The Next Dakota Stevens Mystery is Done


If you only knew what a hellish year this has been, and what a *miracle* it is that I finished this novel.


After 90,000 words, 6 drafts, endless polishing, and countless tweaks, spell-checks and fact-checks, the next Dakota Stevens mystery, A Truth Stranger Than Fiction, is finished.

The novel will be available for pre-order by December 22, and will be released on January 1 or 2.

The reason for the January release is so I can get a full year (2015) with the book as a new release—for marketing and publicity purposes. This was the publicity company’s advice, and I am going to follow it.

Besides, as one reader (a self-described fangirl) pointed out to me, it’s good that it won’t be available during Christmas because you probably wouldn’t get anything done until you finished it.

Maybe I’m prejudiced, but I think this might be the best Dakota novel of the three. But I’ll let you be the judge. In January.

This will be my last update about the book until it’s up for pre-order on Amazon. At that time, I’ll have a blurb about the book. There might even be a book trailer.

Thank you for your loyal support and encouragement.



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By Chris Orcutt

Writer — The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, Short fiction, Plays — Editor & Speechwriter for Hire — Avid Golfer, Chess Player & Awesome Wood-Splitter — Twitter: @chrisorcutt

Comments (2)

  1. Stephen Campbell December 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations Chris! Does this mean you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays now?

    • Chris Orcutt December 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm


      I just got back from the first of what I hope will be a few mini-vacations this Christmas season and got your message. And you’re right, in terms of not having to polish a book, I’ll be able to enjoy the holidays this year, but as you know Alexas is making a big push with publicity for this one, so I’ll have a lot of work to do in that department, I think. I will be sending you your “review” Kindle copy of the book in a few days. You will have read it before anyone else. :) I hope you enjoy it.

      I’ll be talking to you soon, I know. Looking forward to it!