I am excited about this opportunity, which is a departure from my Rock Shop Mystery series, and the traditional publishing route that has been my journey to date. Typically, an author writes a book, then seeks publication. In this series, different authors are assigned books in the series. My name will be on the books I write. Each must have a literary theme, and use existing characters and setting.
Another difference is that readers subscribe to a series, much as one subscribes to a magazine, receiving a new novel every month or so. Readers may subscribe to either hardcover or electronic versions. Have you ever been frustrated waiting for the next book in a favorite series, or been disappointed when a series ended abruptly, without completing the entire story? There is no danger of that happening with the various Annie's Attic series.
Here's a little more about the Castleton Manor series, from the publisher's website:
Faith is happy to close the book on her hectic life in Boston -- unscrupulous boyfriend included -- and enjoy a fresh, peaceful start in Lighthouse Bay, Massachusetts. The opportunity to work in the grand library at Castleton Manor, the luxury resort that caters to booklovers and encourages guests to unwind with their beloved pets, is a dream come true! Even better, the new job brings Faith closer to her family, offers free lodging in the charming on-site gardener's cottage, and her cherished rescue cat, Watson, is welcome everywhere Faith is.
Just as Faith and Watson settle into their soothing, sophisticated seaside surroundings, a rough tide of horrific events rolls in, leaving a series of lies, deceit and murder in its wake! Caught in the middle of this whirlwind, Faith is shocked to learn she is the main suspect in a murder investigation. Will she be able to clear her name before the true culprit succeeds at keeping her quiet at all costs? Find out how the story unfolds when you send for your copy of A Novel Murder!
My Castleton Manor novel has the literary theme of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Faith's cat becomes obsessed with finding a whale, which throws him into the middle of a murder mystery.
In other writing project news, I have plans for a fourth Rock Shop Mystery, more short stories, and a stand-alone novel.