some action, some showbiz stuff, some funny stuff, some family stuff, but like all of The L.A. Stories, it’s a love story first. And we are, after all, coming up on Valentine’s Day.