It’s been a bit since I had any fresh fiction see the light of day. What can I say? I’ve been busy… a perpetual state, it seems. Hell, I’ve been struggling to get this Colt the Outlander project done, and that’s my greatest (and only) writing priority right now
Thanks to Aaron Michael Ritchey, however, I have a brand new short story (written last fall) that is now seeing the light of day. If you don’t know, Mr. Ritchey has been working on a project called The Juniper Wars. It’s a post-apocalyptic dystopian tale that is sort of a Little House on the Prairie meets Mad Max: Fury Road…. but with more cows.
Seriously, though, it really is good stuff. Aaron has laughingly called it his opus, but I have no doubt that he’ll be writing for decades to come, no matter how much bitching he does about this nightmare of “living the dream,” which translates as living the writing nightmare.
Which brings me back to The Juniper Tales Project. In Aaron’s efforts to spread the word, he invited a bunch of his author friends to spend a little time in his universe. Like the others, I was lucky enough to be one of the few given the opportunity to write a short story that takes place in the Juniper.
Aaron has taken these stories and given away one per month on his blog as a reward for folks signing up for his mailing list. He’s pretty savvy in that regard. So, as a result of all that, I wrote “Guardian Angel,” a particularly dark story of two teenage boys enslaved by a gang of Juniper-hardened, marauding women who struggle to scrap out an existence in Northern Colorado.
You can find the story HERE, and while you’re at Aaron’s site, definitely sign up for his mailing list. You’ll get notifications of the next Juniper Tales Project story, and you’ll also learn about all the great new stuff Aaron is doing.
As always, keep writing.