Once again, last month, I was traveling when I’d normally post, and I didn’t remember until I got home and then I was busy revising my book and . . . Suddenly we’re at the end of May and I almost missed today, too, except I had to write down today’s date and tomorrow’s my deadline. Hah.
It’s been a pretty hectic couple of months here, with THE MIRROR KING coming out at the beginning of April — and doing far better than I’d even hoped it would! — tons of travel for conferences and book festivals, and intense revisions for my next solo book. Which is still code-named Cell Story or Ceiling Water or Cookie Dough Cupcake, depending how I feel about it at any given moment.
And MY LADY JANE is coming out in June . . . that’s next week. I can’t believe how quickly June 7 sneaked up on me. And, in case you weren’t aware, the three of us are going on tour! So if you live near Salt Lake City, Bay Area, Idaho Falls, Chicago, Houston, or NYC, make sure you take a look at our schedule because we expect to see you there.
What I’ve been working on: Cookie Dough Cupcake. I’m not on the final draft yet, but I’ve been working hard to get the overall structure, plot, and character motivations nailed down in this draft, that way I can focus on drawing out themes and details in the next pass.
I go back and forth between loving this story with all my heart, and being utterly terrified of it. It’s so much more ambitious than anything I’ve written before, and that’s definitely showing in the amount of time and brain it requires of me. And I still have two more books in the series to write!
What I’ve been reading: In spite of this post spanning two months, I . . . only have three books to list. I miss reading. But my deadline is so demanding.
- DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY by Brodi Ashton – This book doesn’t come out until September, but I managed to get an ARC. And let me tell you, if you’ve been waiting for something along the lines of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, this is one you won’t want to miss. It’s romantic. It’s charming. It’s hilarious. I didn’t want my plane to land on time because I wanted to keep reading. And because I was trying not to seriously laugh out loud on the plane, I ended up with an embarrassing snort-giggle. Awesome. Watch out for this book. Feel the feels.
- OUTRUN THE MOON by Stacey Lee – Another one I got to read early, but the book is actually out now, so you should go pick it up immediately. I loved everything about this book, from the flawless writing to the incredible worldbuilding to the beautiful characters. I loved Stacey’s UNDER A PAINTED SKY (indeed, I blurbed it), and OUTRUN THE MOON was more than a worthy followup. Absolutely stunning.
- SKYSCRAPING by Cordelia Jensen – While I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one, because it’s told in verse and takes place in the early 1990s, I ended up loving it — so much that I got misty eyed on a plane. The writing is gorgeous, and obviously I was in love with all the astronomy references. My heart ached for the characters and the fallout from so many secrets being revealed.
What I’ve been watching: Of course Hubs and I went to see Captain America: Civil War. Twice. We absolutely loved it. We also saw X-Men: Apocalypse, which we enjoyed as well. At home, we caught up on Game of Thrones — through season 5.
What I’ve been yarning: Mostly socks. Lots and lots of socks.
What the ferrets have been up to: Some of you might know that Todd passed away this month. He got really sick a few days before I left for tour for MK in April, and I was terrified that he’d die while I was gone. But he started looking better by the time I left, and Hubs took really good care of him while I was out. Todd hung on until early May, when he zoned out one day and never zoned back in. It was heartbreaking, but we all (even Kippy) gave him as much love as possible before he died.
So now, ferret wise, it’s just Katniss, and she’s gotten pretty spoiled. She misses Todd, of course, but I try to help by giving her as much attention as she wants.
What the Kippy has been up to: For some reason, Kippy is really in to people food now. I mean, we don’t let her have it, but she’s suddenly decided that if it’s good enough for us, it’s good enough for her. Also, it’s (finally) getting warmer here, and there’s so. much. fur.
Other things you might be interested in: Well, like I said, MY LADY JANE comes out next week, and the finished copies are incredibly gorgeous! They have matte jackets with spot gloss on the lettering, deckled edges, and a small gold horse embossed on the case. It’s such a beautiful package!