You might notice the homepage looks different. Now that the next installment in the series is available, it seemed fitting to make the new cover image in the spotlight. The next challenge is making physical copies publicly available. Most of my day was spent going to book stores around town and asking if they could find some space on their shelves for 2 or 3 copies. It can be difficult convincing big-name stores to do it. I stopped by Barnes and Noble but they don't put titles in their locations unless they are sure the books will sell, and the only way to ensure that is if people go into the store and ask about a specific book or author. The smaller, locally owned shops have been much more willing to include Mystic Rampage in their library. Organic Books (https://organicbooks.net/) and Page One Books (https://page1book.com/) in Albuquerque each took two copies. Plus, while I was out, I was able to shop around.
I'm glad I did because I may have stumbled on a secret series. I realize why Sherlock Holmes would be a popular choice for fan fictions or crossovers. I wasn't surprised when I found Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes, or Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula. I was a LITTLE surprised last year when I found The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H. Gresh because because Sherlock against Cthulhu seemed like such a bizarre match. I was VERY surprised to find Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove because it looks like another novel that puts these two characters against each other. Maybe this crossover isn't as strange as I thought. I'm wondering if there is a whole universe worth of material where Sherlock and Watson try to best Lovecraftian monsters.
I also finally decided to start a series that a friend has been recommending to me for a very long time. I've seen Brandon Sanderson's name lining bookshelves but I've never given any of his work a shot. I guess I've gotten used to assuming that his books will always be available so I go for something else. The same thing happens with Stephen King. I didn't start the Dark Tower series until long after it ended. I don't even know what Mistborn is about, and I didn't read the synopsis before buying it. This was sort of a "there, I did it, happy now?" moment. I'm not trying to sound skeptical. I'm sure this is going to be great, otherwise the series wouldn't be so popular. I'm just saying it was a peer pressure purchase.