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Happy Holidays from Jamie Fessenden

I’ve just been looking back through my posts and realized it ‘s been a very long time since I updated this blog. I apologize. I didn’t mean to be away so long. In fact, I started several posts over the intervening time, but couldn’t finish them. Some were controversial. Others were simply too meandering. So a quick update on what’s been going on with me:

It’s been a rough year, but not horrible. Everyone in the world has felt the effects of COVID-19, of course. Though several of my family and friends came down with it, nobody suffered any serious effects. I’m very grateful for that. But my husband and I have grown isolated during the lockdown. We’re still happily married, despite being in each other’s hair. Erich tends to lock himself in his office during work hours, so we see each other about as much as when he worked away from home. ūüôā And we’ve been gathering together with vaccinated friends and family recently.

Our eldest dog has been worrying us for a while. He suffers from hip dysplasia and goes to physical therapy for it, but the real issue is cancer. He nearly died from a ruptured spleen this summer, but fortunately was saved by the emergency vet. Now he’s undergoing chemotherapy and doing well, but we’ve been warned he has a very aggressive form of cancer, so we’re just taking it one day at a time. We’ve had him since just before we married, eleven years ago, and losing him is going to be brutal. ūüė¶

I have been writing, though it sometimes feels like I have no energy for it‚ÄĒor anything, really. It turned out to be a mistake, pulling all of my novels and novellas from Dreamspinner Press. I’ve republished my bestsellers, but the remaining list was too long and I was overwhelmed (see “struggles with depression”), so I made the decision to give DSP permission to relist a few of my backlisted novels and novellas, simply so I could stop worrying about it and move forward again.

As a result of this, I’ve finally updated the sidebar links, so if you click on a cover image, it should take you to an actual published ebook, either self-published or through DSP (and one through Beaten Track Press‚ÄĒBorderland, co-written with F.E. Feeley, Jr.). The paperbacks aren’t all there yet. I’ve self-published Violated as an eBook, for instance, but I’ve had trouble with the paperback formatting, so it isn’t listed yet. If you see a paperback going for an outrageous price, don’t waste your money. Those are people selling used copies and trying to scam you. The legit paperbacks won’t be that pricey.

Murderous Requiem and By That Sin Fell the Angels are going to be relisted soon. Several of my horror stories, including all of the Gothika stories, are being compiled into an anthology. That should come out soon, as well.

As I mentioned, I have writing, so you’ll be seeing new stories from me in the coming months‚ÄĒa new addition to the Gothika series, for one‚ÄĒbut probably not until the Fall.

I’ll keep you posted!

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“Screwups” is now available for pre-order!

Screwups_postcard_front_DSPMy newest novel Screwups is now available for pre-order at Dreamspinner Press!

Blurb:

In 1996, Jake Stewart is starting his third year at the University of New Hampshire. Even as a successful business major, he is absolutely miserable. Not only is Jake pursuing a field he hates when he‚Äôd rather study art, he is utterly terrified of what will happen if his father finds out he‚Äôs gay. When he finally gets up the courage to move into the creative arts dorm on campus, his new roommate, Danny, is openly gay‚ÄĒand there‚Äôs no denying the attraction between them.

Danny Sullivan has been out since high school, and he appears comfortable with his sexuality. But something happened in Danny‚Äôs past‚ÄĒsomething that gives him nightmares he refuses to talk about. Unknown to Jake, the way he mistreated his friend, Tom Langois, when Tom came out to him in high school, is mild compared to the way someone very much like Jake treated Danny.

It may be too late to fix the mess Jake made with Tom, but if Jake wants to be with Danny, he’s going to have to fix the mess made by another closeted jock he’s never even met.

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“Billy’s Bones” has been contracted!

KevinI just signed a contract with Dreamspinner for my psychological drama, Billy’s Bones! ¬†For those who haven’t been following my progress on that novel, here’s the “blurb” I sent in my cover letter:

Kevin Derocher was just thirty-two when he walked into Tom‚Äôs office, newly married, a baby on the way, and the collar of his red flannel shirt pulled up in an attempt to hide the bruises around his throat caused by hanging himself in his garage.¬†¬†After this initial encounter, therapist Tom Langois is convinced he’ll never see Kevin again, until the man turns up three years later to make repairs on Tom’s new house.

The two men become fast friends and Tom begins to suspect that Kevin may be interested in more than just friendship. ¬†But Kevin is haunted by something from his distant childhood‚ÄĒsomething so terrible that he’s blocked it from his mind. ¬†Not only do these suppressed memories make it impossible for Kevin to get close to anyone without panicking and lashing out, sometimes violently, but as they begin to surface, it becomes apparent that Kevin may hold the key to the disappearance of a boy from his neighborhood twenty-five years ago.

The picture on the left is what I pictured Kevin looking like.  Tom looks like this guy:

TomWe’re looking at a release date sometime in late July or maybe early August!

So this week I decided to go back and re-read the novel. ¬†I’d already had a conversation with my mother, who is a psychologist with experience treating PTSD, and I learned that I’d handled several things incorrectly in the therapy scenes. ¬†Or you might say I had Tom and Susan doing things the way they used to be done, and psychology has learned a thing or two since then. ¬†For example, it’s no longer considered essential (by many therapists) to pressure the client to remember suppressed memories. ¬†That can cause them more trauma than simply leaving things alone. ¬†And giving someone something to relax him, such as Valium, before experiencing a possible trigger in a controlled setting isn’t as good an idea as I’d thought. ¬†It can do additional harm by distorting the memories further. ¬†(Some therapists don’t believe in repressed memories, but my mother has worked with enough cases to take them seriously.)

So I sent Mom the specific scenes in question to get some feedback on how to make them more realistic. ¬†Hopefully, since the novel is already contracted, we’re just talking about tweaking things a little. ¬†In the future, I’ll remember: ¬†always check with Mom!

In re-reading the novel, I’m still finding it engrossing. ¬†But Tom is seeming a bit more like an asshole than I remembered. ¬†My beta readers didn’t seem to hate him, so maybe I’m just seeing him from a bad angle at the moment. ¬†But I may try to make him a bit less pushy in edits.

Of course, the really frustrating thing about re-reading a novel after it’s been submitted, but before the first edits come in from the editors is that the typos and mistakes I find, I can’t correct.

How on earth did I not notice that I’d failed to capitalize one sentence?

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“Murderous Requiem” has been contracted!

Murderous RequiemSounds a bit like a disease, doesn’t it? ¬†But no. ¬†I’ve signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for my occult mystery novel, Murderous Requiem!

As anyone who’s been following my blog or facebook page knows, I’ve been fretting about the marketability of this book for a long, long time. ¬†It has a lot of sex, some of it rather raunchy, and more importantly a lot of occult information concerning ceremonial magick that could make some readers uncomfortable. ¬†There is a romance between the main character and his ex-boyfriend, but since they’re in a sort of “free-love” commune environment, they have sex with other people while they’re working things out with each other. ¬†Some readers don’t like that. ¬†There are also some parts that cross over into horror.

I wasn’t sure if Dreamspinner would like it, because it doesn’t fit the classic romance model. ¬†But they publish a wide variety of stories, so it was worth submitting it to them to see. ¬†And now I have a contract! ¬†Yay!

No info on a release date at this stage, but I’ll let everyone know when I have something. ¬†Incidentally, the “cover” design to the left isn’t official and definitely won’t be the cover. ¬†I cobbled that together from pictures I found on the Internet and used it as my “cover” for NaNoWriMo a couple years ago.

In related news, I did not win NaNoWriMo this year. ¬†I didn’t even come close. ¬†But I did get a start on my YA novel,¬†Dreams of Fire and Gods book three, and re-wrote the ending of Dreams of Fire and Gods book two. ¬†Trust me, the new ending is infinitely better than it was when I submitted it. ¬†I’m very lucky that my publisher was understanding enough to humor me, when I asked her if I could resubmit the epilogue after we’d already signed the contract. ¬†I also finished most of the edits on Dreams of Fire and Gods book one — we’re at the galley proof stage now. ¬†That one will be released through Harmony Ink Press on December 15th.

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