Hands was my last stand-alone. Lazeez refuses to publish series unless all the books are available on SOL, so I haven't attempted to post since Hands.
I started a new series, The New Frontiers Series, and the first book is now on Amazon under my commercial name, Jack L Knapp.
I'm also back working on the Darwin's World Series; I'm up to Chapter 6 of the current book, working title The Return. For those who believe they understood the first books, well...not exactly! The current book switches things around, and the switches will happen frequently! Anyway, I'm writing a chapter every day or so, and I anticipate publishing this one in about six weeks or two months.
Why not make the earlier books available on SOL? Simply put, I can't afford to. I'm making far too much money by publishing on Amazon, most of it from borrows through the KU program. I can only do that if the books are exclusive to Amazon.
I haven't gone away completely; I'm researching a new novel, working title "Ship", and as soon as I've got a few chapters written, I hope to begin posting it here. It's a new direction, so I'll want to see how it flows before I commit. I'll also be working on the fourth book in the Wizards 'trilogy', which will become a series. Yeah, I've been listening to fans...
My recent effort has gone into the third book in the Darwin's World series (the two previous books were offered here a year or so ago); that is now finished. Home, the latest book in Matt's adventures, is now available on Amazon, free to KU subscribers.
Some liked the style I used, others hated it; I had major discussions with some readers, not to mention my editors, who told me they'd never heard some of the words I used!
But I knew I'd read them somewhere, so I went looking.
One of the books on my Kindle account is The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, by Howard Pyle. It's free. You can find a description of it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Merry_Adventures_of_Robin_Hood
It's not as bawdy as my work is, but you might like it. The book influenced most later works.
And, apparently without intent on my part, my own story, at least as far as language is concerned!
This concludes Hands, the novella; it's about 26 000 words in length, which makes it a half-novel.
Thanks to the 5 000 plus readers who kept following through each chapter; special thanks go to those who wrote me with opinions, corrections, and suggestions.
My only regret is not being able to post the cover photo here, but I've sent it to some who wrote me. It features a closeup of rat hands, complete with bristling hairs and claws.
If you want a free copy of the novella, download it now. This story, like my previous efforts, will be removed from SOL and BtFH in about a week, as soon as final revisions are complete and edited. After that, it will be available on Amazon.
Thanks for reading.
I've just submitted Chapter 8 of Hands, and there are two more to go.
Question: I've been writing in Elizabethan style because I think it goes with this type of fantasy-action-comedy; but my question is, does this make the story hard to read for those of you who haven't dabbled with forsoothly writing or reading before?
I ask, because I've gone back and begun revising. I'm making earlier chapters more like the later ones. But if I'm taking the wrong direction, I'd like to know.
FWIW: I'll finish publishing this novelette here on SOL, leave it up for a week, then pull it when it's ready for publication. If you like the story, keep your downloads current!