Sci-fi/western/horror re-release "Severance" Starts Busy Summer
By: Fearless Ink
The piece was originally released in 2014 by Amber Quill Press. When the press closed its doors in March of 2018, Ellington considered retiring the story. "It's a stand-alone,' she says. "It's not part of a series; it's not a tie-in or a spin-off. It is very much itself. It's an idea and a world I wanted to play in. But I kept getting emails once it was no longer available, from people who said friends recommended it, so I decided to re-release it through Smashwords. New cover, some editing tweaks, and off we go. I had so much fun writing it; I hope people continue to enjoy reading it."
The re-release is just one of several that are planned over the coming months. "Plot Bunnies", under the Ava Dunne name, is set for June, with "Personal Revolution" under the Ellington name, set to release around Independence Day weekend. "Since 'Personal Revolution' takes place in New England at an historical site commemorating the day, it makes sense to have it ready for release," says Ellington. Both are mysteries, with "Plot Bunnies" lighter, with more of a romantic comedy element blended with the mystery, and "Personal Revolution" a little darker. Both shorts originally appeared as part of KILLER QUINTET, also released by Amber Quill in 2014.
Ellington's Topic Workbooks continue their brisk sales. She recently released "The Graveyard of Abandoned Projects" and "Organize Your Writing Life", which join "The Series Bible: Creation and Maintenance"
"People wanted the information, and they wanted to be able to work their way through the exercises at their own pace. So I put together exercises and tips and created workbooks on different topics. The information can be used over and over, on a variety of projects." She is preparing several other Topic Workbooks, including "Developing a Series", "Journal into Fiction" and "We All Need Friends" about secondary characters.
Also available are two short mysteries, featuring fan favorite Nina Bell, "Too Much Mistletoe" and "Tumble", set in the NYC's theatre world in the mid-90s. "Pretty funny - or maybe it's scary - when something I lived is now considered a 'period piece'," she comments dryly.
Ellington writes the Jain Lazarus Adventures, which are published by Solstice Publishing. The first two books, HEX BREAKER, and OLD FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, are available both in print and digitally. She is in negotiation for several other out-of-print novels to go back into release through various venues and has a new series out on submission, while working on fresh material, including a mystery series set on a Massachusetts island, and a mid-life re-invention novel that came out of a conversation she had with author Claire Cook at the Cape Cod Writers Conference. If that weren't enough to juggle, she's working on a fantasy novel that germinated during the same conference in Carol Bugge's workshop, and continues to fulfill her playwrighting and radio writing commitments. For information on all her work, visit her blog, Ink in My Coffee: http://devonellington.wordpress.com and her website, http://www.devonellingtonwork.com. "Severance"