There’s a lot of “forward motion” happening right now with my new novel, “Helltown Chronicles.” Dan, my editor, has completed his first round of edits, and I’m almost finished with my responses. He’s made excellent edits that really add to the quality of the storytelling and that tighten up the plot and dialogue. I’m pleased. Eternal Press will most certainly have my novel on book shelves by year end–hopefully, even sooner.
I was contacted on Sunday by my publisher and told that my book is in the process of being assigned to an editor. Perhaps it will be published by year’s end. Yay!
I received word last week from my publisher, Eternal press, that there are still ten books ahead of Helltown Chronicles in the queue. Sigh…
Received an update from the publisher today:
I see Helltown Chronicles on the book tracking sheet. It’s waiting for an editor. Relax for now. It may be a while since there are several books ahead of it in the queue.
The wait begins…
I did a double-take when I spotted this recent post by George Takei on Facebook. It’s a photo of the infamous “Highway to Hell,” a.k.a. Stanford Road in Helltown, Ohio.
I received this email last week while at camp in Minnesota. Needless to say, it made my day!
Dear Mr. Temples:
Your paranormal novel Helltown Chronicles is accepted for publication by Eternal Press.
I’ve attached the Author Formatting Guidelines. You’ll be receiving an email with a Contract and an Author Information Sheet.Congratulations!
Erin Lale, Acquisitions Editor
Here is a synopsis for my new book “Helltown Chronicles”:
In the 1970s, the town of Boston Mills, Ohio was turned into a ghost town practically overnight when the U.S. Department of Interior seized lands and condemned homes and properties in order to expand the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In the years since, a multitude of mysterious tales and ghost stories have sprung forth concerning the macabre remains, known as “Helltown.”
Newspaper reporters Jerry Wolanski, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Susan Wong, of Toronto, Ontario, are both sent to Akron, Ohio by their respective editors, tasked with writing “fluff” Halloween pieces about Helltown. They happen to meet under bizarre circumstances in a cemetery, and decide to join forces. Soon they find themselves experiencing first-hand Helltown’s reputation for horror, intrigue, and the supernatural.
Along the way, Jerry and Susan meet up with a pair up of unlikely allies: Astarte, a New Age bookstore proprietor who practices witchcraft, and her ex-husband, Frank, a retired police detective turned private eye. With Astarte and Frank’s assistance, the reporters chronicle Helltown’s sagas and–in the process–they must destroy a malevolent force that they’ve unwittingly unleashed before it destroys them.