I have a problem. One I've never had before. And I'm actually kind of enjoying it.
I've written too much.
More specifically, I set out to write four Beaumont and Beasley novellas, which I was going to publish in bundles of two at a time. Instead, I've got four full-length novels on my hands (around 50,000 words each). Yikes.
So I've come to the decision that it's silly to still publish these books in bundled form. For one thing, it makes marketing them a headache, and for another, it causes some confusion with regard to the series ordering of Beaumont and Beasley.
That means some very good news, which we'll get to in a moment. First, though, the bad…well, actually, it's even more good news, in a way.
Simply put, The Return of Beaumont and Beasley has been my problem child for a long while now. As a combination of just two very different stories, it's hard to market. It just kind of sits here, looking awkward and hoping nobody will notice it. It's OK, poor little Return, it's not your fault. *pats its head fondly*
Fortunately, I've come to a decision on how to fix this, with the help of feedback from my Facebook reader group. I'm going to remove Return from sale and replace it with a new edition called The Hound of Duville and Other Stories.
Did your already-frustrated bookshelves and Kindles just have tantrums and explode? I really am sorry about that, but I will try to make it up to you. When I publish the new edition, I will make the ebook FREE to download for several days upon release. I will also mark the paperback version down as cheaply as possible so you can replace physical editions without too much expense, if you so desire.
The stories I'm adding to this volume are: A Spoonful of Aether (which up until now has been exclusive to my newsletter subscribers), My Man Beasley, and One Flew Over the Gryphon's Nest. I'll be slotting these in between The Janus Elixir and The Hound of Duville to form an anthology of five stories. The new additions aren't required reading for the overall arc of the series; they're just bonus material. (These stories will no longer be available to my patrons or email subscribers due to the restrictions of Kindle Unlimited, but don't worry, I'll soon be replacing them with other stories.)
The only issue that I don't have a perfect solution for is the reviews which have already been posted for The Return of Beaumont and Beasley. I will ask the librarians at Goodreads to merge the reviews for Return with the reviews for the anthology version, so it's possible that those will be preserved. However, I can't make Amazon reviews carry over to the new version. As such, if you have already written a review for Return and you want to preserve it so you can incorporate it into a review for the anthology, you should copy it off Amazon or Goodreads so you don't lose it. This change will be happening within the next few days, so act quickly if you don't want to lose your review. If you don't have time to bother with it and you want me to copy and save it for you, let me know in the comments or in an email, and I will do that before I unpublish Return.
All joking aside, I do apologize for the confusion that's been going on over the numbering and the future of Beaumont and Beasley for the past year or so. It's for good reasons, but I know it's been a little annoying for my readers. My writing style has evolved extensively in recent months, and my projects tend to get longer than they used to. I don't regret The Janus Elixir and The Hound of Duville being novella-length, as I still feel that those particular stories work best in a shorter format. However, in order to unpack all the repercussions of what happened in the first three Beaumont and Beasley books, and to do justice to certain characters who deserve more time in the spotlight, I simply need more space to work with. This plan will allow me to achieve that, and to give you all more books to read in the bargain. (None of this will cause any delays in releasing the books; I still plan to get them all out before the end of the year.) You've been waiting a long time for more Beaumont and Beasley, and I want to make sure I do a good job of bringing these characters back. I owe that to all the wonderful people who have been avid followers of their journey thus far.
But the most important part of this is…FOUR NEW BOOKS. You may now get excited.
Note: The title of The Curse of Charybdis was originally The Unsinkable Molly Beaumont. I do like the original title, and it's used as a chapter title within the book. Also, Molly is still the central character of the story. But, upon finishing the initial draft, I decided that The Curse of Charybdis better encompasses the full scope of this book, and also makes a little more room for the important role that Alan and Bryn play in the story (especially Bryn, who gets a lot of development and several POV chapters).