The Journals (affectionately called by certain of my friends the "BJ's") first came into being as part of a blog tour for the audio version launch of Hell For the Company. Wouldn't it be fun to have some flash fiction pieces from the Brimstone crew? So I wrote several, oh, five or so, I think. People enjoyed them. And a certain publisher thought it might be a nice idea to make it a weekly feature.
Mischief Corner: It'll be great! Just 500 words a week. Good for blog traffic.
Me: But... every week?
MCB: You can do this! You could write some ahead of time. Schedule them.
Me: Um. OK. I'll try it.
A year later, I'm still writing a Brimstone Journal every week - a slice of life from the perspective of one of the Brimstone's crew members or their associates. And I'll freely admit, it's been a lot of fun. And we realized it was enough to put into a collection for readers, in chronological order since when I write them every week, I just pick a random spot in time for that week's story.
Also, since it's the holiday season and the stories have been up on the blog previously, I've added a special Yule short story (longer than the flash pieces) just for the collection that won't appear on the blog.
So. Christmas Eve. 12/24. Come get your Brimstone and snuggle in with Shax while you wait for Santa. ;)
Release Date: December 24, 2016
The Brimstone. Cargo ship, hive of thievery and profiteering. Captained by a demon prince and manned by a crew that puts any batch of misfits to shame. You've come along with a cargo of anti-gravity cows and one of jeweled-toned potatoes. You've shared the horrors of frogs and nightmares. Now share some, more or less, quieter moments with the Brimstone crew—small snippets plucked from various spots in each personal timeline, from Shax and Verin's childhood in Hell to after the events of Beside a Black Tarn.
The Brimstone Journals, Collection One also includes an exclusive holiday short story, never published as part of the blog series. Shax would probably like to keep it that way, but too bad.