The Tammy tales started as a horror short story for a Hallowe’en 2010 story competition. I didn’t win but ‘The Ceilidh‘ did get a ‘Highly Commended’ and I was asked to write a follow up.
That second story was a more conventional, and longer, tale. ‘Tom’s Fireworks’ properly introduced the Tammy character as well as some of the character’s backstory. The tale did, however, have a defined ending and I had no plans to write any more. Thankfully (!) my wishes were ignored and I was beaten (gently) into submission, the result was “Tamara’s Debut” a tale built around Westside Story and a coming of age/coming out story. That story was over 100,000 words in length and is most definitely a novel!
Tamara’s Debut became Tammy’s Tales book 1, the series has since been renamed as the Tammyverse series.
Book 12, Deja Flew, has recently been published on Big Closet and concluded early January 2021. A three part story ‘In A Spin‘ was published in February 2021, this is the first part of Book 13; a brand new Tammy story will be published in late 2021 or early 2022. The latest stories are in conjunction with Alecia Snowfall.
Back in August 2020, between Lockdown #1 and Lockdown #2, I finally found the time to finish an edit of Tom’s Fireworks and Tamara’s Debut that had been started two years earlier. That hit Kindle on 1st Sept 2020 as Tammyverse Book 1.
Book 2, Tamara’s First Christmas, was published on Kindle on 30th September 2020. It picks up the story the day after Tammy’s big debut and was meant to tidy up the many loose ends from Tamara’s Debut. Instead it set the scene for the continuing story!
The next Kindle release was Tamara’s Trials, although this is over 600 pages so will be split into two books. The first part was out at the beginning of November and part 2 arrived on 21st December 2020, in time for Christmas! There’s a crossover with Unaccounted Gains Book 3:Diminishing Returns
The first Kindle release of 2021 was Testing Times, this was the fourth major Tammy story and is the fifth in the Tammyverse Kindle releases. It was published in March 2021.
It rolls in at just under 500 pages. What makes this release different is that it includes a brand new opening story that has not been published elsewhere (apart from a teaser on my Facebook page!). This story, a full short story, originates from the very short first person diary ‘Tammy’s Easter Diary’. There’s a crossover with Unaccounted Gains Book 3:Diminishing Returns
The summer 2021 release was Tammy’s Summer Fling, published at the end of June 2021. This 395 page, 64,000 word novel started life as “Tammy’s Summer Diary” and covered the time when Tammy spends a summer in Cornwall learning about forensic accountancy and herself. Over 90% of the novel is new material but it follows the same storyline as the diary, albeit with brand new and much expanded scenes.
The late summer 2021 release in the Tammyverse series was Anchored. Tammy’s back from Cornwall, about to turn 19, and is getting ready for university. She’s ready to settle down for a few years but not everyone likes that plan. This is a major re-edit of the original serial by the same name. 500 pages, just under 100k words.
The late Summer Kindle release of 2021 is a compendium of two stories: It’s Complicated & Go West Young Woman. The whole book will be called Unsocial Media and has been completely revised with new content. The combined book is around 75,000 words and a little under 400 pages! Alecia Snowfall joins me on this project as editor.
Deathtrap will be the final Tammyverse release of 2021 and once again this is a compendium of two stories: ‘Aftermath’ & ‘Deathtrap’ with new content and a fully revised text, running to 370 pages. Alecia Snowfall is editor.
At this point in the history of the Tammy books, there’s a diversion. I decided that Tammy’s backstory needed to be written and was prompted by a Christmas Story competition to write Tom’s Christmas, set a year before Tamara’s Debut & Tammy’s First Christmas. I had some ten thousand words of Tom’s Christmas written when I felt he need to go back a little further into Tom’s personal history so I then wrote an opening Prelude called Tom’s Revelation. So far there’s around 14k words but I’ll continue the Preludes during the new year as an occasional series. One option, is to include The Ceilidh in the final anthology, and give that the freshen up that is currently missing.
The first Prelude is due to be published on Big Closet on Thanksgiving 2021 with Tom’s Christmas appearing on the following two Thursdays (2nd & 9th Dec)