Much to share, all good!
Two book deal with Seventh Street press is agreed to, contract hammered out, now just waiting for it to arrive so I can sign it. The contract is a two book deal, so now I have to finish the second one tentatively called Queen's Gambit, about an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria during her Diamond Jubilee ceremony. My heroine Margaret Harkness from the first book will be the main protagonist, with the assassin getting nearly equal billing. Professor Bell will be there, but Conan Doyle will sit this one out. By this time (1897), he will be too busy and well-known for such adventures.
The first book, now blessed by the publisher as A Knife in the Fog, is scheduled for release in October of next year. A publisher in the UK has expressed an interest, and the book will be pitched at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October this year.
Robert Downey Junior's production company had a look at it, but passed. I am told others are reviewing it now. Who knows? For what it is worth, only ten percent of books optioned for film ever make it to production. But if the option check clears, I am still better off. If no one takes it on as a movie and the book does well in the marketplace, it will get re-looked.
Not bad for a project I began three years ago as something to keep gainfully employed. Just have to be careful this doesn't become work!
All the best, and expect more as things develop and we get closer to book release.