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Updated: Aug 22

After more than a year, I have finally released something new. Kinda.


Those who follow me on social media already know that my first novelette, "The Mouse and the Cat Trap", is available for pre-order, exclusively on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents. It goes live on August 18. Check it out at this link Amazon.com: The Mouse and The Cat Trap eBook : Cates, Tyler: Books


Yes. It's a quirky, odd, weird title. The truth is I'm a quirky, odd, weird individual. I do hope that this story will expose me to new readers. Wait, that came out wrong. Or did it? Anyway, you know what I mean.


When "The Mouse and The Cat Trap" goes live Thursday, my tendency will be to feverishly check for reviews, sales, rankings, etc. as barometers to gauge how well received it is (or isn't). I actually have plans to cross an item off my bucket list, in hopes of preventing me from losing the rapidly eroding remnants of my sanity. Time will tell if my plan is successful.


As I have previously mentioned, fans of Clay Sullivan may recognize a familiar face in "The Mouse and The Cat Trap". At the risk of spoiling anything, I will say I hope it won't be the last we see of this character...and maybe another.


The genesis of this story was a short story I had submitted to a magazine. While it was ultimately rejected by that publication, the managing editor provided some feedback and suggestions, which I took to heart.


For those who are like me and don't do the eBook thing, don't worry. I plan to publish a book of short stories and "The Mouse and The Cat Trap" will be included.


I have a short story with a deadline that I am working on. After I complete it (or miss the deadline), I will be donating 100% of my writing time to the 3rd Clay Sullivan book, which I admit hasn't flowed as well as I had hoped. Time will tell if I end up "scrapping' what I have and starting over, which is not an unprecedented event for me.


Thanks for reading and I hope you check out "The Mouse and The Cat Trap". I'll talk to you soon.




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