Available Now On Wattpad–Crockett & Crane!

I’ve been teasing this for a long time now, and people were probably starting to think I would never actually post it. BWA-HA!! My brilliant plan to lull you into a false sense of security has succeeded! Behold, my fiendish creation!

*thunder rolls and lightning flashes*

Crockett & Crane, Book 1: Horseman

In the year 1820, monster hunter Ichabod Crane searched for a mysterious creature called the Headless Horseman. His quest ended in an embarrassing failure that marked his family with disgrace for generations.

Now, in 1891, his descendant Todd Crane is determined to prove that the Horseman is real. There’s just one problem–Todd is a professional con artist and a seller of unlicensed magic potions. This puts him on the wrong side of the law and right in the crosshairs of US Marshal Amy Crockett.

As the Horseman returns to menace the western frontier, Todd and Amy must join forces to stop the monster once and for all. But if they’re going to succeed, they’ll have to make sacrifices that will change their lives forever.

Visit a Wild West where centaurs wear six-shooters and monsters roam the plains. Welcome to the United States of Neverica.

Click here to read the first installment of the story on Wattpad! I’m excited to return to this fiction platform after a long absence. Wattpad was one of the places where I shared my early drafts of The Beast of Talesend, and I’m very grateful for the encouraging feedback I got from the community.

Sharp-eyed readers of The Tomb of the Sea Witch will have noticed a reference to some of the other lands in the alternate reality of Beaumont and Beasley–the world I like to call “The Afterverse.” Among the continents mentioned were North and South Neverica. South Neverica is actually Neverland, and will eventually feature in a book once I expand that free short story for my newsletter subscribers into something bigger. North Neverica contains the United States of Neverica, and is the setting for Crockett and Crane.

Nerdy enough for you yet? πŸ˜€

This new series is a Western/fantasy mash-up. It’s about American folklore in the same way that Beaumont and Beasley revolves mainly around European stuff. Todd’s the descendant of the fictional character Ichabod Crane, and Amy is descended from the near-legendary hero Davy Crockett. While magic is kept secret in Nick and Cordelia’s world, it’s a part of everyday life in Neverica. You can find out a little more about the Neverican history in the prologue to “Horseman.”

I’ll be interested to hear what people think of this story as it goes along. (My plan is to release a chapter every Monday.) It’s been fun so far to write in a very different realm from the B&B series while still maintaining the continuity of a shared universe. Todd and Amy have a Nick Wilde/Judy Hopps dynamic going on that I think readers will enjoy. Also, while Crockett and Crane stands completely on its own and is accessible to readers with no knowledge of Beaumont and Beasley, there will be fun surprises along the way for B&B fans.

This is the first of several exciting announcements I’ll be making on the blog this week, so stay tu-*BZZZT* *PSSSSSHHHHHHHT*

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Comments (13)

How exciting! I can hardly wait to read it!

Thank you!! 😊 Hope you enjoy!

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Ha ha, thanks!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Apologies for my lack of coherent response — I had a lot of feels and have been unable to write a longer reply because busy. BUT ANYWAY. I’ll confess that when you first teased about this idea, I wasn’t suuuuper thrilled, because while westerns are fun, it just… didn’t excite me as much as the European ideas because I like fairytales more than American folklore? *is biased* I mean, ALL Afterverse stuff makes me excited, but this idea was slightly lesser in my excitement levels. XD But when I saw this and read the summary I got a lot more excited, and thought “ah-ha. This could be pretty cool!” and then I read the prologue and first chapter and it’s quite fun and I’m definitely intrigued and yesssss! πŸ˜€ I’d say I’m still more excited about Mirror and Clawthorn Rose and the Peter Pan thing, but this idea IS super cool and unique and fun. πŸ˜€ I don’t really… read stuff in serial form because I’m super bad at keeping up with such things hence I’m not a Wattpad person much, buuuut I can’t resist and now I wanna read this. πŸ˜€ Also, THE NEVERICA STUFF. I totally caught onto that in Tomb and assumed it was Neverland and LKSJDLFKJSLKD SO EXCITED. Also now I can’t wait to hear whatever this mysterious Mirror of Rorrim-related announcement will be about. XD SO THERE YOU HAVE ALL MY THOUGHTS. *nods* Because let’s be honest, a O______O face doesn’t actually do much as far as feedback goes. XDDD

LOL, no problem! XD Very glad to hear you’re liking it so far! Without getting too spoilery, I will say this–there will be a very rewarding surprise for B&B fans who keep up with this story. Also, I’m introducing some additional characters in Chapter 2 that I think you’ll really like. But, you don’t *have* to keep up every week–I’ll be publishing it in Kindle and paperback versions once it’s finished so that the non-Wattpadders can enjoy it as well. I’m also plugging away at the other projects too. Lots more announcements to come. Wattpad is just one of several ways I’m trying to expand my platform these days.

Yay to ALL the things mentioned above!! πŸ˜€ *thumbs-up*

WOW. :O I AM SO EXCITED.

So let me explain: Basically my two favorite real time-periods to enjoy in book/movie form are 1920s and Westerns. (Medieval fantasy is my favorite, but not *real* medieval because some yuck.) So. . . B&B is ’20s and this is A WESTERN.

I LOVE WESTERNS!! I’ve seen… a ton of them. And I’ve always wanted to read one, AND THIS IS A FANTASY WESTERN. I was excited already and then…: “Visit a Wild West where centaurs wear six-shooters and monsters roam the plains.” <– THIS IS SO COOL.

EPIC COVER.

I’m so happy to hear that!! πŸ˜€ I love Westerns too; I watch the classic ones all the time (The Virginian TV show is probably my favorite). This is a concept I’ve been mulling over for a looong time. Actually, back when I was in creative-anxiety meltdown over B&B, I tried reimagining it as a Western. That didn’t work out, but I couldn’t quite get the concept of mingling magic and Wild West stuff out of my head. So I played around with it until I found a way to weave it into the Afterverse alongside the European B&B stuff. It’s been really fun to write so far!

Oh, man, after I said I wasn’t getting on Wattpad…now everybody’s doing it…

Is that an 11th Doctor reference I spotted…?

I’m embarrassed to say that I’m not sure. XD Which line is that? I’m having a mental block.

The part about “Amelia Crockett” – “No, Amy.” Just made me think of Miss Pond. πŸ™‚

Ah, yes! *smacks forehead* Of course. That’s what I was going for. The name fit her really well, and I knew people would think of Miss Pond, so I went ahead and put in a reference. πŸ˜„

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