The Blackwood Curse: Queen of Corruption
Before Hal Crompton joined the Army Special Forces, he was the golden boy of Woodhill High. Now he is returning from Iraq, wounded and broken. He is hardly back in Woodhill before he learns his childhood friend Alistair has been unraveling the fabric of the universe in search of an unimaginably ancient and malignant entity. Alistair believes he can ally himself with the entity and use its power to dominate ...well... everything.
With the help of his best friend Mora, Hal commits himself to saving Alistair from his own reckless arrogance. If he fails, Alistair's ambition will reduce the world to a living hell. What Hal can't see is that Alistair has no desire to be saved.
Work in Progress
A couple of years ago, I was watching a bad movie production of an HP Lovecraft story, snorting and spitting like a walrus with disgust and barking at intervals, "That's not how you do an HP Lovecraft story."
Finally, my righteous outrage overflowed, and I stomped into my office snarling, "This is how you do an HP Lovecraft story."
I thumped myself down at my computer, pulled up my favorite outlining software (Dramatica Pro--yes, I'm an outline geek) and started pounding away at the keys.
Three hours later, my outrage undiminished, I stomped into my husband's man-cave with the completed outline and shook my laptop in his face saying, "See? See? This is how you do an HP Lovecraft story."
He, innocent of all things Lovecraftian (Yes I know, but I married him anyway), blinked at the screen and said, "Are you going to write it?"
Well then I had to, didn't I?
Since then, the story has gone from a 30k word Lovecraft style unseen-horrors-of-the-indifferent-cosmos kind of thing to 70k words of something much more me (but still with plenty of unseen horrors and cosmoses and whatnot).
Then my obnoxiously talented and inarguably brilliant writers' group had to stick their two cents in, and as a result, the whole story is infinitely better but taking Way Too Long. My current goal for becoming a better writer is to write faster without losing quality.
And of course, you can't help thinking about what Hal and Mora and Alistair probably got up to afterward, so now there are two more stories in the series followed by a stand-alone, all fully drafted and waiting for revisions.
Anyway The Blackwood Curse book one is now awaiting final review while I work on book two.
Wish me godspeed. Just be careful what gods you wish on.