I don’t want to believe tomorrow is September, but every device in the house tells me that is the truth.
What I’ve been working on:
I am still working on the sequel to THE ORPHAN QUEEN. One day I hope to be working on something else.
Actually, my deadline is in about two weeks, so it won’t be much longer. At least until edits come back.
But I’m making really good progress now. I had a revelation a while ago, about what was holding me back on this story, and now that I’ve been able to let that go, the story has been moving a lot more smoothly. I’m really close to the end, and while my deadline being two weeks away is alarming — because that’s what deadlines do — I’m confident I’ll make it and be able to turn in a draft I can be proud of.
Then I just have to write the four Black Knife novellas and my part in the collaboration novel with Brodi and Cynthia, and a proposal for another novel so hopefully I can continue getting paid and keep the ferrets living the high life.
What I’ve been reading:
THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace — This is an epic tale about a Performer working for a (handsome!) duke while mythical Keepers search for a lost heir, and girls fitting our heroine’s description keep turning up dead. (Spoiler: I blurbed this one because I loved it.) — Not released yet.
WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand — It’s The Nutcracker . . . but much, much darker, with mobs, fairies, and clockwork. Bonus, it’s a standalone! (Has a novella companion called SUMMERFALL, which I haven’t read yet.) — Releases in September.
UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee — A Western about two girls running from the law, disguised as boys. Cowboys, violins, and one of the greatest friendships I’ve read in a long time. I can’t recommend this one enough. (Also, I blurbed this one too.) — Not released yet.
OUTCAST (a DEFIANCE novella) by CJ Redwine — You (should) know that I’m a huge fan of CJ’s. Her third book in the DEFIANCE trilogy came out in August, and this novella shortly before that. Of course I had to read this one. If you love the DEFIANCE novels, this is a must read about Quinn and Willow.
What I’ve been yarning:
I finally finished the scarf I was knitting for my niece.
And here’s part of it on the blocking wires.
I also finished spinning the merino/silk on my spindles. I plied it on my wheel and ended up with about 549 yards. It’s still drying, so no final picture of it, but here’s a (scandalous!) picture of it in the bath.
What the ferrets have been up to:
I built a thing and the ferrets decided it was actually a ferret magnet.
Other stuff you might be interested in:
I’m writing a series of four novellas about the vigilante Black Knife from the Orphan Queen world! Here’s the announcement.
While I don’t have enough ARCs of THE ORPHAN QUEEN to fulfill all the requests for them, there’s a form here to request. It’s not a guarantee you’ll get one, but it’s the best I can do.
THE ORPHAN QUEEN is also on Edelweiss — as a sampler. (More on that in another post.) It’s the entire Part One of the book, and I think you should download it.
On September 20, I’ll be at the CBC Book Rave in New Rochelle, New York, along with a ton of great authors. There will be signing. And bowling.
On September 4, I’m signing with Sarah Maas and Leah Cypess. The event will be at Bethesda Library at 7pm. If you’re in the area, you should come by and see us!!
Since we hit 4k “want to reads” on Goodreads, I wrote out a new teaser for you! Next teaser is at 5k adds, and if we make it to 5k by the time I finish my draft of OQ2, I’ll do a giveaway!
I got some of my hair dyed blue!! And I’ve spent every day since then looking like part mermaid and/or Smurf. Hopefully the color will stop transferring onto my skin soon. Heh. But otherwise, I really like it!! This picture is still at the salon. The nice stylist tried to curl my hair, not realizing it would last maaaybe five minutes.