Monthly Roundup: June

What happened to June? I feel like this month got away from me.

What I’ve been working on: Still OQ2. I mentioned last month that I decided to start over on it, and that turned out to be really good for me. The rewrite has been going a lot more smoothly. Right now, I’m about 33,000 words into the story, and it’s growing quickly since I’ve reached a point where I’m able to bring in parts from the old draft, with some revision.

The other thing I’ve been working on is the first pass pages for THE ORPHAN QUEEN. That is, the entire book printed in the format it’s going to be when it becomes a real book! I get to see all the interior design and the fonts . . . ugh, you guys, it’s so gorgeous.

Pass pages is also the last time I get to make changes to the book, so it’s really stressful, too. I start second guessing myself on every other sentence and kind of groaning that everyone who gets an ARC is going to read that sentence.

I’m being dramatic. It’s not really that bad. But since this is the last time I get to work on the book, there’s another layer of urgency — even though I’ve been over the book a zillion times. (Want to know more about first pages? I blogged about them here.)

What I’ve been reading: It was yet another light reading month since I’ve been so busy writing, but I read some good stuff!

  • IN THE END by Demitria Lunetta: This is the sequel to IN THE AFTER, which I loved. IN THE END does not disappoint. It’s just as exciting an ending as you could hope for. The duology is available now, so I think you should pick it up! 
  • THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen: This book doesn’t come out for another week or so (I think?), but I decided I was on a mission to read as many recent and upcoming fantasy books as possible, and was loaned the ARC. TEARLING is adult with YA appeal; I think it has elements of both age ranges. The thing I loved best about this one was the cool worldbuilding. I really can’t wait to find out more. 
  • STITCHING SNOW by R.C. Lewis: This one doesn’t come out for a few more months, but I managed to get an early copy of it thanks to a) sneakiness and b) outright begging. I really enjoyed this book. Lots of action, space travel, and some swoony romance. Thing Snow White with robots — in space. 

What I’ve been yarning:

In addition to some spinning, which I haven’t photographed, I just finished this. I can’t say what it is yet because it’s a gift, but look! It has sparkles!

What the ferrets have been up to:

Other stuff you might be interested in:

I’ve decided that in order to entice people to add THE ORPHAN QUEEN to their Goodreads shelves, I’ll post a teaser for every thousand adds it gets. Here’s the 2k teaser. (And, as mentioned above, some things could change from the pass pages.)

And in case you missed the cover reveal, here it is!

OrphanQueen HC C

If you’d like to preorder, here are some links: AmazonBooks-a-MillioniBookstore, IndieBoundPowells. (More coming soon!)