5.25.2012

Summer Preview and Other Awesome Updates

Not the actual cover.
There are lots of things coming up roses in the realm of Allison M. Dickson, Author! First and foremost, my latest novel, The Last Supper, has found a home with a great publisher! The developments are super early, and I will announce them as soon as they're a little more cemented, but I have to say that this is a huge turning point. The dream that I would be able to find a home for one of my books, especially one as near and dear to me as this one, has come true, and I'm thrilled to be able to share it with the world with a company that is as excited about it as I am. For those who don't know what it's about, here is an excerpt from the query I submitted, which should give you an idea: 
What began as a few grains of pollen soon grew into a problem large enough to destroy humanity. People called them "serpent weeds," and they eventually consumed all the crops and civilization soon after. John Welland doesn't remember any of that, though. He grew up in the aftermath under the Divine Rite, a theocratic body that rose from the chaos to bring order and righteousness back to the world. Their solution was the Justification test, designed to determine one's usefulness to society. It was easy enough to pass, provided you lived cleanly, worked to your specified quota, and went to church. If you failed, you received your Last Supper, a poisoned buffet, on your doorstep with a note thanking you for your service.
But when John's wife becomes the latest casualty of Justification, his world view is shattered, and for the first time, he's considering rebellion. He and his teenage daughter are soon forced to flee the sheltered confines of their pristine village and venture into the strange, weed-eaten wasteland beyond in the hopes of seeking refuge on thecoast. Along the way, they witness the devastation the weeds have wrought upon the landscape. Animals are deformed, people are sick and dying. But there are others who have developed extraordinary abilities, the kind of powers that might just turn things in their favor. And to John's astonishment, he realizes he may just be one of them.
Another mock-up cover. Better ones forthcoming
On the self-publishing front (don't think I'm giving that up, because I fully intend to keep that running), I have a very exciting line of things in the pipeline. Namely, my dieselpunk noir story, Colt Coltrane and the Lotus Killer. However, I've decided to take that in a different direction. What was going to be a single full-length novel is now going to be a trilogy of novellas. I'm still working out plots and details on the other two stories, but my plan is to complete them all upfront and release one every few weeks. I'm stoked about this series, because it incorporates so many things I love. Science fiction, horror, grit, a hardass gumshoe, and robots! I really think people are going to get a kick out of it. Plan to look for the first one to drop sometime this summer. Here is the blurb from my portfolio page so you can get a taste of what to expect:
It's 1947, and Los Angeles is full of corruption, murder, and robots. Japanese dames are turning up mutilated in the LA River, almost like some creature is belching them up from beneath the city. The cops, with their fancy new robot sidekicks, can't seem to crack the case. Or maybe they don't want to. Then a mysterious lady named Komiko Takahashi shows up in Colt's office one morning. The same Takahashi that's stamped on all those shiny new LAPD 'bots. Something fishy is going on, and Komiko thinks Colt's the guy to check it out.  He's not too sure at first. His days on the Force are long behind him, and it didn't end well between him and the boys in blue. But he has bills to pay and a junkie wife to care for. Also, something's eating at him about the whole thing. Something big. Colt had a lot of enemies before this all started, and it's about to get a whole lot worse. 
Apart from that, the beta readers for The Oilman's Daughter should be wrapping up soon, and then that manuscript will be shipped off to Ian's agent. We're already discussing the plot for the next volume in the series and talking about releasing some short stories that take place in the same universe. I have a good feeling about this one, folks.

2012 is shaping up to be a very good year indeed.