You’ve probably noticed a few changes here on the website in the last couple of weeks. Many of them had been in the works for some time, waiting for when we had wrapped up work on getting the last five new releases of 2022 ready to go.
The one unplanned change happened on June 19th when co-founder/publisher Jim Christina passed away in his home in Star, Idaho. To say the last month has been difficult and challenging would be an understatement.
But, Tuscany Bay Books will go on – albeit not in the same form that it was in before. The connections to The Writer’s Block – which had its final broadcast on LA Talk Radio on June 23rd – and to Creative Edge Publicity have come to an end. We will continue to offer the Westerns and Non-Fiction books we have published, but we will no longer be accepting new submissions in those genres. We’ve also discontinued publishing children’s books.
Going forward we’re going to focus on the following four genres, and their sub-genres: Science fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, and Thrillers. Starting on August 1st, submissions will re-open in those genres and we look forward to reading some great new material.
We’ve also entered into an arrangement with a new PA service, Susan Catt. She will be in charge of our social media, newsletter and other publicity needs for our house and our authors. I’m looking forward to seeing what she’s going to be doing in the days and weeks to come.
And finally, we are in discussions with a large publishing house to get our books listed on their online store, extending our reach into a brand new market of readers. I hope to have more on that soon.
In the meantime, we’re gearing up for Tuesday’s release of the 10th book in Declan Finn’s St. Tommy N.Y.P.D. series, Lightbringer. You can pre-order from most online e-book retailers by clicking the link. It will also be available in paperback and hardcover formats on the 19th. Make sure you grab a copy of this book.
So I guess you can say the seas have been somewhat rough lately, but I think we have charted a course toward a new age here at Tuscany Bay Books. I know I’m very excited to see where this new chapter takes us.