My current work-in-progress is a crime novel about a diamond heist, and, not surprisingly, I'm using the title BLOOD DIAMONDS, since there's bloodshed. It's said to be bad luck for an author to talk about at length about any novel before its publication. I'm not superstitious, but I can see why it's a good idea not to give away the store by chatting it up too much.
On the other hand, since I've lived with BLOOD DIAMONDS so much over the past month, I don't believe I need to be secretive or cagey about its existence. The structure borrows from the Gold Medal PBOs so riotiously popular a few decades ago. I divided BLOOD DIAMONDS into three sections or acts because I felt as if that provided me the optimal presentation of the story to the reader.
Moreover I kept BLOOD DIAMONDS at 50,000 words, the shortest novel I've written to date. That said, I'll quickly add that the compacter length didn't make BLOOD DIAMONDS any easier or faster to write. That sounds odd. For instance, the timeline, especially in Act One, gave me fits there for a while, but I hung in there, and I believe I got it licked into shape.
I'm not certain when BLOOD DIAMONDS will be released. My hope is sometime later this year. If you enjoyed reading my crime noirs LAKE CHARLES, ASK THE DICE, or THE BLUE CHEER, then I'd say BLOOD DIAMONDS should also be right up your dark alley. As always, thanks for your interest in my fiction.