My latest magical re-release comes out in two days – A New Year: Special Double Edition.
This one is special – it’s actually two versions of the same story. From the foreword:
“A New Year” has a bit of a history. When I first wrote it, it was intended for an anthology to be out by Dreamspinner. It tells the life-long love story of Hank and Dale.
After sending it in, I re-read the prompt and realized it called for stories set outside the USA. I had set the entire tale in Northern California, with most of it taking place in San Francisco.
So I retooled it, moving it to the UK with the excellent help of Tony, my stepdad, who is British. Tony was invaluable—he helped me get the language and idioms right.
This time, the story was changed to tell the story of Heath and Finn.
I polished it up and resubmitted it, and waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, the reply came back. It was a no.
So I dusted it off and shipped it out again, and this time it was picked up by a place called Inkstained Succubus – or Inky Suky for short – a now-defunct publisher that put the story in their “Candle in the Dark” anthology. The publisher asked me to juice up the sex scenes a bit, so I did.
A couple years later, the story was returned to me with the demise of the publisher, and I threw together a quick version of it to give away to my email list subscribers.
I’m now revisiting it again, with a twist. This volume has both versions. The first one is the original San Francisco version. I think it’s the sweeter of the two.
Following the SF version is the one set in London. It’s the same basic story, but with a different flavor and a bit more spice.
I hope you enjoy this new edition!
This special edition includes two versions of the story – the UK one that was originally published in the “Candle in the Dark” anthology, and the original (never before published) version set in San Francisco.
Hank is at the end of his rope. The California high school senior is ready to jump off a bridge, to end it all, when Dale shows up.
Dale is a man with a secret, someone who will change the course of Hank’s life in a single night, and then vanish back into the fog.
But the two men are linked in ways Hank can’t even imagine, and when the time is right, they will see each other once again.
Heath is at the end of his rope. The British high school senior is ready to jump off a bridge, to end it all, when Finn shows up.
Finn is a man with a secret, someone who will change the course of Heath’s life in a single night, and then vanish back into the fog.
But the two men are linked in ways Heath can’t even imagine, and when the time is right, they will see each other once again.