Let's face it–the Beaumont and Beasley series needs a good shake-up.
I mean, surprising twists on familiar stories, humorous banter, and reality-warping shenanigans are all well and good, but people are bound to get tired of all that eventually, aren't they? Clearly, this is going nowhere fast.
So I've decided to take drastic measures and use a time-honored method of breathing new life into established properties. One used by all sorts of big-name creators in recent years, with great success and practically no controversy whatsoever.
And that clever strategy is…GENDER-SWAPPING!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, all the gentlemen in my stories are now ladies, and vice versa. You're welcome. I'm currently in the process of revising the entire Beaumont and Beasley series along these lines. Crockett and Crane is next, and after that…well, who knows. I have a feeling this will completely revitalize my writing.
To start off this exciting new era for my fiction career, I am happy to present you with the new and improved version of The Beast of Talesend!
Lord Cordell Beaumont didn't intend to turn private detective Nicola “Nick” Beasley into a hideous monster. Not permanently, anyway. But now the magic of the Clawthorn Rose has gotten out of hand, and Cordell's mother is unleashing an army of beasts upon the city of Talesend. Can Cordell, Nick, and Nick's little sister Kristin stop the nefarious Lady Whitlock before it's too late?
And haven't we heard this all before?
OK, that's enough. *DEACTIVATING APRIL FOOL'S DAY SILLINESS MODE*
Just to be absolutely clear, this is not a real thing. Or, to be more precise, it is a real thing, but not in the prime reality of Beaumont and Beasley. I'm happy with my characters keeping their current genders.
However…it was kinda fun to brainstorm how things would be different if I had decided to write The Beast of Talesend that way. Hence this story. It was an interesting experiment, and I might revisit this alternate reality (the Twelfth Parallel of the Afterverse, to be precise) at some point in the future. But for now, don't take it too seriously. I'm just messing with you. Thank you for your patience–especially given that it's not technically April Fool's Day anymore.
Happy April, everyone!