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Lost Things

A reader says, "I'm excited about you and Melissa's book since I've been a fan of her work for a long time. You said there might be a sequel? Can you tell me more about the book and when we can expect it?"

Sure! Lost Things is out from Crossroad Press in July. It will be in trade paperback and ebook, and there will be an audio book version, though that will probably be several months later.

It's 1929, and down on his luck veteran and aviator Lewis Segura has washed up at a small aviation company in Colorado Springs run by business partners Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley. Mitch is a genuine fighter ace gone to seed, with a slow Southern drawl and easy going ways. Alma is the widow of his former commander, a mechanic and aviatrix who runs the business. Then there's the third member of their household, Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archaeologist whose promising career was cut short when he lost his leg in the war. But something's odd at Gilchrist Aviation, and when Jerry takes a job to translate a Roman curse tablet, Lewis is drawn into a web of occult mystery that will lead him from the glittering Hollywood of the 20s to a doomed transcontinental airship and finally to the groves of the goddess Diana at Aricia, where he will meet his destiny!

The second book is Steel Blues, and it will probably go to Crossroad and be out in 2013. Melissa and I are working on it now.

In 1931 the Great Depression is at its height, and the crew at Gilchrist Aviation are flat broke. They're going to have to start selling off planes if they don't get some work soon. But maybe they could win the money in an air race, a coast to coast extravaganza with a big cash prize! They've got the skill and a little extra luck besides. But the start of the race is marred by a stolen necklace, and soon it's turned into a race for their lives with a runaway Russian countess who hears the dead, a cursed necklace that kills, and the ten year old murders of a serial killer, the notorious New Orleans Axeman. But what if the killer's not a stranger at all? What if he were one of them?

The third book is Silver Bullet, which will probably be late 2013 or early 2014.

When a series of mysterious plane crashes happen in the Rocky Mountains, Air Corps reservists Lewis Segura and Mitch Sorley are called on to fly search and rescue. Crashes happen, but several involving complete instrument failure, and all within a few miles of the old Silver Bullet mine, an abandoned mine that's reputed to be haunted? Something's not right, and maybe it's a job for a medium. Fortunately, they've got two. But it turns out to be even stranger than that, and soon Mitch, Lewis and the Countess are face to face with a deadly foe while Alma and Jerry race the clock into the teeth of a great plains blizzard to bring back the only man who can help them, Nikola Tesla!

So what do you guys think?


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Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
OMG! You got a contract for three books! I thought you only had the first one sold.

They sound like great fun, and I can't wait to read them.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
No, it's a one book contract, but we have good hopes that the other two will also go to Crossroad in turn.
Mar. 23rd, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Colorado Springs! You didn't tell me it took place in Colorado Springs! If you need "on the ground" research, I'm so there.
Mem Morman
Mar. 24th, 2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
That would be incredibly helpful! Yes! Are you in Colorado Springs?
Mar. 24th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
yes indeed. let me know if I can assist in any way. and if you want to come visit the scenes - we have a great guest room.
Mar. 25th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Awesome! Let me start by asking you a couple of questions, the kind of things that are almost impossible to find out online but that somebody who's lived there a long time probably knows.

Ok, American Legion Post 209. I haven't found when it was started, but I would guess prior to 1931, yes? That front section that shows in the pictures looks like it may have been the original piece, with the 1960s architecture on the back and to the left facing the building. Was it originally an old barn? It looks like it might have been. Also, I'm guessing that neighborhood was out in the country in the early 30s, not built up? And that you'd park in a dirt parking lot around it where there is now those nice lawns and the newer building?

It's a setting in the third book. The first two books aren't primarily in Colorado, and since Alma's house is a fictional place on a fictional street, not someone's real house, it doesn't matter as much. But the third book spends more time in real places in two eras, in 1931 in the present of the book, and in 1899/1900 when Tesla was there. The abandoned silver mine, the Silver Bullet Mine, is a fictional place, but Tesla's lab though now torn down is of course a real one! I know also that the original small Army post as it appeared in 1899 no longer exists as it's under the runways of Peterson AFB, but it's a setting too.

(Alma was an army brat, the motherless daughter of a noncom, and she lived in Colorado Springs as a child. After World War I, she and her husband, Gil, moved home to the place she'd loved most. Which is where the story finds her. So Alma in the flashback is nine in the 1899/1900 section, and then adult Alma is in 1931.)

Anyway, sorry to dump all these questions on you, but you know I'm an utter fiend for research! :)
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Mar. 24th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
We're having a wonderful time with them, and I hope you enjoy them too!
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