I’m so sorry that I haven’t updated since literally January first, but that’s the kind of person you’re dealing with here. I hope you’re doing all right in these strange and troubled times, finding brightness where you can. A couple of weeks ago, I got the idea that I’d like to do something for people, and since Swelter is the only property I have that isn’t promised to someone else right now, and since some lovely people have been nice enough to say they’d like to see more of Grace and Maya, that’s what I went for.

My original intention was to write pure escapist fluff, but it turns out my brain can’t disengage from the massive collective trauma we’re all experiencing, and it turned out a bit more bittersweet. There’s no pandemic in Grace and Maya’s parallel world, but there are still problems to cope with. It’s on the mild end of the hurt/comfort spectrum, but I feel like that’s just where my emotional state is these days.

So I hope this can provide a little escape for you, if only for a few minutes. I hope you can find some moments of sunshine and give yourself some space to breathe.

As to the technicalities of this: You can find the new story on the Works page, directly under Swelter, and you have the option to read on the website or download the PDF. As of now, I have no plans to put it on Amazon, but if you’d like to leave a review of any kind, it is listed on Goodreads [here]. And if we’re lucky, there’s at least two more stories I have in mind for these two.

So thank you, and stay safe.