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  • Writer's pictureJ. R. Erickson

Halloween in July…

I think if we’re going to have celebrations like Christmas in July, then we need to throw Halloween in July in the mix as well. I tend to think of Halloween as a year round thing. Horror movies, creepy decorations, and ghost stories can fit into just about any day of the week, month or year.

Celebrating the spooky aside, I’m beginning to wind down the Northern Michigan Asylum Series. It’s a bittersweet feeling.  The final book in the series, Bitter Ground, is set to release in September barring any major upheavals that throw me off course. Within the last two days, the story began to truly take shape, and now it’s a matter of luring all the dark characters out of the shadows, so I can see them more clearly. My hope with Bitter Ground is that you, the reader, will feel satisfied with how the Northern Michigan Asylum became such a haunted place to begin with. There’s some character history that dates back to the late 1800s, along with a slew of new characters who are facing the here and now dilemma of watching their former friends die one by one. Keep in mind, this is a work in progress and could change dramatically before the final chapter is written.

In just a few days, the first three audiobooks in the series, Some Can See, Calling Back the Dead, and Ashes Beneath Her are starting on an audiobook blog tour. You can follow the tour here. The seventh book in the series, Let Her Rest, is currently under audio production. The narrator is Alan Carlson who did an awesome job narrating Rag Doll Bones. Hopefully we’ll see that audiobook release on Audible at the end of summer.

That’s it for book updates. I hope you’ve been enjoying the summer. I know we have here in northern Michigan. We spent the day on Torch Lake yesterday and it was gorgeous – sunny skies, seventy-five degree water, and long meandering hours.

Farewell for now.

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